After Effects for Beginners Complete Intro to After Effects
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- 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
- 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
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!
- 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
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
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!
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.
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 :)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
With this essential tutorial I want to teach you what does the Region of Interest in After Effects do and what can we use it for. With help of that I will show you how to adjust the size of your current composition to perfectly fit the objects you have in them. Often you do want to set keyframes on composition in order to be able to place things inside those comps so they do not get changed.
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.
In this exercise I want to teach you how to prepare a qucik and simple Logo intro in AE ! :)
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.
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.
In this lecture we are going to use the techniques we learned in this section, like null object usage to create a simple animation.
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.
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.
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
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!
This is a little bonus design experience I would like to share with you. From time to time we have to prepare a design in After Effects that would seem counter-intuitive to make as a graphic designer. Designing in AE is not the same as drawing in Pohotoshop where all the tools are straightforward. I want to show you a technique of making patterns with the repeater in motion graphic software.
In this lecture I would like to show you a simple approach on a minimal title opener / lower third animation. We will animate a shape layer to showcase a line going form the top of the screen towards its bottom and revealing text along the way. A few cool After Effects tricks will be included and a few track mattes sprinkled along in this design. Let's do this project together and ease some keyframes in it!