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Chapter 7. Properties and Keyframes

Chapter 7. Properties and Keyframes

As with all things powerful, After Effects both attracts and repels. Initially, users are drawn to its ability to control precisely the behavior and appearance of layers over time. Upon closer inspection, however, they recoil from a cryptic array of controls that looks more like raw telemetry off the space shuttle than artistic tools.

This chapter fearlessly unveils layer properties and begins to demystify animation. Once you understand how to define properties, you can extend your knowledge to control practically any attribute of any layer in the composition. And when you learn how to use keyframes to animate properties, you'll be ready for future chapters in which you'll gain even greater control over layers. Most of all, you'll begin to realize that it's not as hard as it looks.


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