Learn how to use existing presets, design custom effects, and save time with the prebuilt animations in After Effects.
- Hi, my name's Rich Harrington. And welcome to this After Effects Guru class. This series is designed to help you take a deeper look at core features that are useful to people working with After Effects professionally, or with serious in-depth application. Today, we're gonna be exploring presets. And these are quite useful. After Effects ships with several available presets included as well as additional ones that you can download or create yourself. To get started, we'll take a look at applying presets as well as sorting through the available presets.
Searching for just what you want, applying it to a layer, and then making some adjustments. Once that's done, we'll explore where presets are actually stored on your hard drive. This is important in case you want to share them with others or learn how to back these files up. While Creative Cloud does contain some syncing features, it is important that you know how to manually back up your presets. For example, sometimes when you install a new version of the application, the old version might be removed. And if you haven't backed up those presets, you might find it difficult to restore them.
We'll also cover how to download and install additional third-party presets. To get started, we'll pull some down from the Adobe website that are really quite cool and build upon the built-in ones that are already included with After Effects. Then I'll show you a third-party website and teach you how to search for these. Once you get the hang of presets, it's important that you learn how to organize them. You see you can organize them at the finder or explorer level. And this organization will translate back inside of After Effects. Additionally, it's important that you know how to save your own presets.
This'll allow you to save a lot of time as well as contribute to the creative community by saving and submitting these presets so others can use them. I'll make sure that you've also mastered the effects panel. So you know how to modify presets as well as really see which properties as well as effects are being selected for inclusion in a preset. We'll then take them for a spin and put these animation presets into action. I'll walk you through several of the built-in as well as downloadable Adobe presets and give you some ideas and examples on how effects and animation presets can be used as part of the motion graphics or visual effects process.
And finally, we'll explore text animation presets. While this isn't an in-depth look at text animation, they are related to effects presets. And I think it's important that you see how the same skills you learned with saving effects can be applied to saving text animation. Of course if you wanna learn more about text animation, you'll find additional deeper coverage available here on lynda.com. Alright, there's a lot to cover so let's jump in and start to explore.
- Applying and viewing presets
- Composing and saving presets
- Refining animation presets for custom results
- Browsing and loading presets
- Getting useful results from built-in presets