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Adobe After Effects Level 1

at Ascend Training - Near North Side

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Near North Side, Downtown/Loop
515 N State St 14th Floor
Grand Ave & State St
Chicago, Illinois 60654
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Class Level: Beginner
Age Requirements: 18 and older
Average Class Size: 10

What you'll learn in this after effects class:

Learn to create visual effects and motion graphics with Adobe After Effects. Students will learn to develop video projects for the web and broadcast. Learn about the integrated vector paint tools with Photoshop-style brushes, motion tracking, Render Automation, keying, text effects, animation, masks.

Introduction to After Effects
  • After Effects Overview: Differences between previous versions and CC 
  • What is After Effects for? 
  • Versions of After Effects and compatibility 
  • Where to start
Creating a New Composition
  • Creating a new Composition for your animation 
  • Using the Comp and Timeline panel and adding layers to a comp with the layer panel 
  • Managing multiple compositions in After Effects
  • Navigating in space 
  • Understanding the Resolution settings and it affects quality 
  • Navigating and Zooming in After Effects 
  • Using the Work Area, plus Rulers, Grids, and Guides 
  • Frame Rate and Time Display 
  • Understanding the SMPTE timecode measured in hours, minutes, seconds, and frames 
  • Channel Switches, OpenGL and more
Working with Basic Animation
  • Position with Spatial Keyframes and how that differs from Temporal interpolation 
  • Keyframe navigation - editing values numerically 
  • Opacity values and keyframing, Scene values and keyframing 
  • Rotation values and keyframing: 3D Orientation 
  • Intro to Camera Tracker. 
  • Working with the Anchor Point 
  • Transitions, arcs, and orbits and Motion control moves
  • Keyboard shortcuts and keyframe tips
  • Quality issues - subpixel positioning and resampling
Keyframe Velocity
  • Easy Ease: Auto Bezier keyframes to create a smooth transition with automatic adjustments 
  • Working with the Graph Editor and Velocity graphs and coordinating multiple values 
  • Position graphs and controlling the speed a value changes from keyframe to keyframe 
  • Hold interpolation and Roving keyframes 
Animation Assistance
  • Keyframe tips and tricks 
  • Copying, nudging, and scaling motion paths 
  • Creating custom motion paths. 
  • Motion Sketch and The Smoother keyframe assistants
  • Auto-Orient Rotation to control its orientation depending on motion paths, points of interest, and cameras 
  • The Wiggler keyframe assistant
  • Time-Reverse and Exponential Scale to simulate realistic accelerations of zoom lenses
Layer Management
  • Layer essentials and selecting and moving layers
  • Duplicating, Soloing, Renaming, and Replacing layers
  • Comp and Layer markers 
  • Snapshots, align & distribute, and Edit Original 
  • Trimming in and out points, slip editing 
  • Sequence Layers keyframe assistant 
  • Splitting layers in the Timeline panel to create two independent layers 
  • Overlay and Ripple Insert Edits 
  • Motion Blur and more 
  • Applying Motion Blur 
  • Shutter Angle and Phase 
  • Effects Basics. 
  • Applying effects to a layer. 
  • Applying effects to a nested comp. 
  • Adjustment Layers. 
Modes, Masks, and Mattes
  • Blending Modes
  • All about Masking 
  • Transforming Masks - selecting Mask points 
  • Creating and Editing Bezier and RotoBezier masks 
  • All about Track Mattes 
  • Stencils and the "T" 
  • Using the new feather mask tool.
Class Pre-requisite: Attendees must have solid computer skills.

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