After Effects for Beginners Complete Intro to After Effects

Complete Intro to After Effects - Learn After Effects CC typography and animation
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  • Lectures 63
  • Length 5.5 hours
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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Published 11/2015 English

Course Description

CURRENT UPDATE (16 November 2016): Added 2 new animations to create -Lectures 39 & 54 (free preview)

This course will teach you all neccesary & most used After Effects tools, a proper workflow, show you real-life examples of animating and various tricks in the program. Watch the above promo video for detailed explanation. This is your one-stop guidance & shortcut to professional motion graphic design.

  • Project files included, free to use in your own work
  • The [WORKSHOP] section will make sure you stay current and up-to-date with new design trends as I will be adding my tutorials there

In this course I want to teach you everything you need to know to start working in After Effects and becomming a motion graphic artist. We will start with the program interface, going on with keyframing and later creating our first animations. This will be a basic course making a great intro to the motion design world. It doesn't matter if you use After Effects CS6 or After Effects CC (we work on CC 2015, but informations about both are covered).

You don't have to work for Warner Bros right away, but with help of this After Effects course you will be able to prepare simple animations to spice up Your YouTube channel, videos, land more work with clients by expanding your skillset, get creative with your 2D content, be confident that you can use Photoshop / Illustrator files and create animations out of them, produce seamless animations and more.

Some of the things that will be covered during the course:

  • Motion Graphics basics
  • After Effects program layout and basics
  • Working with different types of layers
  • Creating our first few animations
  • Simple kinetic typography to use
  • Real-life examples of lower thirds, logo animations & more
  • Cross-usage between Photoshop / Illustrator
  • How to add effects to our compositions
  • Precomposing, matting, exporting, rendering
  • Tons of often used tricks and keyboard shortcuts
  • ...the list goes on.

Knowing After Effects is a lucrative skill to have which is in demand especially in 2015 / 2016 and ongoing years where video will grow as the most published type of content across the web.

So why & for what is After Effects used actually:

  • Improve video quality,
  • Spice up videos with smooth animations,
  • Industry standard for animating (TV Shows, News, Video content),
  • Enhancing Youtube channels content,
  • ...the list is endless.

This course will kickstart your After Effects journey and you will realize that After Effects is and will be one of the most important tools on the market regarding animation & video editing. I want help you achieve your creative goals, wether it's enhancing your Youtube channel, promoting your business or starting your mograph (motion graphics design) career.

So what are you waiting for...Enroll Now!


What are the requirements?

  • After Effects CS5, CS 5.5, CS6, CC, CC2015, CC2017 installed. (You can use a 30-day free trial)
  • Ready to start thinking animation-like to turn graphics into motion
  • Basic knowledge of the Adobe Suite is not mandatory, but welcome
  • Willing to learn animation software

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Get curious about After Effects and hungry to learn more
  • Improve the quality of Your videos by adding animations
  • Establish a healthy understanding of motion graphics
  • Use After Effects fluently and understand advanced tutorials
  • Transition from a graphic designer to a graphic design & motion artist

What is the target audience?

  • Course Creators, YouTubers, anyone wanting to incorporate animation into videos
  • Graphic designers & Freelancers looking to learn motion graphics and VFX
  • Everyone wanting to start out with animation software
  • Users interested in motion graphics
  • Adobe suite users wanting to learn & work in After Effects

What you get with this course?

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Curriculum

Section 1: Let's Roll - Introduction to the course
02:25

With this lesson I want to invite you to the entire After Effects course. We will cover a variety of topics and you should listen on what pace we will advance and how the sections are structured

1 page

Here you can download the entire projects-package which will help you work along with me in the course

03:33

Let me explain to you - in my words - what actually is Motion Graphics & After Effects. If you already know it just lean back and treat this lesson as a ncie introduction to get you in the motion design mindset and ready to start working in After Effects CS6, CC or any version you have!

07:34

Compositions, keyframes, compositing, motion, vfx, videography there are a lot of things which will be covered during this course - why not getting a bit familiar with the things we will hear and learn ? After Effects is a wonderful tool but it's also very advanced and has plenty of native tools which we need to discover. This terminology lesson will help you by showing simple examples of the things I teach.

