Animation In After Effects (Full Version)

2D and 3D animation techniques, including lip-syncing cartoon characters, lighting and creating custom special effects.
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Instructed by Dara Harper Design / 3D & Animation
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  • Lectures 35
  • Contents Video: 4.5 hours
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 1/2015 English

Course Description

In this Adobe After Effects CC course, you will learn a variety of 2D and 3D animation techniques, from lip-syncing cartoon characters to lighting 3D scenes. You will also learn how to create unique special effects for video and custom motion graphics. This course includes several practice files so that you can follow along with the instructor.

This is the ideal online class if you want to learn how to rig and animate a cartoon character. You will even learn how to record a character voice! You will also learn the basics of 3D animation using Cinema 4D Lite. “Animation In After Effects (Full Version)” provides you with the foundation to create your own original animation.

In addition to 2D and 3D animation techniques, this online class will teach you how to create credits, animate lower thirds, color correct video footage and create original special effects. You will also learn how to use and customize the preset animation and effects in After Effects to save you time. Other topics include how to turn a video into a cartoon and tips for animating text.

You will also learn how to render an After Effects project for mobile devices (including the iPad and Android) the web, DVD, and Blu-ray disc. This course also teaches you how to interlace, an important step for preparing your After Effects project for video on demand so that you can submit it to Netflix, iTunes, Hulu and other outlets.


If you're interested in learning After Effects to make your own cartoon, enhance your film project, start your career in motion graphics, create a unique video to promote your business or spice up your YouTube page, this class can help you realize your creative goals.

What are the requirements?

  • Download After Effects CC (Full Version or Free Trial)

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Create and animate 2D text
  • Create and animate 3D text
  • Add special effects to video
  • Create and animate original lower thirds
  • Create credits for film, television or web video
  • Turn a video into a cartoon
  • Create 2D original animations
  • Create 3D original animations
  • How to record a cartoon character voice
  • Animate a cartoon character
  • Lip-sync a cartoon character
  • Create and animate masks
  • Create custom special effects and motion graphics
  • Add lights and cameras inside After Effects
  • Use masks to create animate and create unique effects
  • Color correct video footage
  • Integrate Photoshop, Illustrator and Cinema 4D files into After Effects
  • Intelacing After Effects projects for television and video on demand
  • Rendering for web or mobile devices

What is the target audience?

  • Filmmakers, photographers, designers, cartoonists and visual artists who want to learn animation and motion graphics

What you get with this course?

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

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Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.

Curriculum

Section 1: Welcome
06:36

Welcome to “Animation In After Effects (Full Version).” Take a moment to learn the After Effects interface along with an extremely important mistake to avoid.

Section 2: Animating Text
10:13

Learn how to quickly add preset effects and animations to text. In a matter of seconds, you can create a unique text animation.

07:19

Learn how to create ending credits for a film or video with tools inside of After Effects.

13:00

You will learn to create, customize and animated lower thirds for television or web videos. You can make your projects look as professional as a show broadcast on national TV. Download the attached video and Photoshop file to follow along with the instructor.

05:01

Learn how to create custom text animations and animate unique attributes of text.

03:48

Learn how to animate text on a motion path and various options to customize motion path animations.

Animating Text Quiz
5 questions
Section 3: 2D Animation Techniques
07:36

Learn how to embed multiple compositions to create unique effects. Also learn an important tip for organizing layers inside of After Effects. Download the attached video to follow along with the instructor.

06:13

Learn the basics of how to use masks to crop videos in After Effects. Download the attached image to follow along with the instructor.

06:52

Learn how to prepare a mask for export properly inside of Adobe Illustrator so you can use it in After Effects. Download the attached video and download Adobe Illustrator CC to follow along with the instructor. The link for a free trial download is included below.

08:59

Learn how to animate masks including adding feathers and animating the mask path.

10:51

This video features tips for creating custom masks using solid objects in After Effects. If you’re interested in making cartoons, you can pick up some helpful tips in this video.

05:25

Learn the basics of using shapes inside of After Effects. This video also features an introduction to parenting objects.

06:20

Tips for customizing shapes and animating various attributes of shapes including adding rounded corners, zigzags and twirls.

08:09

Learn how to properly import an animated PNG sequence into After Effects. Learn how to control time-related attributes of PNGs including how to reverse animations. Due to file-size limitations, it wasn’t possible to upload the PNG featured in the video. However, you may download the attached PNG sequence as an alternative to follow along with the instructor.

08:05

Learn the basics of null objects in After Effects and how to animate with them.

