Basic Animation In After Effects

Learn basic animation, motion graphics and how to add special effects to video in After Effects.
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  • Lectures 8
  • Length 1 hour
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
  • Includes Lifetime access
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    Available on iOS and Android
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About This Course

Published 12/2014 English

Course Description

In this Adobe After Effects CC course, you will learn the basics of animation, motion graphics, and how to apply special effects to videos. This course includes several practice files so that you can follow along with the instructor.

Whether you want to learn how to animate a cartoon character or change colors in a video, "Basic Animation In After Effects" is the ideal online class. Other topics include how to turn a video into a cartoon and tips for applying preset animations and special effects to any video. You will also learn how to render an After Effects project for mobile devices (including the iPad and Android), the web, and Blu-ray disc.

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

What are the requirements?

  • After Effects (Full Version or Free Trial)

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Create original motion graphics for video
  • Use preset animations and effects on video and text
  • Animate a cartoon character
  • Turn a video into a cartoon

Who is the target audience?

  • Filmmakers, photographers, designers and artists who want to learn motion graphics
  • After Effects Beginners

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.


Section 1: Intro to After Effects

Topics covered in this video:

  • How to import videos
  • How to import Photoshop files and other types of files
  • How to create custom compositions
  • Short cuts to create video compositions
  • Tips for Title/Action Safe video production
  • How to match colors in your composition
  • Keyboard shortcuts for working faster in After Effects
5 questions

This quiz reviews the user interface & preset animations options in After Effects

Section 2: Animate with presets

Topics covered in this video:

  • How to reset your workspace
  • How to apply preset effects
  • How to apply preset animations
  • How to apply preset transitions
  • How to customize preset animations & effects
Section 3: Creating custom animations

Topics covered in this video:

  • How to add text to an After Effects project
  • How to animate basic attributes including scale, opacity, rotation and position
  • How to create custom animations
  • How to rearrange keyframes
  • Keyboard shortcuts for animation
5 questions

This quiz reviews animation attributes in After Effects

Section 4: Tips for animating text

Topics covered in this video:

  • How to add preset animations and effects to text
  • How to customize text
  • How to animate text on a motion path
  • How to change a motion path
  • How to create custom text animations
Section 5: How to animate a cartoon character

Topics covered in this video:

  • Important tips for importing Photoshop and Illustrator files into After Effects
  • How to animate a cartoon character
  • Important tips for animating basic attributes and how to use anchor points
  • How to change colors in a video or animation
  • How to draw images inside of After Effects
Section 6: How to turn a video into a cartoon

Topics covered in this video:

  • Using more advanced Timeline panel options
  • How to use Photoshop filters and effects inside of After Effects
  • Step-by-step instructions on how to turn a video into a cartoon
  • Creating more unique effects
  • Animating custom effects
Section 7: How to render your video for the web, mobile devices, Blu-Ray and more

Topics covered in this video:

  • How to render an After Effects project using the internal render options
  • How to render an After Effects project in Adobe Media Encoder
  • How to change video duration, size, resolution and other options
  • How to export a video for mobile devices including iPad and Android
  • How to export a video for the web or Blu-ray disc
5 questions

This quiz reviews rendering videos in After Effects

Section 8: Wrap Up & Continued Learning Opportunities

I really enjoyed teaching this class and I hope you also enjoyed learning from me. I have a new class that explores more topics in After Effects including how to lip sync and rig cartoon characters, how to create animated lower thirds, and advanced 2D and 3D animation techniques. I would be honored to continue teaching you. If you send me a message, I would be happy to send you a discount coupon for this course.

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I really hope you continue to create great projects in After Effects.



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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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