Join Chris Meyer for an in-depth discussion in this video Aligning and distributing, part of After Effects Apprentice 02: Basic Animation.
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The Align panel is very useful when you need to align layers or distribute…layers across the comp.…You open it by selecting the Align panel from the Window menu, and it will open…on the right-hand side of the Timeline.…I don't like to give up valuable Timeline space, so I am going to drop it so it…shares the same frame as the Effects & Presets panel.…The Align panel is divided into two sections: options for aligning layers and…options for distributing them.…To see this in action, I'll Shift+Click my two video layers.…
Notice they don't quite align at the top, but they are actually the same height.…As soon as I select the layers, I can choose to align them to the selection--…meaning themselves--or to the composition.…Let's try selection first.…As you roll over each option, helpful tooltips pop up.…In this case, the three icons on the right will align layers vertically.…Since both layers are the same height, I can choose any one of these icons and…I'll get the same result.…
If I add the Snowflake into the mix, because it's a different height, there will…
The After Effects Apprentice videos on lynda.com were created by Trish and Chris Meyer and are designed to be used on their own and as a companion to their book After Effects Apprentice. We are honored to host these tutorials in the lynda.com Online Training Library®.
- Starting a project from scratch
- Building a composition
- Arranging and transforming layers interactively and numerically
- Animating parameters including motion paths
- Applying and re-using effects
- Creating variations and rendering the final movie
- Importing layered Photoshop files
- Understanding alpha channels
- Avoiding common mistakes