After Effects is a complex program. It often takes many layers to accomplish the animation you have envisioned, and while the After Effects interface has plenty of flexibility, without proper organization, you might soon discover that you are spending more time scrolling through your layers than actually working on your animation.
In this post we will explore how to go about organizing compositions in a way to make them more manageable, while still maintaining complete creative control over the project.
I’ll also show you a trick about duplicating Transform properties across multiple layers that should save you lots of time in certain scenarios.
Before we look at the video though, let’s talk about pre-composing. Pre-composing is the process by which we can turn multiple layers into their own composition. Every After Effects project is made up of compositions, which can contain any type of media, including audio, video, graphics, and other objects in any combination, or even other After Effects compositions. We must create a composition to begin working in After Effects.
Let’s see how to do this after the break.