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Chapter 1. The Motion Graphics Toolbox > Making Integration Trouble-free

Making Integration Trouble-free

A major focus of the Creative Suite is to eliminate wasted steps. Instead of constantly rendering or exporting media assets, you’ll find support for exchanging media through Dynamic Link as well as layered graphics. On first use, linking may seem a little confusing, but you’ll find that the flexibility and speed benefits are enormous. Being able to copy and paste or send assets between applications is a huge time-saver (rendering and exporting are avoided until final render or output). Disk space is also conserved (no need for intermediate files).

Working with Image Files

Using After Effects is a great way to animate images. Whether it’s a vector logo or a still photo, it’s easy to import and apply effects and transformations. Throughout this book we’ll use sources created or manipulated in Photoshop and Illustrator. Although Photoshop is traditionally thought of as a raster-editing program and Illustrator as a vector-editing program, you can actually work with both types of graphics in either application.


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