Adobe After Effects: The Complete Guide to After Effects

The best After Effects guide to creating motion graphics and using special effects with Adobe After Effects.
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  • Contents Video: 12 hours
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Published 5/2013 English

Course Description

Course updated for 2016 with brand new After Effects CC lessons!

You're here because you want to create video effects and motion graphics with Adobe After Effects, right?

It's great to have you here. I LOVE AFTER EFFECTS!

Maybe you're brand new to After Effects, or maybe you have a little experience.

This course is perfect for anyone that wants to learn After Effects from scratch to create your own graphics and make your videos better.

What makes me qualified to teach you?

My name is Phil and I'm 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 tried to learned After Effects by other sources. Watch YouTube, Adobe and other websites. No much progress. After 2 days of this classes I see progress and result. I know, a lot more to learn, but so far I am happy what I bought. Thank you.

- Gala Howard

It was easy to follow. - Yasemin

he keeps it simple and I need it simple right now, like I'm a baby learning to walk...thanks - Robert Spearman

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 how use Adobe After Effects. 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?

Get ready to create motion graphics that will improve your video quality. If you've always wanted to learn how to use video effects and create custom motion graphics, you can learn After Effects right now.

Practice lessons will get you motivated and moving to your goals.

The lessons are meant to teach you how to think like a motion graphics/video effects artist. After Effects is a robust tool that is capable of creating almost any video effect out there. You'll learn all of the basics, intermediate, and some advanced techniques, from working with shapes, text, and textures to video effects, transitions, and 3d camera.

Here is a glimpse of what we'll be covering:

  • After Effects program layout + basics
  • Adding layers and working with transform tools
  • Creating unique shapes with motion
  • Masks and mask animations
  • 3d layers and animations
  • 3D cameras and camera animations
  • Working with Photoshop & After Effects
  • Video FX such as: page turns, fractal noise, color correction
  • Transitions such as: linear & radial wipes
  • Exporting with transparency
  • Exporting for YouTube
  • Green Screen editing in After Effects
  • Getting a Job with After Effects
  • and so much more!

Knowing After Effects is a great skill to have that is in demand and highly marketable. I've landed many jobs with the skills that I teach you in this course.

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?

  • PC or Mac
  • Free Trial of After Effects
  • After Effects Creative Cloud, CS6, CS5, CS4, or CS3

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Learn the ins and outs of After Effects
  • Animate your own motion graphics
  • Create your own amazing videos!
  • Improve your video quality with graphics

What is the target audience?

  • Video Editors
  • Videographers
  • Filmmakers
  • Storytellers
  • Designers

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

Section 1: Course Introduction
05:10
Let's go over everything this course has to offer with this course overview video.
01:31

Here are resources that you'll be using in this course.

02:01

In this lesson, you'll learn how to get a free trial of Adobe After Effects to use in this course.

Section 2: An Introduction to After Effects
00:55

Welcome to a new section of the After Effects course. In this section, we'll dive right into the After Effects program and get comfortable.

07:02
In this lesson, we'll go over the After Effects Program so you have a basic idea of what it does and how to navigate.
06:45
In this lesson, we'll learn how to start a new composition and learn about the different options for compositions.
02:14

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

03:47
In this lesson, we'll learn how to import footage into After Effects.
07:36
In this lesson, we'll learn about the basic tools in After Effects.
06:10
In this lesson, we'll learn about the basic layer transformations in After Effects.
08:01
In this lesson, we'll go over the timeline in After Effects.
02:12

Here's a quick After Effects tip on how to move your anchor points around more easily.

Section 3: Basic Animations
01:10
Welcome to a new section of the After Effects course. In this section, we'll learn how to animate with keyframes.
06:27
In this lesson, we'll learn about keyframes - the building blocks of After Effects.
10:54
In this lesson, we'll learn about animating position in After Effects.
04:48
In this lesson, we'll go over opacity animations.
08:01
In this lesson, we'll learn about adding size animations.
06:17
In this lesson, we'll learn how to add a rotation animation.
03:57
In this lesson, we'll learn how to use the Easy Ease effect to make our animations look more natural and have more flow.
06:29

In this video, I'll give you some advanced tips for how to add motion to your text in a smooth, natural way.

01:33

Welcome to your first challenge. In these challenges, I want you to try to replicate the animation with the skills you've learned so far in this course. In the follow-up lesson, I'll show you exactly how I do it!

For more great tips & tutorials, visit VideoSchoolOnline.com

09:57

Let's take a look how I did Challenge 1.

02:31

Here's a quick tip on how to deal with 'roving objects' that don't stay still even when it doesn't make sense to move!

Section 4: Working with Solid Layers
00:55

Welcome to a new section of the After Effects course. In this section, we'll learn how to create shapes with solid layers and masks.

05:47
In this lesson, we'll dive into working with shapes in After Effects.
05:11
In this lesson, we'll learn how to create shapes with the mask tool.
05:43
In this lesson, we'll learn how to edit the masks we've created.
03:15
In this lesson, we'll learn how to use the pen tool.
07:22
In this lesson, we'll learn how to add basic mask animations.
06:27
In this lesson, we'll dive deeper into mask animations.
01:14

Here is the challenge for this shapes/mask section.

In these challenges, I want you to try to replicate the animation with the skills you've learned so far in this course. In the follow-up lesson, I'll show you exactly how I do it!

For more great tips & tutorials, visit VideoSchoolOnline.com

07:16

Here's how I did challenge 2 myself.

Section 5: Working with Shape Layers
01:20
Welcome to a new section of the After Effects course. In this section, we'll learn how to create and animate shapes.
11:17

In this video, you'll learn how to create shapes using the shape tool.

