Join Chris Meyer for an in-depth discussion in this video Exploring Collapse transformations, part of After Effects Apprentice 08: Nesting and Precomposing.
- [Instructor] When we were working…with Continuous Rasterization in the previous two movies,…you might've noticed that the switch…had a second name attached to it, Collapse Transformations,…and that's what we will discuss in this movie.…I'm going to go ahead and close all my comps,…I'm still in Render Order dot AEP,…and I'm going to open up the comp,…Collapse Transformations, Collapse Starter.…Here, we have a very simple composite…of a watch face over a background.…The watch face has been set to overlay mode,…so it has an interesting interaction with the background.…
This is the composition in normal mode,…and here's the composite in overlay mode.…We also see that we have an effect applied,…namely a drop shadow, and the transforms…are pretty much at their defaults,…including 100 percent scale.…After Effects is following its normal order…of applying drop shadow, calculating the transforms,…then using the blending mode to composite this layer…on top of those underneath.…Let's play a couple games here.…I'm going to set the scale down to a small value,…
The After Effects Apprentice series was created by Trish and Chris Meyer. These tutorials are designed for After Effects CS4 through CC, and can be used on their own or as a companion to the Meyer's book, After Effects Apprentice.
- Grouping layers by nesting and precomposing
- Identifying and solving render order issues
- Navigating composition hierarchies
- Editing a precomp while viewing the result in another composition
- Preserving the frame rate of a nested composition
Skill Level Intermediate
Q: This course was updated on 11/29/2012. What changed?
A: We added a new chapter, "Render Order Exceptions." It contains four new movies: Continuous rasterization, The Transform effect, Collapse transformations, and Compound effects. We also added a movie that shows our premium subscribers how to use the exercise files, including the new exercise files designed for After Effects CS6.