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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

  • INTRODUCTION: Real-World Usage of After Effects
    • What is After Effects?
    • Cloud complete versus standalone plans
    • What type of media can it create?
    • What kind of media can be imported into After Effects?
    • Components of an After Effects file
    • After Effects workflow: Best practices
    • Media deployment file format roundup
    • What determines a project's resolution?
    • What determines a project's frame rate?
    • What are best practices regarding graphical and audio assets?
    • What technical specifications must be met?
  • UNIT 1: Setting Up an After Effects Project
    • About RAM and real-time rendering
    • Understanding linked media, and reloading clips
    • Setting Preferences and Project Settings
    • Creating a project and importing footage
    • Creating a Composition and arranging layers
    • Adding effects and modifying layer properties
    • Animating a Composition
    • Working with the Time Controls Panel
    • Working with Switches and Modes in the Timeline
    • Creating rendering presets, and rendering a Composition
    • Customizing the After Effects Workspace
  • UNIT 2: Basic Animation With Effects and Presets
    • Working with imported Illustrator layers
    • Creating text
    • Applying text animation presets
    • Applying effects to layers
    • Previewing effects
    • Nesting and pre-composing
    • Adding transparency
  • UNIT 3: Animating Text
    • Title design: Adding text layers
    • Creating and formatting text
    • Using text animation presets
    • Animating with keyframes
    • Keyframe interpolation basics
    • Animating using parenting
    • Converting imported Photoshop text
    • Animating text using a path animation preset
    • Animating type tracking
    • Animating text opacity
    • Using a text animator group
    • Converting path points to positional keyframes
    • Auto-orienting a layer along a motion path
    • Adding motion blur
    • Rendering a Composition
  • UNIT 4: Animating Shapes
    • Differences between shape and mask layers
    • Adding a shape layer
    • Creating and animating shapes
    • Using Repeaters
    • Incorporating video and audio layers
    • Applying a Cartoon effect
    • Adding a title bar
    • Rendering a Composition using the AME
  • UNIT 5: Working with Masks
    • Understanding alpha channels, masks, mattes, and keying
    • Importing masks from Photoshop
    • Animating masks
    • Exploring keyframe interpolation with the Graph Editor
    • Creating Animation Presets
    • Creating and editing masks in After Effects
    • Feathering the edges of a mask
    • Using the Mask Feather Tool
    • Applying blend modes
    • Creating a vignette
    • Color correction basics
  • UNIT 6: Working in 3D
    • Manipulating 2D text and objects in 3D space
    • Creating and shading extruded 3D text
    • Animating 3D text
    • Multiple scene views
    • Applying lights to 3D layers
    • Shading and shadowing layers
    • Animating light and materials properties
    • Third-party 3D plug-ins
  • UNIT 7: Rendering and Exporting
    • Testing for final Renders and Exports
    • Understanding video and audio compression
    • Rendering in After Effects' Render Queue
    • Rendering in the Adobe Media Encoder
    • Creating Render templates
    • Rendering and Exporting to a variety of media types:
      • High-resolution recompositing
      • DVD-V
      • Youtube and Web video
      • Mobile devices
  • UNIT 8: Color Correction and Cleanup
    • Adjusting color balance
    • Replacing a background
    • Using the Clone Tool to remove unwanted elements
    • Correcting a color range
    • Warming colors with the Photo Filter effect
  • UNIT 9: After Effects and Premiere Pro
    • Working with Adobe Dynamic Link
    • Integrating Premiere Pro projects into After Effects Compositions
    • Integrating After Effects titles into a Premiere Pro Sequence
    • Editing After Effects Text Title Templates form within Premiere Pro

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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