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After Effects Apprentice, 2nd Edition by Chris Trish Meyer

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Exploring the After Effects landscape

In This Lesson

project structure
The Application Window
The Tools Panel
The Project Panel
Importing Footage
The Composition Panel
The Timeline Panel
The Layer Panel
Info, Preview, Audio panels
Effects & Presets, Effect Controls
Workspaces
Adobe Bridge

In this section, we want to give you the “lay of the land” inside After Effects and show you how to move around inside it. You will learn what each of the major sections of the user interface are called and what they are for, as well as how to rearrange the interface to best suit the task at hand.

The After Effects Project

Before we explain the pieces of the puzzle, we should first explain the puzzle they are part of: namely, an After Effects project. ...

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