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Chapter 2. Organizing Your Project > Keeping an After Effects Project Tidy

Keeping an After Effects Project Tidy

Up until this point, we’ve focused on ways to keep your After Effects project organized using external factors. Truth be told, there’s a lot you can do within After Effects. We’re continuously amazed at how bloated some projects become. This is due to designers just dragging in every file under the sun and never taking the time to occasionally sort or purge. Think of how your kitchen would get if you never bothered to throw anything away. After Effects offers several easy to use commands that can keep your project streamlined for success.

Importing Folders

A best practice we try to follow is to match the folder structure of our After Effects project to the structure of our media folder on the hard drive. This simplified approach makes media management and version control tasks pretty straightforward, because your project can serve as a virtual map. It also makes reconnecting to media files easier if you ever need to.


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