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The Rotate Tool in Adobe After Effects

Check out Bas Rutten's Liver Shot on MMA Surge: To select the Rotate Tool, either choose the appropriate icon from the top tool bar or press the letter W on your keyboard. It's a great tool to use when your project calls for the creation of a reflection or some kind of similar element. For instance, in the example video a reflection is needed for an explosion that occurs in the sample project. To begin, select the appropriate layer you're going to be manipulating. In this case, it's the explosion layer. While it's selected, press Command+D on your keyboard to Duplicate the layer or navigate to the top menu bar and click Edit -- Duplicate. With this duplicate layer selected, press A on your keyboard to reveal the anchor point. Select the Pan Behind Tool from the top tool bar. Press and hold Shift while clicking and dragging the anchor point straight down toward the bottom of the Composition. With the anchor point lowered, grab one of the corners of the duplicated layer and drag the point to the opposite corner. This will cause the duplicated layer to flip and appear as if it's a reflection. If you press and hold Shift while dragging the corner, you will be limited to making rotational movements ever 45 degrees. This is just one way you can use the Rotate Tool. Feel free to adjust the layer's Opacity to help it blend in better with the original image. Read more by visiting our page at:
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