Paths

After Effects CC

Authors: Chad Troftgruben, Jeff Sengstack, Alex Hernandez, Jeff Hurd, Laura Hawk

This learning path will take you through the entire process of learning After Effects.

Beginner

These courses will help learners reach a comfort level when working with basic features of After Effects. The outline below presents the main topics. They include: workflow, animating layer properties, working with text, applying and animating visual effects, creating shapes, working in 3D space, and exporting a project.

1

After Effects CC Fundamentals

by Jeff Sengstack

Jan 11, 2017 / 5h 40m

Beginner • 5h 40m

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Description

If you want to create exceptional visual effects, extraordinary motion graphics, and exciting animated text then you will want to watch this course. In this course, After Effects CC Fundamental, you'll learn how to create exceptional visual effects and extraordinary motion graphics. First, you'll cover the workflow in After Effects. Next, you'll discover how to animate objects and apply visual effects. Finally, you'll learn how to create shapes and how to work in a 3D space. By the end of this course, you'll have learned the fundamentals of After Effects CC. Software required: Adobe After Effects CC.

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview
    1m 37s
  2. Introducing After Effects
    26m 26s
  3. Starting a Project and Importing Assets
    20m 5s
  4. Creating Comps and Adding Assets to Comps
    27m 9s
  5. Modifying and Animating Layer Properties
    38m 12s
  6. Working with Text
    22m 49s
  7. Working with Shapes
    46m 43s
  8. Introducing Video Effects
    37m 43s
  9. Using Specialized Effects and Layer Styles
    34m 48s
  10. Working in "Classic" 3D Space
    48m 4s
  11. Creating Specialized Text Animations
    24m 8s
  12. Exporting (Rendering) a Comp
    12m 44s
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After Effects CC Building on the Fundamentals

by Jeff Sengstack

Sep 15, 2017 / 6h 6m

Intermediate • 6h 6m

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Do you have some basic knowledge about working in After Effects and want to ramp up your skills? In this course, After Effects CC Building on the Fundamentals, you'll learn how to create exceptional visual effects, extraordinary motion graphics, and exciting animated text. First, you'll explore advanced features, including using 3D tracking to add objects, lights, and shadows in 3D space, creating 3D text and shapes, and making animations with the Particle World video effect. Next, you'll cover how to use masks, track mattes, stencils, and silhouettes to highlight or conceal portions of a video clip. Additionally, you'll learn how to use effects and blending modes to further enhance the masked areas. Finally, you'll discover how to control time by creating slow-motion, fast motion, reverse motion, and freeze frames. When you're finished with this course, you'll have the necessary knowledge to utilize a variety of skills and techniques in After Effects CC. Software required: After Effects CC.

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview
    1m 50s
  2. Using Paint and Puppet Tools
    1h 9m 9s
  3. Working with 2D Tracker Features
    1h 2m 29s
  4. Working with the 3D Camera Tracker
    43m 57s
  5. Creating Ray-traced 3D Text, Shapes, and Layers
    55m 29s
  6. Using Masks
    47m 35s
  7. Particle World
    45m 12s
  8. Controlling Time
    40m 27s
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After Effects CC Creating Your First Animation

by Jeff Hurd

Jan 27, 2017 / 3h 46m

Beginner • 3h 46m

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There is no better way to learn After Effects, than by getting in the program and completing a real project. In this course, After Effects CC Creating Your First Animation, you will work through a real animation project and gain a solid foundation by learning good habits, the best workflows, and a fundamental knowledge of the main features in After Effects. First, you'll learn about the After Effects workflow and how to stay organized. Next, you'll explore 2D character rigging/animation as well as how to writing expressions. Finally, you'll learn all about effects. By the end of this course, you will be comfortable enough with After Effects to complete your own complex animation projects. Software required: After Effects CC.

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview
    1m 41s
  2. Project Setup
    18m 3s
  3. Compositions and Layers
    17m 34s
  4. Character Rigging Using Parent/Child Relationships
    15m 2s
  5. Motion Paths and Expressions
    8m 10s
  6. Masks and Effects
    33m 39s
  7. Audio and Camera
    35m 4s
  8. Animating Text
    16m 52s
  9. Creating a 3D Globe and Animated Logo
    34m 12s
  10. Polishing Our Animation
    24m 26s
  11. Rendering
    21m 42s

Intermediate

This section focuses on diving deeper into some core After Effects skills. Tracking & Rotoscoping are vital parts of compositing and should be a part of your knowledge base when you’re finished with this section. You’ll also come away with an understanding of using the Puppet tool, Shape layers, and a deeper knowledge of transparency and blending.

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After Effects CC Motion Tracking

by Jeff Hurd

Sep 11, 2017 / 1h 51m

Intermediate • 1h 51m

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Description

Have you ever tried to track an object or scene and reshot it or gave up because it just wouldn’t track properly? In this course, After Effects CC Motion Tracking, you'll learn how to easily track even the most difficult shot right inside of After Effects. First, you'll explore how to properly create position, rotation, and scale tracking points. Next, you'll delve into screen replacement as you replace a phone screen with a video of a mobile application. Finally, you’ll learn how to create an entire 3D scene from a 2D video layer and add 3D objects like 3D text. When you’re finished with this course, you’ll not only be able to add motion graphics tracked to any object in a scene, but also export the 3D tracking data from After Effects to any other 3D modeling software for more advanced 3D objects. Software required: After Effects CC.

