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Focal Easy Guide to After Effects by Curtis Sponsler

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The After Effects Workspace

Before you delve right in to creating a project, you should understand the basic structure of the After Effects interface. If you’re familiar with most Adobe products, After Effects should look familiar – that’s intentional and welcome. But to people who use many other programs, the interface can appear daunting. Trust me, After Effects is as simple a program to use as it is complex in its capabilities. Let’s examine the interface and dispel any concerns about its intimidating layout.

A glance at the image below shows what a typical (though colorized) ‘workspace’ might look like. It contains the ...

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