To get started with Supercomp, layers within the After Effects composition (found under Source Layers) need to be pulled into Supercomp itself (Supercomp Layers).

  • Tip: You can automatically import your layers into Supercomp upon application by highlighting them, then selecting Effects > RG VFX > Supercomp. This will then launch the Supercomp UI with all of your highlighted layers already imported into the Supercomp Layers area!

Source Layers

This area lists each layer currently in the composition that Supercomp has been applied in. From here add each layer for compositing into the Supercomp Layers area.

  • Layers can be added into the Supercomp Layers area either by the symbol, or by dragging them into the Supercomp Layers section.
  • Double-click to add all layers into Supercomp.
  • Use Cmd/Ctrl+Click to select multiple layers at once.
  • Use Shift+Click to select a range of layers from one to the next.

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This list is updated automatically, meaning if more layers are added to the After Effects Composition even after Supercomp's been applied and launched, they'll get added into this list as well.

Supercomp Layers

The Supercomp Layers area is where all of the composition elements are arranged, adjusted, and modified to bring everything together into one, unified space.

  • Layers can be arranged by dragging one on top or below one another.
  • Layer order affects whether a layer appears in front (on top) or behind (below) other layers.
  • Layer selections are outlined in blue.
    • Selecting a layer displays its original output (without effects) in the Preview.
    • Selecting Layer Effects displays their affect on the layer.
    • Clicking outside the layers in this area displays the entire composite.
  • Deleting a Layer removes it from the Supercomp Layers section, where it can then be added back from Source Layers.

Layer Overview

Each layer carries a set of information within itself:

  1. Layer Name shows the name inherited from the layer's source.
  2. Show/Hide toggles the layer's output to Supercomp.
  3. Mini-preview shows a quick glimpse of the layer's solo output.
  4. Add Effect brings up a wheel of effects to add to the layer, which vary depending on the Layer Type.
    • For a more detailed look at what effects are available, visit the Layer Effects page.
  5. Effects shows a list of effects applied to the current layer (if any).
    • Clicking effects relays their controls in the Element Controls section.
    • Selected effects are outlined in blue.
  6. Layer Type is depicted by the layer's color.
    • Each layer can be Normal (Blue), Additive (Yellow), or Displacement (Purple).
      1. Normal: The layer is neither distorting nor coloring the frame information behind it.
      2. Additive: The layer will be affecting the colors of the frame information behind it.
      3. Displacement: The layer will be distorting the frame information behind it.
    • Note: If Blend Modes from After Effect’s Additive Category( Add, Lighten, Screen, Color Dodge, Classic Color Dodge, Linear Dodge, and Lighter Color) were assigned to the Layers in After Effects before being brought into Supercomp, an applicable Layer Type will have been automatically chosen.