After Effect CC

Real-World Usage of After Effects

  • What is After Effects?
  • What type of media can it create?
  • What kind of media can be imported into After Effects?
  • The advantages of Adobe Dynamic Link and Production Premium
  • What’s new in After Effects CS6?
  • Components of an After Effects file
  • After Effects workflow: Best practices
  • Media deployment roundup
  • What determines a project’s resolution?
  • What determines a project’s frame rate?
  • What are best practices regarding graphical and audio assets?

Setting Up an After Effects Project

  • About RAM and real-time rendering
  • Understanding linked media, and reloading clips
  • Setting Preferences and Project Settings
  • Creating a project and importing footage
  • Creating a Composition and arranging layers
  • Adding effects and modifying layer properties
  • Animating a Composition
  • Working with the Time Controls Panel
  • Working with Switches and Modes in the Timeline
  • Customizing the After Effects Workspace
  • Deployment: Rendering a Composition

Creating Basic Animation With Effects and Presets

  • Importing footage using Adobe Bridge
  • Working with imported Illustrator layers
  • Creating text
  • Applying text animation presets
  • Applying effects to layers
  • Previewing effects
  • Nesting and pre-composing
  • Adding transparency
  • Rendering a Composition

Animating Text

  • Title design: Adding text layers
  • Creating and formatting text
  • Using text animation presets
  • Animating with keyframes
  • Animating using parenting
  • Converting imported Photoshop text
  • Animating text using a path animation preset
  • Animating type tracking
  • Animating text opacity
  • Using a text animator group
  • Converting path points to positional keyframes
  • Animating a layer on a motion path
  • Adding motion blur

Animating Shapes

  • Adding a shape layer
  • Creating and animating shapes
  • Using Repeaters
  • Incorporating video and audio layers
  • Applying a Cartoon effect
  • Adding a title bar

Skills Summation Project

  • Adjusting layer anchor points
  • Masking video using vector shapes
  • Applying self-generating effects
  • Creating an animated slide show
  • Mixing audio track levels

Working with Masks

  • Understanding alpha channels, masks, mattes, and keying
  • Importing masks from Photoshop
  • Animating masks
  • Basics of keyframe interpolation with the Graph Editor
  • Creating masks with the Pen tool
  • Editing a mask
  • Feathering the edges of a mask
  • Using the Mask Feather Tool
  • Applying blend modes
  • Creating a vignette
  • Balancing color
  • Creating Animation Presets

Working in 3D

  • Manipulating 2D text and objects in 3D space
  • Creating and shading extruded 3D text
  • Animating 3D text
  • Multiple Views
  • Applying lights to 3D layers
  • Shading and shadowing layers
  • Animating light and Materials properties
  • Third-party 3D plug-ins

Color Correction and Cleanup

  • Adjusting color balance
  • Replacing a background
  • Using the Clone Tool to remove unwanted elements
  • Correcting a color range
  • Warming colors with the Photo Filter effect

Rendering and Exporting

  • Testing for final Renders and Exports
  • Understanding video and audio compression
  • Working in the Render Queue
  • Creating Render templates
  • Creating Output templates
  • Rendering and Exporting to a variety of media types:
    • High-resolution recompositing
    • DVD-V
    • Web video
    • YouTube
    • Mobile devices
    • Flash XML
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