Join Angie Taylor for an in-depth discussion in this video Using the exercise files, part of After Effects: Creating Project Templates.
- The exercise files that come with this course are extremely easy to use. Just copy the file Exercise Files to the desktop or another folder that you have easy access to, and within that you'll see that there are folders for each chapter. Within each chapter folder there are different projects. If I select Chapter 03 you'll see there is one project for each section of Chapter 03. If I double click this one to open it up, you'll see that it will open up in After Effects quite nicely. Each project should have start and end compositions.
However, there are some projects, like in Chapter 07, where there are start and end projects. In most cases the comps will show the start and end results, but in this case we need the project to show the start and end results. As I said, in most cases you'll have the start and end compositions within the project. Start one will be at the place where you want to start the exercise, the end one will show you the end result. In this case we're adding animation to this one. You'll notice here we have a missing file.
This can happen occasionally if you move folders around after you've copied the files over. If that happens, don't worry. If you see any files like this with the color bars, this indicates a missing file. You can also find missing files by typing the word 'missing' in here and then selecting missing footage. It should isolate the missing file. To fix it, all you need to do is double click it and then find the file. It will be in the Exercise Files folders in Source Files. Here you see the file is highlighted.
Double click it and that links it. I can remove the text and then carry on working. There are also a couple of Premier projects. If we go into Chapter 07 you'll notice that there some PremierPro projects in there as well. We have this PremierPro project here and there's another one in Chapter 04 as well. You will need to use PremierPro to open those. Otherwise, it's a simple case of opening one composition for each exercise in each chapter.
- Coming up with project ideas
- Planning projects
- Building backgrounds and graphical animated elements
- Formatting text
- Structuring the project with controller layers
- Working with color
- Optimizing projects
- Making templates easy for others to use
- Packaging your template project
- Selling your project