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After Effects CC

Authors: Jason Cox, Laura Hawk, Jeff Hurd, Jeff Sengstack, Chad Troftgruben

This learning path will take you through the entire process of learning After Effects.

Beginner

These courses will help learners reach a comfort level when working with basic features of After Effects. The outline below presents the main topics. They include: workflow, animating layer properties, working with text, applying and animating visual effects, creating shapes, working in 3D space, and exporting a project.

After Effects CC Fundamentals

by Jeff Sengstack

Jan 11, 2017 / 5h 40m

5h 40m

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If you want to create exceptional visual effects, extraordinary motion graphics, and exciting animated text then you will want to watch this course. In this course, After Effects CC Fundamental, you'll learn how to create exceptional visual effects and extraordinary motion graphics. First, you'll cover the workflow in After Effects. Next, you'll discover how to animate objects and apply visual effects. Finally, you'll learn how to create shapes and how to work in a 3D space. By the end of this course, you'll have learned the fundamentals of After Effects CC. Software required: Adobe After Effects CC.

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview1m
  2. Introducing After Effects26m
  3. Starting a Project and Importing Assets20m
  4. Creating Comps and Adding Assets to Comps27m
  5. Modifying and Animating Layer Properties38m
  6. Working with Text22m
  7. Working with Shapes46m
  8. Introducing Video Effects37m
  9. Using Specialized Effects and Layer Styles34m
  10. Working in "Classic" 3D Space48m
  11. Creating Specialized Text Animations24m
  12. Exporting (Rendering) a Comp12m

After Effects CC Building on the Fundamentals

by Jeff Sengstack

Sep 15, 2017 / 6h 6m

6h 6m

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Do you have some basic knowledge about working in After Effects and want to ramp up your skills? In this course, After Effects CC Building on the Fundamentals, you'll learn how to create exceptional visual effects, extraordinary motion graphics, and exciting animated text. First, you'll explore advanced features, including using 3D tracking to add objects, lights, and shadows in 3D space, creating 3D text and shapes, and making animations with the Particle World video effect. Next, you'll cover how to use masks, track mattes, stencils, and silhouettes to highlight or conceal portions of a video clip. Additionally, you'll learn how to use effects and blending modes to further enhance the masked areas. Finally, you'll discover how to control time by creating slow-motion, fast motion, reverse motion, and freeze frames. When you're finished with this course, you'll have the necessary knowledge to utilize a variety of skills and techniques in After Effects CC. Software required: After Effects CC.

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview1m
  2. Using Paint and Puppet Tools1h 9m
  3. Working with 2D Tracker Features1h 2m
  4. Working with the 3D Camera Tracker43m
  5. Creating Ray-traced 3D Text, Shapes, and Layers55m
  6. Using Masks47m
  7. Particle World45m
  8. Controlling Time40m

After Effects CC Creating Your First Animation

by Jeff Hurd

Jan 27, 2017 / 3h 46m

3h 46m

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There is no better way to learn After Effects, than by getting in the program and completing a real project. In this course, After Effects CC Creating Your First Animation, you will work through a real animation project and gain a solid foundation by learning good habits, the best workflows, and a fundamental knowledge of the main features in After Effects. First, you'll learn about the After Effects workflow and how to stay organized. Next, you'll explore 2D character rigging/animation as well as how to writing expressions. Finally, you'll learn all about effects. By the end of this course, you will be comfortable enough with After Effects to complete your own complex animation projects. Software required: After Effects CC.

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview1m
  2. Project Setup18m
  3. Compositions and Layers17m
  4. Character Rigging Using Parent/Child Relationships15m
  5. Motion Paths and Expressions8m
  6. Masks and Effects33m
  7. Audio and Camera35m
  8. Animating Text16m
  9. Creating a 3D Globe and Animated Logo34m
  10. Polishing Our Animation24m
  11. Rendering21m

Intermediate

This section focuses on diving deeper into some core After Effects skills. Tracking & Rotoscoping are vital parts of compositing and should be a part of your knowledge base when you’re finished with this section. You’ll also come away with an understanding of using the Puppet tool, Shape layers, and a deeper knowledge of transparency and blending.

After Effects CC Motion Tracking

by Jeff Hurd

Sep 11, 2017 / 1h 51m

1h 51m

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Have you ever tried to track an object or scene and reshot it or gave up because it just wouldn’t track properly? In this course, After Effects CC Motion Tracking, you'll learn how to easily track even the most difficult shot right inside of After Effects. First, you'll explore how to properly create position, rotation, and scale tracking points. Next, you'll delve into screen replacement as you replace a phone screen with a video of a mobile application. Finally, you’ll learn how to create an entire 3D scene from a 2D video layer and add 3D objects like 3D text. When you’re finished with this course, you’ll not only be able to add motion graphics tracked to any object in a scene, but also export the 3D tracking data from After Effects to any other 3D modeling software for more advanced 3D objects. Software required: After Effects CC.

