Join Chris Meyer for an in-depth discussion in this video Effects and Presets, part of After Effects CS4: Apprentice's Guide to Key Features.
One of the handiest tools in After Effects is the Effects & Presets panel.…As its name applies, it does two things. It allows you to search and apply Effects…plug-ins and it allows you to search, apply and save animation presets. Now,…this is a fairly tall panel, so it's useful to rearrange your panels to give it more room.…We usually collapse Preview to get a little bit more height and if necessary…we'll even pull down the timeline and pull over the Comp panel to give him more room…so that we can see longer names.…Let's say you were interested in finding what plug-in effects had the word Blur…in their names. Just type blur into the Quick Search dialog and you'll see two things.…
Animation Presets that have blur in their name and also all of your…Effects plug-ins that have blur in their names.…There are two ways you could apply one of these effects to a piece of footage.…One, if you can see the footage already in the Composition panel, just go ahead…and grab your effect and drag it straight onto that footage and just see it opens…
After Effects CS4: Apprentice's Guide to Key Features is a series of guided tours with Chris and Trish Meyer. It is designed as a gentle introduction to some of the major features of After Effects CS4. This quick–start course is for beginners who already know how to animate, users who are not familiar with the latest version, or those who need to get up to speed with advanced tools. Chris and Trish cover features such as text animators, shape layers, expressions, and motion tracking. These guided tours are also included with the second edition of Chris and Trish Meyer's book, After Effects Apprentice (Focal Press).
To learn the basics of animating in After Effects CS4, check out After Effects CS4 Getting Started with Chad Perkins in the lynda.com Online Training Library®. To go deeper, see Chad's After Effects CS4 Essential Training. To get an overview of the new features in After Effects CS4, watch After Effects CS4 New Creative Techniques with Chris and Trish Meyer.
To purchase After Effects Apprentice—the book—go to www.amazon.com.
- Understanding 3D Axis Arrows and Camera Tools
- Working with Text Essentials and Animators
- Using Tracker controls