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Swapping images

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Now often times I'll find myself in this situation where I'll need to start building an animation but I don't have the final elements to actually start the animation. So that may seem like a big issue, but honestly as long as you have a general idea as to the size of the elements you are going to be working with, you can go ahead and start animating with the elements that you currently have. So to give you an example, let's look at a RAM Preview of our project right now. I'm just going to go over my Preview panel, and load this up in the RAM Preview.

Swapping images

Now often times I'll find myself in this situation where I'll need to start building an animation but I don't have the final elements to actually start the animation. So that may seem like a big issue, but honestly as long as you have a general idea as to the size of the elements you are going to be working with, you can go ahead and start animating with the elements that you currently have. So to give you an example, let's look at a RAM Preview of our project right now. I'm just going to go over my Preview panel, and load this up in the RAM Preview.

Now as you can see, I have this kind of funky animation built with the shapes that sort of fly through the scene. Now I wasn't sure whether these would be the final shapes or not but I went ahead and started building the animation. Now I'm going to stop playback here for a second. Just in case, I have to come back and actually use this version, I'm going to create a different version while still keeping this original version built. So in order to do that, I'm going to select my Multi_Moves composition, and go up under Edit and choose Duplicate.

Now Multi_Moves 2 will give me my duplicate that we can alter. So let's double-click on Multi_ Moves 2 and look at what we have. Well we have a pre-composition named Move. So if I double-click that comp you notice, well, I only have one version of Move. So I need to create a duplicate version of Move, if I'm going to change the other composition. So let's select Move and go up under Edit and choose Duplicate. Now if you double-click Shape2 in the Project panel, look in the layer viewer and you can see we have this circular shape.

Now the new shape we're going to replace this with is going to be a square. So let's import that into our project. Double-click on the Project panel, and navigate in your Exercise folder to your Footage folder, and in there under Illustrator we want to choose Shape3. Now we can set this to Import As Footage making sure not to select this Sequence option. Okay now when we click Open, we have Shape3. If you double-click to view it, you can see now this is the square.

So let's double-click and open Move 2. Now within Move 2, select every single layer that's labeled Shape 2. So I'm going to click Layer 1 and hold Shift and click on Layer 4 so they're all selected. To change the shape out, you need to hold the Option key on a Mac or Alt on Windows and then choose the other shape that you want to use. So I'm going to choose shape 3 and while I'm holding Option, I'm going to drag it down to the timeline. When we let go with our mouse, notice Shape 3 is now in place and since it was roughly the same size with Shape 2, if we scrub through the timeline here you can notice I'm getting the exact same animation. That's great! Now if we open up Multi_Moves 2, you can see I haven't changed out that element in this version yet.

We need to actually swap out the Move composition. So select Layer 2, hold down Shift and select Layer 4. Now layers 2, 3 and 4 are selected and we can hold down Option on the Mac, Alt on the PC, and select the Move 2 comp and drag it down into the timeline. When I let go, now notice that new composition has been updated in this version. So if we scrub through our timeline here, you can see we have our new animation with all the keyframes and the new shape and we still manage to keep the original animation with the Multi_Moves comp.

Let's double-click that and scrub through, and you can see now we have two versions of the same animation with two different graphics by using Option+Drag to swap the images.

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After Effects CS6 Essential Training

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  1. 1m 8s
    1. What is After Effects?
      1m 8s
  2. 2m 53s
    1. Welcome
      1m 40s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 13s
  3. 1h 8m
    1. The six foundations of AE
      5m 3s
    2. Introducing the interface and the workspace
      7m 51s
    3. Understanding compositions
      8m 48s
    4. Getting comfortable with layers
      7m 33s
    5. Getting started with animation and keyframes
      8m 30s
    6. Understanding effects
      3m 26s
    7. Moving in 3D space
      7m 41s
    8. Rendering your first animation
      8m 20s
    9. Specifying preferences and cache settings
      5m 44s
    10. Staying organized
      5m 15s
  4. 38m 6s
    1. Creating compositions
      7m 19s
    2. Importing footage and compositions
      7m 54s
    3. Preparing compositions for animation
      8m 7s
    4. Introducing renderers
      3m 15s
    5. Understanding precomposing
      7m 16s
    6. Relinking missing footage
      4m 15s
  5. 59m 58s
    1. Defining layers
      6m 23s
    2. Creating type
      5m 58s
    3. Creating layer solids and shapes with masks
      7m 55s
    4. Building shape layers
      6m 17s
    5. Understanding switches and blend modes
      8m 26s
    6. Crafting custom shapes and masks
      6m 18s
    7. Creating variable-width feathered masks
      5m 1s
    8. Rotoscoping with the Roto Brush
      8m 20s
    9. Refining with the Roto Brush
      5m 20s
  6. 1h 8m
    1. Understanding keyframes
      6m 1s
    2. Adding and adjusting keyframes
      9m 54s
    3. Interpolating keyframes
      8m 5s
    4. Adjusting keyframes in the Graph Editor
      7m 17s
    5. Understanding positional keyframes
      7m 0s
    6. Controlling animation with parenting and the pick whip
      9m 57s
    7. Understanding animation paths
      6m 27s
    8. Timing to audio
      4m 41s
    9. Trimming and sliding edits
      5m 31s
    10. Swapping images
      4m 1s
  7. 29m 7s
    1. Layering multiple effects
      9m 13s
    2. Generating graphic effects with adjustment layers
      7m 28s
    3. Building backgrounds with effects
      6m 50s
    4. Creating animated strokes
      5m 36s
  8. 40m 15s
    1. Introducing cameras
      10m 3s
    2. Working with 3D layers
      6m 37s
    3. Positioning layers
      6m 13s
    4. Adding lights and working with Material Options
      9m 21s
    5. Using 3D precompositions
      2m 5s
    6. Adjusting depth of field
      5m 56s
  9. 28m 31s
    1. Caching and prerendering
      6m 33s
    2. Understanding the alpha channels
      5m 18s
    3. Using the Render Queue
      4m 34s
    4. Rendering with Adobe Media Encoder
      7m 15s
    5. Archiving finished projects
      4m 51s
  10. 44m 27s
    1. Creating type animators
      12m 16s
    2. Animating type in 3D space
      6m 35s
    3. Adding and animating type on a path
      8m 45s
    4. Composing 3D type
      8m 41s
    5. Animating shape layers
      8m 10s
  11. 32m 45s
    1. Creating stylized video
      6m 47s
    2. Retiming video footage
      9m 31s
    3. Retouching with the Rubber Stamp tool
      10m 19s
    4. Smoothing shaky camera footage
      6m 8s
  12. 14m 19s
    1. Understanding keying
      3m 19s
    2. Creating a garbage mask
      4m 27s
    3. Getting started with Keylight
      6m 33s
  13. 15m 56s
    1. Importing Photoshop documents
      6m 11s
    2. Importing Illustrator files
      4m 24s
    3. Working With Premiere Pro projects
      5m 21s
  14. 1h 15m
    1. Adjusting ray-tracing quality
      8m 19s
    2. Tracking footage
      8m 15s
    3. Extruding shapes
      8m 39s
    4. Bending layers
      8m 38s
    5. Adjusting ray-traced lighting and materials
      9m 22s
    6. Adding environment maps
      4m 58s
    7. Beginning compositing
      8m 52s
    8. Creating render passes
      10m 17s
    9. Building a final composite
      8m 14s
  15. 1m 8s
    1. What's next
      1m 8s

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