11:55

In this After Effects tutorial, you'll learn about editing the fill and stroke of a shape.

14:34

In this After Effects tutorial, you'll learn a great technique for animating shapes.

12:13
In this After Effects tutorial, you'll learn a great effect for quickly repeating shape animations.
09:55
In this After Effects tutorial, you'll learn how to make your shapes wiggle, kind of like a sketch / write-on effect.
13:59

In this After Effects tutorial, you'll learn how to quickly add accents to your animations.

11:31

In this After Effects tutorial, you'll learn how to use the graph editor to improve the speed of your animations.

08:13
In this After Effects tutorial, you'll learn how to animate a dotted line. This could be great for a map animation or all kinds of animations.
Section 6: 3D - Three Dimensions and After Effects
Intro to the 3D Layers Section
00:56
05:58
In this lesson, we'll introduce 3D editing in After Effects.
08:02
In this lesson, we'll learn how to add 3D animations.
06:22
In this lesson, we'll continue to learn how to edit in 3D.
12:24
In this lesson, we'll practice some 3D editing.
00:59

Here's the third challenge - create a 3D rotating object!

In these challenges, I want you to try to replicate the animation with the skills you've learned so far in this course. In the follow-up lesson, I'll show you exactly how I do it!

For more great tips & tutorials, visit VideoSchoolOnline.com

08:24

Let's see how I did challenge 3 myself.

Section 7: 3D Camera Tool
00:43

Welcome to a new section of the After Effects course. In this section, we'll learn how to add 3D camera moves to our compositions in After Effects.

09:25
In this lesson, we'll start learning about the 3D camera.
09:09
In this lesson, we'll continue our work with the Camera Tool in After Effects.
01:09

Challenge time! Try to replicate this 3D camera move!

04:33

Let's dive into how I did challenge 4!

Section 8: Layer Styles in After Effects
00:42
Welcome to a new section of the After Effects course. In this section, we'll learn how to add style to our layers.
03:22
In this lesson, we'll go over how to apply a layer style in After Effects. Today, we'll learn about drop shadows.
02:41
In this lesson, we'll go over how to apply a layer style in After Effects. Today, we'll learn about inner shadows.
04:13
In this lesson, we'll go over how to apply a layer style in After Effects. Today, we'll learn about glow.
02:42
In this lesson, we'll go over how to apply a layer style in After Effects. Today, we'll learn about beveling and embossing.
03:25
In this lesson, we'll go over how to apply a layer style in After Effects. Today, we'll learn about adding overlays.
02:07
In this lesson, we'll go over how to apply a layer style in After Effects. Today, we'll learn about adding a stroke.
00:40

I challenge you! This time, I challenge you to recreate this awesome layer style animation. In the next video, I'll show you exactly how I do it!

06:50

Let's dive into how I did challenge 5!

Section 9: Green Screen (Chromakeying) in After Effects
00:51

Welcome to a new section of the After Effects course. In this section, we'll learn how to edit green screen footage in After Effects.

04:45
In this lesson, we'll cover the basic color key in After Effects.
04:51
In this lesson, we'll learn about the very powerful Keylight 1.2 effect.
05:31
In this lesson, we'll learn how adding a background can improve our green screen videos.
05:26
In this lesson, we'll learn how cropping our video can help with green screen editing.
03:31
In this lesson, we'll learn how to use color correction to improve our green screen videos.
10:42
In this lesson, we'll wrap up our lessons about green screen.
Section 10: Working with Visual Effects & Presets
00:51
Welcome to a new section of the After Effects course. In this section, we'll learn how to use some of my favorite effects in After Effects.
06:24
In this lesson, we'll dive into our effects bin. Today, we'll talk about preset text effects including animating in and animating out your text.
06:28
In this lesson, we'll learn about the CC Page Turn effect. This effect is great for making layers (images, text, compositions) flip like a page from a book.
07:35
In this lesson, we'll learn how to use the fractal noise effect.
03:59
In this lesson, we'll learn how to use the CC Star Burst effect to create a beautiful starfield.
05:36
In this lesson, we'll learn about the different wipe transitions - linear wipe and radial wipe.
07:21
In this lesson, we'll learn about the color correction option in After Effects.
Section 11: Lower Thirds Tutorials
00:51

Welcome to a new section of the After Effects course. In this section, we'll learn how to create modern and fun lower thirds.

13:47

In this tutorial, I'll show you how to make a clean and professional lower third/center title.

20:57

In this After Effects tutorial, I'll shot you how to create a cool call out text box effect that tracks with the motion of the video.

16:35

Check out this tutorial on creating a clean lower third graphic using the techniques we learned in this course. You can find more great tutorials for free at VideoSchoolOnline.com

14:21

In this After Effects tutorial, you'll learn how to create a clean minimalistic lower third title.

04:08

This After Effects tutorial shows you how to create a shape block with text that is 'transparent' or reveals the videos behind it. In this tutorial, we'll be using an Inverted Alpha Matte text layer. This is a very modern and clean effect that can be used for titles, lower thirds, and any other sort of motion graphic.

I also refer to this tutorial in this video on how to easily make an object appear/disappear in After Effects: www.VideoSchoolOnline.com/reveal

Section 12: Advanced After Effects Tips
01:12
Welcome to a new section of the After Effects course. In this section, we'll learn some more advanced tips to become more efficient and better at After Effects.
04:16
In this advanced lesson, we'll learn how to work with After Effects and Premiere Pro together.
04:13
In this advanced lesson, we'll learn how to work with After Effects and Photoshop together.
04:26
In this lesson, we'll learn using precompositions to organize your After Effects projects.
01:47

This is the easiest way to replace layers in After Effects.

03:55

Here's a quick tip about using parenting to speed up your animation workflow.

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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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