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Adobe After Effects Fundamentals Course

Course Description

Adobe After Effects is a powerful program used for creating special effects for video and motion graphics. On this beginners workshop you will learn all the tools and skills to master this powerful program.

Live face-to-face instructor. Classes taught by pros!

This class is aimed at graphic and video professionals who need an essential understanding of video editing, motion editing and compositing. Experienced users will also benefit from many hands-on projects and tricks learnt on the class. Training available on both Mac and PC.

View our full range of Adobe After Effects training courses, or see below for the detailed outline for After Effects Fundamentals.

3 Days | $1395.00

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Detailed course outline

  • Getting to Know After Effects
    • The Role of After Effects in Adobe CC
    • What After Effects Can Do
    • Misconceptions about After Effects
    • The role of After Effects in Broadcast
    • The role of After Effects in Social Media
    • The role of After Effects in Feature Films
    • The role of After Effects in Corporate America
    • Understanding Raster vs Vector applications
    • The Power of Creative Cloud
    • Understanding your subscription and how to get the most from it
    • How After Effects works with files
    • Organizing your projects outside After Effects
    • Before opening After Effects tips
  • UNIT 1: After Effects Basics
    • Opening After Effects o Creating new projects
    • Understanding and working with the interface
    • Customizing After Effects
    • Working in the Project Window
    • The multiple ways to import footage
    • Organizing footage in the Project Window
    • Creating and understanding Compositions
    • Working with Layers: The Art of Compositing
    • Layer Types o Transform animations in the composition
    • Adding simple effects and modifying layer properties
    • Simple timing adjustments o About timecode and duration
    • About the Timeline panel
    • Previewing your work
    • Optimizing performance in After Effects
    • Basic Rendering and exporting your composition
  • UNIT 2: Working with Masks
    • Masks, Mattes and Alpha Channels, Oh My!
    • Creating a mask with the Pen tool
    • Creating masks with shape tools
    • Editing a mask
    • About mask modes
    • Creating a Bezier mask
    • Feathering the edges of a mask
    • Replacing the content of the mask
    • Zooming and panning by touch
    • Adding a reflection
    • Creating a vignette
    • Adjusting the timing
    • Tips for creating masks
    • Trimming the work area
  • UNIT 3: Animating Simple 2D Text
    • About text layers
    • Installing a font using Typekit
    • Creating and formatting point text
    • Creating and formatting area text
    • Using a text animation presets
    • Animating with scale keyframes
    • Animating using parenting
    • About parent and child layers
    • Animating imported Photoshop text
    • Animating type tracking
    • Animating text opacity
    • Using a text animator group
    • About text animator groups
    • Animating a layer’s position
    • Timing layer animations
    • Working with motion blur
  • UNIT 4: After Effects Dynamic Workflows
    • Packaging and prepping Illustrator files
    • Working with imported Illustrator layers
    • Packaging and prepping Photoshop files
    • Working with imported Photoshop layers
    • Migrating After Effects content
    • The Premiere + After Effects relationship
  • UNIT 5: Working with Shape Layers
    • Adding a shape layer
    • Creating custom shapes
    • Duplicating shapes
    • Basic Shape Animations
    • Advance Pro Shape Animations
    • Logo and Texts Effects using Shape Layers
  • UNIT 6: Introduction to Real-World Motion Graphics
    • Animation Physics Fundamentals
    • 2D Motions Graphics Workflows
    • The crazy world of Keyframe Interpolation
    • Working the Graph Editor
    • Classic Title Transition Animations
    • Understanding Kinetic Type
    • An introduction to simple Expressions: Looping, Conditionals and Randoms
    • Bouncing, Slamming, Swinging, Exploding
    • Audio powered animations
    • Setting up a scene and design strategy
  • UNIT 7: Motion Graphics for Broadcast and Social Media
    • Animation Aesthetics
    • Title / Action Safe Guides
    • Adjusting the layers and creating a track matte
    • About track mattes and traveling mattes
    • Designing & Animation Lower Thirds
    • Designing & Animation Logos
    • Title Open Animations
    • Animating beginning and ending credits
    • Working with Instagram
    • Working with YouTube (Title/End Cards/other)
    • YouTube: Interactive End Card Animations
    • Working with Facebook
    • Working with Snapchat
    • Adobe Media Encoder Publishing to Socials
    • Adobe Creative Cloud Mobile: Android, iOS
  • UNIT 8: Advanced Motion Graphics
    • 2D Objects in 3D Space
    • Working with Lighting and Shadow
    • Understanding 3D in After Effects
    • Ray-Tracing vs Cinema 4D Modes
    • Creating 3D text o Using 3D views
    • Importing a background
    • Environment Layers
    • Adding 3D lights o Adding a camera
    • Static Shadow Catchers
    • Extruding text in After Effects
    • Accurate Motion Blur + 3rd Party Mentions
    • Bonus: Working with Cinema 4D Lite
    • Warp Stabilizer VFX
  • UNIT 9: Advanced After Effects Exports
    • After Effects vs Media Encoder Exports
    • Wrappers vs Codecs
    • Lossless vs Lossy file formats
    • Mezzanine Codecs for Advanced Work
    • File formats for Visual Effects
    • File conversions for Raw Files
    • Working with Raw Video + Re-Indexing Color
    • Working with and applying LUT files
    • Media Encoder In-depth Studies
    • Tagging for Virtual Reality
    • Batching HFR Footage
    • Exporting: Social Media (Youtube, etc)
    • Exporting: Client Previews
    • Exporting: Offline and Online Editorial

Our outlines are a guide to the content covered on a typical class. We may change or alter the course topics to meet the objectives of a particular class. Bonus tracks are covered if time permits.



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