Read our previous post on Adobe After Effects Timeline and Layers to understand the Layer Settings in Adobe After Effects.
Layer Settings in Adobe After Effects
After placing your files in the timeline, you’ll feel to scale your image or file to fit the composition, or you might feel to give some animation in position or you may want to decrease its opacity or even you may feel to give some effects and to do all this and even to convert your layer to 3d or assign a camera or light or an adjustment layer you need to know a lot of layers and layer settings in adobe after effects.
Click the triangle on the layer you’ll see transform settings, click the triangle on transform you’ll see individual settings.
Anchor point: transformations like scale rotate happen around the anchor point of the layer and generally it would be in the center of the object even if you on the 3d feature.
Position: if you want to your layer or object in somewhere in your composition you will be using position settings…generally it would be in x and y-axis but if you on the 3d feature on the layer you’ll get one more axis which is the z-axis.
Scale: as you already know, scale increases the layer or object size in length and width, if you have 3d enabled on your layer you can scale the depth too.
Rotation: this setting simply rotate your object or layer in the composition in 360 degrees but if you enable 3d on the layer you’ll get orientation, x rotation, y rotation, z rotation, material options settings to give you more flexibility while working with 3d.
Opacity is same in almost all software, it is the transparency of the layer or object.
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