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Getting started

  1. To ensure that the tools and palettes function exactly as described in this lesson, delete or deactivate (by renaming) the After Effects preferences file. See "Restoring default preferences" .

  2. Start the After Effects application. An untitled Project window appears.

  3. Choose File > Save As, name the file 04Work.aep, and save it in the Projects folder.

  4. To set up the project composition, choose Composition > New Composition. Name it YouDig Comp, set the Frame Rate to 15 frames per second, and set the Duration to 02:16 (2 seconds, 16 frames). Leave the Frame Size set to the default of 320 × 240 pixels. Click OK.

Importing the source documents into After Effects

You can import Adobe Photoshop files complete with image layers, adjustment layers, layer masks, and layer effects into your After Effects projects. This makes it possible to prearrange the composition in Adobe Photoshop; the files in this example have been set up with this in mind. In this section, you will import two Adobe Photoshop files as composi-tions, and then animate the layers.


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