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Focal Easy Guide to After Effects by Curtis Sponsler

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Layers – Part 1: Discovery

Building Your Projects – One Layer at a Time

Unlike many other compositing programs, After Effects encourages creative artistic experimentation just as if you were using any paint or illustration program. It is this free-form design that sets it apart – its inviting workspace and common sense workflow lure designers into spending hours trying to perfect that new unique look guaranteeing us a spot in the Adobe demo reel. And it all starts with layers.

Layers are the literal building block to every project composition. In the ‘Focus on the Timeline Window’ and ‘Focus on the Composition Window’ sections, we were exposed ...

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