Join Ian Robinson for an in-depth discussion in this video Using the exercise files, part of After Effects Guru: Using Generator Effects.
- If your membership includes it, you have access to the exercise files. Let me show you how things are organized. Once you've downloaded the files, you should have an Exercise Files folder. I recommend keeping everything organized in the Exercise Files folder in the Exercise Files folder, meaning, if you need to transfer anything to another drive, copy the entire folder as one element. Now, when you open the Exercise Files folder, you should notice that I have multiple folders, one for each chapter.
And then, for each video in each chapter, you'll notice an exercise file. 99.9% of the exercise files are After Effects files, so you need to have After Effects CC installed on your computer. Now, in one instance, in Chapter Four, you'll notice I have a c4d file. This is being referenced by this After Effects file. So, for every video, I'll always start in After Effects. So, if there's ever a question, it's in After Effects. And then, lastly, we have the Assets folder.
In here, these are other footage elements that are referenced by these exercise files. So, if you ever open After Effects and you get a message that something is missing, you might want to double-check and see if that element is in the Assets folder and then you can relink it accordingly.
- Generating graphic backgrounds
- Creating graphic elements such as repeating shapes and gradients
- Creating a map animation
- Animating paths and type
- Adding highlights to 2D and 3D text
- Blending composites