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview
    1m 50s
  2. One Point Tracking
    40m 10s
  3. Two Point Tracking
    23m 40s
  4. Four Point Tracking
    22m 30s
  5. 3D Camera Tracker
    23m 1s
5

After Effects CC Rotoscoping

by Chad Troftgruben

Sep 23, 2016 / 3h 24m

Advanced • 3h 24m

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In this course, After Effects CC Rotoscoping, you will learn how to use After Effects CC to manually rotoscope out a complicated and stunning visual effect. First, you will learn how to interpret and assemble the footage in the timeline. Then, you'll learn how to mask out the subject as he swings his sword to cut a cyberpunk robot in half. After that, you'll learn how to rotoscope out the effect of the robot falling into two pieces, as well as additional sparks and robot insides to complete the illusion. Finally, you will learn how to finish off the project with some final touch ups applied to the effect and overall composition, and more.

Table of contents
  1. Getting Started
    8m 17s
  2. Creating Your First Border Mask
    11m 43s
  3. Masking Max's Body
    58m 13s
  4. Masking Max's Head
    20m 59s
  5. Masking the Body Cut
    28m 41s
  6. Rebuilding the Belt
    17m 14s
  7. Building the Robot's Innards
    19m 7s
  8. Adding Sword and Sparks
    18m 1s
  9. Replacing the Sky
    11m 13s
  10. Applying Camera Movements
    11m 26s
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After Effects CC Compositing

by Chad Troftgruben

Sep 27, 2016 / 5h 22m

Intermediate • 5h 22m

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In this course you will learn how to properly composite footage using Adobe After Effects CC. The course starts off by discussing how to use specific filming techniques when it comes to compositing. Next you'll learn how to create a project, complete with pre-composing your footage, masking, tracking, keying, animating, stabilizing, and color correction. You'll also learn how to construct elements missing from footage, add realistic elements like shadows, and much more.

Table of contents
  1. Introduction
    20m 39s
  2. Preparing Your Project File
    12m
  3. Tracking and Masking the Skateboard
    44m 28s
  4. Keying, Stabilizing, and Animating Footage
    33m 35s
  5. Building the Rear Wheels
    23m 32s
  6. Adding the Exhaust Footage
    43m 13s
  7. Building the Bottom of the Skateboard
    47m 18s
  8. Replacing the Exhaust Port and Foot
    28m 42s
  9. Applying Color Correction
    26m 41s
  10. Creating the Subject's Shadow
    19m 7s
  11. Adding a Shaky Cam Effect
    18m 35s
  12. Conclusion
    4m 59s
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After Effects CC Animating with Shape Layers

by Jeff Hurd

Mar 29, 2017 / 2h 14m

Intermediate • 2h 14m

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Shape layers are a deeply integral part of any After Effects animation. In this course, After Effects CC Animating with Shape Layers, you'll learn all aspects of shape layers and how to apply and reinforce the concepts by creating an animated game of pong, made entirely of shapes. First, you'll explore the various types of shape layers and the many tools. Next, you'll dive into shape layers' properties and key framing one shape to morph into another. Then, you'll easily create an explosion with the repeater operation and a laser with zig zag. Finally, you'll learn how to easily share the power of shape layers with text created in After Effects, as well as vector files created in Illustrator. By the end of this course, you'll be comfortable creating, manipulating, and animating shape layers. Software required: After Effects CC.

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview
    1m 33s
  2. Introduction to Shapes
    17m 18s
  3. Manipulating Shape Paths
    39m 34s
  4. Shape Path Operations
    15m 42s
  5. Animating Shape Attributes
    34m 47s
  6. Converting Text Layers to Shape Layers
    25m 51s
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After Effects Transparency and Blending

by Laura Hawk

Feb 8, 2017 / 1h 38m

Intermediate • 1h 38m

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Cover everything from keying a green screen, to adjusting blend modes, to opacity, to masking, and more. In this course, After Effects Transparency and Blending, you'll learn about all the different ways to control transparency and blending in After Effects CC. First, you'll start off easy learning about alpha channels and opacity. Next, you'll build from there on more complex ways to cause two images to interact. Then, you'll learn about blend modes and which ones are the most useful for common tasks. Finally, you'll discover tricks for getting better green screen keys and how to do a little color correction for the final bit of polish. By the end of the course, you'll be equipped to find new ways to bring footage together and create transitions using easy and professional effects. Software required: After Effects CC.

