Join Chris Meyer for an in-depth discussion in this video Idea corner one: Adjustment layer shapes, part of After Effects Apprentice 04: Layer Control.
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Here's a simple animation we created using the motion sketch keyframe…assistant which we showed you back in the After Effects Apprentice: Advanced Animation lesson.…Okay, it's kind of fun, butterfly flying around a flower.…But we could make this more interesting or more mysterious.…Now you may remember in the adjustment layer chapter inside this lesson,…we mentioned that any layer can be an adjustment layer, and particularly layers…with interesting Alphas can make very interesting adjustment layers.…Well, this butterfly has what I would call an interesting Alpha channel.…Let's make an adjustment layer.…
One step in this process is to turn on the Adjustment Layer switch for this layer.…Once I do that, the butterfly disappears and you go "Well, that's not what I wanted."…But remember adjustment layers need to have effects applied to them.…All we have right now is a composite of all the layers underneath stuck right on…top of the original composite.…That's why you don't see anything.…But if we pick an effect such as Color Correction > Hue/Saturation and start to…
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