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Introduction To Adobe After Effects CC

at NetCom Learning - Afton Oaks

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Afton Oaks
2425 W Loop S Ste 200
At Westheimer Rd
Houston, Texas 77027
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Class Level: Beginner
Age Requirements: 16 and older
Average Class Size: 6

What you'll learn in this after effects class:

After Effects CC software lets you deliver cinematic visual effects and motion graphics faster than ever before with 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!

Course Objectives:

  • Fundamentals of Motion Graphics
  • Getting to Know the Workflow
  • Creating a Basic Animation Using Effects and Presets
  • Animating Text
  • Working with Shape Layers
  • Animating Multimedia Presentation
  • Working with Masks
  • Distorting Objects with the Puppet Tools
  • Other Effects
  • Rendering and Outputting

Course Outline:

  1. Fundamentals of Motion Graphics
    1. RGB Color Model
    2. Frame size
    3. Resolution
    4. Pixel aspect ratio
    5. Alpha channels
    6. Frame rate
    7. Time code
    8. Interpreting footage
  2. Getting to Know the Workflow
    1. About the After Effects work area
    2. Creating a project and importing footage
    3. Creating a composition and arranging layers
    4. About layers
    5. Adding effects and modifying layer properties
    6. Animating the composition
    7. About the Tools panel
    8. About timecode and duration
    9. About the Timeline panel
    10. Precomposing
    11. Previewing your work
    12. Optimizing performance in After Effects
    13. Rendering and exporting your composition
    14. Customizing workspaces
    15. Controlling the brightness of the user interface
    16. Finding resources for using After Effects
  3. Creating a Basic Animation Using Effects and Presets
    1. Importing footage using Adobe Bridge
    2. Creating a new composition
    3. Importing video clips
    4. Importing a sequence of stills -Importing multilayered photoshop and illustrator files
    5. Pan Behind tool for layers
    6. Creating a new composition
    7. Applying effects to a layer
    8. Applying and controlling effects
    9. Applying an animation preset
    10. Changing parameters globally
    11. Creating keyframes
    12. Temporal and spatial Interpolation
    13. Roving in time for spatial properties
    14. Previewing the effects
    15. Adding transparency
    16. Rendering the composition
  4. Animating Text
    1. About text layers
    2. Installing a font using Typekit
    3. Creating and formatting point text
    4. Creating and formatting paragraph text
    5. Using a text animation preset
    6. Animating with scale keyframes
    7. Animating imported Photoshop text
    8. Animating type tracking
    9. Animating text opacity
    10. Using a text animator group
    11. About text animator groups
    12. Animating a layer's position
    13. Animating a range
    14. Adding motion blur
  5. Working with Shape Layers
    1. Adding a shape layer
    2. Creating custom shapes
    3. Creating stars
    4. Default properties of shape layers
    5. Add properties
    6. Creating Groups
    7. Stack your shapes & properties
  6. Animating Multimedia Presentation
    1. Using Creative Cloud Libraries in After Effects
    2. Adjusting anchor points
    3. Parenting layers
    4. Precomposing layers
    5. Keyframing a motion path
    6. Animating additional elements
    7. Applying an effect
    8. About solid-color layers
    9. Animating precomposed layers
    10. Animating the background
    11. Adding an audio track
    12. Supported audio file formats
  7. Working with Masks
    1. About masks
    2. Creating a mask with the Pen tool
    3. Editing a mask
    4. About mask modes
    5. Creating a Bezier mask
    6. Feathering the edges of a mask
    7. Replacing the content of the mask
    8. Using masks from Illustrator and Photoshop
    9. Masks for spatial keyframes
    10. Pan Behind tool for masks
    11. Zooming and panning by touch
    12. Adding a reflection
    13. Creating a vignette
    14. Using the Rectangle and Ellipse tools
    15. Adjusting the timing
    16. Tips for creating masks
    17. Trimming the work area
  8. Distorting Objects with the Puppet Tools
    1. About the Puppet tools
    2. Adding Deform pins
    3. Defining areas of overlap
    4. Stiffening an area
    5. Animating pin positions
    6. Squash and stretch
    7. Recording animation
    8. Act it out with Adobe Character Animator
  9. Other Effects
    1. Time remapping
    2. Motion sketch
    3. The smoother
    4. The wiggler
    5. Auto orient
    6. Splitting a layer
    7. Adjustment layers
    8. Time remapping
  10. Rendering and Outputting
    1. Creating templates for the Render Queue
    2. About compression
    3. Exporting using the Render Queue
    4. Preparing movies for mobile devices
    5. Rendering movies with Adobe Media Encoder
    6. Preparing a movie for broadcast output

Who Should Attend:

  • Video, animation and graphics professionals who need a working knowledge of Adobe After Effects CC.



  • Practical working knowledge of computers and basic Mac OS X or Windows skills.
  • Adobe Photoshop Fundamentals: An Introduction to Photoshop CC

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