Adobe After Effects Level 1

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$999 5 seats left
Start Date:

Wed, Aug 19, 10:00am - Aug 21, 5:00pm Central Time (3 sessions)

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Purchase Options
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.

Remote Learning

This course is available for "remote" learning and will be available to anyone with access to an internet device with a microphone (this includes most models of computers, tablets). Classes will take place with a "Live" instructor at the date/times listed below.

Upon registration, the instructor will send along additional information about how to log-on and participate in the class.

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Refund Policy
All classes need at least 3 students to run. 
Start Dates (2)
Start Date Time Teacher # Sessions Price
10:00am - 5:00pm Central Time TBD 3 $999
This course consists of multiple sessions, view schedule for sessions.
Thu, Aug 20 10:00am - 5:00pm Central Time TBD
Fri, Aug 21 10:00am - 5:00pm Central Time TBD
10:00am - 5:00pm Central Time TBD 3 $999
This course consists of multiple sessions, view schedule for sessions.
Thu, Oct 22 10:00am - 5:00pm Central Time TBD
Fri, Oct 23 10:00am - 5:00pm Central Time TBD

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