Chapter 1. After Effects: The Big Picture

“It’s the Photoshop of dynamic media.”

Summing up After Effects often leads to a comparison to its more famous sibling, Adobe Photoshop. Just as Photoshop lends you precise control over still images, After Effects gives you startling command over moving images. And, like Photoshop, After Effects has established itself as one of the leading programs of its kind. But don’t take the comparison too far: Judge After Effects for its unique merits.

After Effects brings together typography and layout, photography and digital imaging, digital video and audio editing, even 3D animation. You can edit, composite, animate, and add effects to each element. And you can output the results for presentation in traditional ...

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