Classroom in a Book
Introducing After Eff ects 7.0
A er E ects 7.0 is the tool of choice for editors who want to produce exciting and
innovative motion graphics, visual e ects, and animated text for  lm, video, DVD,
and the Web.
A er E ects users tend to fall into two distinct camps: Motion Graphics artists and
Animated Text artists. Some production houses specialize in one or the other.  ere is
so much that A er E ects can do, it’s darned hard to wrap your brain around all of it.
You will likely use only a sub-set of its creative prospects.
A er E ects is available in two editions. A er E ects 7.0 Standard provides core 2D
and 3D compositing, animation, and visual e ects tools. A er E ects 7.0 Professional
includes all of the features in A er E ects Standard plus motion tracking and stabilization,
advanced keying and warping tools, more than 30 additional visual e ects, and several
other high-end tools.
In the following two mini-lessons I introduce you to its powerful toolset including text
animation and visual e ects. Before tackling those tasks, heres a brief overview.
Using Photoshop and After Eff ects to Enhance Your DV Project
After Eff ects features
A er E ects has numerous options:
Text creation and animation tools—Create animated text with unprecedented ease.
A er E ects o ers approximately 300 groundbreaking text animation presets. Simply
drag them to your text to see them in action. New to A er E ects 7.0 is a per-character
text blur.
Leading-edge visual e ects—More than 150 e ects enhance lighting, blur, sharpen,
distort, shatter, and more.  ey go well beyond most e ects you’ve worked with in
Premiere Pro. I urge you to check out a sampling of what A er E ects has to o er by
selecting A er E ects Help and opening E ects: Reference > Gallery of E ects.
Vector paint tools—Use built-in vector paint tools based on Photoshop technology
to perform touch-up and rotoscoping tasks.
Comprehensive masking tools—Easily design, edit, and work with masks using
exible auto-tracing options.
Tight Adobe integration—Copy/Paste assets, compositions or sequences between
Premiere Pro and A er E ects. Import Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator  les
with layers and other attributes preserved.  e new Dynamic Link feature (available
only with the Adobe Creative Suite Production Studio Professional) means you no
longer need to render an A er E ects composition before moving it between A er
E ects and Premiere Pro or Encore DVD.
Motion Tracker— is option accurately, quickly and automatically maps the motion
of an element and lets you add an e ect to follow that action (Professional edition only).
A brief look at the After Eff ects workspace
If you migrate to A er E ects, you likely will use it to add special motion e ects to
Adobe Premiere Pro and Photoshop projects. To see how that works youll need to open
A er E ects 7.0 and follow along. If you dont have a copy of A er E ects, you can
download a trial version at
Classroom in a Book
Select Import > File and double-click on a Premiere Pro project or Photoshop  le
(I imported the Lesson 2-6 project).
As with Premiere Pro, A er E ects has a Project panel, but the icons and terminology are a
bit di erent. For instance, Premiere Pro Sequences become Compositions in A er E ects.
Double-clicking a Composition (highlighted in the previous  gure) opens it in the
Timeline. Each numbered line is an asset or e ect from the original Premiere Pro
project. Instead of tracks, you work with layers in A er E ects.
Edits, e ects, motion keyframes, transparencies, nested sequences, crops, and clip
speed changes built in the Premiere Pro project are all maintained when imported into
A er E ects.
Look around the workspace and open the Window menu from the Main Menu to see a
listing of all the panels. In particular check out E ects and Presets and Paint. Open the
Paint panel and click on the Brush tool (in the horizontal icon panel at the top of the
workspace) to switch on the Paint panel parameters.
Note: If you don’t see the Paint panel, select Window > Paint. To see the Brush tools brush
tips options, select Window > Brush Tips.

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