Join Chris Meyer for an in-depth discussion in this video Understanding the importance of layer order, part of After Effects Apprentice 04: Layer Control.
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There's one more trick I would like to show you with Sequence Layers.…The order that you select layers affects the order of the final sequence.…Your sequence is going to start at the beginning of the first layer you select.…So I am going to select Tulip_1 first.…Then I can hold Command on Mac, or Control on Windows to add layers to my…selection in whatever order I want.…After Effects will remember this.…So I'll do 6, 2, 5, 3 and 4.…Right-click, Keyframe Assistant > Sequence Layers, Overlap.…
Go for my 1 second overlap again. Dissolve Front Layer.…Click OK.…And now you'll see that my layers have been arranged in the order I clicked.…1, 6, 2, 5, 3 and 4.…And if I press "T", to reveal their opacities,…you'll see that it is always the layer on top that is doing the fading.…It remembers what order the layers were stacked and sets the Opacity…keyframes accordingly.…It'ss a nice little trick.…
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