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Getting started

Make sure that the following files are in the AE_CIB job folder on your hard drive, or copy them from the After Effects 6.0 Classroom in a Book CD now.

  • In the _audio folder: Soundtrack.aif

  • In the _ai folder: Starburst.ai

  • In the Sample_Movies folder: Starburst_final.mov and Lightrays_final.mov from the Sample_Movies/Lesson04 folder on the CD

  • In the Finished_Projects folder: Starshapes04_finished.aep

Before beginning this lesson, restore the default application settings for Adobe After Effects. See “Restoring default preferences” on page 3.

Open and play the two sample movies to see the elements you'll be creating in this lesson. When you finish, quit the QuickTime player. You can delete the sample movies now to save storage space, if necessary.

You'll create both of these elements within a single project. Your first task is to create that project.

1.
Start After Effects 6.0, if it is not already running.

2.
Choose File > New > New Project.

3.
Choose File > Save As.

4.
In the Save Project As dialog box, find and open the _aep folder in the AE_CIB job folder you created earlier.

5.
Type Starshapes04_work.aep to name the project, and then click Save.

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