2D Animation Techniques Quiz
5 questions
Section 4: Character Animation
07:02

Learn how to rig basic a character for animation. In this example, the instructor uses a cartoon of a worm. Download the Illustrator file attached. Please also download the After Effects Script Duik to follow along. The instructions and link are below.

17:44

Learn how to rig the arms, legs and head of a cartoon character. In this example, the instructor uses a cartoon of a monkey. Download the Illustrator file attached. Please also download the After Effects Script Duik to follow along. The instructions and link included with the previous lesson: "How to rig a simple cartoon character for animation"

15:12

This video includes a more detailed lesson on how to prepare your cartoon character for animation including important tips on anchor points.

06:57

Have fun following along with this lesson by recording your own cartoon character voice. Please download the audio editing program, Adobe Audition. You must use your computer’s internal microphone or have an external microphone to follow along.

08:35

This video explores the step-by-step process of lip-syncing a character. Surprisingly, it doesn’t take long because the instructor uses the After Effects Script Auto Lip-Sync to get the job done. Please download it along with the instructions below to follow along.

06:14

Tips on refining your lip-sync animation and rendering the final video.

Section 5: Lights, Cameras & Special Effects
10:38

Learn how to add cameras inside of After Effects and how to change 2D layers into 3D layers.

06:01

Learn how to add lights inside of After Effects and change attributes such as light colors and angles. Also learn how to animate lights.

06:07

Learn important tips about color correcting video. Also learn how to make tinted colored videos and convert color videos to black and white videos.

06:42

Explore tips for adding and customizing preset effects and animations to videos. Download the video attached to follow along.

06:05

Learn tips for creating unique custom effects and how to turn a video into a cartoon.

Lights, Cameras & Special Effects Quiz
5 questions
Section 6: 3D Animation Techniques
06:19

Learn how to create 3D text using tools inside of After Effects. Also learn how to animate attributes of 3D text.

05:34

Learn how to import 3D files into After Effects using Photoshop. Learn how to apply materials to change the color and texture of 3D objects and how to animate them inside of After Effects. Download Photoshop using the link below and also download the 3D file attached to follow along with the instructor.

03:47

Learn how to add 3D shapes using Cinema 4D Lite and import them into After Effects.

04:51

Learn how to animate 3D objects using Cinema 4D Lite and import them into After Effects.

07:00

Learn how to make editable 3D objects using Cinema 4D Lite. This will enable you to change the shape of an object. Also learn how to import them into After Effects.

05:56

Learn how to light a 3D scene using Cinema 4D Lite and import it into After Effects.

3D Animation Techniques Quiz
5 questions
Section 7: Rendering
06:44

Learn important tips for rendering film, TV, video on demand and web video projects using the After Effects internal render options. Also learn about how to interlace video. This is especially important for video on demand projects. To follow along, you can use the After Effects project of your choice.

08:39

Learn how to load After Effects projects into Adobe Media Encoder. Learn important tips for rendering film, TV, video on demand, mobile devices and web video projects using Adobe Media Encoder. Also learn about how to interlace video. This is especially important for video on demand projects. To follow along, you can use the After Effects project of your choice.

Rendering Quiz
5 questions
Section 8: Conclusion
00:40

Special thanks from your instructor. Congrats on finishing this class. I had so much fun teaching this class and I hope you enjoyed learning from me.

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Instructor Biography

Dara Harper, Digital Arts Educator

I have always had a passion for the arts and technology. I am also a life-long educator and entrepreneur. My technology expertise includes Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Dreamweaver, After Effects, Premiere, Flash, Final Cut Pro, 3D Max, Blender, Microsoft Office, iWork Office Suite and Screenflow. I am also an Apple developer with 13 published iPhone and iPad apps.


I'm proficient in HTML, CSS and ActionScript. I have over 20 years of experience with Apple & Windows operating systems. I was introduced to computers in elementary school and it marked the beginning of a love affair that changed my life.

My work experience includes MTV, Nickelodeon, Land Rover USA, and the Specs Howard School of Media Arts. I am a graduate of the International Academy of Design & Technology in Chicago. I got my Associate Degree in Interactive Media.

I won the award for Best African American Filmmaker at the Brooklyn Film Festival for my short digital animation "la Revolution." I also wrote and produced the feature film "Sweeter Without Sugar" that was screened by the American Diabetes Association for a special diabetes awareness event. I have also written and produced several plays including the Off-Broadway sold-out production of my debut play, "Passing."

My specialties include public speaking, creative writing, 2D & 3D animation, sculpture and painting.

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