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Introduction to Adobe After Effects

3-Day Live, Online Class
10AM - 5PM

There’s nothing you can’t create with After Effects. Create cinematic film titles, intros and transitions. Remove an object from a clip. Start a fire or make it rain. Animate a logo or character. Even navigate and design in a 3D space. With After Effects, the industry-standard motion graphics and visual effects software, you can take any idea and make it move. Get into motion graphics – come learn what After Effects can do!

Who Should Attend?

Video, animation, and graphics professionals who need a working knowledge of Adobe After Effects.


Upcoming Course Dates

Introduction to Adobe After Effects | Starts on 04/10/2023


Introduction to Adobe After Effects | Starts on 06/05/2023


Introduction to Adobe After Effects | Starts on 08/14/2023


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: Fundamentals of Motion Graphics

  • After Effects and the RGB Color Mode
  • Frame Size
  • Resolution
  • Pixel Aspect Ratios
  • Working with Native Transparency and Alpha Channels
  • Understanding Frame Rates
  • Time Code Options
  • Interpreting Footage Frame Rates and Field Order

Lesson 2: Getting to Know the Workflow

  • Creating a Project and Importing Footage
  • Creating a Composition and Arranging Layers
  • Adding Effects and Modifying Layer Properties
  • Animating Composition
  • Previewing Timelines
  • Optimizing Performance in After Effects
  • Rendering and Exporting Your Composition
  • Customizing and Creating Workspaces
  • Setting After Effects Preferences
  • Collaborating in After Effects
  • Finding Resources for Using After Effects

Lesson 3: Creating a Basic Animation Using Effects and Presets

  • Importing Footage using Adobe Bridge
  • Creating a New Composition
  • Working with Imported Photoshop and Illustrator Files
  • Applying Effects to a Layers
  • Creating and applying Animation Presets
  • Pre Composing Layers
  • Previewing Effects
  • Working with Transparency
  • Understanding Keyframing Basics
  • Creating and Working with Keyframes
  • Temporal vs. Spacial Keyframes
  • Rendering Compositions

Lesson 4: Other Animation Options

  • Animating using Motion Sketch
  • Using The Smoother and The Wiggler
  • Using Motion Blur
  • Using the Graph Editor
  • Auto Orienting Motion Paths
  • Splitting and Sequencing Layers
  • Using Adjustment Layers
  • Manipulating Time and Time Remapping

Lesson 5: Animating Text

  • Creating Text Layers
  • Installing Fonts Using Adobe Fonts
  • Creating and Formatting Point Text
  • Using Area Type
  • Working with the Source Text Option
  • Working with Text on a Path
  • Using Text Animator groups
  • Adding Properties to an Animator group
  • Direct Text Keyframing
  • Using Range Selectors
  • Animating Tracking and Blur
  • Using Per Character 3D
  • Adding Motion Blur
  • Using the Wiggly Selector
  • Using a Text Animation Preset
  • Converting Text to Shape Layers
  • Converting Photoshop Text to Text Layers

Lesson 6: Working With Shape Layers

  • Creating Shape Layers
  • Duplicating a Shape
  • Creating Custom Shapes with the Pen Tool
  • Positioning Layers with Snapping
  • Animating a Shape
  • Using Path Operators
  • Creating Self-Animating Shapes
  • Animating using Parenting
  • Parenting with Nulls
  • Using Nulls to Connect Points
  • Converting Shapes to Bezier Paths
  • Shaving Shape Layers as Presets

Lesson 7: Animating a Multimedia Presentation

  • Adjusting and Animating Anchor Points
  • Parenting Layers
  • Pre-Composing Layers
  • Keyframing a Motion Path
  • Applying and Editing Effect
  • Using Adjustment Layers
  • Splitting Layers
  • Moving Layers on the Timeline
  • Changing Layer Stacking Order
  • Trimming Layers
  • Sequencing Layers
  • Animating Precomposed Layers
  • Animating a Background
  • Adding an Audio Track

Lesson 8: Animating Layers

  • Duplicating Layers
  • Using Parent and Link Options
  • Using a Track Matte
  • Animating Using the Corner Pin Effect
  • Pasting a Path into Position Properties
  • Retiming Compositions

Lesson 9: Working with Masks

  • Masking Basics
  • Creating a Mask with the Pen Tool
  • Masking with Shape Tools
  • Editing a Mask
  • Feathering the Edges of a Mask
  • Using the Mask Feather Tool
  • Replacing the Content of the Mask
  • Adjusting Mask Opacity
  • Animating Masks

Lesson 10: Distorting Objects with the Puppet Tools

  • Puppet Tools Basics
  • Adding Position Pins
  • Using the Classic Puppet Tool
  • Using Motion Sketch with the Classic Puppet Tool
  • Posing with the Advanced Puppet Tools
  • Adding Advanced and Bend Pins
  • Stiffening an Area
  • Easing Pin Keyframes

Lesson 11: Performing Color Correction

  • Adjusting Color with the Lumetri Color Effect
  • Basic Options
  • Creative Options
  • Curves Options
  • HSL Secondary Options
  • Color Wheels Options
  • Vignette Options
  • Using Lumetri Scopes

Lesson 12: Rendering and Outputting

  • Render Queue Basics
  • Render Settings
  • Output Module
  • Creating Templates for the Render Queue
  • Exporting using the Render Queue
  • Rendering with Adobe Media Encoder

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