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After Effects CS4 for Windows and Macintosh: Visual QuickPro Guide by Antony Bolante

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Chapter 14. More Layer Techniques

This chapter tackles several techniques that encompass a wide range of topics: manipulating motion footage and its playback time, blending layers together, creating graphical objects, and distorting layers.

Specifically, you’ll start by learning about a pair of layer switches—Frame Blending and Motion Blur—that influence how After Effects deals with motion between frames. Then, you’ll play with the comp’s frame rate using time remapping. From there, you’ll take a closer look at the Transfer Controls panel, where you’ll find a long list of modes you can use to blend a layer with underlying layers, expanding your repertoire of compositing tools. You’ll also find out what the mysterious T option stands for, and, more ...

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