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Chapter 2. Creating a Basic Animation Using Effects and Presets

Chapter 2. Creating a Basic Animation Using Effects and Presets

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Chapteroverview

Inthislessonyou'lllearnhowtodothefollowing:

UseBridgetopreviewandimportfootageitems.

WorkwiththelayersofanimportedIllustratorfile.

Applydropshadowandembosseffects.

Applyatextanimationpreset.

Adjustthetimerangeofatextanimationpreset.

Precomposelayers.

Applyadissolvetransitioneffect.

Adjustthetransparencyofalayer.

Renderananimationforbroadcastuse.

ExportananimationinFlashformatfortheweb.

Inthislesson,youwillcontinuetolearnthebasicsoftheAfter

Effectsprojectworkflow,includinglearningnewwaysto

accomplishbasictasksandlearninghowtorenderafinal

composition.Youwillcreateasimplenewscastidentification

graphicforafictionalTVstation,Channel5.Youwillanimate



thenewscastIDsothatitfadestobecomeawatermarkthat

canappearinthelower-rightcornerofthescreenduringother

TVprograms.Then,youwillexporttheIDforuseinbroadcast

outputandinFlashformatfortheweb.

Thislessonwilltakeabout1hourtocomplete.







Gettingstarted

MakesurethefollowingfilesareintheAE7_CIB>Lessons>

Lesson02folderonyourharddisc,orcopythemfromthe

AdobeAfterEffects7.0ClassroominaBookDVDnow.

IntheAssetsfolder:5logo.ai,ggbridge.jpg

IntheSample_Moviefolder:Lesson02.mov

1. OpenandplaytheLesson02.movsamplemovietoseewhat

youwillcreateinthislesson.Whenyouaredone,quitthe

QuickTimeplayer.Youmaydeletethissamplemoviefrom

yourharddiskifyouhavelimitedstoragespace.



Settinguptheproject

Whenyoubeginthelesson,restorethedefaultapplication

settingsforAfterEffects.See"Restoringdefaultpreferences".

1. PressCtrl+Alt+Shift(Windows)orCommand+Option+Shift

(MacOS)whilestartingAfterEffects.Whenaskedwhether

youwanttodeleteyourpreferencesfile,clickOK.

AfterEffectsopenstodisplayablank,untitledproject.

2. ChooseFile>SaveAsorpressCtrl+Shift+S(Windows)or

Command+Shift+S(MacOS).

3. IntheSaveProjectAsdialogbox,navigatetotheAE7_CIB

>Lessons>Lesson02>Finished_Projectfolder.

4. NametheprojectLesson02_Finished.aep,andthenclick

Save.







ImportingfootageusingBridge

InChapter1,youlearnedhowtoimportfootagebyusingthe

straightforwardFile>Import>Filecommand.However,After

Effectsalsooffersanother,morepowerfulandflexiblewayto

importfootageforacomposition:usingBridge.Youcanuse

Bridgetoorganize,browse,andlocatetheassetsyouneedto

createcontentforprint,theweb,television,DVD,film,and

mobiledevices.BridgekeepsnativeAdobefiles(suchasPSD

andPDFfiles)aswellasnon-Adobeapplicationfilesavailable

foreasyaccess.Youcandragassetsintoyourlayouts,projects,

andcompositionsasneeded;previewassets;andevenadd

metadata(fileinformation)toassetstomakefileseasierto

locate.

Inthisexercise,youwilljumptoBridgetoimportthestillimagefilethatwillserveasthebackgroundofyour

composition.

1. ChooseFile>BrowseorpressCtrl+Alt+Shift+O(Windows)

orCommand+Option+Shift+O(MacOS).



ToopenBridgedirectly,chooseAdobeBridge

fromtheStartmenu(Windows)ordouble-click

theBridgeiconintheApplications>Adobe

Bridgefolder(MacOS).



Bridgeopens,displayingacollectionofpanels,menus,and

buttons.



2. UsingtheFolderspanelintheupper-leftcornerofBridge,

navigatetoyourAE7_CIB>Lessons>Lesson02>Assets

folder.Tonavigate,clickthearrows(MacOS)orplussigns

(Windows)toopennestedfolders.Youcanalsodouble-click

folderthumbnailiconsinthecontentareaontherightside

oftheBridgewindow.



[Viewfullsizeimage]



TheBridgecontentareaupdatesinteractively.Forexample,

whenyouselecttheAssetsfolderintheFolderspanelat

left,thumbnailpreviewsofthefolder'scontentsappearin

thecontentareaatright.Bridgedisplayspreviewsofimage

filessuchasthoseinPSD,TIFF,andJPEGformats,aswell

asIllustratorvectorfiles,multipageAdobePDFfiles,

QuickTimemoviefiles,andmore.

3. DragthethumbnailslideratthebottomoftheBridge

windowtoenlargethethumbnailpreviews.Optionally,cycle

throughthevariousviewsbyclickingtheFilmstripView( )

andDetailsView( )buttons.Finally,returntoThumbnails

view( ).



[Viewfullsizeimage]



Note

SeeAfterEffectsHelptolearnmoreaboutcustomizingthe

BridgeworkspaceandaboutusingBridgetosearchforand

managefiles.



4. Selecttheggbridge.jpgfileinthecontentarea,andnotice

thatitappearsinthePreviewpanelontheleftsideofthe

Bridgewindow.Inaddition,informationaboutthefile,

includingcreationdate,bitdepth,andfilesize,appearsin

theMetadatapanel.



[Viewfullsizeimage]



5. Toplacetheggbridge.jpgfileinyourAfterEffectsproject,

dooneofthefollowing:

Right-click(Windows)orControl-click(MacOS)the

ggbridge.jpgthumbnailandchoosePlaceInAfterEffects

fromthecontextmenu.



DragthethumbnailtotheProjectpanelinAfterEffects.



[Viewfullsizeimage]



BridgereturnsyoutoAfterEffectswhenyouplacethe

file.LeaveBridgerunninginthebackgroundfornow.







Creatingthecomposition

RememberingtheworkflowyoulearnedinChapter1,thenext

steptobuildingtheTVnewsIDistocreateanewcomposition.

InChapter1,youcreatedthecompositionbasedonfootage

itemsthatwereselectedintheProjectpanel.Youcanalso

createanemptycomposition,andthenaddyourfootageitems

toit.

1. Createanewcompositionbydoingoneofthefollowing:

ClicktheCreateANewCompositionbutton( )atthe

bottomoftheProjectpanel.

ChooseComposition>NewComposition.

PressCtrl+N(Windows)orCommand+N(MacOS).



2. IntheCompositionSettingsdialogbox,dothefollowing:

NamethecompositionChannel_5_News.

ChooseNTSCD1fromthePresetpop-upmenu.NTSC

D1istheresolutionforstandard-definitiontelevisionin

theUnitedStatesandsomeothercountries.Thispreset

automaticallysetsthewidth,height,pixelaspectratio,

andframerateforthecompositiontoNTSCstandards.

IntheDurationfield,type300tospecify3seconds.

ClickOK.



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