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Chaining and Grouping Layers

Chaining Layers

You can create chained sibling layers by creating a series of attachments between them. Doing this ensures that changes to a single dynamic layer cascade to all chained layers.

Follow these steps to create a chain of attached layers:

  1. In a composition with multiple dynamic layers named a, b, c, and d, other sibling layers will be chained to a and therefore conform to its layout rules.
  2. Attach sibling b to a on the bottom edge.
  3. Attach sibling c to sibling b along the bottom edge.
  4. Attach sibling d to sibling c along the bottom edge.
  5. To see how Templater's layout engine interprets your alignment choice, choose current state from the Preview uses dropdown in the Templater panel.

Layers can be attched to each other in a chain.

Grouping Layers

You may want Templater to consider chained siblings as a group so it can lay them out as one object instead of individual objects.

Follow these steps to group a set of chained layers:

  1. For layer a, choose Cap under Group Position in its Templater Settings effect controls.
  2. For layers b and c, choose Middle under Group Position in each of their Templater Settings effect controls.
  3. For layer d, choose Base under Group Position in its Templater Settings effect controls.
  4. To see how Templater's layout engine interprets your alignment choice, choose current state from the Preview uses dropdown in the Templater panel.