Different Type of Layers in After Effect
Layers are the elements that are used to make up a composition. Without layers, a composition is an empty frame. Use as multiple layers to create the composition. Some composition contains multiple layers whereas some composition includes only a single layer. Let us take a look at different type of layers in After Effect.
Click on below Video: What are the Types of Layers in After Effect
6 Type of Layers in After Effect
1. Shape Layer
Shape Layers in one of the first layers in After Effect you will likely experiment with. Shape Layers are 2D objects either drawn using the pen tool or generated with a predetermined shape that After Effects provide such as a rectangle, oval or star. Shape Layers feature unique properties such as stroke, fill and other specific properties such as corner roundness or many sides. Shape Layers are used to generate unique patterns and symmetrical shapes.
2. Solid Layer
Basically, Solid Layer is a less complex version of the Shape Layer without customizable properties beyond colors, dimensions and standard 2D transform properties (scale, position and rotation). Because of solid layers are less difficult on processing power than Shape Layers, making them a more effective alternative if you don’t need those additional features.
3. Adjustment Layer
An adjustment layer works similar to a solid layer but instead of modifies all the other layer that is below it. Therefore an adjustment layer alone will be a blank image but when placed it above other any of its effects carry down and apply to them. Adjustment layer feature all of the similarly transform properties as a solid layer from position to opacity to masks. This layer will affect any other layer it overlays.
Click on below Video: Adjustment Layer in After Effect
4. Text Layer
Text layer is used to add text to a composition. They can be set to 3D, adjusted via position, scale, rotation and more. You can animate the properties of entire text layers or the individual characters, such as paragraph size and alignment, kerning, text spacing, color and font. 3D text layers can optionally contain 3D sublayers, one for each character. After Effects also include a plethora of unique animation options that are accessible in the animation tab of given text layers. Text layers are useful for different purposes including animated titles, credit rolls, lower thirds and dynamic typography.
5. Camera Layer
Camera layer is self-explanatory. Primarily used in 3D compositions, it serves as a virtual camera that will replace the composition’s default perspective. It features adjustable position and rotation. Camera Layers can be tweaked according to real camera settings such as lens type, zoom, film size, depth of field and just about anything else you can think of. With Camera Layers, you can imitate any real-life camera or venture beyond the bounds of real hardware.
Click on below Video: How to Use Cameras in Adobe After Effects
6. Null Layer
A Null Layer is similar to an Adjustment Layer but instead of using its effects to layers below it, it controls the transform properties of the other layers when they are attached to it via the pick whip. To use a Null, you would use the pick whip function to attach a layer to a Null. Any attached layers will now act as though actually fixed to the Null and therefore reflect any transform adjustments made to said Null — except opacity.
Click Here To Download: After Effect
For students who are interested to learn more on Different Types of Layers in After Effect and would like to learn this on a more professional level, please sign up today for our Arena Animation Course.