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Layer properties

So far, you have been concentrating mainly on display and rendering-related functions. Now it's time to get to the core of After Effects—layer properties. Each image layer may have a variety of properties assigned to it, including the following: Masks, Mask Modes, Mask Feathers, Anchor Point, Position, Scale, Rotation, and Opacity. Changing these properties over the course of time is the key to creating animation in After Effects.

In the final movie you noticed that Merged/Type.ai increases in scale over time, as well as rotates a quarter turn. Several of the elements fade in, or change their opacity. All this animation was achieved by changing layer properties.


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