1Becoming an Illusionist

Welcome to the second edition of The After Effects Illusionist! In this book, we’re going to look at every single native effect in After Effects. But this will not be a duplicate of the After Effects help documentation—far from it. This book is not meant to be exhaustively comprehensive in the literal sense, meaning that we won’t necessarily cover every single property in every single effect. I think the help documentation does a good enough job of that. We’re instead going to focus on the purpose of each effect, and also how to use it creatively. I’ll also let you know my opinion on which effects are a waste of time, and if there are any substitutes that might work better.

In this chapter, we’re going to get you the ...

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