Is there a way to set a layer so that it will render when I do my final render, but will remain hidden while I am working? Like the opposite of a guide layer. Right now I am just turning the eyeballs off on my two effects heavy layers while I work, and then hopefully remembering to turn them back on before I render. (Do you get the impression maybe I have forgotten to reactivate them a time or two...)
I have dabbled a bit with proxies, but I don't really think that is what I'm looking for?
In this case, I have a pre-comp that I am animating mostly text elements in on top of the rest of my action. Then I have a couple duplicate layers under the main pre-comp which have a variety of effects to give it a fancy glow and trailing echos, they are slow to render. So I want to quickly and interactively work just my text and main content, but be sure to render the fancy dance when it is all good to go...
Sorry, I have no tips because you're currently doing it the right way. You probably learned the hard way about guide layers. Now it's time to internalize something else -- make a check for eyeball icons.
KGAN (CBS) & KFXA (Fox) Cedar Rapids, IA