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Adobe After Effects CC : Introduction

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Two Day Course

Now Available As Online Training!


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.

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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Public Courses

Small class sizes so you get the maximum amount of trainer time possible. You attend with delegates from other companies.

Private Courses

One to one tuition or a private group with just your colleagues. Your choice of duration, content and location. We can train at one of our centres or onsite with you wherever you are located.

We offer a free consultation service to help work out every detail and build the perfect course for you.

From £499 + VAT per day

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Course Outline

  • Day One

    Getting Started
    • Workspaces – selecting a layout and resetting the windows:
    • The Project window, timeline and viewer
    • Setting Up Your Database & folder structure
    • Creating Compositions – Comp 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
    • Adding ease to improve animation quality
    • Copying and pasting keyframes
    • Proportional scaling of keyframes on the timeline
    • Using hotkeys to reveal keyframes and properties
    • Adding Motion Blur – Adjusting the global motion blur settings

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

    Best Practices & Importing Different Files
    • Exploring the interface in more detail, switches, modes and time controls
    • 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
    • Importing Photoshop files
    • Importing Illustrator files
    • Layer modes
    • PreComps – Why Precomps are vital
    • Sending Projects To Others

    Questions and Answers
  • Day Two

    Keyframes - A Deeper Look
    • Hold keyframes
    • Reversing animation the right way – avoiding “Bezier twists”
    • Roving keyframes
    • Auto orientation

    Track Mattes & Masks
    • Track Matte Types - Luma & Alpha
    • Editing masks
    • Using masks to reveal and hide layers
    • Animating Masks
    • Other mask uses for paths and effect controls

    Creating a Basic Logo
    • 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

    • Using basic presets as a start point
    • Text presets – a special case
    • Creating your own text animators
    • Saving text animators as a preset

    • Rendering & Media Encoder - Best Practices

    Q&A and Troubleshooting
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Tell us you need to cancel more than 7 days before your course and there's no charge. Great for your peace of mind.

Our trainers bring their years of industry experience into the classroom. You'll leave confident and prepared.

The smallest class size in the industry. More one on one time with the trainer and a less intimidating group size.

Tell us which you use and it'll be booted up and waiting with the latest software when you arrive.

We provide a lovely onsite lunch so you can relax. We can cater for any dietary requirement with no fuss.

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