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After Effects 7's Create Photoshop

Working with sizes By Ko Maruyama
After Effects 7 has a new feature that allows you to create brand new Photoshop documents from within the After Effects application.  While you may have previously used Photoshop and After Effects together before, this can be a "click-saving" routine, allowing for quick and easy creation of Photoshop elements.

Most, if not all, After Effects users have used Photoshop.  It's an easy way to create or modify your bitmap imagery for After Effects.  My first job was spitting out After Effects files to Photoshop in order to convert them into a strange file type.  Since then, Photoshop has become an integral part to my creative process in just about all of my motion design work.

In After Effects 7, Adobe introduced the new tool allowing you to create new Photoshop documents from within the animation application.  However, it comes up with some interesting results.  Here's why:  (click the image at the bottom of the page to view the movie)

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Ko Maruyama is a freelance animator in Los Angeles.  In addition to working on film and broadcast animations, Ko teaches at Pasadena's Art Center College of Design - focusing on motion design.  When working, writing or testing software allows, you can find him lending a hand in the After Effects board and lurking among the Cinema4D, Visual Effects and Photoshop posts within the DMNForums.
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