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview
    1m 31s
  2. Transparency
    31m 14s
  3. Mattes and Other Methods
    37m 34s
  4. Keying Green Screen Footage
    28m 12s
9

Getting Started with the Puppet Tool in After Effects

by Alex Hernandez

Jun 8, 2014 / 53m

Intermediate • 53m

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In this series of tutorials, we'll be getting familiar with the puppet tool and the ways you can create great animations by deforming layers in your composition. We'll start by creating pins with the puppet pin tool and learn about the relationship between the pins and how they can work as joints or transform the layer. We'll talk about how the puppet mesh is created and what we can do to override the tool from auto selecting the alpha of the layer. We'll configure the triangle count and expansion of the mesh to get the best results for our needs. Then we'll go over the overlap tool and starch tool to achieve more control over our deformations. We'll finish by talking about using vector layers and nested comps with the puppet tool and what happens with continuously rasterize or collapse transformations selected. By the end of this training you should have a better understanding of the puppet tool and be able to start using it to improve you work. Software required: After Effects 12.2.1.

Table of contents
  1. Introduction and Project Overview
    56s
  2. Getting Started with the Puppet Tool in After Effects
    52m 24s

Advanced

This section is also a deep dive into After Effects skills but with a focus on some of the more advanced sections. You will have already seen Precompositions earlier in the path but you may not realize some new and exciting ways to use them that you’ll learn here. You’ll also get a comprehensive understanding of animating with the Graph Editor. The After Effects Brush Tools and an understanding of Color Grading will also be picked up in this section.

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After Effects CC Paint Tools

by Jeff Hurd

Jun 5, 2017 / 1h 31m

Advanced • 1h 31m

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Creating hand drawn animations can be time consuming and difficult to pull off correctly. In this course, After Effects CC Paint Tools, you will learn all about the Brush, Clone, Stamp, and Eraser tools. After learning about each of these tools, you'll then know how to create, modify, and animate paint strokes right inside of After Effects. By the end of this course, you'll know the ins and outs of the Paint Tools and be able to create your own hand drawn animations. Software Required: After Effects.

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview
    1m 29s
  2. Getting Started with the Brush Tool
    28m 50s
  3. The Eraser Tool
    19m 26s
  4. Clone Stamp Tool
    26m 31s
  5. Animating Brush Paths
    14m 51s
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Adobe CC Color Grading Tips

by Chad Troftgruben

Jun 23, 2016 / 2h 14m

Intermediate • 2h 14m

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In Adobe CC Color Grading Tips, you'll learn a variety of techniques for correcting color in your footage in Adobe CC. You'll also learn about the new Color Themes and Looks features in the Adobe Capture CC mobile app, which can assist you in your color grading. Finally, you'll learn about some special effects to polish up your color-graded footage.

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview
    2m 38s
  2. Introduction
    2m 45s
  3. Color Correcting & Grading in Premiere
    41m 24s
  4. Correcting a Night Shot in After Effects
    47m
  5. Further Polishing with Special Effects
    28m 21s
  6. Using Premiere and After Effects with Adobe Capture
    12m 34s
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The Power of Pre-comps in After Effects

by Laura Hawk

Sep 24, 2014 / 1h

Beginner • 1h

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If you're just starting out in After Effects, or if you're getting into it a little more and wanting to know how to save time, this is a great course for you to be watching. Pre-comps are some of the most important building blocks of After Effects, yet many beginners don't learn some of the really awesome and important information about how they work, what challenges they'll need to overcome with them, and ultimately how they can harness their power to help them create amazing and cleverly-built work. By the end of this course, you'll know some of the challenges that pre-comps bring and exactly how to fix them, as well as a few great ways that you can use them to improve your workflow. Software required: After Effects CC 2014.

Table of contents
  1. Introduction and Project Overview
    53s
  2. The Power of Pre-comps in After Effects
    59m 50s
13

Mastering the Graph Editor in After Effects

by Laura Hawk

Jul 1, 2014 / 1h 27m

Intermediate • 1h 27m

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In this series of tutorials, we'll be learning how to master the Graph Editor. The Graph Editor can be a tricky tool to use in After Effects but it's very powerful and once you understand how it works, it will transform the way you animate. We'll go through the process of learning the interface and how to navigate the Graph Editor panel. We'll then begin learning how to edit keyframe values from within the graph, learn the difference between the Speed and Value graphs as well as how they are connected. We then dive into the difference between temporal and spatial interpolation, and how that concept is intertwined with the Graph Editor functionality. After that, we'll take a few lessons to smooth out a few different types of animations using the graph editor, with increasing difficulty as the examples progress. This tutorial will give you firsthand knowledge of how to use the graph editor, as well as a deep understanding of how it works. Once you understand the inner-workings of the graph editor, you'll be ready to take on fine-tuning even the toughest animations. If you're serious about becoming a great motion graphics designer, then this training is for you. Software required: AFter Effects CC 12.2.0.52.

Table of contents
  1. Introduction and Project Overview
    1m 15s
  2. Mastering the Graph Editor in After Effects
    1h 26m 22s

What you will learn

  • Using the Project Panel
  • Managing the After Effects Project
  • The Timeline
  • Caching and Previewing
  • Transparency and Blending
  • Effects and Layer Styles
  • 3D Space
  • Text
  • Shape Layers
  • Painting Tools
  • Stabilizing and Tracking
  • Parenting Nesting and Precomposing
  • Working with Color
  • Rendering and Exporting
  • Rotoscoping
  • Compositing 3D Renders

Pre-requisites

No prerequisites are required for this path.

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