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Chapter 14. Complex Projects > Rendering Order

Rendering Order

When After Effects renders frames for play back or output, it calculates each attribute in a particular sequence, referred to as the rendering order.

Having interpreted the source footage according to your specifications, After Effects processes each frame layer by layer. Starting with the bottommost layer in a composition, After Effects renders layer properties in the order they are listed in the layer outline: Masks, Effects, and Transform. Then layer modes and track mattes are processed before combining the layer with the underlying layers. Rendering proceeds in this fashion for successively higher layers in the stacking order until the frame is complete (Figure 14.6, Figure 14.7, Figure 14.8, Figure 14.9, and Figure 14.10).


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