How to Use Puppet Pins to Manipulate Elements in the Same Layer

Mikey Borup Shows an Unconventional use for After Effects Puppet Pins, Using Them to Transform Elements on a Single Layer.

The latest version of After Effects added some new Puppet Pin tools making them much more flexible for distorting elements on layers. The new tools also can have other uses as Mikey Borup shows in his latest quick tip. Mikey shows that you can use Puppet Pins to transform parts of an image on a single layer selectively.

Typically if you have a few distinct elements on one layer, you need to separate them from having them move and animate independently. But what if you didn’t? With After Effects Pins, you can make it so you can manipulate each element as if they were on separate layers — a helpful tip!