Introduction to Adobe After Effects

After Effects is a motion graphics and visual effects video composition tool.

 

  1. We begin by opening After Effects and creating a new composition and importing a file.

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2. Using a Photoshop file we used the layers to form our motion graphic composition

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3. The photoshop file should have its layers arranged

 

 

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4. This screenshot demonstrates the isolated layers that are ready to be animated.

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5. We click on SCALE, click on the % number and move your cursor until the layer fits the COMP (ie 38% of original). Alternatively you can click and type over the scale number. The lock between the 2 numbers (width and height) stops the layer from distorting out of the existing height to width ratio.

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We start to manipulating the layer by toggling the transformation properties and applying a keyframe.

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