Join Chris Meyer for an in-depth discussion in this video Replace with precomp, part of After Effects Apprentice 08: Nesting and Precomposing.
- [Instructor] While we're talking about precomposing…and precomps, let's talk about a feature that Adobe added…to recent versions of After Effects.…And that's the ability to replace a layered,…Photoshop, or Illustrator file with a precomp…that contains those layers.…This particular exercise is only available…in the Creative Cloud exercise files,…and when opened, replace with precomp starter.…And here I have an interesting composite…that was created in Photoshop.…It's a .psd file.…Let's say I go about animating it,…adding additional layers to the composition,…and someone says, "You know, that file exists as layers.…
"You could edit its elements independently…"if you wanted to."…And you go, "That's great news, but I'm already using it.…"How do I get back to those layers?"…Well, actually, there's a few ways you can do that.…You can either right-click on the layer,…inside the timeline, and choose Convert to Layered Comp,…or, with the layer selected, go to the Layer menu,…and choose Convert to Layered Comp.…What After Effects will actually do…
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.