Enhance your colour work in Photoshop. Explore advanced colour correction techniques including highlights and shadows, tonal neutrality, contrast, and superior sharpening techniques. Work through technical and artistic methodologies for boosting the colour parameters and correcting images for your output conditions – be it print or digital. Work with colour and image detail at a more advanced level. Skin softening, enhancing eyes and complicated masking techniques, blemish removal, and body sculpting amongst many other techniques.

Levels: Essentials Intermediate Advanced

Course Outline

Getting to Know the 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 Rendering and exporting your composition.
  • Customizing workspaces.
  • Controlling the brightness of the user interface.
  • Finding resources for using After Effects.
  • Optimizing performance in 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.
  • Precomposing layers for a new animation.

Animating Text

  • About text, layers.
  • Installing a font using Adobe Fonts.
  • Creating and formatting point text.
  • Animating with scale keyframes.
  • Using a text animation preset.
  • Animating imported Photoshop text.
  • Animating type tracking and opacity.
  • Animating an image to replace text.
  • Animating a layer’s position.
  • Using a text animator group.
  • Adding motion blur.

Animating a Multimedia Presentation

  • Applying an effect.
  • Animating the background.
  • Adding an audio track.
  • Adjusting anchor points.
  • Parenting layers.
  • Precomposing layers.
  • Animating precomposed layers.
  • Keyframing a motion path.
  • Animating additional elements.

Animating Layers

  • Simulating lighting changes.
  • Duplicating an animation using the pick whip.
  • Simulating a darkening sky.
  • Using a track matte to confine animation.
  • Animating using the Corner Pin effect.
  • Retiming the composition.

Working with Masks

  • About masks.
  • Creating a mask with the Pen tool.
  • Editing a mask.
  • Feathering the edges of a mask.
  • Adding a reflection.
  • Creating a vignette.
  • Trimming the work area.
  • Adjusting the timing.
  • Replacing the content of the mask.

Working with Shape Layers

  • Creating the composition.
  • Adding a shape layer.
  • Animating a shape.
  • Creating a self-animating shape.
  • Duplicating a shape.
  • Creating custom shapes.
  • Positioning layers with snapping.
  • Animating using parenting.
  • Using nulls to connect points

Performing Colour Correction

  • Replacing the background.
  • Colour-correcting using Auto Levels.
  • Replacing the sky in the second clip.
  • Adjusting color balance with levels.
  • Adjusting color with the Lumetri Colour effect.
  • Motion tracking the clouds.
  • Colour grading.

Creating Motion Graphics Templates

  • Adding properties to the Essential Graphics panel.
  • Providing image options.
  • Preparing a master composition.
  • Setting up a template.
  • Protecting the timing of a section.
  • Exporting the template.

Distorting Objects with the Puppet Tools

  • About the Puppet, tools.
  • Adding Position pins.
  • Animating pin positions.
  • Recording animation.
  • Adding Advanced and Bend pins.
  • Stiffening an area.
  • Using the Puppet tools to animate the video.

Using the Roto Brush Tool

  • About rotoscoping.
  • Creating a segmentation boundary.
  • Changing the background.
  • Adding animated text.
  • Fine-tuning the matte.
  • Freezing your Roto Brush tool results.

Using 3D Features

  • Importing a background.
  • Extruding text in After Effects.
  • Creating 3D text.
  • Using 3D views Adding 3D lights.
  • Adding a camera.
  • Animating 3D text.

Working with the 3D Camera Tracker

  • About the 3D Camera Tracker effect.
  • Adding an effect.
  • Previewing the composition.
  • Tracking the footage.
  • Creating additional text elements.
  • Adding a final object.
  • Creating a ground plane, a camera, and the initial text.
  • Locking an image to a plane with a solid layer.
  • Tidying the composition.
  • Creating realistic shadows.
  • Adding ambient light.

Advanced Editing Techniques

  • Stabilizing a shot.
  • Using single-point motion tracking.
  • Removing unwanted objects.
  • Creating a particle simulation.
  • Retiming playback using the Timewarp effect.

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