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Creating Motion Graphics with After Effects, 5th Edition by Trish Meyer, Chris Meyer

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17 Parenting Skills

The ability to group layers together greatly eases the creation of complex animations

Parenting allows you to group layers together and to treat them as one object. Any Position, Scale, or Rotation transformations applied to the parent are passed on to its children. Meanwhile, the children can still have their own animations, even as they get dragged around by the parent. Parenting can be used for anything from moving two layers at the same time to setting up complex coordinated animations.

Tip: Hide the Parent

Press Shift+F4 to show or hide the Parent column.

Parenting, for the most part, works as you intuitively expect it should. After going over the basics, we’ll focus on the creative applications of parenting. But there ...

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