Chapter 1. The Effects Toolset

The Effects Toolset

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After Effects is, above all, a visual problem-solving tool. It is complete and logical in its ability to help you solve visual effects problems—so complete that many advanced users feel as though they are thinking with it, using the program's interface and workflow to dissect and analyze tricky situations.

Not everyone reaches that point, however, and experienced artists, especially those used to working in other applications, can miss the core logic of how things operate in After Effects. Others become ...

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