Chapter 16. Complex Projects

As your projects become more ambitious, their structures will grow increasingly complex as well. A typical project contains not only layers created from individual footage items but also layers created from other compositions—called nested compositions. In this chapter, you’ll find out how to employ nesting to group layers into a single element as well as to manipulate a project’s hierarchy to create effects you couldn’t otherwise achieve.

After Effects includes several other features that help you create complex projects without resorting to complicated procedures. The Parenting feature, for example, makes it possible to create a hierarchical relationship between a parent layer and any number of child layers, thus ...

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