Professional multimedia editors are already aware of the importance of their software, as the application they use needs to be both feature-packed and intuitive enough to allow them to easily locate each function with ease. Adobe After Effects is one of the most complex tools one can use for designing motion graphics or cinematic visual effects.
First and foremost, it needs to be mentioned that this software comes with a large installer, therefore it takes a while to download, install and load. Also, the RAM usage tends to be quite high, but this is to be expected from such a product.
When launching the software, the Welcome Screen comes in handy to beginners and pros alike, as it displays tips meant to optimize operating Adobe After Effects.
When creating a new composition, users can customize it by adding text strings, solid colors, camera, lights, as well as new distinct layers. Alternatively, the composition can be viewed as a flowchart, to ensure smooth manipulation of its components.
The application also supports inserting common images or Photoshop-based ones, and users can apply effects such as stylize, distort, and shatter. All the elements can be combined, adjusted and edited so as to obtain a custom high-quality animation - presets can also be of use when looking for inspiration for a new project.
Considering the numerous types of effects and layer actions (such as time-reverse, mask, blend, switch) supported by Adobe After Effects, it is best to experiment with them before applying them to your final creation.
Experts are bound to access the Preferences section when they want to adjust the amount of RAM that can be used by the software, or to configure the video preview and audio hardware settings.
The unregistered version of Adobe After Effects can be used for up to 30 days free of charge, so users need to use this period wisely and experiment with all the functions as much as possible, so as to be able to make an informed decision whether they should purchase a license or not.