Adobe After Effects Tutorials!









These are my notes taken from the After Effects Tutorials.

To Start a new project you first need to create a new composition:

Composition Settings:- You need to set the preset. ( For this brief we need to create a HDV 1080 50i)

-Also needs to set the duration of the timeline (For this we need 20 seconds)

-Resolution need to be set as the ration of the footage.

-As you work you can adjust the resolution to alter the render speed.

*When Importing Photoshop files always import as a PSD and make it the same size as the frame of the composition.

*Primarily use illustrator files as the vector images will never loose the quality. (.ESP is the preferred file).

*You can create your own layers in your composition within After Effects. These layers can be animated and manipulated within your composition along side your imported files.

*Key Frames- Key Frames are ued to alter an object or effect at different moments along the time line. You can use paths between these key frames which object will follow the same way as the pen tool in illustrator.

* The path of an object is only used for the position of an object. The path is made up of dots which each represent a frame of the composition.

* The Key Frame interpolation can be altered by selecting the key frames you want to alter and going to the keyframe interpolation. Linear and besiere are common interpolations that are used for the curved and straight paths.

*Guides- Using the title safe and action safe guides are recommended so that the viewers are always able to see the action within the composition. This is used so that when the composition is viewed on a CRT Monitor on an old TV the action or titles are not cropped.

*As you composit images the hide background tool may be useful to view a single image.

*As you work on your timeline it is best to work on one individual layer at a time as you will not get confused and will be able to view the timeline in a clear manner.

*Shortcuts:-
U- Reveals all animated properties when the layer is selected.
S- reveals the Scale
P- Position
R- Rotation
T-Opacity
B- Set a beginning and end of your work area
N- Set the end of your work area.

*Shy switch hides layers in the timeline not the composition. Less scrolling when the timeline is very complex.

*Continuously rasterize is used to keep the quality of a vector based image as it is been manipulated.

*Quality switch is used to preview things quicker turning on the switch to view on less important layers.

*Alt key can be used to change the rate of key frames movement when multiple key frames are selected. The first keyframe will stay the same place but the distance will increase and decrease between other keyframes.

*Motion blur switch apply to a solid layer position change which has been animated.

*Adjustment layers are used to globally apply a change to all layers below the adjustment layer.

*3D layer switch will add a Z coordinate to a layer that you have selected.

*Modes are used in the same way as blend modes in Photoshop.

*Mask-Selectively alter the transparancy of an image or composition.

*Adding and subtracting determans wether you can see what is inside or outside the mask.

*Using the pen tool you can create your own masks and alter the shape of the mask by adding and subtracting points and then changing their position.

*You can use illustration artwork as a mask. You can do this by converting your image into outlines and copy and pasting it onto the layer and it will be automatically used as a mask.

*Grouping layers in a composition- To apply the same the same motion or effect or keyframe to other layers is simply copy and paste.

* To apply it to multiple layers use the parent child tool to link layers to one another.

* To ungroup the link you use the tool called split layers which enables to to edit individual layers again.

*Pre-Composition-Subsituting selected layers for layers from different compositions.

*Masks on adjustment layers- Using Masks on adjustment layers is a way to selectively apply effects to a composition.

*Animation Presets-Ready made combinations of filters and effects that can be applied to your composition. In order to use one you should apply them to a layers preferably to a solid layer.

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