In After Effects CS4 Getting Started, Chad Perkins reveals why he and so many others are passionate about this software. After Effects is an intuitive and powerful environment for experimenting with motion graphics, compositing, and animation. Chad introduces the basic workflow of collecting and organizing assets in the Project panel, assembling them into layered compositions, and applying color correction and other effects. He offers detailed explanations of 3D, text, and character animation options, including the Puppet tool, which is used to bring organic motion to static images. He also shows how to output finished work into file formats that can be used by other applications.
Importing graphics, video, and audio as linked assets
Working with the Timeline
Applying Photoshop-style adjustment layers
Choosing and configuring preset text animation effects