Adobe After Effect
After Effect Project
Why I chose the Topic?
Why this topic is important to study?
What I've Learned
- How to create a new After Effects project.
- How to create key frames to move objects from one side of the screen to another.
- How to create Shortcuts and Tools at the top of pages.
- How to make interesting projects using After Effects.
- How to create layers.
- How to modify layers.
- How to create masks.
- How to edit masks.
How to create the settings for an after effect project?
- Open Adobe After Effects.
- Click New Project.
- Once it opens up a window similar to Premiere Pro, go to the very top of the program page and click Composition -> New Composition.
- Title the composition to whatever you intend to create. Make sure that the composition is preset to HDV/HD TV 720 29.97 or 25, on square pixels, and the square pixel setting should be formatted to whatever your preset is.
How to create keyframes?
- Click on the selected layer on the composition.
- Find out which element of the layer you want to move. Do you want to make it rotate or change the objects position?
- There will be a stopwatch button next to the objects intention.
- Click the stopwatch at the associated time and make it is at the position of the correct time. Now move the objects bar line and move it to the place where you want the object to end at.
Shortcuts and Main Tools Used in After Effects
Shortcut in After Effects
There are numerous shortcuts and tools available in Premiere Pro. Some of the most useful shortcuts would be:
- Control P, R, A, and L using this on an object makes it clearer and easier to keyframe portions of the layer.
- Control D is one of the most useful shortcuts on After Effects since you can duplicate the layer or solid faster.
- Control N allows you to create a new composition.
- Alt+Shift+J allows you to go to a specific time on the composition.
- Page down lets you go forward one frame and page down lets you go back one frame.
- A period lets you zoom in on the composition.
- A comma lets you zoom out of the composition.
- Control z lets you undo your last step just like in Premiere Pro.
- Control Y lets you create a new solid layer.
Main Tools used in After Effects
Here is a list of tools that you mainly use in After Effects:
Selection Tool- The selection tool is used to move an object or text around the screen.
Hand Tool- Lets you zoom in and move the composition area around.
Zoom in/out Tool- Lets you zoom in and out of the composition.
Rotation Tool- Lets you rotate text layers or compositions itself.
Pen Tool- Used to create masks.
Text Tool- Used to add or edit text.
Rectangle Tool- Let's you mask shapes or solids you want.
Eraser Tool- Let's you erase certain masks or images of the composition.