How to Prep Photoshop Files for After Effects



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Photoshop is a great place for designing content to animate in After Effects – but knowing how to prep your files and think like an animator is crucial for success! Properly structuring your file and knowing which features transfer smoothly into After Effects will help you spend less time struggling with importing, and more time making those awesome animations!
In this tutorial, SOM’s Senior Motion Designer Kyle Hamrick walks you through prepping an existing Photoshop file, then covers several techniques you’re likely to encounter, like Artboards, Layer Styles, Adjustment Layers, Gradient Maps, preserving Editable Text, and more.

And check out How to Import PSD to AE | https://youtu.be/qZheTq2LBTU

00:00 – Intro
01:12 – The Essentials
03:29 – Resizing
04:58 – Grouping & Folders
06:43 – Assessing Your Images
09:25 – Artboards
10:14 – Linked Files & Smart Objects
11:24 – Textures
12:59 – Preserving Editable Text
13:31 – Layer Styles
14:44 – Adjustment Layers
16:46 – Vector Shapes
17:46 – Masks
19:51 – Wrap-Up

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Duration: 00:20:47

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