3 Replies Latest reply on Oct 30, 2014 6:32 AM by Szalam

    Adjustment Layer Does Not Adjust Layers

    glomaz

      When adding an adjustment layer to a composition in After Effects I am able to see the purple outline of the adjustment layer in the Composition.  I am able to change it's size and rotation by changing the Transform options, but the video on the two layers beneath the adjustment layer does not change.

       

      I have been searching google and the forums high and low.  I have had a chat with Adobe help.  (who sent me a link on Adjustment Layers in Premiere Pro - I am using After Effects)

       

      Any ideas?

        • 1. Re: Adjustment Layer Does Not Adjust Layers
          Dave LaRonde Level 6

          Have you applied any effects to the Adjustment Layer that would then affect the layers below it?

          • 2. Re: Adjustment Layer Does Not Adjust Layers
            glomaz Level 1

            I was working under the assumption that you could use the Transform functions of the Adjustment Layer, but a VFX Editor friend of mine set me straight.  Seems a PreComp or a null layer are the way to go.

             

            Is it odd that the Adjustment Layer is only for adding effects?  Seems to me, being that the Adjustment Layer includes the Transform functions when you add it, that those Transform functions would adjust the layers beneath.  Thanks for your time Dave.

            • 3. Re: Adjustment Layer Does Not Adjust Layers
              Szalam Adobe Community Professional & MVP

              You can apply a transform effect to the adjustment layer and it will move the layers below. Effect>Distort>Transform

               

              You just need to understand what an adjustment layer does. It basically works on a composite of the layers below it and then renders over top. For example, if you like the dreamy look on footage, create an adjustment layer, apply a fast blur and set the blur to a reasonably high number, set the layer transfer mode to screen and lower the opacity. Note how it works. It doesn't change the opacity or blending mode of the layers below, it just effects how the adjustment layer (which is blurring a composite of the layers below) blends with those layers.