Join Chris Meyer for an in-depth discussion in this video Using adjustment layers, part of After Effects Apprentice 04: Layer Control.
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Another important technique to learn while working with effects is applying them…to adjustment layers.…If you have the Exercise Files that came with this lesson open up the comp …12-Adjustment Layers*starter.…If you don't have access to the files go ahead and create your own composition…with a few different elements.…For example, I have text, a foreground element, and a background element.…Say I wanted to apply an effect to help unify the composite of all these layers.…How would you go about doing that?…Well the obvious way is to apply the same effect to each of the layers, but…that can have problems.…
I am going to pick an obvious effect just to show you what those problems are.…Now search for Twirl. It's underneath the Distort category.…I am going to apply to each of these layers individually.…Here it is on my foreground, give a bit of twirl, apply it again to my text layer, …give a little of twirl and then apply it to my background layer.…Double-click and give a bit of a twirl.…Now the problem with effects like Twirls is that they process each 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