Hit the ground running with a variety of effects and animation presets in After Effects. You can use them to create great-looking animations quickly and easily.
In this lesson, you will become more familiar with the Adobe After Effects project workflow. You’ll learn new ways to accomplish basic tasks as you create a simple identification graphic for the introduction to a video presentation called “Explore Hawaii” for the fictional Blue Crab Charter Services. You will animate the title and logo so that they fade to become a watermark in the lower right corner of the screen during the presentation. Then you’ll export the introduction for broadcast output.
First, take a look at the final project files to see what you’ll be doing.
Make sure the following files are in the Lessons/Lesson02 folder on your hard disk, or download them from www.adobepress.com now:
In the Assets folder: BlueCrabLogo.ai, MauiCoast.jpg
In the Sample_Movies folder: Lesson02.avi, Lesson02.mov
Open and play the Lesson02.avi sample movie in Windows Movies & TV or the Lesson02.mov sample movie in QuickTime Player to see what you will create in this lesson. When you are done, close Windows Movies & TV or QuickTime Player. You may delete the sample movies from your hard disk if you have limited storage space.
Before you begin the lesson, you’ll restore the default application settings for After Effects. See “Restoring default preferences” on page 3 for more information.
Start After Effects, and then immediately hold down Ctrl+Alt+Shift (Windows) or Command+Option+Shift (macOS) to restore default preferences settings. When prompted, click OK to delete your preferences.
In the Home window, click New Project.
After Effects opens to display a blank, untitled project.
Choose File > Save As > Save As.
In the Save As dialog box, navigate to the Lessons/Lesson02/Finished_Project folder.
Name the project Lesson02_Finished.aep, and then click Save.