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Introduction to After Effects for Motion Designers
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Released Feb 11, 2013
Laura Hawk

Pluralsight

Laura Hawk
If you want to become a motion graphics artist, or you already know a little bit about After Effects but you're just getting started this is the training for you.

You will learn all the things that you need to know to get you off the ground and creating your own motion graphics work. We learn the tools and effects that After Effects has to offer, while going through the real creation process of a motion graphics piece. We run into some of the real problems that can be really difficult to solve on your own, and we answer those questions that can save you a lot of time.

There are so many tips that you will pick up as you watch this tutorial even if you are an After Effects user that just needs a refresher. There will be things in this course that will revolutionize your workflow and make you more efficient as an artist. You really can't afford to miss this course if you are serious about motion design.

This training does not go over every single tool that After Effects has to offer but it will get you started and get you exposed to the aspects you need to know to make your own projects and discoveries as you grow into a confident designer. By the end of this tutorial you will have a firm foundation in After Effects' tools, workflows, and terminology. You'll also gain insight into the aspects you need to understand about pacing, timing, and animation in order to make your own projects their very best.
Introduction and project overview
1

Introduction and project overview

 
01:30
Creating your first composition
2

Creating your first composition

 
11:38
Navigating the interface
3

Navigating the interface

 
13:31
Importing assets to the Project Panel
4

Importing assets to the Project Panel

 
11:38
Adding layers to the Timeline
5

Adding layers to the Timeline

 
09:06
Adding a text layer
6

Adding a text layer

 
11:23
Setting keyframes
7

Setting keyframes

 
08:49
Previewing your animations
8

Previewing your animations

 
07:48
Animating and moving anchor points
9

Animating and moving anchor points

 
08:08
Introduction to Effects & Presets
10

Introduction to Effects & Presets

 
14:19
Creating and moving a shape layer
11

Creating and moving a shape layer

 
07:01
Using more advanced Effects
12

Using more advanced Effects

 
08:01
Understanding Motion Blur
13

Understanding Motion Blur

 
10:53
Introduction to Parenting
14

Introduction to Parenting

 
03:53
Creating another composition to add to the main composition
15

Creating another composition to add to the main composition

 
10:30
Precomposing layers
16

Precomposing layers

 
14:21
Trouble-shooting with the Project Panel
17

Trouble-shooting with the Project Panel

 
08:09
Creating a mask
18

Creating a mask

 
05:35
Adding more shape layers and playing with blending modes
19

Adding more shape layers and playing with blending modes

 
10:26
Working with 3D layers
20

Working with 3D layers

 
07:23
Adding a null object as a control
21

Adding a null object as a control

 
08:26
Using the fill effect to change colors
22

Using the fill effect to change colors

 
07:13
Duplicating layers and offsetting animation
23

Duplicating layers and offsetting animation

 
04:44
Organizing the Project Panel
24

Organizing the Project Panel

 
04:19
Adding a camera and controlling it with a null object
25

Adding a camera and controlling it with a null object

 
08:59
Introduction to temporal keyframe interpolation
26

Introduction to temporal keyframe interpolation

 
07:50
Understanding the graph editor
27

Understanding the graph editor

 
04:34
Using the Continuously Rasterize and Collapse Transformations switch
28

Using the Continuously Rasterize and Collapse Transformations switch

 
10:04
Best practices for animating paths
29

Best practices for animating paths

 
09:07
Creating motion paths
30

Creating motion paths

 
16:29
Collapse Transformation and 3D layers
31

Collapse Transformation and 3D layers

 
15:20
Replacing layers with other files
32

Replacing layers with other files

 
05:13
Understanding Puppet Tool workflows
33

Understanding Puppet Tool workflows

 
11:33
Adding length to our compositions duration
34

Adding length to our compositions duration

 
05:58
Combining effects and practicing our skills to create appealing animation
35

Combining effects and practicing our skills to create appealing animation

 
18:44
Preparing our shot and correcting spatial interpolation
36

Preparing our shot and correcting spatial interpolation

 
10:14
Color Correction to Swatch
37

Color Correction to Swatch

 
11:14
Introduction to expressions
38

Introduction to expressions

 
10:57
Working with audio in After Effects
39

Working with audio in After Effects

 
08:31
Editing text to reveal with audio
40

Editing text to reveal with audio

 
10:44
Techniques for polishing your project
41

Techniques for polishing your project

 
12:24
Finishing the project polishing
42

Finishing the project polishing

 
13:38
Rendering in After Effects
43

Rendering in After Effects

 
08:51