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Advanced Adobe After Effects

2-Day Live Class
10AM - 5PM

In this 2-day advanced course designed for videographers, graphic artists, and animators with experience using Adobe After Effects, the standard for motion graphics and compositions in the TV and film industries, you will learn to incorporate text, graphics, and effects into your movies. Upon completion of this course, you will have an excellent understanding of the menu and tools in After Effects, and you’ll be able to use the program with a high level of efficiency.

Who Should Attend?

Video and animation professionals who need an advanced understanding of Adobe After Effects.


Upcoming Course Dates

Advanced Adobe After Effects | Starts on 04/27/2023


Advanced Adobe After Effects | Starts on 06/15/2023


Course Outline

Note: The curricula below comprise activities typically covered in a class at this skill level. At his/her discretion, the instructor may adjust the lesson plan to meet the needs of the class. 

Lesson 1: 3D Space

  • 3D and Z Space Basics
  • Choosing the 3D render engine
  • Creating 3D Layers
  • Mixing 2D and 3D layers
  • Using the 3D Gizmo
  • Rotation and Orientation in 3D
  • Offsetting the Anchor Point in 3D
  • Using Multiple Views
  • Camera and Orthogonal views
  • Using Local, World, and View Axis Modes
  • Previewing in 3D
  • Using Auto Orient
  • Using Parenting with 3D layers
  • Using the CINEMA 4D Render Engine
  • Layer Geometry options
  • Extruding Text and Shapes in After Effects

Lesson 2: Lighting in 3D

  • Lighting basics
  • Creating Lights
  • Working with Spot, Parallel, Point, and Ambient Lights
  • Layer Material Properties
  • Light Options
  • Creating and managing shadows
  • Using Light Falloff
  • Layer Material Light Options
  • Using Light Transmission
  • Creating Gels and Gobos
  • Using Parenting with Lights
  • Using Adjustment Lights

Lesson 3: Cameras

  • Camera basics
  • Camera Creation
  • Creating One-node cameras
  • Creating Two-node cameras
  • Editing between multiple cameras
  • Using the Universal, Position, and Rotation Camera Tools
  • Using multiple Composition Window Views in 3D
  • Using the Orbit, Pan, and Dolly tools to control views
  • Orbit, Pan, and Dolly tool options
  • Using the Create Camera from 3D view command
  • Animating Cameras
  • Using the Camera Tools to animate the Camera
  • Auto-Orienting Camera Paths
  • Auto-Orienting Layers to the Look at the Camera
  • Using the Look at Selected Layers command
  • Using and animating Zoom and Depth of Field
  • Using Parenting with Cameras

Lesson 4: Working with AE Cinema 4D Lite

  • Introduction to Cinema 4D Lite
  • Cinema 4D Lite User Interface
  • Cinema 4D Project Setup
  • Creating Shapes and Text Objects
  • Extruding Objects
  • Adding Lighting and Textures
  • Previewing Options
  • Animating and Keyframing Basics
  • Creating Cameras and Lights
  • Using the Cineware Plugin in After Effects
  • Importing Cinema 4D models

Lesson 5: 3D Camera Tracker

  • Using the 3D Camera Tracker
  • Tracking the footage
  • Working with Tracking Points
  • Creating a Ground Plane and Camera
  • Creating Text with Tracking Points
  • Precomposing an Image to a Plane with a Solid
  • Parenting an Image to a Null
  • Creating shadows
  • Adding an Ambient Light
  • Adding Effects

Lesson 6: Content Aware Fill

  • Setting up Content Aware Fill
  • Creating and Tracking a Mask
  • Setting options in the Content Aware Panel
  • Object Removal
  • Surface Removal
  • Edge Blend Options
  • Creating the fill layer
  • Using Adobe Photoshop with Content Aware Fill

Lesson 7: Particles and Simulation Effects

  • Introduction to Particles and Simulation Effects
  • Working with Particle Playground
  • Options for the Cannon, Grid, and Layer Exploder
  • Using Layer Maps
  • Gravity, Wall and Repel Options
  • Particle
  • Working with Property Mappers
  • Using Cycore Particle World and Particle Systems 2
  • Integrating Particles with Video
  • Using Particle and Simulation Effects for Track Mattes

Lesson 8: Useful Simulation Effects

  • Shatter
  • Pixel Polly
  • Rain
  • Snowfall
  • Drizzle
  • Mr. Mercury
  • Waveworld
  • Caustics

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