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Chapter 10. Effects Fundamentals

Chapter 10. Effects Fundamentals

At last, you come to the long menu: Effects. As if you didn't already know, effects are used to alter the audio and visual characteristics of layers in almost countless ways. You can employ them to enhance, combine, or distort layers. You can simulate audio-visual phenomenon from light to lightning. You can make changes that are subtle or spectacular. And most important, you can animate these effects over time.

Effects are stored in the Plug-Ins folder, which is itself contained in the After Effects folder. The number and type of effects at your disposal will depend on whether you have the standard version of After Effects or the Production Bundle. You can also add to your repertoire by using effects created by third-party developers.

This is the first of two chapters covering effects. Together, they move from the general to the specific. This chapter begins with an overview of effect categories and then goes on to explain the process you use to apply effects to layers. It also describes how to use the Effect Controls window as a complement or alternative to the standard property controls in the layer outline. The following chapter focuses on each category in the standard set of effects, highlighting prime examples.


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