Join Chris Meyer for an in-depth discussion in this video Precomposing to group layers, part of After Effects Apprentice: 08 Nesting and Precomposing.
- [Instructor] In the next couple of chapters,…I'll show you how to use the Pre-compose option.…If you have the exercise files go ahead…and open the Pre-compose 1 Move project.…In the next chapter,…we'll use the second project…called Pre-compose Leave.…When you open the project it's very simple.…There's only one composition called Wired Fruit.…I'll open that,…and inside this composition there are five layers.…The top layer is a 3-D animation of a wire frame apple,…and layers two and three are a title layer and a subtitle,…and in the background we have two movies…that are blended together.…
If I select the top three layers and press e for Effects.…You can see that I have the Drop Shadow effect…applied to all three layers.…Of course, because I have three…different Drop Shadow effects,…every time I update Drop Shadow on the apple,…I have to make sure I copy and paste…the same settings to the other two layers,…so it might not be the most efficient way of working,…but it does allow me to keep things simple…and do the animation in one comp.…
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.