Motion Science Shows How You Can Use Fewer Layers in After Effects by Using the Set Matte Effect
Mattes in the timeline can get a little messy and they certainly increase your layers count. Mattes for multiple layers? Now you’re talking my language! This is why I love using Track Matte as opposed to setting individual mattes on each layer; it’s so much more at-hand because we’re working with tracks already anyway.
The Set Matte effect was created just for that instance. The person behind Motion Science’s, Cameron Pierron shows how it can be a better solution than copy and pasting the whole thing with relative links so you only have to change attributes on one layer!