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The After Effects Illusionist, 2nd Edition by Chad Perkins

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23Enhancing the Illusion with Maps

Many of the more powerful effects in After Effects have properties that can be controlled with other layers. Some effects, such as Displacement Map, absolutely require these controller layers in order to work correctly. These layers that are used as controllers are often referred to as maps. Once you’re familiar with an effect, mastering maps is what you need to take them to the next level. In this chapter, we’re going to look at a few options that might help you when controlling effect properties with maps.

Making Maps in After Effects

Frequently, maps are made right here in After Effects. And it makes sense, as there some great tools for the job. There are gradient creators like 4-Color Gradient, Ramp, and ...

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