Join Owen Lowery for an in-depth discussion in this video Using the exercise files, part of Creating a Handmade Look in After Effects 03: Compositing and Reusing Elements.
- [Voiceover] If you're a member of the lynda.com online training library you have access to the exercise files. Once you download the exercise files you'll see the Master After Effects projects contained within the folder. All the assets used in this project are linked to the footage folder here as well. If you're planning to follow the course from start to finish you can just use this master file. If you're planning to jump in later on in the course please use the corresponding project files for each movie sorted in these chapter folders.
There's also a Robots Preset folder containing all the animation presets we'll be creating and using throughout this course. You can install these by copying this entire folder into your After Effects presets. Locations may vary depending on work station. We'll actually be creating these presets as we go. But, for those jumping in later on, we will reference these, so it's a good idea to install them. I'll be working in After Effects CC 2015 but there are exercise files back saved as far as CS6 within the previous versions folder.
If you're working in a previous version of After Effects the main difference you'll notice is how preview works. Anything from CC 2014 and earlier uses RAM Preview, which has changed in CC 2015. Don't fret, it just means some people will be using RAM Preview and others the spacebar. For this course we'll be using the original project file from the OhNoRobots video. When you open the project file in After Effects you'll notice three main folders in the project window. Project Comps, Assets, and Solids.
The Solids folder contains all the solids and adjustment layers that After Effects automatically organizes when they're created. The Assets folder is where we'll place any assets we import or create throughout the course. There are already pre-created assets in there. Feel free to click around. At the very top of the project window is the Project Comps folder which contains folders for the scene comps and the scene pre-comps. In the Master Comps folder you'll find the OhNoRobots Master Edit.
This is where we'll be focusing most of our attention for this course. Using this composition as a home base as we proceed. Whether you're following along with the OhNoRobots project or working with your own assets, setting up an organized and clearly labeled folder structure is very helpful. The time you put into organizing and labeling your project assets as you work will triple or quadruple in time saved down the road.
Want to create the lo-fi mograph effects seen in this course? Check out Creating a Handmade Look in After Effects 02: Design and Animation.
- Saving animation presets
- Repurposing assets
- Compositing effects
- Creating custom vignettes
- Creating a grunge texture with a scanned image
- Adding imperfections to frames
- Exporting your animation