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview1m
  2. One Point Tracking40m
  3. Two Point Tracking23m
  4. Four Point Tracking22m
  5. 3D Camera Tracker23m

After Effects CC Rotoscoping

by Chad Troftgruben

Sep 23, 2016 / 3h 24m

3h 24m

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In this course, After Effects CC Rotoscoping, you will learn how to use After Effects CC to manually rotoscope out a complicated and stunning visual effect. First, you will learn how to interpret and assemble the footage in the timeline. Then, you'll learn how to mask out the subject as he swings his sword to cut a cyberpunk robot in half. After that, you'll learn how to rotoscope out the effect of the robot falling into two pieces, as well as additional sparks and robot insides to complete the illusion. Finally, you will learn how to finish off the project with some final touch ups applied to the effect and overall composition, and more.

Table of contents
  1. Getting Started8m
  2. Creating Your First Border Mask11m
  3. Masking Max's Body58m
  4. Masking Max's Head20m
  5. Masking the Body Cut28m
  6. Rebuilding the Belt17m
  7. Building the Robot's Innards19m
  8. Adding Sword and Sparks18m
  9. Replacing the Sky11m
  10. Applying Camera Movements11m

After Effects CC Compositing

by Chad Troftgruben

Sep 27, 2016 / 5h 22m

5h 22m

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In this course you will learn how to properly composite footage using Adobe After Effects CC. The course starts off by discussing how to use specific filming techniques when it comes to compositing. Next you'll learn how to create a project, complete with pre-composing your footage, masking, tracking, keying, animating, stabilizing, and color correction. You'll also learn how to construct elements missing from footage, add realistic elements like shadows, and much more.

Table of contents
  1. Introduction20m
  2. Preparing Your Project File12m
  3. Tracking and Masking the Skateboard44m
  4. Keying, Stabilizing, and Animating Footage33m
  5. Building the Rear Wheels23m
  6. Adding the Exhaust Footage43m
  7. Building the Bottom of the Skateboard47m
  8. Replacing the Exhaust Port and Foot28m
  9. Applying Color Correction26m
  10. Creating the Subject's Shadow19m
  11. Adding a Shaky Cam Effect18m
  12. Conclusion4m

After Effects CC Animating with Shape Layers

by Jeff Hurd

Mar 29, 2017 / 2h 14m

2h 14m

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Shape layers are a deeply integral part of any After Effects animation. In this course, After Effects CC Animating with Shape Layers, you'll learn all aspects of shape layers and how to apply and reinforce the concepts by creating an animated game of pong, made entirely of shapes. First, you'll explore the various types of shape layers and the many tools. Next, you'll dive into shape layers' properties and key framing one shape to morph into another. Then, you'll easily create an explosion with the repeater operation and a laser with zig zag. Finally, you'll learn how to easily share the power of shape layers with text created in After Effects, as well as vector files created in Illustrator. By the end of this course, you'll be comfortable creating, manipulating, and animating shape layers. Software required: After Effects CC.

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview1m
  2. Introduction to Shapes17m
  3. Manipulating Shape Paths39m
  4. Shape Path Operations15m
  5. Animating Shape Attributes34m
  6. Converting Text Layers to Shape Layers25m

After Effects Transparency and Blending

by Laura Hawk

Feb 8, 2017 / 1h 38m

1h 38m

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Cover everything from keying a green screen, to adjusting blend modes, to opacity, to masking, and more. In this course, After Effects Transparency and Blending, you'll learn about all the different ways to control transparency and blending in After Effects CC. First, you'll start off easy learning about alpha channels and opacity. Next, you'll build from there on more complex ways to cause two images to interact. Then, you'll learn about blend modes and which ones are the most useful for common tasks. Finally, you'll discover tricks for getting better green screen keys and how to do a little color correction for the final bit of polish. By the end of the course, you'll be equipped to find new ways to bring footage together and create transitions using easy and professional effects. Software required: After Effects CC.

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview1m
  2. Transparency31m
  3. Mattes and Other Methods37m
  4. Keying Green Screen Footage28m

After Effects CC Puppet Tool

by Jason Cox

Dec 3, 2018 / 2h 13m

2h 13m

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As a motion graphic designer, you are great at making text or images zip around your screen in entertaining ways. But what about when you are given a drawing of a character or creature and actually want them to, well, move like a character or creature would? Enter the Puppet Tool. In this course, After Effects CC Puppet Tool, you will learn how to animate static characters and turn them into bendable, dynamic creations. First, you will discover what makes for a good puppet. Next, you will learn when to use the various types of pins. Finally, you will explore how to build walking animations for your puppets. When you are finished with this course, you will have the skills and knowledge of the puppet tool needed to bring your characters to life.

