After effects essentials

Adobe After Effects Essentials

Duration: 20 hours

Teaching Methodolody: Hands on

DESCRIPTION

Adobe After Effects is a digital motion graphics and compositing software published by Adobe Systems, used in the post-production process of filmmaking and television production. Its main uses are the origination of 2D and 2.5D animation, visual effects compositing and finishing (image adjustment, color correction, etc...).

Adobe After Effects is primarily used for creating motion graphics and visual effects. After Effects allows users to animate, alter and composite media in 2D and 3D space with various built-in tools and third party plug-ins.

OVERVIEW

In this course, students learn how to use Adobe After Effects CC to create 2D motion graphics. They will:

  • Learn about the workflow
  • Manipulate keyframes
  • Edit layers and effects
  • Create Transparency
  • Add Type and Music
  • Export to DVDs and create movie files

AUDIENCE

Graphic designers, art students, art directors, architects, artists, animators, and anyone who is interested in creating 2D motion presentations.

PREREQUISITES

Adobe Photoshop essential skills are a must.

After Effects Essentials 01
After Effects Essentials 02
After Effects Essentials 03
After Effects Essentials 04

COURSE CONTENTS

01 - The Interface

  • Project Structure
  • Main Application window
  • Tools panel; Project panel
  • Importing footage
  • Footage panel
  • Transparency and alpha channels
  • Composition panel
  • Timeline panel
  • Layer panel
  • Info, Preview, Audio panels
  • Effects & Presets; Effect Controls; other panels
  • workspaces; stacked panels
  • Previewing
  • Work area
  • Preview behaviors
The Interface

02 - Basic Animation

  • Comppsition basics
  • Starting a project, creating folders
  • Importing footage; alpha channels
  • Creating a new composition
  • Adding Layers to the Comp panel
  • Changing property values
  • Animating Position, the motion path
  • Previewing the animation
  • Navigating between keyframes
  • Managing the comp view; zooming
  • Applying Easy Ease In
  • Adding the foreground layers
  • Duplicating and replacing layers
  • More precise placement; snapping and grids
  • Adding solid layers
  • Applying, copying, and pasting effects
  • Dragging footage to the Timeline panel
  • Editing motion paths, spatial keyframe types
  • Animating scale, rotation, and opacity
  • Rendering
  • Importing Layered Photoshop and Illustrator files
Basic Animation

03 - Advanced Animation

  • Graph Editor Sets
  • Keyframe basics
  • Anchor Point overview
  • Anchor Point tool
  • Motion control moves
  • Graph Editor
  • Speed versus value graphs
  • Panning and zooming time
  • Editing graph curves
  • Easing animations
  • Improving the timing; Graph Editor Sets
  • Separate Dimensions
  • Motion Sketch
  • Smoothing keyframes
  • Auto-Orient
  • Motion Blur
  • Roving keyframes
  • Time-Reverse Keyframes
  • Hold keyframes
  • Time display and time timecode
Advanced Animation

04 - Editing Layers and Effects

  • Layers and stacking order
  • Moving layers in time
  • Trimming layers
  • Trimming in the Layer and Footage panels
  • Slip Editing
  • Sequence layers keyframe assistant
  • Looping footage
  • Image sequences
  • Changing the frame rate; Time Stretch
  • Applying Effects
  • Blending modes
  • Effects and solids
  • Effect motion path
  • Effects & Presets; searching for effects
  • Animation presets
  • Behavior presets
  • Layer styles
  • Adjustment layers
  • Filmic glow trick
  • Property links with effects
  • Third-party effects
  • Higher-quality scaling
Editing Layers and Effects

05 - Creating Transparency

  • Masking tools; creating mask shapes
  • Free Transform Points
  • Masking in the Layer panel; Ellipse tool
  • Maks feather
  • Animating a mask path
  • Creating a vignette; Mask Expansion
  • Masking with the Pen tool
  • Effecting a masked area
  • Mask path interpolation; First vertex
  • Mask Interpolation keyframe assistant
  • Effects that can use the mask path; Scribble effect
  • Mask Modes and multiple masks
  • Mask Opacity
  • Creating and editing RotoBezier masks
  • Audio Spectrum effect
  • Rigid Mask Tracker
  • Face Tracking
  • Variable mask feathering
  • Alpha Track Matte
  • Nesting a track matte composite
  • Luma Track Matte
  • Animating matte layers
  • Stencil Luma and Stencil Alpha
  • Color Keying; Keylight; greenscreen
  • Key Cleaner and Advanced Spill Suppressor
  • Effects with track mattes and stencils
Creating Transparency

06 - Type and Music

  • Creating basic text
  • Creating text Animators; Range Selectors
  • Animating text Position, Rotation, and Opacity
  • Randomizong the order of characters
  • Creating Cascading text; working with selection Shapes
  • Setting the text Anchor Point
  • Animating by words
  • Title safe areas
  • Animating text Blur and Tracking
  • Text on a path
  • Adding the Wiggly Selector
  • Rendering with an alpha channel
  • Multiple selectors and animators
  • Using text animation presets
  • Saving text animations as presets
  • Editing photoshop text layers
  • Adding audio to a comp
  • Spotting audio
  • Mixing and enhancing audio
Type and Music

07 - Rendering

  • Rendering under the hood
  • Render templates
  • Adobe Media Encoder
  • Rendering movies
  • Rendering sequences
  • Issues that affect image quality
  • Flickering
  • Fields and interlacing
Rendering