Precomposing layers reorganizes selected layers into an intermediate composition that feeds into the current one. This allows for instancing and workflow enhancements.
- [Instructor] As we start to build up the complexity … of our characters, there comes a point … where it makes sense to group selected layers … in the current composition, … and place them into their own composition. … This is what's known as precomposing … or precomping for short. … It's a way of kind of working backwards … and we'll see how this can benefit our animation workflow. … Here in this comp, I've got a runner. … And if I do a RAM preview here … in this 25 frame composition, … I've got a loop going on. … But of course, he's only got one leg. … And my thought here was why not take the yellow layers, … all the layers that comprise his leg, … and simply duplicate it for the other side. … But then that needs introducing six more layers … into my composition. … Rather than doing that, we can be a lot more efficient … With our layers selected, let's come up over here … to Layer and down below, you'll find Pre-compose. … And After Effects is going to ask us to name this … And of the two options, one of them is only available to us, …
- Shape layers and masks
- Track mattes
- Rigging characters
- Using the Puppet tool for rigging
- Adding and adjusting keyframes
- Looping animation
- Animating with motion paths and motion sketch
- Adding cameras for multiplane environments
- Lighting animation
- Rendering animation
Skill Level Beginner
After Effects CC 2019 New Featureswith Mark Christiansen34m 12s Intermediate
1. Working with Layers and Shapes
2. Rigging Character Controls
3. Working with Animation
4. Creating Multiplane Environments
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