I always had a problem with how to put layers in a circle. How do I know where they should be? What if I want to add more elements or make a bigger circle? Without Expressions, it was a nightmare. Fortunately, I found a solution. In this tutorial, I’ll show you have to align a series of layers in a perfect circle. Besides that, I prepared presets for you. You can download them at the bottom of the page.
1. Add a Null Object to your Composition and rename it to "Center."
2. Add to this Null Object a preset called Circular Placement - Null from Effects & Presets window.
3. Add other objects to your Composition.
4. Use on them a preset called Circular Placement - Layer from Effects & Presets window.
5. Change the "amount of layers" on your Null Object to a number of layers in your composition.
Download the Circular Placement preset ZIP file and unzip it to your local drive. A folder called Bartlomiej Otlowski with Circular Placement subfolder inside, copy into the following directory:
Adobe\Adobe After Effects*\Support Files\Presets
Applications/Adobe After Effects*/Presets
*your version of Adobe After Effects
If the Bartlomiej Otlowski folder already exists in the Presets folder then choose the Merge Folder option or just copy the Circular Placement folder into this folder instead. Subfolder will help you to keep order.
Restart your After Effects to scan the Presets folder and to add any new presets to the Effects & Presets panel. Twirl down the *Animation Presets menu, and you will find the Bartlomiej Otlowski folder. Open it, and you will find two presets inside subfolder Circular Placement. Or you can type the beginning of the name in the Effects & Presets panel, and it will show up.