Adobe After Effects CC

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Course Outline | Adobe After Effects CC — Level 1

THE AFTER EFFECTS WORKFLOW

  • 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
  • Rendering and exporting your composition
  • Customizing the workspace
  • Controlling the brightness of the user interface
  • Finding resources for using After Effects

CREATING A BASIC ANIMATION USING EFFECTS AND PRESETS

  • Importing footage using Adobe Bridge
  • Creating a new composition
  • Working with imported Illustrator layers
  • Applying effects to a layer
  • Applying an animation preset
  • Previewing the effects
  • Adding transparency
  • Rendering the composition

ANIMATING TEXT

  • About text layers
  • Creating and formatting point text
  • Using a text animation preset
  • Animating with scale keyframes
  • Animating using parenting
  • Animating imported Photoshop text
  • Animating text using a path animation preset
  • Animating type tracking
  • Animating text opacity
  • Using a text animator group
  • Cleaning up the path animation
  • Animating a nontext layer along a motion path
  • Adding motion blur

WORKING WITH SHAPE LAYERS

  • Adding a shape layer
  • Creating custom shapes
  • Creating stars
  • Incorporating video and audio layers
  • Applying a Cartoon effect
  • Adding a title bar
  • Using Brainstorm to experiment

ANIMATING A MULTIMEDIA PRESENTATION

  • Animating the scenery using parenting
  • Adjusting an anchor point
  • Masking video using vector shapes
  • Keyframing a motion path
  • Animating additional elements
  • Applying an effect
  • Creating an animated slide show
  • Adding an audio track
  • Zooming in for a final close-up

ANIMATING LAYERS

  • Simulating lighting changes
  • Duplicating an animation using the pick whip
  • Animating movement in the scenery
  • Adjusting the layers and creating a track matte
  • Animating the shadows
  • Adding a lens flare effect
  • Animating the clock
  • 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
  • Adding a reflection
  • Creating a vignette
  • Adjusting the color

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

PERFORMING COLOR CORRECTION

  • Adjusting color balance
  • Replacing the background
  • Removing unwanted elements
  • Correcting a range of colors
  • Warming colors with the Photo Filter effect

BUILDING 3D OBJECTS

  • Building a 3D object
  • Working with a null object
  • Working with 3D text
  • Creating a backdrop for 3D animation
  • Nesting a 3D composition
  • Adding a camera
  • Completing the scene

USING 3D FEATURES

  • Animating 3D objects
  • Adding reflections to 3D objects
  • Animating a camera
  • Adjusting layer timing
  • Using 3D lights
  • Adding effects
  • Adding motion blur
  • Previewing the entire animation

WORKING WITH THE 3D CAMERA TRACKER

  • About the 3D Camera Tracker effect
  • Tracking the footage
  • Creating a camera and the initial text
  • Creating realisting shadows
  • Adding Ambient light
  • Creating additional text elements
  • Locking a layer to a place with a null object
  • Animating the text
  • Adjusting the camera’s depth of field
  • Rendering the composition

ADVANCED EDITING TECHNIQUES

  • Using the Warp Stabilizer
  • Using single-point motion tracking
  • Using multipoint tracking
  • Creating a particle simulation
  • Retiming playback using the Timewarp Effect

USING THE ROTO BRUSH TOOL

  • About rotoscoping
  • Creating a segmentation boundary
  • Fine-tuning the matte
  • Creating a transition from the full clip to the foreground

RENDERING AND OUTPUTTING 354

  • Creating templates for the rendering process
  • Creating templates for output modules
  • Exporting to different output media

Course Outline | Adobe After Effects CC — Level 2

Advanced Animation: Manipulating keyframes to create more refined animations

  • Keyframe basics
  • The Work Area
  • Anchor Point overview
  • Pan Behind tool
  • Motion control moves
  • The Graph Editor
  • Speed versus Value Graphs
  • Panning and zooming time
  • Editing graph curves
  • Easing animations
  • Graph Editor Sets
  • Separate Dimensions
  • Motion Sketch
  • Smoother
  • Auto-Orient
  • Motion Blur
  • Roving Keyframes
  • Time-Reverse Keyframes
  • Hold keyframes
  • Time display and timecode

Layer Control: Learning how to trim layers and enhance them using Blending Modes and effects

