The Basics of Animating in After Effects
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The Basics of Animating in After Effects

An introduction to 2D animation within After Effects. Learn the basics of the animated explainer video.
3.9 (28 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.
224 students enrolled
Created by Michael Lynam
Last updated 10/2015
English
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Includes:
  • 5 hours on-demand video
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Animate shapes, text, and vector images within After Effects
  • Give their animations uniqueness and character
  • Be comfortable working the After Effects enviorment
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Requirements
  • Download After Effects CC, a recent version of After Effects, or a trial version
  • Have a computer capable of running the software.
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.

Who 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.
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Curriculum For This Course
28 Lectures
05:08:43
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An Introduction to the course
3 Lectures 06:15

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

Preview 01:27

Understand the purpose of the program and it's abilites

Preview 01:31

know the principles that make After Effects an animation tool.

Preview 03:17
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Understanding the layout and functions
6 Lectures 01:24:32
Standard workspace layout
12:08

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

Other windows useful for animation
08:26

Understand the usage of the Project panel and Effects Controls panel

Panels in depth - Part 1 - Project panel and Effects/Presets panel
10:37

Panels in depth - Part 2 - Timeline
16:39

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

Panels in depth - Part 3 - Side panels
18:06

Panels in depth - Part 4 - Composition and Toolbar
18:36
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Animation Basics - Understanding Shapes and Text
4 Lectures 54:50

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

Animating Shapes - Part 1
17:17

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

Animating Shapes - Part 2
17:31

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

Animating Text - Part 1
05:42

Animating Text - Part 2
14:20
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Layer Types and Parenting - Basic Animation Test Project
4 Lectures 36:05

Understand the different types of Layers and their application.

Layer Types
10:23

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

Parenting
10:28

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.

Basic Test Animation Assignment
01:18

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

Basic Animation Test - How it was done
13:56
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Advanced Animation skills
10 Lectures 02:05:59
Learn how to import Adobe Illustrator files (Vector files) into your compositions.
Importing Files
08:28

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

Masking and Mattes
17:35

Understand the use of the Puppet Tool

Preview 08:06

Understand the use of the Puppet Tool

Puppet Tool - Part 2
16:17

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

PreComposing
17:31

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

Audio and Time Remapping
21:08

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

Exporting Your Animation
08:39

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.

Advanced Animation Test Assignment
01:08

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

Advanced Animation Test - How it was done - Part 1
12:14

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

Advanced Animation Test - How it was done - Part 2
14:53
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Course Close
1 Lecture 01:02
Close
01:02
About the Instructor
Michael Lynam
3.9 Average rating
28 Reviews
224 Students
1 Course
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.