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Can After Effects be used for website prototyping?

I know one designer that is a motion graphics guy first, then a UI designer. Recently, produced a website design entirely in After Effects and got my thinking whether that approach can be a viable ...
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Circular ProgressBar Animation

I want to create a simple circular progress animation with either Adobe After Effect or Adobe Flash or any other software that you may suggest. Something like this: Assuming that the graphic assets ...
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How to use After Effects Trim Path with an Illustrator Path

I imported my Illustrator file into After Effects. I then turned the Vector layer into a shape layer. I added a trim path to the shape but the trim path does some weird start to end point mask. Video ...
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Making pixel-less demo videos that look awesome

I've seen a number of awesome demo videos from Google and others that don't have any visible pixels, even when zoomed in a bunch. An example below: (from https://youtu.be/yNP5TJblkFQ?t=34s). I'm ...
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Why isn't the black in a video made with After Effects a true black when it's viewed on Windows 7?

For some reason my video is coming out a lighter black than web #000 black. I'm using After Effects & Web - H.264 profile. Left: Web | Right: Video The photo doesn't do it justice.. it's very ...
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When making a Gradient Ramp can the Start/Stop be relative to the object?

When making a Gradient Ramp in After Effects is there a convenient way for it to be tied to the object its applied to. I'm sure with Expressions I could somehow Pickwhip it together and adjust the ...
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Applying Mask to the Effects in After Effects

As we see on the screenshot above, After Effects CC 2014 by default only applies the mask to the original layer, instead of final blurred image, resulting at a fuzz edge phenomenon when rending ...
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Why does fade in/out animation stop working after animation is exported from After Effects

I've created a simple animation where I have four images (bits of steam) that fade in then out in sequence (shown below). This works fine until I export the animation out and convert it to a gif. As ...
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AE: Particle Emitter Sourcing Multiple Sprites/Layers (Particular)

Looked it up on The Cow, but the answer was very vague so I'm probably not doing it right: I have about 200 icons I want to randomly disperse amongst the comp and have move organically. How can I ...
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How can I apply a color to many paths at the same time in Adobe Illustrator, after importing them from Photoshop?

The zipped PSD file that automatically downloads when you click this link (350 Perfect Icons -- brankic1979) consists of a high number of beautiful icon elements that were originally masked in ...
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Weight of an simple AE animation

I was just wondering, i have never used After Effects and I have no idea how big the animations actually are in terms of KB/MB size. I want to create a simple typographic animation, with music ...
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Is it possible to output to animated png (.apng) in after effects?

I'm working on an animation that is going on an iOS app. The animation itself is currently 10x the size of the entire mobile app, so we're looking for alternate ways to compress the filesize. ...
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Avoid pen tool from modifying another path in After Effects CC?

Sometimes when drawing a path using the Pen Tool in After Effects when I want to click in a place that is near another path a plus sign appears to the pen and modifies that path if I click. How can I ...
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Do I need to stay in Title & Action Safe areas for Youtube

I'm creating a short promo video for a mobile app using After Effects. It's going to be used only on YouTube. I'm trying to show the actual layout of the app, but the menus are all along the left and ...
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Exporting each frame from After Effects as a separate Photoshop file

The Adobe After Effects CC feature Composition -> Save Frame As -> Photoshop Layers does exactly what I want. However, it is very time consuming to do this for each frame (I am animating a game ...
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after effects workflow for popup roulette numbers

I'm using After Effects to create png sequences for roulette's winning numbers. First I create a sample animation with effects and transforms (8 frames). Next I create timeline with colored numbers ...
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When holding shift + scaling a shape layer = doesn't constrain a perfect shape.

I'm on AE CS6 and when I'm scaling a shape layer it doesn't scale perfectly. For instance, I'm scaling an ellipse shape and I want a perfect circle, usually all I have to do is hold the shift key ...
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How to open an After Effects cc project in AE cs6?

I'm using after effect cc and I want to open the project on another computer using cs6. I collected the files (file> dependencies > collect file ) but the project didn't work on cs6 How to ...
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Unwanted interpolation in After Effects

I'm running into an odd problem in After Effects (I'm currently running 4.0 but I've seen it in other versions as well); I'm getting interpolation based on previous values in hand-keyframed sequences. ...
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Blob on path (precise), how did they do it?

I just saw this animation: http://www.panic.lv/ (Load) and here's the animation, disected: http://www.panic.lv/assets/public/images/logo_400.png And I just couldn't wrap my head around how they did ...
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How to count over 1,000,000 in After Effects?

I'm using After Effects CC and I want to count numbers over 2,000,000. There are two effects I tried to use: "slider control" - the problem with this effect it has limit to 1,000,000 and I can't ...
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Trying to reduce the area a layer can bee seen in After effects

I'm creating a UI animation for a phone. I've got it so the menu transitions slowly moves in from the side. However as you can see the menu can be seen coming in from outside of the screen like the ...
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How to change patterns in a clip with an alpha matte version

I'm a beginner in this field and I have to buy this clip from shutter-stock. This clip comes with some pre-rendered patterns and has an alpha-matte version. My question: I want to use different ...
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How to export Animated SVG file from Adobe After Effects?

I am working on a text animation in Adobe After Effects and I want to export my animation as an Animated SVG so that I can use it on my website and Mobile Apps. Does anyone know to do that?
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How can i copy and paste arabic in After effects?