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview1m
  2. Setting up Your Puppet15m
  3. Animating and Perfecting Your Puppet Movements46m
  4. Creating a Multistage Animation36m
  5. Creating a Walking Animation33m

Advanced

This section is also a deep dive into After Effects skills but with a focus on some of the more advanced sections. You will have already seen Precompositions earlier in the path but you may not realize some new and exciting ways to use them that you’ll learn here. You’ll also get a comprehensive understanding of animating with the Graph Editor. The After Effects Brush Tools and an understanding of Color Grading will also be picked up in this section.

After Effects CC Paint Tools

by Jeff Hurd

Jun 5, 2017 / 1h 31m

1h 31m

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Creating hand drawn animations can be time consuming and difficult to pull off correctly. In this course, After Effects CC Paint Tools, you will learn all about the Brush, Clone, Stamp, and Eraser tools. After learning about each of these tools, you'll then know how to create, modify, and animate paint strokes right inside of After Effects. By the end of this course, you'll know the ins and outs of the Paint Tools and be able to create your own hand drawn animations. Software Required: After Effects.

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview1m
  2. Getting Started with the Brush Tool28m
  3. The Eraser Tool19m
  4. Clone Stamp Tool26m
  5. Animating Brush Paths14m

After Effects CC Color Grading

by Jeff Hurd

Sep 21, 2018 / 1h 22m

1h 22m

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Have you ever wanted to add your own custom color grade to your footage? If so, After Effects CC Color Grading is the perfect course for you because you will learn how to professionally color correct and color grade any footage right within After Effects or Premiere Pro. First, you will learn color theory and explore the differences between color correction and color grading. Next, you will look at your footage and easily balance the luma and color using visual scopes and lumetri effects. Finally, you will get creative with LUTs and looks, as well as creating your own custom color grade using effects in After Effects. When you’re finished with this course, you will not only know color theory, but also how to easily track and manipulate color data to bring out the perfect color grade for your project. Software required: After Effects CC

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview1m
  2. Project Introduction14m
  3. Color Grading and Color Correction in Premiere35m
  4. Color Grading and Color Correction in After Effects31m

The Power of Pre-comps in After Effects

by Laura Hawk

Sep 24, 2014 / 1h 0m

1h 0m

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If you're just starting out in After Effects, or if you're getting into it a little more and wanting to know how to save time, this is a great course for you to be watching. Pre-comps are some of the most important building blocks of After Effects, yet many beginners don't learn some of the really awesome and important information about how they work, what challenges they'll need to overcome with them, and ultimately how they can harness their power to help them create amazing and cleverly-built work. By the end of this course, you'll know some of the challenges that pre-comps bring and exactly how to fix them, as well as a few great ways that you can use them to improve your workflow. Software required: After Effects CC 2014.

Table of contents
  1. Introduction and Project Overview0m
  2. The Power of Pre-comps in After Effects59m

Mastering the Graph Editor in After Effects

by Laura Hawk

Jul 1, 2014 / 1h 27m

1h 27m

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In this series of tutorials, we'll be learning how to master the Graph Editor. The Graph Editor can be a tricky tool to use in After Effects but it's very powerful and once you understand how it works, it will transform the way you animate. We'll go through the process of learning the interface and how to navigate the Graph Editor panel. We'll then begin learning how to edit keyframe values from within the graph, learn the difference between the Speed and Value graphs as well as how they are connected. We then dive into the difference between temporal and spatial interpolation, and how that concept is intertwined with the Graph Editor functionality. After that, we'll take a few lessons to smooth out a few different types of animations using the graph editor, with increasing difficulty as the examples progress. This tutorial will give you firsthand knowledge of how to use the graph editor, as well as a deep understanding of how it works. Once you understand the inner-workings of the graph editor, you'll be ready to take on fine-tuning even the toughest animations. If you're serious about becoming a great motion graphics designer, then this training is for you. Software required: AFter Effects CC 12.2.0.52.

Table of contents
  1. Introduction and Project Overview1m
  2. Mastering the Graph Editor in After Effects1h 26m

What you will learn

  • Using the Project Panel
  • Managing the After Effects Project
  • The Timeline
  • Caching and Previewing
  • Transparency and Blending
  • Effects and Layer Styles
  • 3D Space
  • Text
  • Shape Layers
  • Painting Tools
  • Stabilizing and Tracking
  • Parenting Nesting and Precomposing
  • Working with Color
  • Rendering and Exporting
  • Rotoscoping
  • Compositing 3D Renders

Pre-requisites

No prerequisites are required for this path.