1 After Effects 101

Moving in and getting comfortable

After Effects can be thought of as a blank canvas – a canvas that comes with hundreds of brushes and tools to create images with. The problem with too many tools is that it can be hard to know where to start. Therefore, in this first chapter we want to give you an overview of the After Effects user interface. We also want to give you an idea of how After Effects “thinks” – how projects are structured, how to import sources, and how everything comes together.

Our example project files share footage from a central Sources folder on the DVD. If you copy the Chapter Example Projects and Bonus Chapters folders to your hard drive, be sure to also copy the Sources folder. If After Effects cannot ...

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