Join Chris Meyer for an in-depth discussion in this video Manipulating and customizing the user interface, part of After Effects Apprentice 01: Pre-Roll.
It's easy to customize the After Effects user interface. For example, when…you have multiple panels open in a frame, you just click in their tabs to…switch between them.…You can resize individual panels. For example, we usually just want to see the…top of the Preview panel.…We rarely need the options underneath.…So we will place the cursor in between panels until the icon changes and drag…between those panels to go ahead and change your size, close them down or open them up.…You can also make panels wider or narrower as needed.…
If you want to resize multiple panels at the same time, place your cursor at the…intersection of multiple panels. It will change to this four-way arrow, and that…way you can now move and resize multiple panels at the same time.…Quite often we are balancing off more space for the Timeline panel versus…more space for the Composition, the actual image that we are viewing and working with.…You can change which frames panels are docked into. For example, this is a bit…crowded for the Audio 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.
- Understanding the user interface
- Customizing the user interface
- Importing sources, including using Adobe Bridge
- Managing compositions
- Previewing work
- Rendering (exporting) a creation
Skill Level Beginner
Q: This course was updated on 11/09/2012. What changed?
A: We have added new sets of exercise files designed for After Effects CS5.5 and After Effects CS6. We also added a movie that shows our premium subscribers how to use the exercise files.