Join Chris Meyer for an in-depth discussion in this video User interface overview, part of After Effects Apprentice: 01 CC Pre-Roll.
- When you first launch After Effects,…by default it shows you a start screen.…We can open previous projects,…open another project that you have not opened recently,…or start a brand new project.…You may also pre-select a CC library.…This is a shared panel that appears…in several Adobe applications.…And you may also synchronize your settings.…What that means is, download your preferences…from the cloud in case you're using After Effects…on a laptop and a desktop…and you want to use the same settings on both.…Or you can even load presets…saved by a user who shared them with you.…
If you do not like the start screen,…you can go into After Effect's Preferences - General,…and you have two choices:…whether or not to show the start screen…when you first launch the program…and whether or not you show the start screen…every time you want to open a project.…Again, that can be convenient…if you want to see the menu of previously opened projects.…A lot of people just turn these off…and manually navigate to the projects that they want.…
If you are still using a pre–Creative Cloud version of After Effects, such as CS6, we suggest you watch After Effects Apprentice 01: CS Pre-Roll instead. There have been numerous changes to the After Effects interface, especially in the area of previewing.
- Understanding what's where in After Effects CC
- Customizing the user interface
- Importing sources, including essential settings
- Managing compositions and composition hierarchies
- Previewing work
- Rendering (and exporting) an After Effects project