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Chapter 7

Keyframing Theory

  1. Brains Simplify Reality
  2. Arcs
  3. Preservation of Volume
  4. Exaggeration
  5. Complexity
  6. Reactions

In the last chapter, you learned all the technical details about keyframing in After Effects. But there’s more to learn if you want to keyframe good animations. If you know how to use paint and a brush, you know everything you need to paint a wall. But if you want to create a beautiful painting, there’s more to learn than just the tools.

In this chapter, we first need to understand why our brains are not our best friends when creating keyframes. And once you’ve understood how to deal with your brain, we’ll dive into some higher-level thoughts about keyframing good animations.

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