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Chapter 10. Effects Fundamentals > Animating Effects

Animating Effects

Apart from the fact that you can use the Effect Controls window to adjust values, animating effect properties is no different than animating any other properties. As you learned back in Chapter 7, once you activate the stopwatch for a property, the procedure for creating keyframes is simple: Set the current time, set a property value, repeat.

Unlike transform and mask properties, however, each effect can contain numerous animated properties—a fact that can lead to an extremely long (and sometimes unwieldy) expanded layer outline or Effect Controls window. For this reason, you may want to take advantage of property features you may have overlooked in the past. Remember to use pop-up slider controls to avoid expanding the layer outline ad infinitum. You may also want to re-aquaint yourself with the keyboard shortcuts for hiding properties from the layer outline (showing just the animated properties).


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