07:13

Just like Adobe proposes we will follow simple steps to get Your first movie finished! That's awesome, isnt it? You will not learn after effects by completing this lesson but it will break the ice between first time usage and finishing a straihgt up, real-life project on Your own. Watch the lesson and follow the steps taken to kickstart your motion design career :)

Section 2: Core Elements - Getting started with After Effects
11:50

One of the most essential things is to familarize Yourself with the interface of the program. Let me guide you through the windows and features you need to know about, sometimes by drawing similarities to Photoshop. After Effects looks difficult at first glance but there is much sense and visibility in it's interface once you get a bit familiar with it.

08:29

Let me show you how you can perform important tweaks to make your work more effective and faster. After Effects allows us to change up plenty of things inside of it's prefrences.

04:55

Most of the times you won't work only within After Effects, you will want to import different types of assets into your project. Let me show you the Project window itself and what you can do in it.

06:27

There is of course to cross-work and connect with other of Adobes software files. The most used files here are of course Photoshop and Illustrator files. Both of these programs allow us to dynamically enhance our workflow. In this lesson I want to show you how to import those files as footage, compositions, editable content depending on what we need.

04:17

Illustrator files have a different approach when importing to After Effects

01:34

Sometimes assets may of course go missing. If they still exist it's of course easy to re-link them back into our After Effects project. Always keep your files close you never know when you do want to get back to an After Effects project you were working in the past.

09:23

You will always work on a project inside of a Composition. Compositions are the artboards and canvases in Motion Graphic design. There are different format and options you may chose depending on the output you want to achieve. In the composition settings you set the number of frames, lenght, size and several other parameters essential to Your video production.

08:55

In this lesson I will teach you how to prepare a quick title with help of keyframes, track matting, an effect and few other After Effects tricks. You will be most likely not yet prepared to perfom such animations but I want to show you a real life, full scale project and workflow in After Effects and teach you all neccesary elements later which will make it easier for you.

2 questions

This quick quiz will help you to cement the knowledge you've gained.

Section 3: Workflow - Essential tools & practices
12:15

Most of the work regarding how long a layer stays visible or what animations are going on with keyframes is prepared on the timeline. The timeline is one of the most important parts in video animation & editing and should be explained with detail.

07:46

Everything we are going to do in After Effects will include working around the timeline, so we should get a good overwiev of it.

04:07

Each layer in After Effects has it's own options, possibilities, and tools. Those options are called properties and with them you can achieve neraly anything with your layers. You can add elements, resize, add strokes, all depending on what you are editing. Properties are an integral part of the After Effects workflow

04:47

An essential function inside of after effects is the possibility to group objects, nest compositions and precompose several layers into one (new) compositoin. This frees up our working area, separates files from each other and allows us to combine elements and apply effects to them in bulk.

02:21

Keyframes and interpolation are terms which you will be familiar in your daily workflow in After Effects. Learn how to use keyframes and what actually are keyframes in this lecture

05:50

In this lecture we will go for an example project so you can try and complete one of Your first animations.

05:31

Parenting is an option which allows you to work on multiple footage assets or layers at one time. You can decide which layer is the "parent" of another layer and any change made to this layer will also affect the child

04:38

Every animation needs to be previewed before you advance to the next section. There are times when you need to review your entire concept every time you change a few frames. The Preview panel gives you the opportunity to watch your work before it goes to the final render. Make use of this great After Effects tool to know exactly how the end result will look like.

07:48

Rendering allows us to output the final video and watch the movie we have created on our pc. There are several options and possibilities to render movies and in this lecture I would like to show you the key things you should get away before starting to Render in After Effects.

05:51

In this exercise I want to teach you how to prepare a qucik and simple Logo intro in AE ! :)

2 questions

Once again finish this short quiz to remember the things you've learned

Section 4: Shape Layers
05:40

Text layers are essential to any composition or animation we will be doing. Text layers can contain fonts but they also can be changed to shape layers which is very convenient if you want to open the project on a computer which don't have this particular font installed.

04:41

Each composition probably will need a background to work on, and in most cases we can use a solid for that purpose. In this lecture I will guide you through the creation of solid layers for our backgrounds to have something to work on.

