Advanced Adobe After Effects Course

Advanced Adobe After Effects Courses in South Africa

 

In this After Effects CC Advanced course we explore techniques for working with motion graphic elements, animation, colour correction and more. Throughout the course we will demonstrate tips for working more efficiently, and then move on to advanced effects, detailed masking techniques and real-world expressions. Integrating Photoshop into the After Effects workflow will also be explored.



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Introduction

Welcome

Using the exercise files

 

Efficiency-Increasing Tips and Tricks

Using this chapter

Two methods for selecting layers quickly

Finding a lost CTI

Jumping to the in/out point of layers

Making the work area match layer duration

Making the work area the size of multiple layer

 

Color Correction

Creating a reference monitor

Performing instant color correction

Adjusting hue and saturation ̥

Using levels to adjust brightness

Using levels with individual channels ̥

Understanding curves

Working with the Info panel

Creating a "day for night" effect

About bit depth ̥

Using HDR/32-bit float point color

Ensuring that comps have video-safe color

 

Blending Layers and Compositing̥

Using lights to aid compositing

Working with adjustment layers

Using adjustment layers in compositing

 

Using motion and cameras in compositing

Working with blend modes

Blending objects with a black background

Blending textures with blend modes

Comparing layers and frames with Difference

Changing the color of an object

 

Making Particles

What are particles?

Creating sparkles with CC Particle Systems II

Creating snow with Foam

Creating a cyclone with Particle Playground

 

Advanced Animation

Adjusting speed in the Graph Editor

Adjusting value in the Graph Editor

Animating with the puppet tools

Extending and shortening entire animations

Creating temporarily roving keyframe

 

The Principles of Animation

Introducing this chapter

Creating anticipation

Creating follow-through

Being conscious of object weight

Squashing and stretching objects

Exaggerating animation

Creating smooth arcs

 

Working with Photoshop Files

The importance of using Photoshop

Setting up new PSD files for After Effects

Importing at document size vs. layer size

Converting layer styles

Making Photoshop text editable

Creating shape layers from Photoshop shapes

Exporting After Effects frames as layered Photoshop files

 

Advanced 3D

Creating depth of field

Creating stained glass shadows

Changing an object's material type

Orienting objects to a camera

Creating a virtual set

 

Locating missing 3D layers

Working in 3D with precomps

Faking 3D volume

Changing the camera lens

 

Mastering Masks and Shape Layers

Blending masks with mask modes

Creating Bezier paths with the Pen tool

Adjusting handles and corner points

Creating shape layers from custom shapes

Advanced mask shape animation

Converting motion paths to masks

Creating a mask instantly

 

Playing with Time

Stretching time

Making smooth slow-motion shots

Creating an echo effect

Creating a "suspended time" effect

 

Intermediate Expressions

Understanding important expressions concepts

Working with expression syntax

Using an array

Creating randomness with the wiggle expression

Creating randomness with the random expression

Outputting an alpha channel

Shortening render times

 

Intermediate Expressions

Understanding important expressions concepts

Working with expression syntax

Using an array

Creating randomness with the wiggle expression

Creating randomness with the random expression

Outputting an alpha channel

Shortening render times

 

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