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Chapter 1. The Effects Toolset > A Useful Effects Palette

A Useful Effects Palette

There's an old joke among effects artists working in After Effects that virtually any visual effect can be accomplished with just two effects: Levels and Fast Blur. This is, of course, a major exaggeration (I would want at least half a dozen!), but it makes a couple of important points about After Effects and its users:

  • Most users will never use the majority of effects in the Effect menu. Many effects, in fact, are there only to support old, otherwise outdated projects created in previous versions of After Effects.

  • After Effects artists get a bad rap in the visual effects community for always wanting an effect plug-in to do for them what can actually be done with the core tools, if the artist knows how the effect is achieved.


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