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Snapshots

As you work, you often need to closely compare different frames. In After Effects, you can take a snapshot of a frame, which stores it for later viewing. With a click of a button, you can temporarily replace the current image in a Footage, Composition, or Layer window with the snapshot image. The snapshot doesn't really replace anything; it's just used for quick reference. It's a lot like holding a shirt up to yourself in a mirror to compare it to the one you're wearing. Toggling between the current frame and the snapshot makes it easier to see the differences.

To take a snapshot:

1.
If necessary, cue the footage to the frame you want to use as a reference snapshot.

2.
Click the Snapshot button (Figure 3.85).

Figure 3.85. Click the Snapshot button to store the current image as a snapshot.


The current frame becomes the snapshot, and the Show Last Snapshot button becomes available (Figure 3.86).

Figure 3.86. The current frame becomes the snapshot, and the Show Last Snapshot button becomes available.



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