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After Effects Essentials

Skill Level 1

$595 • two days (12 hours)
meets 9:30am–4:30pm

Not currently scheduled. However, custom training and consulting are available: contact us for rates and information.

Class Description

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After Effects CC lets you deliver cinematic visual effects and motion graphics with more power than ever before. Extend your creativity with built-in text and shape extrusion, new mask feathering options. Get into motion graphics—come learn what After Effects CC can do!

who should take this class?

Video, animation, and graphics professionals who need a working knowledge of Adobe After Effects CC. Basic computer skills, as usual, are required.

Note about prerequisites: One should have taken either Video Editing with Premiere Pro CC or Photoshop CC Essentials or have equivalent experience.

what we cover—in detail

(always customized for the students attending)

The After Effects Workflow
  • Overview of panels
  • Creating a project and importing footage
  • Creating a composition and arranging layers
  • Adding effects and modifying layer properties
  • Animating the composition
  • Previewing your work
  • Optimizing performance in After Effects
  • Customizing workspaces
  • Controlling the brightness of the user interface
  • Finding resources for using After Effects
Creating a Basic Animation Using Effects and Presets
  • Importing using the Creative Cloud Library
  • Importing video clips
  • Importing stills
  • Importing a sequence of stills (interpreting)
  • Importing multilayered photoshop and illustrator files
  • Creating a new composition
  • Applying effects to a layer
  • Changing parameters globally
  • Creating keyframes
  • Keyframe interpolation: auto, continuous, and bezier interpolation
  • Temporal and spatial Interpolation
  • Position vs. Anchor Point path
  • Roving in time for spatial properties
  • Creating and applying an animation preset
  • Previewing your work
  • Viewing Audio in the timeline
  • Adding Markers in real-time
Animating Text
  • About text layers
  • Creating and formatting point text vs. paragraph text
  • Using a text animation preset
  • Text on a path
  • Animating imported Photoshop text
  • Animating text using a path animation preset
  • Using a text animator
  • Adding properties
  • Adding a range selector
  • Using a text animator group
Working with Shape Layers
  • Adding a shape layer
  • Creating custom shapes
  • Creating stars
  • Default properties of shape layers
  • Add properties
  • Creating Groups
  • Stack your shapes & properties
Animating a Multimedia Presentation
  • Getting started
  • Working with Creative Cloud libraries
  • Anchor points
  • Parenting layers
  • Precomposing layers
  • Keyframing a motion path
  • Applying an effect
  • Solid color layers
  • Animating precomposed layers
  • Adding an audio track
  • Editing audio files with Audition
Animating Layers
  • Preparing layered Photoshop files
  • About Photoshop layer styles
  • Simulating light changes
  • Duplicating an animation using the pick whip
  • About expressions
  • Animating movement
  • Creating a track matte
  • Adding a lens flare effect
  • Adding video animation
  • Rendering the animation
  • Retiming the composition
Working With Masks
  • About masks
  • Creating a mask with the Pen tool
  • Editing a mask
  • Feathering the edges of a mask
  • Replacing the content of the mask
  • Mask interpolation
  • Using masks from Illustrator and Photoshop
  • Masks for spatial keyframes
Other Effects
  • The smoother
  • The wiggler
  • Auto orient
  • Splitting a layer
  • Adjustment layers
  • The effects and presets panel
  • Pan Behind tool
Distorting Objects with the Puppet Tools
  • About the Puppet tools
  • Adding Deform pins
  • Defining areas of overlap
  • Stiffening an area
  • Animating pin positions
  • Recording animation
Rendering and Output
  • Creating templates for the Render Queue
  • Exporting using the Render Queue
  • Rendering movies with Adobe Media Encoder

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