Intermediate Adobe After Effects

2 days

Course Description

In this course designed for videographers, graphic artists, and animators with intermediate-level Adobe After Effects experience, you will learn how to incorporate text, graphics, and effects to your movies. Upon completion of this course, you will have an excellent understanding of the menu and tools in After Effects and be able to perform work with a high level of efficiency.

Who Should Attend

Videographers and animators who are somewhat experienced using Adobe After Effects.


Course Outline:

Note: The curricula below comprise activities typically covered in a class at this skill level. The instructor may, at his/her discretion, adjust the lesson plan to meet the needs of the class.

Lesson 1: Parenting

  • Parenting Basics
  • Simple Pick Whipping
  • Using Parenting for Positioning
  • Assigning and Removing Multiple Parents
  • Parenting: Under the Hood
  • Parenting to a Null
  • Jump Parenting

Lesson 2: Using Compound Effects

  • Understanding Compound Effects
  • Using Nesting and Precomposing
  • Compound Blur
  • Gradient Wipe
  • Texturize
  • Displacement Map
  • Radial Blur
  • Card Dance

Lesson 3: Blending Modes and Track Mattes

  • Blending Modes Explained
  • Applying and Changing Blending Modes
  • Overview and Uses of Each Blending Mode
  • Darkening and Lightening Modes
  • Combination Darkening and Lightening Modes
  • Subtraction and Division Modes
  • Color Modes
  • Track Matte Basics
  • Luma Versus Alpha Mattes
  • Using Precomposing and Nesting with Track Mattes
  • Animated Mattes
  • Using Shape Layers to Create Track Mattes
  • Stencil and Silhouette Mattes
  • Using Preserve Transparency
  • Precomposing for Stencil, Silhouette, and Preserve Transparency Backgrounds

Lesson 4: Motion Tracking

  • Motion Tracking Basics
  • Single Point and Multipoint Tracking
  • Using Tracking Regions and Attach Points
  • Adjusting and Correcting Dropped Track Regions
  • Using the Mask Tracker with Content Aware Fill
  • Perspective Tracking with Mocha
  • Using the Warp Stabilizer

Lesson 5: Expressions

  • Introduction to Expressions
  • Converting Legacy Expressions
  • Creating, Disabling, and Removing Expressions
  • Simple Pick Whipping
  • Using Basic Math with Expressions
  • Building Expressions with the Expression Language Menu
  • Interpolating with This to That
  • Editing Expressions
  • Using the Wiggle and LoopOut expressions
  • Using the Copy with Property Links command to create Expressions
  • Converting Expressions to Keyframes
  • Saving Expressions as Presets

Lesson 6: Greenscreen Keying

  • Understanding Keying
  • Analyzing Greenscreen Footage
  • Using Garbage Mattes
  • Using Keylight 1.2 for Greenscreened Footage
  • Viewing and Refining the Matte
  • Key Cleaner and Advanced Spill Suppressor Options
  • Using the Lumetri Color Effect with Keylight 1.2 for Compositing

Lesson 7: Using the Roto Brush 2

  • Setting up Rotoscoping
  • Using Roto Brush 2
  • Creating a Segmentation Boundary
  • Fine-Tuning the Matte
  • Freezing Your Roto Brush Tool Results
  • Changing the Background
  • Outputting Your Project

Lesson 8: Performing Color Correction

  • Adjusting color with Standard Effects
  • Color Correction with the Lumetri Color Effect
  • Lumetri Color Secondary Color Correction
  • Using Lumetri Scopes
  • Replacing the Background
  • Color Correction with Blending Modes
  • Motion Tracking the Clouds
  • Replacing the Sky in the Second Clip
  • Color Grading

Lesson 9: Creating Motion Graphics Templates

  • Preparing a Master Composition
  • Setting up a Motion Graphics Template
  • Adding Properties to the Essential Graphics Panel
  • Using the Essential Graphics Panel as a Control Panel
  • Providing Image Options
  • Protecting the Timing of a Section
  • Exporting the Template as a Mogrt File

Lesson 10: Using Dynamic Link

  • Dynamic Linking of Adobe Premiere Sequences
  • Using Adobe Audition with After Effects
  • Adobe Illustrator file creation for After Effects
  • Adobe Photoshop workflow compatibility with After Effects
  • Adobe Character Animator Dynamic Linking
  • Adobe Animate Dynamic Linking
  • Cinema 4D Dynamic Linking