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Hans Schmidt
Blending Modes with multiple layers
on Jun 29, 2011 at 7:42:23 pm

Hey everyone,
i got a huge Problem in After Effects CS 5. I have a background layer (it's a texture) and a few layers above it, which are all in the "multiply" blending mode. When the layers touch each other then the "multiply" looks very bad - i want only the top layer to be visible with its blending on my background layer.

I want do something similar to that video:

May anyone help me?

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David Johnson
Re: Blending Modes with multiple layers
on Jun 30, 2011 at 1:58:25 am

I'm not sure I understand what you're getting at, but it sounds like you want to put all the layers back on normal blending, precomp all except the background, then multiply blend the precomp.

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Re: Blending Modes with multiple layers
on Jun 30, 2011 at 1:15:43 pm

SPACEMAN suggests that you carefully organise
your layers.
SPACEMAN suggests that you use track mattes.
SPACEMAN also agrees with David Johnson.

SPACEMAN fell today due to gravity.

SPACEMAN needs spaceship parts, not expressions...

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Kevin Camp
Re: Blending Modes with multiple layers
on Jun 30, 2011 at 1:33:31 pm

if your animated layers are keyed (not on white backgrounds) and you were using mulitply just to see the backgound texture though the foreground layers, then you may be able to do the reverse... add the layers bellow, rather than color to the texture bellow.

add a white solid (could be any color really) and move it to the bottom of the layer order. move your background texture layer to the top and set it to multiply. then set all layers to normal blending mode.

Kevin Camp
Senior Designer

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