After Effects Archives - Tony LaTorre
We all know about precomposing, it’s one of the most useful tools in After Effects. But have you ever had the need to do the reverse, to un-precompose a composition in your timeline, bringing the layers it contains into your current comp?
Choosing the right mask colors in Adobe After Effects is really important if you do lots of rotoscoping, or stroking paths, or anything involving a lot of mask work. A mask whose vertices and handles get lost among the complexity of an image causes mis-clicks which is a huge time waster. And masks that are all the same or of similar colors make it hard to select the right one, especially if you’re selecting it in the timeline where a mask is divorced from its shape.
A lot of After Effects scripts are pretty mundane, but that’s ok. They improve simple things you do a thousand times a day but because of that they can make a big difference. They’re not easily marketable differences, which I suspect is why their functionality has not been included in After Effects, but they fill critical holes in the software.