Understanding how layer hierarchies work


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Understanding how layer hierarchies work

Once you've imported your character in from Photoshop, or Illustrator, you need to tie all the parts together, and this is called hierarchies. Now, you may be familiar with them from your previous work in After Effects, but let's go over some of the basics as they apply to characters. Now, I have two compositions in this file: one is called Gus_00; the other one is Gus_01. So I am going to double-click on Gus_ 00, and this is pretty much how it would come in from Photoshop, or whatever.

It comes in kind of as a flat file; nothing is connected together. So, for example, if I were to select the Torso and move it, nothing else would move with it. Or I could do the same for any other part. For example, the hair, or maybe more importantly, something like the face. You'd want all of the facial features to move along with that part. Now, we can do that by creating what are called hierarchies. If we double-click on Gus_01, that will bring up a composition that is tied together.

So let...

Understanding how layer hierarchies work
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Understanding how layer hierarchies work provides you with in-depth training on 3D + Animation. Taught by George Maestri as part of the Creating Animated Characters in After Effects

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3D + Animation
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