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Adobe After Effects

3-Day Outline


  • Creating a project & importing footage
  • Creating a composition & arranging layers
  • Adding effects & modifying layer properties
  • Animating the composition
  • Previewing work & Optimizing performance
  • Rendering & exporting your composition
  • Customizing the workspace
  • Controlling the brightness of user interface
  • Using Dynamic Link with Premiere Pro

Basic animation

  • Importing footage using Adobe Bridge
  • Creating the composition
  • Working with imported Illustrator layers
  • Applying effects to a layer
  • Applying an animation preset
  • Previewing the effects
  • Adding transparency
  • Rendering the composition

Animating text

  • About text layers
  • Creating & formatting point text
  • Using text animation preset
  • Animating with scale keyframes
  • Animating using parenting
  • Animating imported Photoshop text
  • Animating text using a path animation preset
  • Animating type tracking
  • Animating text opacity
  • Using a text animator group
  • Cleaning up the path animation
  • Animating a nontext layer along a motion path
  • Adding motion blur
  • Exporting as template for Premiere Pro

Shape layers

  • Adding a shape layer
  • Creating custom shapes
  • Incorporating video & audio layers
  • Applying a Cartoon effect
  • Adding a title bar
  • Using Brainstorm to experiment

Animating a multimedia presentation

  • Animating scenery using parenting
  • Anchor point adjustments
  • Masking video using vector shapes
  • Keyframing a motion path
  • Animating additional elements
  • Applying an effect
  • Creating an animated slide show
  • Adding an audio track

Animating Layers

  • Simulating lighting changes
  • Duplicating an animation using the pick whip
  • Animating movement in scenery
  • Adjusting the layers and creating a track matte
  • Animating the shadows
  • Adding a lens flare effect
  • Animating the clock
  • Retiming the composition

Working with masks

  • Creating a mask with the Pen tool
  • Editing a mask
  • Feathering the edges of a mask
  • Replacing the content of a mask
  • Adding a reflection
  • Creating a vignette
  • Adjusting the color

Animating with Puppet tools and Character Animator

  • Deform pins
  • Defining areas of overlap
  • Stiffening an area
  • Animating pin positions
  • Character Animator layer naming conventions
  • Recording animation

Performing Color Correction

  • Adjusting color balance
  • Replacing the background
  • Removing unwanted elements
  • Correcting a range of color
  • Warming colors with the Photo Filter effect

Using 3D Features

  • Animating 3D objects
  • Adding reflections to 3D objects
  • Animating a camera
  • Adjusting a layer timing
  • Using 3D lights
  • Adding effects
  • Adding a motion blur
  • Previewing the entire animation
  • Using Cinema 4D with AE

Working with 3D Camera Tracking

  • 3D Camera tracker effect
  • Tracking footage
  • Creating a camera and the initial text
  • Creating realistic shadows
  • Adding ambient light
  • Creating additional text elements
  • Locking a layer to a plane with a null object
  • Animating the text
  • Adjusting the camera’s depth of field

Advanced editing techniques

  • Using motion stabilization
  • Using single-point motion tracking
  • Using multipoint tracking
  • Creating a particle simulation
  • Retiming playback using the Timewarp effect

Using Expressions

  • Creating expressions to link settings
  • Creating looping and ping-pong animations

Rendering and outputting

    • Creating templates for the rendering process
    • Creating templates for output modules
    • Exporting to different output media