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Adobe After Effects Tutorial: Understanding the After Effects panel system in After Effects

What you’ll learn in this After Effects Tutorial:

  • Using the After Effects panels

This tutorial provides you with a foundation for working with Adobe After Effects interface. It is the second lesson in the Adobe After Effects CS6 Digital Classroom book. For more Adobe After Effects training options, visit AGI’s After Effects Classes.

Adobe After Effects Tutorial: Understanding the After Effects panel system in After Effects

By default, After Effects uses a docked, panel-based interface to organize the work area. The entire interface configuration is called a workspace, and After Effects includes a variety of pre-built workspaces to accommodate different working styles and tasks that you may need to accomplish. You can also set each panel to move or float, independently.

The default After Effects workspace is named Standard.

After Effects panels

The After Effects interface is divided into panels, where you will do most of your work. Some panels are for previewing footage or animation, and others set options for the tools, while others are for creating animation. All the panels in After Effects are accessible through the Window menu. To help you better understand the panels, we’ve divided them into two groups: Primary panels, which you will use more frequently, and Secondary panels, which you will use less often.

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