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Adobe After Effects CS3 Professional Classroom in a Book for Windows and Mac OS by Adobe Creative Team

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Chapter 1. Getting to Know the Workflow

Getting to Know the Workflow

Whether you use After Effects to animate a simple DVD title sequence or to create complex special effects, you generally follow the same basic workflow. The After Effects interface facilitates your work and adapts to each stage of production.

Lesson overview

In this lesson you’ll learn how to do the following:

  • Create a project and import footage.

  • Create compositions and arrange layers.

  • Navigate the After Effects interface.

  • Use the Project, Composition, and Timeline panels.

  • Apply basic keyframes and effects.

  • Preview your work using standard and RAM previews.

  • Customize the workspace.

  • Adjust preferences related to the ...

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