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Saving Out Single Frames In After Fx

Every now and again there will be times where portions of your After Effects projects will needed to be used for other visual mediums. If you have created a short film or commercial you might want to incorporate a frame or two into your website or flyer. After Effects allows you to export frames to JPEG, TIFF, TARGA files as well as a other useful formats. After Effects will also give you the option to export a Photoshop file which will include all of the layers in a particular comp.

Put your time marker on the frame you want to export then make sure your quality and resolution settings are at the value you intend to export at. Head to Composition > Save Frame As > File. Name your file and press OK. When the Render Queue window appears adjust your settings and render your frame. If you want to export a Photoshop file go to Composition > Save Frame As > Photoshop Layers and press OK.

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Do remember that your exported frames are at 72 DPI RGB(Red-Green-Blue) which is great for the video and the web. Prints files tend to start 300 DPI and the color mode is CMYK (Cyan-Magenta-Yellow-Black). So if your exporting files for print make sure you are already working with a high resolution assets or the only thing you'll be exporting for print will be thumbnails.

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