Join Chris Meyer for an in-depth discussion in this video Avoiding problems with switches, part of After Effects Apprentice 02: Basic Animation.
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I'm going to leave you with one good piece of advice, and that's about switches.…On my first day in a class, I always have a few students who just like to click switches.…They don't seem to do anything, but they click them anyway, and that's fine.…I like to make people explore and ask questions.…But I have one rule:…if you turn on the switch, and it doesn't seem to do anything, put it back in…the position it was originally in.…It will do something;…you just haven't created the right environment yet.…
Now, some switches are pretty obvious. A lock switch, well, that looks like a lock switch.…So when you try to move the layer, when you try to animate it, it's flashing at…you, and it will probably remember, oh yeah, maybe that lock switch locked the…layer and now I can't edit it.…But there are other switches that are not that obvious.…For instance, the shy layer, this little guy, Kilroy we call him, you turn that…on and nothing seems to happen.…It's like okay. And then the next day, you are working with your project and…
After Effects Apprentice is created by Trish and Chris Meyer and designed to be used on their own and as a companion to their book After Effects Apprentice.
- 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