When i try to copy and paste arabic text in After effects the letters in the words look divided one from the other. I already had the same problem with Ps and i had to change the settings of the ...
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Import adjustment layer from Photoshop to After Effects

can I import - and use - adjustment layers from Photoshop to After Effects? I don't want to generate all my gradiation curves once again. Is there a chance?
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After Effects precomposing and text issue (what is the # icon?)

I've been working in a composition containing 65% opacity Shape layer background and some animated text layers on it. Then I'm trying to paste this composition into another one, but there I can see ...
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how to call .aex file in after effects script?

i want to apply a transition between two video clips and the transition is a .aex file. i can apply ffx with "applyPreset". how can i apply it via script? or even an outside code? thanks!
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Need information on .aep files and related stuffs [closed]

I have never used adobe before and in fact have no experience of Graphics design as such. . I got an animation developed on freelancers.com. As a final delivery they are giving me a .aep file. The ...
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What happens when you pre-render a PNG sequence in After Effects?

I have a main timeline with smaller compositions on it. I pre-rendered one of the smaller compositions into a PNG sequence and now the smaller composition is updated on the main timeline as... well, a ...
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Cloudy stormy trailer text background in AFX

I am sure you can imagine what I have in mind (if you can't, few links are at the bottom of the post) Trailers usually have some sort of message at the end (release date, name of the game/movie, etc). ...
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Is it possible to resynchronize after effects source name with its corresponding photoshop layer name after renaming the source name in after effects?

I have an after effects project and a script that exports the after effects animations for use in Unity3D. The animation is complex and uses over 100 layers. Those layers are imported from a psd file ...
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How to move the background in After Effects?

I have just started learning Adobe After Effects, and I couldn't find how to do this : I have a character which looks like walking on a black background. So I want to move the background (or the ...
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After Effects - Parenting shapes to points on a stroke

I've created, rigged, and animated a character in After Effects using strokes for legs and arms. I was wondering if there's a way to parent a shape (such as hands/feet) to the ends of the strokes. ...
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after effects greyscale bmp as mask

I created a grey scale bmp image (depthmap) which corresponds with the first frame in a short video clip. my intention is to use the bmp image as a mask and then track the mask for the remainder of ...
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Animating an Illustrator Line in After Effects

I'm trying to animate a coiled-up looking line into a more relaxed loose looking line. I figured out how to do this in AfterEffects (I opened the Path 1 option and was able to move individual ...
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How do I infinitely loop content in AfterEffects?

I want to scroll these images from top to bottom. When they start to exit the bottom I want to them to re-enter from the top - therefore creating the illusion of infinite scrolling
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How to animate a circle in a rectangle in After Effects?

I've been trying to recreate this simple effect in After Effects, but with no luck so far I'm fairly certain I have to work with a circular mask, but I have no idea how to make it work like in the ...
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Layer to follow edge of a scaling layer

I'm trying to create some templates to use for my videos, I want to create an animated text composed by 3 words (Left Center Right). The animation will look like that: Left Right ...
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Transfer Photoshop animation timeline screenshots into After Effects?

I was wondering if anyone has any ideas on how I could best transfer a Photoshop video timeline with screen shots to After Effects? I was creating a gif then it became a huge production of 301 ...
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A way to automate or speed up transforms on multiple layers in After Effects?

I am trying to create something i like to call pseudo rotation in space. Given multiple objects created in illustrator, each representing the same thing (e.g. a triangle) of different sizes arranged ...
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Adobe After Effects Render Disorted / Preview

My render is distorted for some reason. The preview looks good trough. Using trapcode, filters etc. but separated into compositions. The entire render looks like this... Some hints ?
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Need help in rendering 20 second's motion graphic to 10 second

This is my first day practicing with Adobe After Effects. I got tutorial from youtube and was working on it. I successfully did what was in tutorial and one thing neither I noticed nor mentioned in ...
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import vector file from illustraror(*.ai files) to aftereffect

I want to import vector file from illustrator to aftereffect but it become pixel ed when it imported . Even when i draw a shape with pen in aftereffect it is not vector . What can i do?
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Exporting a GIF for a large number of frames

So I am working on my personal portfolio and am planning to include a GIF in the background. To give a brief idea, it basically shows the transition from a Mobile device to an I-pad and finally to a ...
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How can you convert a 2D image into a rotating 3D image using Photoshop CS5 Extended? Can it be done?

I'm still a beginner to Photoshop and every time I look up how to do this, only tutorials for after effects which I don't have and would honestly like to avoid pop up. I'd be really grateful if ...
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Keeping a common center point on vector objects

I have three vector circles drawn in illustrator. I want to clip off sections creating gaps in each and animate them together but at different speeds rotating on the Z. The problem is when sections ...
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How do I do the circular wipe movement on Photoshop, Premiere or AfterEffects?

Watch this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yAJn3CD2atU See the circular movement "pizza-style" that rotates anti-clockwise? How do I do that, filling the whole screen, using Photoshop, ...
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Creating a mask for a blur effect from a PS layer in After Effects

I importet a PS composition to Adobe After Effects and have trouble achiving to following effect. I have a rendered Text Layer that I want to use to mask a gaussian blur effect. The final effect ...
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After Effects renders with no audio [migrated]

I've been using after effects cs6 to make intros in my youtube template. They always render without sound. I've been exporting them as avi files. I'm currently making one in an mpeg4 format (assuming ...