Join Chris Meyer for an in-depth discussion in this video Importing sources, part of After Effects Apprentice: 02 Basic Animation.
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.…
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.