Join Chris Meyer for an in-depth discussion in this video Combining modes and effects, part of After Effects Apprentice 04: Layer Control.
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Using blending modes is about as close as you can get to instant gratification…inside After Effects.…However, you don't have to stop at just applying a blending mode.…I showed in the previous movie where you can try using more than one mode.…Another great trick is to apply effects to the layer that's moded on top.…This is another way to create some interesting looks.…For example, say that I wasn't quite happy with the mixtures between the…highlights and darks in this particular composite of images.…I can keep trying different modes like Soft Light and Hard Light, …seeing if one of them gives me the effect that I want, but another way is just to process this…layer to maybe get the contrast that I prefer.…
So I'll select this layer and go to the Effects & Presets panel,…which is a very nice way of finding effects.…I am going to apply a very simple Levels.…I can drag the effect onto the desired layer or if I already have the…layer selected, I just need to double-click the effect and now Levels has been applied.…
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®.
- Sliding and trimming
- Slip-editing and insert-editing layers
- Employing blending modes to enhance layers and composites
- Applying, modifying, and saving animation presets and layer styles
- Using adjustment layers to affect multiple layers
- Experimenting with effects using Brainstorm
- Understanding pixel aspect ratios