07:59

Creating and editing shape layers is very important to the After Effects workflow. In After Effects CC 2015 and in the older versions you are able to edit, delete, and add properties to shape layers.

05:05

You can add, remove, rearrange properties within a Shape Layer. You must remember that properties are separate options for a layer and they can be freely changed and removed within After Effects. Make use of this knowledge to adjust Your layers and comps.

05:05

Masks just like in Photoshop allow use to hide or reveal certain things between each other. Let me show you essential mask usage in Adobe After Effects.

05:25

Blending modes are important to understand because often you want to composit several layers over each other with different kinds of effects between them. Blending modes allow us to achieve some of tose mixing and blending with one click so it's good to know about it.

04:43

The Track Matte allows us similar to masking reveal alpha (if something has an alpha channel) or luma (if something is solid coloured) channels. Let us explore the different kinds of Track Matte options for optimal usage.

07:28

Quick fun project to make with Shape layers in After Effects and the techniques you've already learned

2 questions

Quick quizz to refresh your knowledge

Section 5: Animation
06:49

There is a lot to say about animations as it's the most important thing that is going on with it in After Effects. You achieve animation by keyframing, using properties, effects and everything that you will learn through out in this course.

02:46

Uderstanding how to adjust your motion and edit keyframes is very important. The basic movement is very dull and simple, we certainly want to achieve more interesting motions and movements - and that is why we ease our keyframes.

01:55

Applying the motion blur is one of After Effects native tools and it's perfect for beginners because it can be used with one click right away.

07:07

Once we learn about the graph editor working, editing and easing our animations will become pure fun!

04:07

The Null Object in After Effects is an invisible tool which is used as a control layer. You can link certain properties and then use the Null Object instead of the actual Layer / effect in order to stay more organized and have a seamless workflow.

04:23

Expressions are a very advanced topic in After Effects but for the sake of this course we might without any trouble use simple tools like the pick whip to create our first, simple expressions.

04:59

Audio is essential to most of todays videos on YouTube, TV or anywhere else. After Effects is limited in that regard but I want to show you what can we do while working with audio files and how to reveal their waveform which comes often in handy.

03:46

In this lecture we are going to use the techniques we learned in this section, like null object usage to create a simple animation.

2 questions

A quick quiz on the informations you've learned in the animation section.

Section 6: Effects & Presets
03:25

Like the name already states, Effects are essential in Adobe After Effects no matter which version you use. This motion graphic software is pre-made to use Effects and create VFX so in this lecture I want to show you what actually are effects and how you can save presets out of them.

05:17

Have you ever wondered how to be able to use effects in After Effects and not get lost? Let me show you the essential and most used effects like Drop Shadow, Fill, Ramp or Control so you will have it easier to discover other effects aswell.

06:39

Adjustment Layers allow us to apply global effects to our layers and compositions without beeing noticed. Make use of them to adjust for example the levels or color corrections on our layers.

02:56

You have the ability to mask out certain portions of an effects in After Effects. Let me show you how to do this by applying an example mask to our compositoin and then compositing it with our effect we have added.

07:13

Learn the effect that many youtubers use to present their music videos. Audio spectrum allows us to create moving live graphic which react to sound.

2 questions

Quck quiz about Effects!

Section 7: Other most used techniques (Bit more advanced)
03:13

Creating transparent videos is one of the key functionalities and usages of After Effects. It allows us to render a video, and then use the video in other software above each other to create interesting effects.

07:40

Very often we come across a clip or animation that is perfect , but it should take 1 or 2 seconds less to play. With time remapping we can remap and adjust the timing of any animation, layer or composition there is.

03:30

Every amateur recording (especially phone recordings) get shaky, but they might be actually good and usable footage. Let me show you how you can stabilize that motion and use the video you recorded from Your hand in a real-example.

05:32

If you are a video professional and work with green screens and want to achieve transparent footage you might want to take a look into this effect. Let me show you how to get rid of a color in a footage file and use it as a transparent one.

05:22

These things are getting a bit more advanced, motion tracking is one of the greatest tools After Effects from the Adobe suite and cloud has to offer. Motion tracking allows us to track any kind of motion in our video to for example attach information or floating boxes around it.

