After Effects for Motion Graphics
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After Effects for Motion Graphics

Learn the techniques to start your career as a Motion Graphic artist.
4.6 (158 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
992 students enrolled
Last updated 9/2016
English
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Includes:
  • 5 hours on-demand video
  • 1 Supplemental Resource
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Create beautiful motion graphics
  • Animate compelling infographics
  • Choose the correct video settings.
  • You’ll learn how to exporting your video easily.
  • You’ll be able to create slick type animations.
  • Rendering your video for Youtube & Vimeo.
  • Create titles for interviews.
  • Add music to your motion graphics.
  • Trim & editing video.
  • Add watermarking your video.
  • Fixing shaky footage.
  • Color correct & fix any bad footage.
  • Add a vignette to your video.
  • Learn how to use your skills from Illustrator & Photoshop
  • How to use green screen footage
  • How to mask like a pro.
  • How to animate infographics like bar graphs, line graphs & pie charts.
  • How to use camera to make 3D type.
  • Animating static images using parallax
  • Plus basic character animation.
  • + More…
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Requirements
  • Students will need to download After Effects. The latest version of CC 2015 is recommended but the earlier CS6 version will still work.
Description

In this course you’ll learn how to create motion graphics in Adobe After Effects. This motion graphics course is everything you need to start creating beautiful animation & infographics.  

As part of this course you’ll get downloadable exercise files so you can work along exactly with the trainer. You’ll also get completed files with every video so you can download and check your files against the trainers.

Your trainer is an Adobe After Effects Certified Expert and Certified Instructor. Daniel has been creating immersive infographics and motion graphics for more than 12 years. 

The course is approximately 3 hours long. Each step broken into individual videos to make it easily digestible. 

In this course we'll cover: 

  • Motion Graphics
  • Infographics
  • Correct video settings. 
  • Exporting your video easily. 
  • Type animation. 
  • Easing and motion blur. 
  • Rendering your video for Youtube & Vimeo. 
  • Titles for interviews. 
  • Adding music. 
  • Trimming & editing video.
  • Watermarking your video. 
  • Fixing shaky footage. 
  • Color correcting footage. 
  • Add a vignette to your video. 
  • Matrix effect. 
  • Working with Illustrator
  • Working with Photoshop
  • Green Screen
  • Masking. 
  • Animating bar, line & pie charts. 
  • 3D type. 
  • Animating static images using parallax
  • Character animation


In this course you’ll create over 15 smaller projects so you can gain experience with the software. You can also use the exercises we create in your own portfolio.

You’ll need Adobe After Effects installed on your computer. A 30 day free trial can be downloaded directly from Adobe.

If you’ve been excited by the world of motion graphics but still haven’t started. This beginner course is perfect for you.

Dan (Adobe Certified Instructor)

Who is the target audience?
  • This course is for people who want to start earning money as a motion graphics designer.
  • This course is for beginners wanting to learn to use After Effects for motion graphics and infographics.
  • No previous After Effects or animation skills are necessary.
  • This course is for absolute beginners.
  • From Zero to Hero.
  • This course is NOT for people who have a good understanding of After Effects already. This is for new people only.
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Curriculum For This Course
50 Lectures
05:07:50
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Start Here
3 Lectures 05:12

Welcome to my course on how to become a motion graphic designer using Adobe After Effects. 

Preview 01:18

In this video we'll talk about how to download the exercise files, completed files, cheat sheets and all other resources available with the course. 

Exercise Files
01:57

After completing this course you'll know what to do if you loose any of your videos or files. We'll relink them! 

Relinking missing footage
01:57
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Getting started quickly
8 Lectures 32:31

After this video you'll know the difference between a Project and a Composition in Adobe After Affects. 

Project vs Compositions
03:42

After this video you'll know exactly what setting you need to create your videos in. 

What’s the right composition settings
02:59

After completing this video you'll be able to change the length of your motion graphic animation. 

Changing the length of your composition
00:57

After completing this video you will be able to automatically choose the correct size and length of your After Effects composition.

Matching composition to video size
03:20

After completing this video you'll know how to create your first type animation motion graphic. 

Preview 09:22

After completing this video you'll learn the first of the secret sauces that make up slick looking motion graphics.

Easing your animation
03:51

After completing this video you'll learn the second of the motion graphic secrets to beautiful animated typography. 

Blurring your text while it moves
03:50

After completing this video you'll know how to easily export your first video ready for Youtube, Vimeo or your own website. 

How to render or export your After Effects animation
04:30

What is the best video size to start with?
1 question
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My computer is really crappy & I keep getting lost.
3 Lectures 11:20

After completing this video you'll know what to do if you find your laptop is running a little slow. All the tricks in the book to make your animation preview super fast. 

My computer is really slow - help
06:50

After completing this video you'll know how to make loads of room for your motion graphics files on your hard drive. 

Empty your disk cache to clear hard drive space
02:40

After completing this video you'll know what to do if you get lost inside After Effects. A great trick for newbies. 

