Join Chris Meyer for an in-depth discussion in this video Importing layered Photoshop files, part of After Effects Apprentice 02: Basic Animation.
- View Offline
In this movie, I will 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 the Layer panel, you will 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 will double- click the Project panel. That will open…the Import File dialog.…The Butterfly Arrangement is the file I want to import.…
The Import As pop-up will allow me to choose Footage or Composition.…Let's start with Footage, and note when I click Open a second dialog appears with the…same options in the Import Kind pop-up.…So you will want to check in this dialog that you are 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 will click OK, and a single image will be imported.…If I double-click and open it in the Footage panel, you will see that it's a…
The After Effects Apprentice videos on lynda.com were created by Trish and Chris Meyer and are designed to be used on their own and as a companion to their book After Effects Apprentice. We are honored to host these tutorials in the lynda.com Online Training Library®.
- 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