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Chapter 2. Creating a Basic Animation Using Effects and Presets
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2Creating a Basic Animation
Using E\ufb00ects and Presets
Lesson overview
In this lesson you\u2019ll learn how to do the following:
\u2022Work with the layers of an imported Illustrator file.
\u2022Use Adobe Bridge to preview and import footage items.

\u2022Apply drop shadow and emboss effects.
\u2022Apply a text animation preset.
\u2022Adjust the time range of a text animation preset.
\u2022Precompose layers.
\u2022Apply a dissolve transition effect.
\u2022Adjust the transparency of a layer.
\u2022Render an animation for broadcast use.
\u2022Export an animation in SWF format for the web.

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Creating a Basic Animation Using E\ufb00ects and Presets
Getting started

Make sure the following files are in the AECS3_CIB/Lessons/Lesson02 folder on
your hard disk, or copy them from the Adobe After Effects CS3 Classroom in a Book
DVD now.

\u2022In the Assets folder: 5logo.ai, ggbridge.jpg
\u2022In the Sample_Movie folder: Lesson02.mov
1Open and play the Lesson02.mov sample movie to see what you will create in this
lesson. When you are done, quit the QuickTime player. You may delete this sample
movie from your hard disk if you have limited storage space.
Setting up the project
When you begin the lesson, restore the default application settings for After Effects.
See \u201cRestoring default preferences\u201d on page 5.
1Press Ctrl+Alt+Shift (Windows) or Command+Option+Shift (Mac OS) while
starting After Effects. When asked whether you want to delete your preferences file,
click OK.
After Effects opens to display a blank, untitled project.
2Choose File > Save As or press Ctrl+Shift+S (Windows) or Command+Shift+S (Mac OS).
3In the Save As dialog box, navigate to the AECS3_CIB/Lessons/Lesson02/
Finished_Project folder.
4Name the project Lesson02_Finished.aep, and then click Save.
Importing footage using Adobe Bridge

In Lesson 1, you learned how to import footage by choosing File > Import > File.
However, After Effects also offers another, more powerful and flexible way to import
footage for a composition: using Adobe Bridge. You can use Adobe Bridge to organize,
browse, and locate the assets you need to create content for print, the web, television,
DVD, film, and mobile devices. Adobe Bridge keeps native Adobe files (such as PSD and
PDF files) as well as non\u00adAdobe application files available for easy access. You can drag
assets into your layouts, projects, and compositions as needed\u037e preview assets\u037e and even
add metadata (file information) to assets to make files easier to locate.

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