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Using Animation Presets

Chapter Description

When you apply an effects preset, it can contain multiple effects that already use specific settings and may be a combination of effects that produce a specific result. In this sample chapter from Learn Adobe After Effects CC for Visual Effects and Motion Graphics, learn how to save time with animation presets.

Practicing with Effects Presets

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Now that you’ve learned the basics of using effects presets, it’s time to explore them further. So far, you’ve tried applying an effects preset that generates a background and a text animation preset, but it’s just as useful to apply an effects preset to a video layer. You’ll try this by applying an effects preset to the colorFlow video layer.

To apply an effects preset to a video layer as shown in Video 3.8:

  1. If you haven’t already added the colorFlow.mp4 to the preset bg composition, add it now.

  2. Use the same steps you learned earlier for browsing presets and applying an effects preset to a layer, but this time apply the Colorize - gold dip preset to the colorFlow layer.

    The only difference this time is that when you browse presets in Adobe Bridge, you’ll find the Colorize - gold dip preset effects preset in the Image – Creative subfolder of the Presets folder.

  3. After applying the preset to the colorFlow layer, look at the Effect Controls panel. The properties of the effects preset are there, and you can edit them as you like (Figure 3.8).

    FIGURE 3.8

    Figure 3.8 Effect properties for a selected layer

The effect properties also appear in the Effects properties group for the colorFlow layer. In either panel, you can set up keyframes to animate the effect properties.

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