Chapter 1. Composite in After Effects


The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious—the fundamental emotion which stands at the cradle of true art and true science.

—Albert Einstein

This book is about creating visual effects using Adobe After Effects, the world’s most widely used compositing application. The software allows you to create believable, fantastic moving images using elements from disparate sources, and to do so with the least possible effort. This first section offers a jump-start (if you’re relatively new) or a tune-up (if you’re already well-versed in After Effects) on the After Effects workflow.


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