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Adjustment Layers

Alter multiple layers at once By Stephen Schleicher
Ever have a complex composition in After Effects and want to make an adjustment to multiple layers? Unless you know about Adjustment Layers, you will be spending a lot of time applying the same effect to multiple layers.

With an adjustment layer, any effects applied to that layer affect all layers below it in the Timeline stacking order. So if you want to make half of the screen black and white or even apply a color effect to multiple layers at one time, an adjustment layer is the way to go.

Lets see how this works in this simple tutorial. Before you begin, download the image file here.

Step 1: Open After Effects and import the beach.jpg file by pressing Command+I on the Mac or Control+I on the PC.

Step 2: Create a new composition with the beach file, by dragging it in the Project Window to the Create New Composition icon. By doing this, you automatically create a composition that is the same size and length as the clip you are dragging.

Step 3: Create a new solid by pressing Command+Y on the Mac or Control+Y on the PC. Name the solid Text Layer. Make the solid the same size as the composition by pressing the Make Comp Size button. Press OK.

Step 4: From the Effect>Text menu, apply the Basic Text effect to the layer. In the Basic Text window, chose a font and type in "Beyond the", and press OK.

Step 5: In the Effect Control Window, change the Size to 120, and the color to white. Position the text so it is similar to the following image.

Step 6: From the Effect>Perspective menu, apply the Drop Shadow effect. In the Effect Controls Window change the Distance to 15 and the Opacity to 75% to match the shadows falling on the rocks.

Step 7: In the Switches column, change the Layer Quality for both of the layers to Best.

Step 8: Create a new solid by pressing Command+Y on the Mac or Control+Y on the PC. Repeat Steps 3 through 7 to create the word "Sea". Use a different font than before and position this word on the right side of the screen.

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