After Effects CC software lets you deliver cinematic visual effects and motion graphics faster than ever before with the new Global Performance Cache. Extend your creativity with built-in text and shape extrusion, new mask feathering options. Get into motion graphics – come learn what After Effects CC can do!

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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