Chapter 4. Optimize Projects

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Build a system that even a fool can use and only a fool will want to use it.

—George Bernard Shaw

This chapter examines how image data flows through an After Effects project in close detail. It’s full of the kind of information that will help you make the most of After Effects.

Sometimes you take the attitude of a master chef—you know what can be prepped and considered “done” before the guests are in the restaurant and it’s time to assemble the pièce de résistance. At other times, you’re more like a programmer, isolating and debugging elements of a project, even creating controlled tests to figure out how things ...

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