Join Chris Meyer for an in-depth discussion in this video Setting the anchor point, part of After Effects Apprentice 03: Advanced Animation.
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Before you start animating the transform properties for any layer, the first…question you should ask yourself is where is that layer's Anchor Point?…Is it in the correct place?…Now you can practice this exercise with virtually any layer.…If you happened to have the files that came with this lesson, open up Advanced…Animation and double-click Comp 01-Anchor Point.…It's blank to begin with.…I'll twirl open Sources, select Flower.ai.…And I'll use the keyboard shortcut of holding Command on Mac or Ctrl on Windows and…typing forward slash.…
That will center the layer in my composition and scale it to 100%.…So I've got myself a nice graphical illustration of the flower, and say I…want this thing to wave back and forth into breeze and maybe scale as if it's…growing up in the ground.…I'll twirl open the Properties for this layer, and I'll start editing say the…scale. But as I scrub it, I see something that's not quite right.…It's not scaling up from the bottom of the layer;…it's scaling from the center of the layer. That ain't going to work.…
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®.
- Understanding how keyframes work under the hood
- Controlling the Anchor Point to create more predictable animations
- Mastering the Graph Editor for the ultimate control over keyframes
- Animating parameters including motion paths
- Hand-drawing motion paths to simplify complex movements
- Applying and tweaking Motion Blur
- Using Hold keyframes