The Basics of Animating in After Effects

An introduction to 2D animation within After Effects. Learn the basics of the animated explainer video.
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  • Lectures 28
  • Length 5 hours
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 6/2015 English

Course Description

This course is an introduction to 2D animation in After Effects. Learn the basics as well as some techniques for making your own cartoons, motion graphics, or (my personal favorite) animated explainer videos!

What materials are included?

This course contains practical explanations of the principles found within After Effects as well as detailed screen capture of the program in action. Interact with the course by trying to mimic the animation at the end of the basic animation and advanced animation sections. All the assets are included for you. All you have to do in import them and have fun! Best of all these assets were created by me and are free to use for any reason.

How is the course structured?We will first go over what After Effects is and how animation works within it. Then we'll dive into the program and I'll go through the essential panels you'll be working with. Next we'll get into the animation and you'll be given a test project in which you are to mimic my design. Then I'll go through the process and you can check your work!

Why take this course?

Because 1. Animation is incredibly rewarding and fun. 2. This is a great introduction to AE as well as the first step to creating animated explainer videos. 3. There's a bear singing on a stage with fog in the background.

So jump on into animation. It's not as complicated as you think, and incredibly rewarding.

What are the requirements?

  • Download After Effects CC, a recent version of After Effects, or a trial version
  • Have a computer capable of running the software.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Animate shapes, text, and vector images within After Effects
  • Give their animations uniqueness and character
  • Be comfortable working the After Effects enviorment

What is the target audience?

  • This course is designed for newcomers to After Effects. A good portion of the course is given to looking at the layout of the program and how animation works within it.
  • This course is probably not for experienced animator. However If someone is coming from another animation program this course may be useful in speeding up your adaption to new software.

What you get with this course?

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Certificate of completion.

Curriculum

Section 1: An Introduction to the course
01:27

An introduction to the course. Don't forget to download the course documents located in this section!

01:31

Understand the purpose of the program and it's abilites

03:17

know the principles that make After Effects an animation tool.

Section 2: Understanding the layout and functions
Standard workspace layout
12:08
08:26

Be able to set up their workspace for maximum efficiency for the remainder of the course

10:37

Understand the usage of the Project panel and Effects Controls panel

Panels in depth - Part 2 - Timeline
16:39
18:06

Understand the usage of the DUIK, Character, Paragraph, Preview, Effects Controls, Align, Wiggler, and Info panels.

Panels in depth - Part 4 - Composition and Toolbar
18:36
Section 3: Animation Basics - Understanding Shapes and Text
17:17

Understand how shapes work in After Effects and how to animate them based on their properties.

17:31

Understand how shapes work in After Effects and how to animate them based on their properties.

05:42

Understand how text works in After Effects and how to animate it into and out of frame.

Animating Text - Part 2
14:20
Section 4: Layer Types and Parenting - Basic Animation Test Project
10:23

Understand the different types of Layers and their application.

10:28

Understand the principle of parenting and it's use in animation.

01:18

You will see the animation I created using the tools we've learned. You'll then be asked to re-create this animation within After Effects. The next lesson will cover how I achieved the final look of the animation.

13:56

Learn how I created the test animation and compare it with yours

Section 5: Advanced Animation skills
08:28
Learn how to import Adobe Illustrator files (Vector files) into your compositions.
17:35

Understand the usage of masking and mattes and how they can be implemented into animation.

08:06

Understand the use of the Puppet Tool

16:17

Understand the use of the Puppet Tool

17:31

Understand the concept of precomposing and it's benefits to animation

21:08

Utilize After Effect's limited audio abilities to time your animation. Also, learn how to use time remapping to loop and stretch out precomps.

08:39

Now we'll export out your animation so you can upload it to the web or play it on your computer.

01:08

You will see the animation I created using the tools we've learned. You'll then be asked to re-create this animation within After Effects. The next lesson will cover how I achieved the final look of the animation.

12:14

Learn how I created the test animation and compare it with yours

14:53

Learn how I created the test animation and compare it with yours

Section 6: Course Close
Close
01:02

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Instructor Biography

Michael Lynam, Animator

I've been working in creative video production for about 6 years now. The past 3 years I've found a passion for animation and creating explainer videos. I currently work at Amazon.com creating animated explainer videos everyday for internal use. I'm an expert in the Adobe suite and spend most of my time animating within After Effects. My skills range from animation to all aspects of production. Concepting, script writing, storyboarding, animatic creation, SFX, Voice over work, and comprehensive editing.

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