Join Chris Meyer for an in-depth discussion in this video Importing layered Photoshop files, part of After Effects Apprentice: 02 Basic Animation.
- [Trish] In this movie, I'll be covering the various ways…of importing a layered Photoshop file into After Effects.…First, let's have a look at the file in Photoshop.…It has a number of layers,…and if you look at LAYER panel, you'll see that many of them…have layer styles applied.…Provided I import this file as a composition,…I'll be able to edit these layer styles if I wish.…So in After Effects, I'll double click the Project panel…that'll open the Import File dialogue.…The Butterfly Arrangement is the file I want to import.…
The Import As pop-up…would allow me to choose Footage or Composition.…Let's start with Footage.…And note when I click Open, a second dialogue appears…with the same options in the Import Kind pop-up.…So you will want to check in this dialogue…that you're importing it using the method you prefer.…If I choose Footage, I have a choice between merged layers…and choosing an individual layer.…Let's look at Merged Layers first.…I'll click OK, and a single image will be imported.…If I double click and open it in the Footage panel,…
After Effects Apprentice is created by Trish and Chris Meyer and designed to be used on their own and as a companion to their book After Effects Apprentice.
- Starting a project from scratch
- Building a composition
- Arranging and transforming layers interactively and numerically
- Animating parameters including motion paths
- Applying and re-using effects
- Creating variations and rendering the final movie
- Importing layered Photoshop files
- Understanding alpha channels
- Avoiding common mistakes
Skill Level Beginner
Q: This course was updated on 11/09/2012. What changed?
A: We added new movies on using the exercise files that come with this course, and working with the Global Performance Cache in After Effects CS6. We have also added exercise files designed for After Effects CS6.
Q: This course was updated on 11/07/2016. What changed?
A: We updated eight movies to stay up to date with the latest changes in After Effects CC.