Organizing scenes with null layers


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Organizing scenes with null layers

Another way to further organize your character is to use null objects. Now a null object is basically just an empty layer. It doesn't render, but you can use it as connect points; in other words, a way to parent different parts of your character together to an object that doesn't render, but you can still move around. So let's go ahead and use that on this character. Now, if you do the type of layer hierarchy where you have the legs separate, you're going to run into a problem. So, for example, if I move this foot, it doesn't move the entire character.

If I move the upper body, again, the legs don't follow. Now, this is handy for when you're animating a walk, but it might not be well organized for when you want to move the entire character around, because you have to select three objects, but we can fix that by using a null. We can go into a layer > New > Null Object, and when you do, it creates a layer called Null, and also notice how you have an objec...

Organizing scenes with null layers
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Organizing scenes with null layers provides you with in-depth training on 3D + Animation. Taught by George Maestri as part of the Creating Animated Characters in After Effects

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3D + Animation
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After Effects
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