Adobe After Effects

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Adobe After Effects

Adobe After Effects is primarily used for creating motion graphics and visual effects. After Effects allows users to animate, alter and composite media in 2D and 3D space with various built-in tools and third party plug-ins, as well as individual attention to variables like parallax and user-adjustable angle of observation.

COURSE OUTLINE

KNOW THE WORKFLOW

  • Creating a project and importing footage
  • Creating a composition and arranging layers
  • About layers
  • Adding effects and modifying layer properties
  • About the Tools panel
  • Animating the composition
  • About the Timeline panel
  • About time-code and duration
  • Previewing your work
  • Optimizing performance in After Effects
  • Rendering and exporting your composition
  • Customizing workspaces

BASIC ANIMATION USING EFFECTS AND PRESETS

  • Creating a new composition
  • Working with imported Illustrator layers
  • Applying effects to a layer
  • Applying and controlling effects
  • Applying an animation preset
  • Previewing the effects
  • Adding transparency
  • Rendering the composition

ANIMATING TEXT

  • Installing a font using Type-kit
  • Creating and formatting point text
  • Using a text animation preset
  • Animating with scale key-frames
  • 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
  • Adding motion blur

SHAPE LAYERS

  • Adding a shape layer
  • Creating custom shapes
  • Duplicating shapes
  • Duplicating and modifying a composition
  • Positioning layers with snapping
  • Adding compositions to a 3D project
  • Adding the finishing touches
  • Extra credit

ANIMATING A MULTIMEDIA PRESENTATION

  • Adjusting anchor points
  • Parenting layers
  • Precomposing layers
  • Keyframing a motion path
  • Animating additional elements
  • Applying an effect
  • Animating precomposed layers
  • Animating the background
  • Adding an audio track
  • Supported audio file formats
  • Editing audio files in Adobe Audition

DISTORTING OBJECTS WITH THE PUPPET TOOLS

  • About the Puppet tools
  • Adding Deform pins
  • Defining areas of overlap
  • Stiffening an area
  • Animating pin positions
  • Squash and stretch
  • Recording animation

WORKING WITH MASKS

  • Creating a mask with the Pen tool
  • Editing a mask
  • Feathering the edges of a mask
  • Creating a Bezier mask
  • Replacing the content of the mask
  • Zooming and panning by touch
  • Adding a reflection
  • Creating a vignette
  • Adjusting the timing
  • Using the Rectangle and Ellipse tools

ANIMATING LAYERS

  • Preparing layered Photoshop files
  • Simulating lighting changes
  • Duplicating an animation using the pick whip
  • About expressions
  • Animating movement in the scenery
  • Adjusting the layers and creating a track matte
  • Animating the shadows
  • Adding a lens flare effect
  • Adding a video animation
  • Rendering the animation
  • Retiming the composition

USING THE ROTO BRUSH TOOL

  • Creating a segmentation boundary
  • Using Adobe Premiere Pro with After Effects
  • Fine-tuning the matte
  • Freezing your Roto Brush tool results
  • Refine Soft Matte and Refine Hard Matte effects
  • Changing the background
  • Adding animated text
  • Outputting your project

PERFORMING COLOR CORRECTION

  • Previewing your project on a video monitor
  • Adjusting color balance with levels
  • Adjusting color balance with Color Finesse 3
  • Replacing the background
  • Color-correcting using Auto Levels
  • Motion tracking the clouds
  • Replacing the sky in the second clip
  • Color grading

USING 3D FEATURES

  • Creating 3D text
  • Using 3D views
  • Importing a background
  • Adding 3D lights
  • Adding a camera
  • Repositioning layers
  • Adding a text layer
  • Working with Cinema 4D Lite

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