01 After Effects Basic Operations and Preferences

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I’m Ayana, a Vtuber!

Today, I will explain the Preview, Effect Control and Tool Panels.


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In addition to the project panel, composition, and timeline panel, there are many other panels in After Effects. Among them, we will explain the three panels that we use most frequently!

Preview Panel

The Preview panel allows you to view the video you are editing by playing it, and to set the playback settings. After Effects has RAM allocated for smooth playback at actual speeds. The preview panel settings and amount of RAM determine whether preview playback will proceed smoothly.

Effect Control Panel

At the default workspace it is important to select a tab to display because it will overlap with the Project panel. When you select a layer, you can check the effects used in that layer and adjust the parameters. Multiple effects can be used in a single layer and are applied in order from the top

Tool Panel

This is the Tool Panel.

The Tool Panel provides the tools you need to work with, including the Selection Tool, Zoom Tool, Pen Tool , Type Tool,…

①Selection Tool ( shortcut key V): The selection tool allows you to select layers, select and move text that you create, objects that you place, and so on.

②Hand Tool (shortcut key H): The Hand Tool can be scrolled and displayed by dragging it on the timeline or composition panel. Pressing the space key or dragging the mouse while selecting other tools, such as the Selection tool, will result in the same behavior as the Hand Tool while pressing.

③Zoom tool (shortcut key Z): You can zoom in the screen by selecting the Zoom tool and left-clicking the mouse inside the Composition panel. Also, you can reduce the display by holding down Alt while left-clicking. You can also zoom in and out by scrolling the mouse wheel

④Rotation Tool (shortcut key W): You can rotate the shape layer by using the rotation tool

⑤Unified Camera Tool (shortcut key C): The Unified camera tool is used to create a camera layer on the timeline.Control your camera to manipulate a three-dimensional 3D space

⑥Pan Behind (Anchor Point) Tool (shortcut key Y): The layer rotates and animates around the anchor point, but the Anchor Point tool is used to manipulate the anchor point that serves as the reference point.

⑦Rectangle Tool (shortcut key Q): You can put a mask on the layer using the Rectangle Tool. By dragging the rectangular tool and pressing it for a long time, other figures will appear to choose from.

⑧Pen Tool (shortcut key G) : With the pen tool, you can use a path to connect dots and put a mask on the drawn part.It’s a little difficult to use the path until you get used to it, but once you get used to it, you’ll be able to use the pen tool in other design software, so let’s learn it!

⑨Type Tool (shortcut key Ctrl+T): You can enter characters by using the horizontal writing tool. If you hold the horizontal writing tool down longer, the vertical writing tool will be displayed and you can select it.

This concludes the explanation of the Preview Panel, Effects Control Panel and Tool Panel!


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