  • Layers and stacking order
  • Moving layers in time trimming layers
  • Trimming in the Layer and Footage panels
  • Slip editing
  • Sequence Layers assistant
  • Looping footage
  • Image sequences
  • Changing the frame rate; Time Stretch
  • Blending Modes
  • Effects and solids
  • Effect motion path
  • Effects & Presets panel
  • Searching for effects
  • Animation Presets
  • Behavior presets
  • Layer Styles
  • Adjustment Layers
  • Filmic glow
  • Non-square pixels

Creating Transparency: Using masks, mattes, and stencils to cut out portions of a layer

  • Masking tools, creating mask shapes
  • Rounded Rectangle tool
  • Free Transform Points
  • Masking in the Layer panel
  • Mask Feather
  • Animating a mask path
  • Creating a vignette; Mask Expansion
  • Masking with the Pen tool
  • Creating and editing Bezier masks
  • Effecting a masked area
  • Controlling mask path interpolation
  • Using effects with the mask path
  • Mask Modes and multiple masks
  • Mask Opacity
  • Creating and editing RotoBezier masks
  • Audio Spectrum Effect
  • Alpha Track Matte
  • Nesting a track matte composite
  • Luma Track Matte
  • Animating matte layers
  • Stencil Alpha and Stencil Luma
  • Effects with track mattes and stencils

Type and Music: Animating text and working with music, essential skills in motion graphics design

  • Creating basic text
  • Creating Text Animators, Range Selectors
  • Animating text transform properties
  • Randomizing the order of characters
  • Creating cascading text
  • Working with selection Shapes
  • Setting the text Anchor Point
  • Animating by words
  • Title safe areas
  • Animating text Blur and Tracking
  • Text on a path
  • Per-character 3D animators
  • Separating fields
  • Adding the Wiggly Selector
  • Rendering with an alpha channel
  • Field rendering
  • Adding sound to a camp
  • Add comp and layer markers
  • Applying Text Animation Presets
  • Customizing presets
  • Saving text animations as presets
  • Editing Photoshop Text layers

Parenting and Nesting: Grouping layers to make them easier to coordinate

  • Parenting, nesting, and expressions defined
  • Assigning a parent
  • Parenting, opacity, and effects
  • Parenting with null objects
  • Using guides
  • Nesting comps
  • Editing precomps
  • Navigating composition hierarchies
  • Nesting a common source
  • Sizing precomps
  • Locking panels
  • Precomposing a group of layers
  • Precomposing a single layer
  • Render order explained
  • Splitting work between comps
  • Using precomposing to re-order
  • Continuously rasterized layers

Expressions and Time Games: Using expressions and playing with time

  • Using the pick whip to create expressions
  • Altering expressions
  • Stabilizing shadows
  • Matching value ranges (the linear expression)
  • Looping keyframes
  • Expression tips
  • The wiggle expression
  • Expression controllers
  • Keyframing the wiggle expression
  • Creating a master controller
  • Converting sound to keyframes
  • Frame blending
  • Pixel Motion
  • Stop motion tricks
  • Preserve Frame Rate
  • Creating freeze frames
  • Time Remapping

3D Space: Adding a new dimension to your animations

  • Enabling layers for 3D
  • Moving layers in 3D space
  • How layers stack in 3D
  • 3D rotation and orientation
  • Multiplaning effects
  • 3D motion paths
  • Multiple views
  • Camera settings
  • Customizing 3D views
  • Camera track and orbit tools
  • Moving and animating cameras
  • Layer and camera auto-orientation
  • 3D lights
  • Vignettes; animating lights
  • Casting shadows
  • OpenGL and Fast Previews
  • Vanishing Point Exchange
  • Photoshop 3D Layers
  • Adding dimension to stills
  • Editing stills for 3D

Advanced Track and Key: Tackle several essential skills for creating special effects

  • Creating track points
  • Important Tracker options
  • Applying stabilization
  • Compensating for stabilized footage
  • Fixing bad tracks
  • Tracking interlaced footage
  • Motion tracking
  • Applying a motion track
  • Radio Waves effect
  • Applying tracks to effect points
  • Perspective corner pin tracking
  • Bezier Warp effect
  • Stabilizing Position, Rotation, and Scale
  • Interpolating obscured tracks
  • Working with high-definition footage
  • Keying using the Keylight effect
  • Improving keyed composites
  • Creating garbage mattes

Exploring Paint and Brainstorm

  • Basic painting
  • Erasing strokes
  • Paint Channels
  • Paint Blending Modes
  • Brush duration bar
  • Animating strokes
  • Revealing a layer
  • Creating organic textures
  • Tablet settings
  • Cloning
  • Transforming strokes
  • Vector Paint effect