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Chapter 7. Properties and Keyframes

Chapter 7. Properties and Keyframes

Once they see what After Effects can do, most folks can't wait to take a closer look at the program that produces such artful results. Upon closer inspection, however, it's easy to recoil, at least initially, from the cryptic array of controls that look more like the tools of a scientist than those of an artist.

But don't let a few numbers and graphs intimidate you! This chapter fearlessly unveils layer properties and demystifies animation. On ce you understand how to define properties, you can extend a few simple techniques to control practically any property of any layer in a composition. Having conquered that paper tiger, you'll be ready to confront the challenge of animating those properties using something called keyframes.

You'll find the techniques you learn in this chapter are fundamental, and you'll be able to apply them to the features covered in subsequent chapters, from masks, to effects, to 3D layers. More importantly, you'll realize that learning these techniques isn't rocket science, after all. But mastering them is still an art.


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