Dive into Adobe After Effects 1: Learn the Basics

A project-based course that guides you through creating a title card of your favorite brand in Adobe After Effects.
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Instructed by Phil Ebiner Design / Design Tools
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  • Lectures 12
  • Contents Video: 1 hour
    Other: 1 min
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 4/2015 English

Course Description

You want to start using After Effects, right?

If you've never opened (or opened and immediately closed) After Effects, you're in the right place.

This is the first part in my 3-part Dive Into After Effects series. I created this series to make learning how to use After Effects as easy as possible. 

You learn by doing.

In the Dive Into After Effects series, you'll follow along and work on your own project while learning. 

What makes me qualified to teach you?

My name is Phil. I am a professional motion graphics artist and video creator. Plus, I'm the creator of some of the world's most popular After Effects courses - with over 150,000 students and thousands of 5-star reviews like these ones from this course:

I am new to after Effects and this course is so easy to follow. Good Job! - Sequin Frederick

Excellent course for a beginner like me! A step by step guide. - Fairuz Nabilah

I enjoyed this course and found it very helpful to explain the basics. Phil went through things clearly and through the videos I was able to catch some of the skills that i have been struggling with. I would recommend this for anyone starting After Effects - June Beveridge

My Promise to You

I'll be here for you every step of the way. If you have any questions about the course content or anything related to this topic, you can always post a question in the course or send me a direct message. 

I want to make this the best course on learning After Effects for beginners. So if there is any way I can improve this course, just tell me and I'll make it happen.

What's this course all about?

After Effects is an amazing program that can help you create motion graphics, visual effects, and titles that make your videos better, but it can be intimidating to try out. In this 45-minute course, you'll learn the basics of using After Effects: understand the program layout, learn how to use the tools, get comfortable with using the timeline. We'll cover everything from opening up After Effects for the first time, importing assets, and creating your very first composition.

This class is perfect for video creators, designers, and everyone who wants to learn After Effects in an un-intimidating way. No prior knowledge or experience is required! By the end of the class, you'll have the basic knowledge to start creating projects and dive even further into the world of After Effects.

Course Assignment

Create a title card within After Effects. This assignment will teach you how to create a new composition, use the basic After Effects tools, arrange layers in your sequence, and use layer properties to change the scale, position, transparency, and rotation of your objects.

With our 30-day 100% money back guarantee, there is nothing holding you back from jumping in right now and trying the course out.

Go ahead and click the enroll button, and I'll see you in lesson 1!

Cheers,

Phil


What are the requirements?

  • To follow along, you'll need a copy of After Effects. This could be a free trial version or any other full version (Creative Cloud, CS6, CS5, CS4, etc)

What am I going to get from this course?

  • navigate through the After Effects program
  • open new compositions with the right settings
  • add and edit text, shape, photos, and other elements to a composition

What is the target audience?

  • This course is for anyone who has never used After Effects. This is a very basic course for new users.
  • This course is for anyone that likes learning by doing. We'll work together to create a title card for your favorite brand (or your own brand).

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.

Curriculum

01:50

In this video, I'll talk about what this course is all about & why you should continue with it.

Section 1: Introduction to the Course
04:07

In this lecture, we'll be opening up the After Effects application for the first time. I'll navigate around the program to show you all the things you need to know for this course including: the tool bar, the main menu, windows, and timeline.

Section 2: The Basics of After Effects
04:41

In this lesson, follow me as I create a new composition & choose the right settings.

02:14

Here's a quick message from Phil about leaving a review for this course.

02:19

In this lesson, you'll learn how to import files (photos, graphics, video, music, audio, etc) into After Effects.

04:56

In this lesson, you'll learn the basic tools that are important for getting started in After Effects including: shape, pen, and text tool.

04:59

In this lesson, you'll learn how to add & edit text in Adobe After Effects.

08:15

In this lesson, you'll learn how to add shape layers to After Effects. This includes rectangles, squares, circles, and other shapes.

Adjusting Layers with Scale, Rotation, Opacity
06:39
Section 3: Conclusion
04:23

This video shows you how to export a video from After Effects, if you just want to export the movie.

01:36

Thank you for taking this course! I really appreciate it! Please enroll in the Dive into After Effects: Keyframes course to continue learning about After Effects.

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Instructor Biography

Phil Ebiner, Best Selling Instructor, 170,000+ Students

My passion is inspiring people through online courses. I love learning new skills, and since 2012 have been teaching people like you everything I know. Through my online learning business, Video School Online, I create courses that teach you how to become the better version of yourself with all kinds of skills.

What would you like to learn?

Would you like to make money teaching online courses?

Would you like to build your own 6-figure business?

Would you like to learn motion graphics in After Effects?

Would you like to learn how to shoot & edit videos like a pro?

Would you like to take better photographs?

Would you like to design better presentations, create a great resume, colorize black & white photographs, brew beer, adopt a cat, edit photos in Lightroom, launch a freelance career?

If you want to do any of these things, just enroll in the course. You have a 30-day money back guarantee if you don't like it. And I'm always improving my courses so that they stay up to date and the best that they can be. Check them out, and enroll today!

MORE ABOUT PHIL:

I've always tried to live life presently and to the fullest. Some of the things I love to do in my spare time include mountain biking, nerding out on personal finance, traveling to new places, watching sports (huge baseball fan here!), and sharing meals with friends and family. Most days you can find me spending quality time with my lovely wife and our cat.

In 2011, I graduated with my Bachelor of Arts in Film and Television Production at Loyola Marymount University - one of the top 10 film schools in the country. While there, I was fortunate to make documentaries in Switzerland, Germany, Mexico, and India. After graduating, I worked at Participant Media shooting and editing short-form documentaries for their website TakePart. I followed that stint with a contract at Stanbridge College where I discovered online learning. I helped pioneer their online school there. Most recently, I spent 2 years working at University of California Berkeley with the media team. Throughout this time I built my Video School Online brand to teach others the skills that I have. In May of 2015, I left the 9-5 world to make my own path. Since then, I've made more money, worked fewer hours, and only have done the things I love each day.

I want to show you how to be a better creator, make money from your creations, and live the life you dreamed of.


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