Chapter 1 The Motion Graphics Toolbox


An architect’s most useful tools are an eraser at the drafting board, and a wrecking bar at the site.

—Frank Lloyd Wright

Chances are you’ve picked up this book because you want to master Adobe After Effects. Well, it turns out that the path to mastery is a bit windy. We see many motion graphics artists limit themselves by being too narrowly focused. They come to rely on Adobe After Effects for everything. Don’t get us wrong, After Effects has powerful motion graphics capabilities, but it is part of a bigger ecosystem, the Adobe Creative Suite.

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