Create a Stylish Opener in After Effects - No Plugins
Here’s an after effects tutorial on how to create a Stylish ‘Opener’ in After Effects without using any plugins.
Opening sequences are important not just because of the fact they give credit where it’s due, but also because they’re designed to capture the essence of the TV show or film’s story. The style, music, imagery, typography, and animation of the opening sequence all work together to create a brilliant fusion between graphic design and filmmaking.
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Q. What are ‘Shape Layers’ in After Effects?
Shape layers contain vector graphics objects called shapes. By default, a shape consists of a path, a stroke, and a fill. Shape layers are not based on footage items. Layers that are not based on footage items are sometimes called synthetic layers. Text layers are also synthetic layers and are also composed of vector graphics objects, so many of the rules and guidelines that apply to text layers also apply to shape layers.
Q. What is ‘Track Matte’ in After Effects?
When you want one layer to show through holes defined by another layer, set up a track matte. The underlying layer (the fill layer) gets its transparency values from the values of certain channels in the track matte layer—either it's an alpha channel or the luminance of its pixels.
For example, you can use a text layer as a track matte for a video layer to allow the video to only show through the shapes defined by the text characters.
Q. What is ‘Pre-Composing’ in After Effects?
If you want to group some layers that are already in a composition, you can precompose those layers. Precomposing layers places them in a new composition, which replaces the layers in the original composition. The new nested composition becomes the source for a single layer in the original composition. The new composition appears in the Project panel and is available for rendering or use in any other composition. You can nest compositions by adding an existing composition to another composition, just as you would add any other footage item to a composition. Precomposing a single layer is useful for adding transform properties to a layer and influencing the order in which elements of a composition are rendered.
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