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  After Effects Beginner Course

Course Description:

Adobe After Effects course students will be able to: Create a composition with media clips that play in a sequence. Apply motion and animated effects to overlaying media elements. Control the sequence and duration of footage items, as well as nested compositions within a composition. Create transparency in layers with track mattes, masks, and stencils. Integrate After Effects with other applications. Render a project as a single file, with the settings that you choose.

Learning Objectives:

This course will get you started with the basic concepts of After Effects, but gives you a path to continue your mastery of the application. This is a great primer for those seeking their Adobe certification.

After taking this course you will be able to: Create 2D Elements Build a Composition Create an Animated Pattern Rendering Compositions Combine Components Work with Text and Numbers Build 3D Elements Combine 2D Elements in a Composite Make a 3D Composite Put together a scene Create Templates for Rendering Process

Target Audience:

This course is geared for those just starting out in digital video. Students new to After Effects will learn to create motion graphics and visual effects.

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Hours are 08:30 to 16:00 unless specified otherwise

Course Outline

Lesson 1: Getting to Know the Workflow

  • Getting started
  • Creating a project and importing footage
  • Creating a composition and arranging layers
  • Adding effects and modifying layer properties
  • Animating the composition
  • Previewing your work
  • Optimising performance in After Effects
  • Rendering and exporting your composition
  • Customizing workspaces
  • Controlling the brightness of the user interface
  • Finding resources for using After Effects
  • Checking for updates

Lesson 2: Creating a Basic Animation Using Effects and Presets

  • 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

Lesson 3: Animating Text

  • Getting started
  • About text layers
  • Creating and formatting point text
  • Using a 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 to Adobe Flash Professional

Lesson 4: Working with Shape Layers

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

Lesson 5: Animating a Multimedia Presentation

  • Getting started
  • Animating the scenery using parenting
  • Adjusting an anchor point
  • Masking video using vector shapes
  • Keyframing a motion path
  • Animating additional elements
  • Applying an effect
  • Creating an animated slide show
  • Adding an audio track
  • Zooming in for a final close-up

Lesson 6: Animating Layers

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

Lesson 7: Working With Masks

  • About masks
  • Getting started
  • Creating a mask with the Pen tool
  • Editing a mask
  • Replacing the content of the mask
  • Adding a reflection
  • Creating a vignette
  • Adjusting the color

Lesson 8: Distorting Objects with the Puppet Tools

  • Getting started
  • About the Puppet tools
  • Adding Deform pins
  • Defining areas of overlap
  • Stiffening an area
  • Animating pin positions
  • Recording animation

Lesson 9: Using the Roto Brush Tool

  • About rotoscoping
  • Getting started
  • Creating a segmentation boundary
  • Fine-tuning the matte
  • Creating a transition from the full clip to the foreground
  • Creating the logo
  • Animating text
  • Adding a background image
  • Adding audio

Lesson10: Performing Color Correction

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

Lesson 11: Building 3D Objects

  • Getting started
  • Building a 3D object
  • Working with a null object
  • Working with 3D text
  • Creating a backdrop for 3D animation
  • Nesting a 3D composition
  • Adding a camera
  • Completing the scene

Lesson 12: Using 3D Features

  • Getting started
  • Animating 3D objects
  • Animating a camera
  • Adjusting layer timing
  • Using 3D lights
  • Adding effects
  • Adding motion blur
  • Previewing the entire animation

Lesson 13: Advanced Editing Techniques

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

Lesson 14: Rendering and Outputting

  • Getting started
  • Creating templates for output modules
  • Exporting to different output media

Our outlines are a guide to the content covered on a typical course. We may change or alter the course topics to meet the objectives of a particular course.

  After Effects Advanced Course

Course Description:

Adobe After Effects Intermediate builds upon the foundation concepts found in our Beginner course. Take your After Effects training to the next level by incorporating advanced keying techniques, color correcting, camera optics, motion tracking, programming expressions and more.

Learning Objectives:

After taking this course you will be able to: Work Effectively with the Timeline Understand Transparency: Alpha Channels and Edge Multiplication Work with Mask Modes Optimize Projects Color Correct a Composition Color Key Your Work Use a Motion Tracker Use a Camera and Optics Code Expressions Put together a scene Create Templates for Rendering Process

Target Audience:

Students should have at least three months experience with After Effects, or attended the After Effects beginner course.

Sorry, we currently do not have any After Effects level 2 courses scheduled at this time. Please contact us to see if we can put one on the schedule for you.

Course Outline

Lesson 1: Composite in After Effects

  • A over B
  • Organization
  • Take Control of Settings
  • View Panels and Previews
  • Effects: Plug-ins and Animation Presets
  • Output and the Render Queue
  • Assemble the Shot

Lesson 2: The Timeline

  • Organization
  • Keyframes and the Graph Editor
  • Timeline Panel Shortcuts
  • Spatial Offsets
  • Motion Blur
  • Timing and Retiming
  • So Why the Bouncing Ball Again?

