Join Chris Meyer for an in-depth discussion in this video Quizzler solution 1: Alien Puzzle, part of After Effects Apprentice: 08 Nesting and Precomposing.
Chris Meyer: For our first challenge we had this precomp which had a couple of layers…composited together. It uses an element in a master comp where it received…a soft feathered mask.…Our challenge was how to work the contents inside the mask without altering the mask shape.…We cannot apply the effect directly to this precomp because it would alter the…contents of the precomp and the mask.…If I go Effect > Distort > Warp and try out different shapes such as Bulge,…Inflate, Twist, etcetera, you'll see that not only is the content altered, but the…mask shape is altered.…
That's because masks render before effects inside After Effects.…This is normally very handy. It means you are going to apply a drop shadow into a…mask shape and the shadow would fall from the mask cutout.…But it gets in your way in a situation like this where you want to affect just…the content but not the mask.…Well, we have a couple of different solutions for you.…Open up the Quizzler Solutions folder and inside Quiz 1_solution1 is our first solution.…
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
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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.