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Adobe After Effects CC : Introduction

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Two Day Course


This Adobe authorised two-day course is designed to allow those new to animation and post production techniques to get the most from this immensely powerful software. Whether you are a motion graphics designer, a web designer, rich media artist or broadcast video editor, Adobe After Effects CC allows you to create stunning motion graphics and visual effects.

The emphasis throughout this introduction is on practical exercises. These exercises will cover basic effects, project settings, video layering techniques, creating masks, text animation, using filters for special effects and rendering your final project.

What are the 5 things you will get out of the course?

• Be confident in creating After Effects projects from scratch without guidance
• Understand the After Effects interface and its operation
• Understand the keyframing (simplest form of animating an object) workflow
• Confidently use the extensive effects palette
• Produce animated and motion graphic videos suitable for web, media and more

If you would like to run this as a private course tailored to your exact requirements, please call or email. You need no previous experience to attend this course.

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Course Outline

  • Day One

    Starting a New Project
    • Workspaces – selecting a layout and resetting the windows
    • The Project window, timeline and viewer
    • Creating sequences – sequence settings
    • Essential viewer window settings
    • Creating assets within AE
    • Arranging objects in the viewport
    • How layers work in the timeline window
    • Object properties – the basics – Position, Scale, Rotation, Anchor Point and Opacity
    • Manipulating object transforms
    • Navigating the timeline, playing scrubbing and zooming
    • Simple animation – your first keyframes
    • Position animation and Bezier curves
    • Manipulating keyframes
    • Using the keyframe navigator
    • Copying and pasting keyframes
    • Proportional scaling of keyframes on the timeline
    • Using hotkeys to reveal keyframes and properties

    Adding Basic Effects
    • The effect controls palette
    • Ensuring that you explore effects completely – good workflow practices
    • How effects work with keyframes
    • Combining effects together
    • Adjustment layers
    • Basic colour correction

    Creating Text Layers and Basic Text Animation
    • Adding ease to improve animation quality.
    • Exploring the interface in more detail, switches modes and time controls.
    • Adding Motion Blur – Adjusting the global motion blur settings.

    Layer Controls - What do all the buttons do?
    • Ensuring correct workflow vector files
    • The collapse transformations switch
    • Importing video footage
    • Trimming and time manipulation of layers
    • Sorting, finding and working with assets in the project window
    • Saving project files – asset linkages – things to be aware of
    • Working with multiple sequences
    • Importing Photoshop files
    • Layer modes
    • PreComps – a sequence within a sequence
    • Why Precomps are vital - tidyness, reusablilty, changeability and solving technical issues

    Deeper into Keyframes - Basic Interpolation Types
    • Hold keyframes
    • Reversing animation the right way – avoiding “Bezier twists”
    • Roving keyframes
    • Auto orientation
  • Day Two

    Track Mattes
    • Track Matte types – Luma and Alpha

    Creating Masks
    • Mask types and settings – shape and bezier masks
    • Editing masks
    • Using masks to reveal and hide layers
    • Animating Masks
    • Other mask uses for paths and effect controls
    • Shape layers

    Creating a Basic Logo Title from Scratch
    • Anchor point issues
    • Pre-composing base elements for better workflow
    • Adding effects to build our sequence
    • Parenting Layers
    • A simple expression - “Wiggle”
    • How Wiggle works – what the numbers do

    The Effects and Presets Palette
    • Using basic presets as a start point
    • Saving your own presets
    • Text presets – a special case
    • Creating your own text animators
    • Saving text animators as a preset

    Rendering – Creating our Final Output
    • Render settings
    • Using the correct workflow
    • Outputting varied media types with Media Encoder

    3D Layers – A Basic Introduction
    • Creating and manipulating layers in 3D space
    • Correct 3D and 2D layout to avoid problems
    • Creating and using a camera
    • Creating lights and light settings

    Saving your work for film, video, mobile devices and the web

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