Join Chris Meyer for an in-depth discussion in this video Overview of blending modes, part of After Effects Apprentice 04: Layer Control.
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In the next few movies we're going to play around with blending modes, sometimes…referred to as blend modes or transfer modes.…They are the secret sauce to make a motion graphics composite look much more…rich and interesting than a typical opacity mix between the layers.…If you have the Exercise Files that come with this lesson, go ahead and…click Close All from the top of the Comp panel and open the comp 06-Blending Modes*starter.…If you don't have access to these files, create a comp with two simple layers.…
One that's colorful and one that has lot of grayscale values in it.…Stack the grayscale image on top of the color image.…Now first let's compare what a typical Opacity blend looks like.…I'm going to click on this Muybridge sequence layer that's on top, press T to…reveal Opacity, and scrub its value.…You'll see that we have some intermediate mixes and values, which are kind of…okay, kind of interesting, but maybe a bit washed out and it doesn't really have a punch to it.…What I'm going to do is I am going to save a snapshot of what this Opacity blend…
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