Join Chris Meyer for an in-depth discussion in this video Stacking and sliding layers, part of After Effects Apprentice 04: Layer Control.
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If you have the Exercise Files that come with this lesson, go ahead and open up…the comp 01_Layer_Practice*starter.…If you don't have the Exercise Files, just import any few sources in After Effects,…create a new comp, drag your sources into the comp, and you can play along.…We're going to start gently with the simple concept of how the horizontal and…vertical arrangement of layers in the Timeline panel affect what you see in the Comp panel.…Now as you probably know, the Comp panel displays your current composite of…layers underneath the Current Time Indicator.…
So as you drag your Current Time Indicator through a project, you get an idea of…how things change over time.…I am going to move the Current Time Indicator to where two layers overlap in the Timeline.…The stacking order in the Timeline affects which layer takes precedence when…it's rendered to the Comp panel. Mainly the layer on top typically wins.…If I was to take that layer on top and drag it underneath the other layer,…you'll notice this black line indicates where I am about to drop this new layer.…
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®.
- Sliding and trimming
- Slip-editing and insert-editing layers
- Employing blending modes to enhance layers and composites
- Applying, modifying, and saving animation presets and layer styles
- Using adjustment layers to affect multiple layers
- Experimenting with effects using Brainstorm
- Understanding pixel aspect ratios