02:50

You will face the problem that two After Effects projects can't be opened at the same time. Luckily there is the possibility to package up certain elements of a project and then just import it straight into another After Effects project.

Section 8: WORKSHOP: All you've learned in use!
09:05

In this video I would like to teach you the process of creating modern looking lower thirds you can use in Your projects. Lower thirds are graphically appealing ways of introducing a person, speaker, object, or title in video production. They are used in TV news, on youtube videos and every other place imagineable. Creating them will teach you an entire workflow in After Effects.

09:22

Typography and Kinetic Typography animations are a topic for themselves. With this video however I would like to teach you how you can make simple animations with type to get used with the workflow and learn something new. This will be a complete project you can use for your own videos & animations. Learn After Effects the right way by following along the work

10:07

In this After Effects basic lesson we will create a simple logo reveal introducing a text or our logo with a nice quick motion. Use Shape Layers, Text, Effects and combine them to output stunning graphical effects

09:12

Let's make a title animation / title opener / logo intro / video introduction animation with after effects. I will guide you through the creation process of a simple minimal title opener in after effects with usage of shape layers, keyframes, track matting and using alpha matte to reveal appearing text!

Section 9: BONUS: Design an outstanding Stroke Animation
03:08

In this after effects motion graphics tutorial I will go about preparing and pre-composing the neccesary layers.

03:04

In this after effects motion graphics tutorial I will go about selecting a font and creating the outlines for our stroke animation.

04:26

In this after effects motion graphics tutorial I will go about applying effects to our composition.

03:44

In this after effects motion graphics tutorial I will go about selecting the right colors and filling our letters with them.

04:46

In this after effects motion graphics tutorial I will go about another letter from scratch, so you can watch the entire workflow and memorize important things.

02:04

In this after effects motion graphics tutorial I will go about additional workflow tips to make it quicker for you.

04:16

In this after effects motion graphics tutorial I will go about how to finalize the animation!

Section 10: Conclusion
01:29

In this finalizing lesson I want to thank you for the time you've spent time to learn After Effects with me. This was surely a hard and long journey for you but I believe that after taking these lessons you are fully prepared to either take upon you advanced After Effects courses of start designing your first motion graphic animations. Good luck!

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Instructor Biography

Andrzej Pach, Engaged and Passionate PowerPoint & After Effects instructor

Hi! My name is Andrzej Pach, more known as "Nigel" and I spend my time with graphic design, motion & animaiton, typography, video editing and online teaching on a daily basis. The majority of my work is done in Adobe After Effects & Microsoft PowerPoint 2013 / 2016 - naturally this is the software I want to teach about and share my experience with you. I have completed well over 3000 graphic projects (On Fiverr alone more than 2500 reviews) for clients, mostly including video animations like intros, outros and transitions for various Youtube channels & marketers. I would like to share the knowledge I was able to "stack up" during the process. I am always willing to help people out by enhancing their brand and Internet media.

Who am I ?

I am a 27 y.o (born 1989) and a University Graduate (July 2014). A few years back after shifting from one hobby to another after getting hired to prepare a website and business card for a local business in my area I finally "felt it". Since then (2011) I was expanding my skillset in this area completing various graphic related projects. Places like the WarriorForum, freelancing websites or graphic contests across the web caught me in its own snare and never let me go.

What is the next step?

After having several years of experience as a freelancer with a keen focus on creativity handling various projects ranging as work for very small businesses to websites and Youtube channels with over 300k subscribers I am looking forward to share my knowledge wrapped up in exciting courses easy to follow and most important - USEFUL for you! I am looking to work with forward-thinking people who wish to create something original, that will reinforce their brand and follow their vibe. I am always committed to provide value while giving away random tips to make your workflow easier.

Did you really create something?

How far would bring me lying and any sort of scam? Nowhere. I do believe in making the Web Business and Internet Marketing world a better place, because my actions will affect my fellowers, friends, family and future children. Since I live in a small village where people work in agriculture or do physical labor work I set the goal for me to be a sort of pioneer in the web-based business field growing myself as a designer every single day.

You can always contact me as I don't mind talking to anyone and sharing how could I help your business or what course I might record if you like my teaching style!

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