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Introduction to Adobe After Effects

Basics of After Effects
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Created by Benjamin Ring
Last updated 5/2013
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This class is designed to introduce you to After Effects and teach you the core fundamentals of 2D/3D Animation. We will be exploring the After Effects Interface as well as the tools and effects to make your graphics come to life.

I will be using After Effects CS6, but the techniques and skill set you will learn applies to versions CS3 and up.

This course will be screen-capture video; giving you the opportunity to pause, jump over to After Effects, and work alongside with me. Or, if you prefer, just sit back and take notes.
Who is the target audience?
  • New Users of After Effects
  • Those needing a "refreshener" with After Effects
  • Those looking into a career in Motion Graphics and Compositing
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What Will I Learn?
Gain working knowledge of After Effects
Ability to animate your own designs
Practical skills necessary to land an internship
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  • Adobe After Effect CS3 or higher
Curriculum For This Course
Expand All 37 Lectures Collapse All 37 Lectures 07:32:49
1 Lecture 00:50

What to expect...

Preview 00:50
After Effects Interface
2 Lectures 10:59
In this lesson we will explore the User Interface of After Effects and get to know its Layout.
Preview 04:21

In this video we will learn to customize the interface to suite our needs.
Preview 06:38
Working with footage
5 Lectures 49:12
In this video we will discuss how to create compositions and edit their settings.
Creating and Editing Compositions

In this video we will learn to import various types of footage in to After Effects including photos, videos, image sequences, and graphics.
Importing different types of footage

In this video we will be adding our footage to the Timeline and will have an overview of the Toolbar.

Adding Footage to the Timeline & Toolbar Shortcuts

In this video we'll discuss several features associated with the Timeline.
Layers and Timeline features

In this video we will take a look at Layer Properties including Switches and Blending Modes.
Layer Properties, Switches, and Modes
Basic Animation
4 Lectures 39:15
in this video we will learn to add Keyframes and create an animation.
Concepts and Basics of Keyframe Animation

in this video we will learn how to properly preview our animation.
RAM Preview

in this video we will manipulate the keyframes to change an animation.
Working with Keyframes

in this video we will learn to manipulate the motion path of an animated object as well as discuss different types of Keyframes.
Motion Paths and Various types of Keyframes
Shape and Text Layers
4 Lectures 01:10:15

In this video we will overview the shape tool and how to customize a shape.

Shape Layer Basics

In this video we will explore more advanced Shape Properties.
Shape Additions

In this video we will learn to create basic Text Layers and discuss the Character and Paragraph Panels.

Text Layer Basics

In this video we will explore Text Animators.
Text Animators
Masks and Mattes
2 Lectures 31:52
In this video we will learn to create a Mask with the Pen tool.

In this video we will learn to mask a layer by using the Alpha Channel or Luminance Values of another layer.
Alpha and Luma Mattes
3 Lectures 48:00

In this video we will explore the list of Effects.

Various Effects and Presets

In this video we will discuss the different types of properties that can be animated on various effects.
Animating Effects

In this video we will discuss the uses of an Adjustment Layer.
Adjustment Layers
Painting and Cloning
1 Lecture 11:49
In this video we will learn how to Paint and Clone in the Layer Panel.
Paint and Clone Tools
2 Lectures 20:54
In this video we will learn how to Preview Audio in our composition.
Adding Audio to the Timeline

In this video we will look at Waveforms and learn to use Markers to help us animate to the rhythm of audio.
Animating to Audio
Grouping Layers
3 Lectures 28:37
In this video we will learn the Child/Parent relationship between layers.

In this video we will discuss the benefits of using a composition as a layer inside of another composition.
Nesting Compositions

In this video we will discuss how to manipulate the Render Order in After Effects by Precomposing.
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About the Instructor
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Motion Graphics and Visual Effects Artist

I am an Adobe Certified Expert with After Effects and have a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Film and Video Production. I currently teach Motion Graphics, Visual Effects Compositing and Video Compression classes at Collins College in Tempe, Arizona. Since 2005 I have been designing Motion Graphics for companies, non-profit organizations, and online education curriculum. As a VFX artist, I’ve worked as a compositor for the short film, Out Of Focus (2012) directed by Remi Vaughn and am currently working on my own short film, The Painter And The Sky, written by Joanna S. Meyer.

My skill set includes:
Adobe After Effects
Adobe Photoshop
Adobe Illustrator
Adobe Flash
Adobe Premiere Pro
Adobe Encore
Cinema 4D

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