Hello everyone! I am brand new to this program so please bear with me. I imported my video footage and I was able to create the lightning effect I want, but I can't get the lightning effect down into the lower left composition panel. This is all so technical that I don't even know if I'm calling it the right thing. Anyway, the lighting effect layer won't go down under my video footage so that I can make the lightning appear where I need it to in my video. Any help would be greatly appreciated. I've watched the tutorials but they don't help me and I've tried to read the help document here, but it's just way over my head. Thanks!
You can drag a layer in the Composition panel to move it wherever you'd like it. If you want a layer to be behind another layer, you drag t in the Timeline panelso that the layer that you want to be in front in the composition is on top in the Timeline panel.
Since you're so new to After Effects, I strongly recommend that you start here and work your way through the basic learning materials: