By Antony Bolante

Right here to get filmmakers, net designers, broadcasters, and electronic artists of all types in control on After results CS4—and in time to fulfill their subsequent deadline—is everyone's favourite task-based consultant. via step by step directions, more suitable by means of suggestions, sidebars, and many visible aids, veteran video editor Antony Bolante exhibits readers find out how to successfully and successfully import and deal with pictures, view and edit layers, observe results, animate variety, and extra. they are going to know about key gains with genuine international examples of ways and while positive aspects may be used, together with what is new in After results CS4: the addition of Imagineer System’s Mocha for Adobe After results, which permits clients to do movement monitoring for tricky photographs; the power to export wealthy media compositions from After results to Adobe Flash; searchable timelines and initiatives, plus more straightforward composition navigation; the power to import Photoshop 3D layers; self sufficient keyframing of X, Y, and Z axis positions; the recent comic strip impact for developing an lively glance to stay photos; and lots of extra improvements.

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BOEUIFTPVSDFGPPUBHFJT UFNQPSBSJMZSFQMBDFECZBDPMPSCBSQMBDFIPMEFS 5JQT N To open a project you worked on recently, choose File > Open Recent Projects and choose the name of the project in the submenu. N With After Effects running, press ShiftCommand-Option-P (Shift-Ctrl-Alt-P) to open the most recently opened project (think p for previous project). N You can open projects and project templates, and browse tips and online resources from After Effects’ Welcome screen, as described in the section, “Starting from the Welcome Screen,” earlier in this chapter.

Do either of the following: S To import the entire sequence as a single motion footage item, select the first file in the sequence. S To import part of the sequence as a single motion footage item, select the first file in the range, and then Shiftclick the last file in the range. 16). The Import File dialog automatically indicates the file format for the Sequence check box. If you specified a limited range of files in the sequence to import, the dialog also displays the range next to the Sequence check box.

The type of alpha channel present in a file depends on the program used to save it. In most cases, After Effects can detect and interpret it automatically. Otherwise, it treats the alpha channel according to the setting specified in the Import pane of the Preferences dialog: Ask User—Prompts you to choose an interpretation method each time you import footage with an unlabeled alpha channel Guess—Attempts to automatically detect the file’s alpha channel type (if After Effects can’t make a confident guess, it beeps at you) Ignore Alpha—Disregards the alpha channel of imported images *NQPSUJOH'JMFTXJUI"MQIB$IBOOFMT Straight (Unmatted)—Interprets the alpha channel as straight alpha Premultiplied (Matted With Black)— Interprets the alpha channel as premultiplied with black Premultiplied (Matted With White)— Interprets the alpha channel as premultiplied with white  $IBQUFS *NQPSUJOHB-BZFSFE'JMF BTB4JOHMF'PPUBHF*UFN When you import a layered Photoshop or Illustrator file as a footage item, you can either import all the layers as a single merged item or import layers individually.

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