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3.3 After Effects Layer Properties

All After Effects layers have some basic properties that you will be adjusting and animating all of the time. In this lesson, you will learn what they are and how they work.

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1.1
Introduction
00:49

2.Getting Started
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2.1
What Is After Effects?
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2.2
Main Panels
10:04

2.3
Settings
07:46

2.4
After Effects Tools
08:52

2.5
More AE Tools
06:17

3.Compositions and Layers
3 lessons, 26:35

3.1
After Effects Composition
08:53

3.2
Precomposing
08:10

3.3
After Effects Layer Properties
09:32

4.Keyframes
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4.1
After Effects Keyframe Basics
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After Effects Keyframe Easing
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After Effects Shape Layers: Part 1
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After Effects Shape Layers: Part 2
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Text in After Effects
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Camera Tracking in After Effects
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3D Text in After Effects
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13.Frequently Asked Questions
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How to Export Video From After Effects
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How to Mask in After Effects
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How to Animate Text in After Effects
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3.3 After Effects Layer Properties

In this lesson you are going to learn about layer properties. if you want to follow along with this layer properties lesson open up the layer properties.aep file and you will have a very similar composition to this that will open up. The only thing that you won't have is this footage file right here called HYPERLAPSE LOUVRE.mov. And if you want this file, you can download it from Envato Elements. If you haven't done that yet, no problem. You can just drag any footage file that you may have on your computer, into your project and then pull it down into your composition, and put it in the bottom of the layer stack here and you should be able to follow along just fine. So in this composition, I have five different layers, with different types of layers, so I can show you that there are some layers that have unique layer properties associated with them. Now you can see what properties are on any Layer by twirling down this little triangle here. So you can see for this footage layer here, the only thing that I have available is the Transform properties which are Anchor Point, Position, Scale, Rotation, and Opacity. Some of those are pretty obvious like Scale, Rotation, Opacity and Position. [SOUND] I'm just gonna reset all of those. By the way, you can reset all of the transform properties at once by clicking this reset button right here. So if I just adjust all of these and I want them to go back to how they are by default, just that one button right there which is also available if you right click the layer come up to transform and then reset. So most of these transform layer properties are pretty self explanatory. The only one that I think Is a little bit confusing is the anchor point and I want to solo up this layer right here so we can take a better look at that. If you would just the anchor point watch what happens. Now this may be different than what you thought would happen. What's happening is, the anchor point which is right here is not actually moving but content of the layer are moving, relative to the anchor point. If you wanna move the anchor point, you actually need to adjust the position but that adjusts everything, both the anchor point and the position. You can see they're moving together. Let me show you another way. If you grab the anchor point tool, and you make an adjustment to where this anchor point is, you'll notice down here, under the Transform properties, that both the anchor point and the position are being adjusted at the same time. And, so if I wanna move the anchor point up here, you'd notice that both of these got adjusted, the position of the layer and the anchor point which essentially does exactly what you would want it to do. It moves the anchor point, but the layer doesn't actually move. So if you ever wanna go in here, and you wanna make a very precise adjustment to the anchor point, all you need to remember is you also have to adjust the position as well if you don't want your layer to be moved. That'll make more sense if you explore on your own and you play around with it a little bit for example if I reset this and I want to set the anchor point right here right on the very edge. What I would want to do if I wasn't going to use the pen behind or anchor point tool, is I would set the X-coordinate for the Anchor Point to 0, and then I would set the position to 0. Because I know that how after effects determines the coordinates and you can see that for yourself, By opening up the info panel here and if you hover around you will see there's and X and a Y, 0 is indicated right up here. So 0 in the Y and 0 in the X, right here on the top left corner. And so in order to get the anchor point smack dab on the edge of this layer, you set the X to 0 for the Anchor point and you set the position to 0 for the X-value right here. If you want to put it up in this top corner, you set both to the Anchor point to 0 in the Y and the position to 0 in the Y. And now the anchor point is located in the top corner. Alright, let's look at some other layer properties. This next layer here is a solid and, by default, if you just pull a solid down into your composition and you look at what is available in the layer properties, it's basically just the transform properties, the same as a footage layer. That is until you add things like masks and effects. Then you have some other options. Because there's a mask on this layer, I have mask properties that I can adjust. And I also have an effect on this layer, which is actually filling it with blue and I have all of the properties for that effect available down here as well. Now anytime you're looking at Effect properties, you can also access them up here in the effects controls panel which is a viewer like we talked about in the previous lesson. So you can view all viewer Effects and all of their controls over here. The only thing you can't view are expressions which have to be viewed down here and we will briefly touch on expressions in an upcoming lesson. Let's check out what's going on for this composition layer here. This is actually a pre-comp. If you double-click on it, it will open up and you'll see on this layer, it's a text layer and on this text layer, we have transform properties, we have effect properties and we have text properties here. But if we look at what's happening on this composition layer here which contains that text and those effects, we only have effects because there's another effect on here, it's actually two effects. A bevel alpha in a drop shadow and we have transform properties available as well. These last two the shape layer here and the text layer, these will have properties available in them that are specific to shape layers and text layers. So in this shape layer here I have properties for this rectangle too, which is this right here. I can control things in the rectangle path, the stroke and the fill. And also the transform, which only affects this rectangle right here. You'll see if I twirl down rectangle one I have all of the same thing, and I also have a transform for rectangle one which only affects this rectangle here. And then I have another transform. This affects everything on this layer, but it'll be a little bit confusing until you jump in and kind of move things around on your own and you see exactly how it works. And then it will all make complete sense. Finally, if we look at the text layer here, we get again some options that you'll only have or text. So we have source text here which you can apply expressions to. You have flyout here which you can animate, all kinds of crazy things that are only specific to text layers. These are pro-character animation things that you can explore and we'll talk about that briefly in an upcoming lesson. And then there's something that we haven't seen on a layer before and this is layer styles. Now this not specific to a text layer but I did just wanna touch on it really quickly. Layer styles are very similar, in fact there nearly identical to what you'll find in Photoshop if you've ever used layer styles in Photoshop. Things like drop shadows or bevolen boss or outer glow, all of those layer styles are available on every single layer in after effects. And I just wanted to throw one here so that you could see what's happening. If I turn on the transparency grid here with that layer, soloed. You can see that this is a text layer and it has a basic drop shadow. And I have all of the properties associated with that Drop Shadow, available right here in the layer properties. They're available nowhere else, they don't show up in the effects control's because it's not an effect, it's a layer style and you have to adjust that down here in the properties. So I hope all that made sense, if it didn't, I'm sure it will fall into place as you move on through this course and you check out the next several lessons. Coming up in the next lesson, you're going to learn about keyframe basics, so check that out coming up next.

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