If you’ve never worked in After Effects before, then you’re in for a treat. It may be one of the most fun applications to design in, and if you are familiar with Photoshop then you already know the basics. After Effects works the same way as other Creative Cloud design apps, including Illustrator and InDesign.
- [Instructor] If you've never works in After Effects before then you're in for a real treat. I think this is one of the most fun applications to design in. If you're familiar with Photoshop, you'll already know the basics. After Effects works the same was as other Creative Cloud design applications, including Illustrator and In Design. In fact, the main panels in After Effects function the same way as panels in other applications. The only real difference is what they're named. The timeline panel in After Effects works like the layers panel in the other apps. The composition panel is similar to the canvas in Photoshop, or an art board in illustrator, or a page in In Design.
The project panel shows linked files, just like a link to smart object in Photoshop, or the links panel in both Illustrator and In Design. Finally, a pre-comp or a pre-composed composition in After Effects works like a smart object in Photoshop or a symbol in Illustrator, allowing you to have multiple instances of the same artwork throughout your layout. As I mentioned, After Effects works a lot like Photoshop. In Photoshop, we can apply effects to layers, then specify the properties. After Effects uses the same workflow to apply effects to layers in the timeline panel.
When you first look at the After Effects interface, it can be a little intimidating, but for this course we're only going to be using a few panels, the timeline panel, which is where we'll find all of our layers, the composition panel, where we'll create our layouts, the project panel, which shows us the linked files as well as the compositions and artwork that we may have created, and the pre-comps, that can be opened or closed from the timeline panel or opened from the project panel. There are two more panels that you won't see in the other design applications that I mentioned. These are the effects and presets, and the effect controls panels. The effect and presets panel works a lot like the filter menu in Photoshop, where you browse and apply effects.
The effect controls panel works a lot like the layer styles dialogue box in Photoshop, where you set the properties for the effects you've applied. Now that we've had a brief overview, the best way to learn is to dive in. Next, we'll take a look at what's included in the exercise files, and then we'll begin editing our spherical panoramic photo.