Parental Controls Guide

Learn how to use Parental Controls to attach child layers their parent in After Effects.

How to install

Step 1 - Install script

Add Parental Controls.jsxbin to the Scripts UI Panels folder.

After Effects (2023) > Scripts > Script UI Panels > Parental Controls.jsxbin

Step 2 - Allow scripts

In After Effects, make sure “Allow Scripts to Write Files and Access Network” is turned on.

Preferences > Scripting & Expressions > “Allow Scripts to Write Files and Access Network”

How to use

Step 1 - Open Parental Controls panel

Open the Parental Controls panel (Window > Parental Controls).

parental controls responsive panel

The Parental Controls panel is responsive, so you can size it however you like to best fit your workspace.

Step 2 - Set controls

Inside a comp, select any child layer.

With a child layer selected, you can assign 1 horizontal control (left, right, center):

horizontal constraints
attach to right

As well as 1 vertical control (down, up, center):

vertical constraints

When you apply a control, you won’t notice any visible change immediately. Instead, this will affect the direction the child will move as the shape, path, or text of the parent changes.

You can remove the controls by selecting a layer and click the trash can icon. This will remove the position expression, while keep the relative position the same.

remove constraints


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