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Lesson 2. Building Elements from Squares > Creating pulsating strips of squares

Creating pulsating strips of squares

In this section, you start to create a second squares-based element that will become part of the overall project. The first component of this element is made up of three different compositions: a strip of boxes that moves into view from the left; a strip of boxes that moves into view from the right; and a strip of boxes that is not animated. Using transfer modes, you'll make these subcomponents interact with each other so that you see strips of boxes that appear to pulsate, growing wider and then narrower in an apparently random fashion.

Importing a layered source file

For this composition, you use a layered Photoshop source file. When you import this kind of file into After Effects, you can either ignore the layering structure and use the Photoshop file as a single flat image, or you can preserve the integrity of the Photoshop layers so that you can use them separately. To keep the layers, you'll import the file as a composition. The dimensions of the Photoshop layers determine the size of the After Effects composition.


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