I’ve lost my timeline in After Effects.
01:50
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Title overlays, lower thirds & water marks
5 Lectures 35:33

After completing this video you'll know how to create title that appear above people when they are talking in interviews. 

Lower thirds type animation
12:10

After completing this video you'll know how to add a watermark to your video. The watermark is the small transparent logo that appears in the corner of the video (like the Udemy logo. 

Creating a watermark in After Effects
04:15

After completing this video you'll know the best keep secret in motion graphics - Anticipation. This technique will turn your boring infographics into stunning animation. 

Rules of motion graphics - anticipation
01:13

Custom easing using the graph editor in After Effects
10:06

After completing this video you'll know how to add upbeat background music to your motion graphics projects.   

Adding audio & music to your video
07:49
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Inspiration
1 Lecture 04:15

After completing this video you'll know the best places to go to get inspired for your first work. 

Inspiration for you motion graphics
04:15
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Fixing / Cleaning up your video
4 Lectures 27:05

After completing this video you'll know how to trim and edit your video into smaller, more dynamic footage. 

Trimming the length of a video.
03:37

After completing this video you'll know how to take ugly video and make it look amazing. 

Color correction, exposure & adjustment layers
08:21

After completing this video you'll know how to add a vignette. A vignette is the dark cloudy fog near the edges of video. They make motion graphics feel more awesome.  

Creating a vignette in After Effects
03:26

After completing this video you'll know what to do when you have jumpy footage. We'll take hand held mobile phone footage and make it look very professional.  

Fixing shaky footage with warp stabilizer
11:41
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Camera tracking + Time Remapping
3 Lectures 29:18

After completing this video you'll know how to add text to your footage that feels like it's actually in the shot. Very cool. 

Add text to live action video
09:26

After completing this video you'll learn how to create slow motion like the 'bullet time' using in the movie 'The Matrix'. 

Matrix effect using time remapping
05:20

After completing this video you'll know how to get type animations to follow your subjects around in the screen. 

Text to follow live action
14:32
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Animating illustrations
4 Lectures 22:27

After completing this video you'll know how to use your skills in Illustrator (if you have any). You'll create your graphics in Illustrator and bring them into After Effects to be animated correctly.  

Working with Illustrator in After Effects
10:06

After completing this video you'll learn how to loop your animations. 

Looping your animation
01:36

After completing this video you'll know how to group your animations together. Making it easy to move them around.  

Grouping is called a pre-comp
06:07

After completing this video you'll learn how to get your motion graphics to follow any line your create. In this video we'll animate a hip little fish and get him to move around the video. 

How to make a motion path
04:38

You want to group animated layers together. What is this technique called?
1 question
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Masking & green screen
5 Lectures 41:10

After completing this video you'll know how to cut people out from a Green Screen. 

Green screen (Keying)
07:02

After completing this video you'll learn how to create a basic mask in After Effects. 

Basic Masking
05:38

After completing this video you'll learn how to make a cooler mask with different layers animating separately with cool motion graphic effects. 

Object & mask animate separately - Track Matts
04:59

After completing this video you'll know how to mask more completed things like moving people in a video. 

Rotoscoping & faking depth of field
11:09

After completing this video you'll learn how to mask objects in your video and put type animation between them. 

Rotobrush - putting type behind video objects
12:22
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Infographics
2 Lectures 20:01

After completing this video you'll learn how to make an animated infographic line chart. 

Animated infographic line chart
12:47

After completing this video you'll learn how to make an animated infographic pie chart. We'll have the bars expanding and slices popping out for cool motion graphic effect. 

Pie chart infographic in After Effects
07:14
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About the Instructor
Daniel Walter Scott
4.6 Average rating
1,102 Reviews
15,870 Students
15 Courses
Microsoft trainer and Adobe Certified Instructor

Sharing is who I am, and teaching is where I am at my best, because I've been on both sides of that equation, and getting to deliver useful training is my meaningful way to be a part of the creative community.

I've spent a long time watching others learn, and teach, to refine how I work with you to be efficient, useful and, most importantly, memorable. I want you to carry what I've shown you into a bright future.

I have a wife (a lovely Irish girl) and kids. I have lived and worked in many places (as Kiwis tend to do) – but most of my 14+ years of creating and teaching has had one overriding theme: bringing others along for the ride as we all try to change the world with our stories, our labours of love and our art.

I'm a certified Adobe instructor (ACI) in Ireland. I'm also an Adobe Certified Expert (ACE) and have completed the Adobe Certified Associate training (ACA). And I don't just do Adobe. Remember, media is a very broad term – digital blew out the borders, so we are all constantly learning.

I've been teaching for 14+ years. I come from being a media designer and content creator – so I understand exactly where you're at now. I've been there. I love this stuff. Print, digital publishing, web and video. I can see how it all connects. And I can see how we can share those connections.

I built Bring Your Own Laptop in Ireland, New Zealand, Australia & online. I have a great team working with me to keep BYOL at the top of Adobe and digital media training. I understand business, I have one – so I know how important it is to get it right and make it work for you.

Now my focus is on Udemy. It's my mission to bring you the best training for digital media on Udemy.

Daniel Walter Scott