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Introduction to Master Properties in After Effects | Adobe Creative Cloud

February 1, 2020

Master Properties give you the ability to more easily manage changes and versions across multiple graphics. Let me show you what I mean. If we look at our current project here, I am in the Norway composition and this composition has a pre-composition
called Title_Animation and a background Stock piece of video. So, I’m going to move back
to the beginning of the Timeline and press the Spacebar
so we can check out the animation. You can see
it’s just a simply animated title. But what if I want to be able
to change the color of this title or change the text itself. Well, I’ll press the Spacebar
to stop playback. Usually if I want to make changes, I need to go ahead
and open up this pre-composition because if I open this up here, you can see I only have Transform options. So, what I’ll do is just double click
on this pre-composition which is going to open
the Title_Animation comp. Now, if I scrub through the Timeline here, you can see this is where the main animation
of this graphic currently lies. Now, I want to specify the things
that I’d like to be able to change. These will end up being Master Properties. So, in order to do that, I need to go up to my workspaces and I’m going to go across
my workspaces here and I’ll click on the double white arrows and I’ll go
to the Essential Graphics panel. In that panel,
I need to select a composition to be my master composition, so, I’ll click on that dropdown
and I’ll choose the Title_Animation composition
to be the master and then I’ll tell it
to Solo Supported Properties. Now, once I’ve clicked that, you’ll notice I have a whole bunch
of different properties that I could customize. So, I want to be able to change the text for the location. So here, I’m going to scroll down
to where it says Norway and I’ll click on Source Text and I’ll drag that
and drop it right up here in the Essential Graphics panel and I’ll rename that Location Text. Now, I also want to change
the color of this graphic, so, I’ll scroll around
until I can actually see there’s my Inside Frame and the Fill Color is blue so, I’ll drag that color up here and I’ll rename this Bar Color. Now, any of these properties
I could add here into the Essential Graphics panel, but I think I’m good for now. Let’s go to the Norway composition and you’ll notice now for this pre-comp,
I not only have Transform options, I also have Master Properties. So, if I wanted this bar to be red
instead of this blue color, I’ll come right here to my color sampler and I’ll just sample this red color. And now, you can see
it’s actually more of a salmon color. but I’ll leave that. Now, I already have
another composition, Canada, and if I click on this, you can see I’ve got
my same Title_Animation here that has the same Master Properties. So, for this one, notice I still have
the original blue color that we had
in our main Title_Animation comp, but I didn’t have to go back
to this composition to change anything because
I have my Master Properties. I can go ahead
and right click here on Location Text and I can say Edit Value…, and when I do that in here, I’ll type canada. Now, notice even though
I typed all lowercase, it stayed uppercase because in the master Title_Animation comp
when I created the text, I made sure that all caps was on
for that text. So, I was able to change the text here, I was able to change the color here, but I never had to go back
to the master composition. By utilizing Master Properties, I was able to better manage versioning
across multiple projects.


  • Reply DRAGON Genial January 28, 2020 at 3:46 am


  • Reply Diego García Morales January 28, 2020 at 4:18 am

    Wow! I didn’t know you could do that! I’m good to use this function the next time. Thank you 😊 🙏🏻

  • Reply Paul Newton January 28, 2020 at 7:32 am

    similar to macros in fusion but the UI is a lot more intuitive

  • Reply Michael P January 28, 2020 at 5:33 pm

    WOO-HOO!! This will save me SO much time . Thanks this useful tip!

  • Reply hey buddy January 30, 2020 at 5:50 am


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