Figure 3.1 A rule of thirds grid used as a composition guide for a motion graphics project in Adobe After Effects.

Composition refers to the arrangement of the individual components in your design; it's the sum of all of the parts that form a finished piece of work. The positioning of individual components on a page, screen, or space is vitally important not only aesthetically but in so many other ways. The location of an object, its proximity to other elements in the design, and its properties can convey messages, meanings, and feelings to the viewer. It's important that you consider these when experimenting with the ...

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