Posts Tagged ‘Layers’

Changing photo contents with Auto-Align Layers: Pixel Playground

Published by | Friday, December 13th, 2013

Combine photos with Auto-Align Layers

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This week Bert shows how we can auto-align layers to merge content from multiple photos.

Creating a boat medallion, part 3: Pixel Playground

Published by | Friday, November 8th, 2013

Finishing the golden boat medallion

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This week Bert takes us through the final steps to complete the golden boat medallion by taking last week’s results into the third dimension.

Animate a 3D star field in Photoshop: Pixel Playground

Published by | Friday, October 4th, 2013
Create an animated starfield in Photoshop

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This week, Bert’s lesson is out of this world! In this interstellar episode of Pixel Playground, we’ll create an animated star field in Adobe Photoshop.

Create a military dog tag in Photoshop: Pixel Playground

Published by | Friday, July 26th, 2013

This week’s technique shows how to create a military-style dog tag by combining vector shapes and layer effects in Adobe Photoshop.

Create a military-style dog tag in Adobe Photoshop.

Bert creates the base for the tag with a rounded rectangle and a simple bevel. Next, he adds some type and applies another effect to create the illusion of it being stamped into the metal. Finally, with a custom brush and a little masking, a chain is made to complete the project.

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Grouping layers in After Effects: Parenting

Published by | Monday, August 22nd, 2011

The three most recent installments of Chris and Trish Meyer’s After Effects Apprentice series have covered three different approaches to grouping layers in After Effects. Each approach has its own strengths and weaknesses; mastering all three means you can choose the right approach for a particular task—or combine them for the ultimate in power and flexibility. Here’s an overview from the first in the series, After Effects Apprentice 07: Parenting.

Parenting allows you to attach an entire layer to another. The child layer keeps its own animation, which is then also affected by the position, rotation, and scale of the parent layer (note that effects and opacity are not passed from the parent to its children). For example, you can attach several layers to one parent, reposition just the parent, and all of the children will move as well. The same goes for scaling the parent: All of the children will be scaled by the same amount, keeping their same relative sizes and positional offsets. A parent can have multiple children, and you can set up parent/child chains where a layer in the middle is both a parent and a child. All of the layers stay in the current composition.

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