Lesson 3: Selections: The Key to Compositing

  • Methods to Combine Layers
  • Optics and Edges
  • Transparency: Alpha Channels and Edge Multiplication
  • Mask Modes
  • Combine Selections
  • Animated Masks
  • Composite With or Without Selections: Blending Modes
  • Track Mattes
  • Right Tool for the Job

Lesson 4: Optimize Projects

  • Nested Comps, Multiple Projects
  • Adjustment and Guide Layers
  • Faster! Control the Render Pipeline
  • Optimize a Project

Lesson 5: Color Correction

  • Color Correction for Image Optimization
  • Levels: Histograms and Channels
  • Curves: Gamma and Contrast
  • Hue/Saturation: Color and Intensity
  • Color Look Development
  • Color Matching

Lesson 6: Color Keying

  • Procedural Mattes
  • Linear Keyers and Hi-Con Mattes
  • Color Keying: Greenscreen, Bluescreen
  • Keylight for Color Keying
  • Fine Tuning and Problem Solving
  • Shoot for the Perfect Matte

Lesson 7: Rotoscoping and Paint

  • Roto Brush
  • The Articulated Matte
  • Refined Mattes
  • Deformation
  • Paint and Cloning
  • Alternatives

Lesson 8: Effective Motion Tracking

  • Point Tracker
  • Track a Scene
  • Smooth a Camera Move
  • Planar Tracker: mocha-AE
  • Track Roto/Paint
  • 3D Tracking

Lesson 9: The Camera and Optics

  • Cameras: Virtual and Real
  • 3D
  • Camera and Story
  • Depth of Focus
  • Grain
  • Lens Optics & Looks

Lesson 10: Expressions

  • What Expressions Are
  • Creating Expressions
  • The Language of Expressions
  • Linking an Effect Parameter to a Property
  • Using a Layer's Index
  • Looping Keyframes
  • Using Markers
  • Time Remapping Expressions
  • Layer Space Transforms
  • Color Sampling and Conversion

Lesson 11: Advanced Color Options and HDR

  • Dynamic Range: Bit Depth and Film
  • Color Realism: Linear HDRI
  • Color Fidelity: Management, Depth, LUTs

Lesson 12: Light

  • Source and Direction
  • Color Looks
  • Source, Reflection, and Shadow
  • Multipass 3D Compositing

Lesson 13: Climate and the Environment

  • Particulate Matter
  • Sky Replacement
  • Fog, Smoke, and Mist
  • Billowing Smoke
  • Wind and Ambience
  • Precipitation

Lesson 14: Pyrotechnics: Heat, Fire, Explosions

  • Firearms
  • Energy Effects
  • Heat Distortion
  • Fire
  • Explosions
  • In a Blaze of Glory

    Our outlines are a guide to the content covered on a typical course. We may change or alter the course topics to meet the objectives of a particular course.

Private Training?

Would you prefer to take a private After Effects course with one of our certified trainers?

We offer After Effects training:

From 1 to 100 delegates, On-site at your offices.

Group rates, Flexible dates, Customised courses & Ongoing support for Adobe After Effects

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Live, Online instructor-led After Effects training.
Flexible dates and times to suit. All taught in real time wherever you are to individuals or groups.


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Which After Effects Course do I take?

We offer 2 After Effects courses. A 3-day beginner and a 2-day advanced. Please read the course oulines above to determine which is best for you. We recommend taking the advanced course if you are knowledgable of at least 70% of the beginner course.

Adobe After Effects Onsite Course Options

Wherever your office is located, we can come to you and deliver a private custom After Effects course. The larger the group the bigger the discount. However we also offer After Effects training for individuals, either at your corporate headquaters or your home.

For on-site courses, you will need to have a computer with After Effects and if there are 3 or more delegates, a projection system is required for our After Effects instructor.

Adobe After Effects Public Courses

Currently we only offer Public After Effects courses in the Johannesburg and Cape Town areas. We can however provide a private onsite course or of course an online After Effects course is also available

After Effects Online Courses

If you are unable to attend a public After Effects course, or simply prefer the convenience of an online course, these are regularly offered. For online After Effects courses you will need After Effects an internet connection of 5MB/s or faster and a headset with a mic or use your laptop's built in mic and speakers. All After Effects course materials are provided digitally. The course is of course, live and fully interactive with engaging teaching.

Adobe After Effects Private Course

After Effects users tend to use the product for specific purposes. We can tailor a course to meet your specific goals.

What else should I learn after my After Effects course?

Motion Graphic Designers will always have other tools in their toolbox. Photoshop knowledge is almost a must and if you want to create more 3D elements then Cinema 4D is recommended.

After Effects training courses are available for all versions

Adobe frequently updates After Effects and we continue to teach earlier versions for those that have not upgraded

About After Effects classes and After Effects Training Courses from TTC

Our instructors have been using and teaching After Effects for over 20 years. Whether you are a beginner or advanced we can assit you.

Prerequisites for enrolling in After Effects public courses

For our beginner courses there are no prerequisites

Course materials for After Effects classes

All delegates receive digital materials which are the official Adobe training manuals. Our instructors may provide addtional training lessons and information especially for custom courses

After Effects Certification Training

Adobe is a global company based in the USA and After Effects certification through Adobe is recognised worldwide. We can assist you obtaining certification. Taking our After Effects courses is your first step to certification. Adobe have offered 2 certification levels. Adobe Certfied Expert (ACE) and Adobe Certified Associate (ACA). The ACE is a higher qualification which requires writing an online exam

After Effects Class Reviews and Testimonials

Although After Effects is widely used and it is the defacto standard for Video effects, many users simply don't understand it's full power, only designing animtaed titles. It is used extensively in motion graphics and power users typically work for fim or animation studios. Delegates who have taken our After Effects courses now have the ability to use After Effects as it was intended, anything regarding motion graphics and video effects. You are welcome to contact them.

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