Join Chris Meyer for an in-depth discussion in this video Importing sources, part of After Effects Apprentice 02: Basic Animation.
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Now, let's look at the various ways you can import sources.…Before I import anything though, I am going to select the Sources folder.…That way anything I import will be automatically sorted inside this folder.…In the Pre-Roll lesson, we showed you how to browse in Bridge and preview sources.…If you double-click anything in Bridge at that point, it'll be added and…imported to your After Effects project.…You can also import using the File > Import > File option.…The shortcut is Command+I on Mac, Ctrl+I on Windows.…
This opens the Import File dialog.…If I navigate to my Sources folder, the first source I'm going to import for…this animation is Snowstorm Title.…This is a TIFF file with an alpha channel.…Because the Alpha channel is unlabeled, it's asking me to interpret it either a…Straight or Premultiplied.…I'll cover these options again at the end of this lesson.…For now, I'll just click on Guess, and it correctly identified it as a source…with an alpha channel that's pre-multiplied with white.…
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