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Faux Parent

  • Compatibility After Effects
    Please check exact version compatibility under the "COMPATIBILITY" tab below

Author: Freshmograph

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Quick Overview

Faux Parent will give you all the power of normal parenting, but with the freedom that you will never get from a "real" parent. Faux Parent allows you to decide how much control the parent can have over the child in Adobe After Effects.


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With Faux Parent, your child can be parented with one or more transform properties (Position, Scale, Rotation, Opacity) with settings that break the traditional parenting relationships.


After Effects project files that utilize Faux Parent can easily be shared as the applied effects work without the script. 

Faux Parent - Position

XY, X Only, Y Only, XY Inverted, X Only Inverted, Y Only Inverted, X Inverted + Y Standard, X Standard + Y Inverted


Faux Parent - Scale

XY, X Only, Y Only, XY Inverted, X Only Inverted, Y Only Inverted, X Inverted + Y Standard, X Standard + Y Inverted


Faux Parent - Opacity

Standard, Inverted


Faux Parent - Rotation

Standard, Inverted, Target (shown below)


• Create complex animation by adding delay (frames) or influence amount (0%-1000%) to any Faux Parent mode. 


⇾ Parent (Planet with Ring) - Keyframed position, scale, and rotation

⇾ Child 01 - XY, Influence 60%, Delay 2 Frames

⇾ Child 02 - XY, Influence 20%, Delay 4 Frames

⇾ Child 03 - XY Invert, Influence 20%, Delay 6 Frames

⇾ Child 04 - XY Invert, Influence 50%, Delay 8 Frames

⇾ Child 05 - XY Invert, Influence 100%, Delay 10 Frames


• Faux Parent allows you to use a different parent for each property (position, scale, rotation, and opacity). Therefore, the user can have up to four parents per child layer.



• Set the anchor point of the child independent of the parent. You can rotate and scale your child from any Anchor Point. You aren't limited to the parent's anchor point.


All gears are driven by keyframes on the yellow gear using a variety of influence amounts and inversed directions. The belts and claw are driven by the keyframes on the gear using Drive



Current limitations:

• Faux Parent only works with 2d layers at the moment.

After Effects 2023, 2022, 2021, 2020, CC 2019
  • Drive


    • Compatibility After Effects


    Drive allows the user to control one property with another. For example, you can rotate a layer based on the x position of another layer. Change a particle emitter rate based on the scale of a layer. Change the hue of a layer based on the opacity of another layer. Okay, you get the idea.

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    • Compatibility After Effects

    Essential Namer 2

    Add your most common layer properties to the Essential Graphics Panel without having to navigate to your active comp and add custom property naming in the process.

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