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CS6 Adobe After Effects

These lessons will let you discover essential skills and explore the new features and capabilities of Adobe After Effects. Every lesson is presented in full color with step-by-step instructions. Adobe After Effects is pr... Show More
Course Prerequisites:
Working knowledge of Windows
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4 Days

Course Content

Lesson 1: Understanding Motion Graphics Starting up
Defining motion graphics
Television and video graphics
Internet and mobile devices
Desktop distribution and presentation graphics
Digital video basics
Understanding video formats
Understanding frame rate and resolution
Understanding transparency

Lesson 2: Understanding the After Effects Interface Starting up
Understanding and working with menus
Opening an existing After Effects project
Understanding the After Effects panel system
After Effects panels
Primary panels
Understanding the workspace
Viewing and hiding panels
Docking and undocking panels
Resizing panels
Saving a custom workspace
Resetting the workspace
Setting After Effects Preferences
Changing the default Undo levels
Enable Auto-Save

Lesson 3: Media Management—Working with Images, Audio, and Video
What is Media Management?
Projects, compositions, and layers: An overview
Creating a new project
Importing media files
Organizing the Project panel
Modifying the column displays
Creating folders and subfolders
Previewing footage
Previewing stills and video
Previewing audio
Trimming a video clip
Importing multiple files
Importing Photoshop and Illustrator files
Importing image sequences
Importing After Effects compositions
Locating missing files
Using the Interpret Footage dialog box
Looping an audio or video file
Using Remember Interpretation
Using the Collect Files command to consolidate files
Understanding the animation workflow
Creating and working with compositions
Creating a new composition
Understanding composition settings
Importing compositions from Photoshop and Illustrator
Working with layers
Understanding the layer switches
Understanding layer stacking order
Changing layer names
Creating Kinestasis by animating the Anchor Point
Animating rotation
Using layer parenting to ease repetition
Animating position
Understanding motion paths
Using layer motion blur
Adjusting Motion Blur settings
Using blending modes
Applying layer styles
Understanding nested compositions and precomposing
Adding nested compositions
Pre-composing layers
Creating a fade-in by animating Opacity and Scale
Working with masks
Creating masks with the shape tools
Selecting and manipulating masks
Animating the position of masks
Working with mask feathering
Setting the Mask Feather Property
Setting Per Vertex mask feathering
Creating freeform masks
Setting up the project
Animating the shape of masks
Understanding track mattes
Creating track mattes
Creating mattes from animated Photoshop files
Creating a chroma key
Creating a garbage matte
Creating a chroma key
Refining the matte

Lesson 6: Working with Text Starting up
Creating text
Setting text properties globally
Formatting individual characters
Animating text properties
Saving an animator as a preset
Working with text animation presets
Modifying animation presets
Creating custom text animators
Creating a typewriter effect
Creating a blur-in effect
Creating text on a path

Lesson 7: Working with Audio Starting up
Audio in After Effects
Previewing audio
Adding audio files to the Timeline
Viewing audio file metadata
Looping audio files
Animating audio levels
Working with audio effects
Using composition markers to set the beat
Naming composition markers
Refining the position of composition markers
Syncing animation to composition markers
Creating keyframes from audio files

Lesson 8: Working with 3D in After Effects Starting up
Previewing animation with RAM preview
Working with After Effects 3D
Creating 3D layers
Using multiple viewports
Understanding 3D Transform properties
Understanding Material Options
Animating 3D layers
Creating and using lights
Understanding light options
Animating light properties
Creating and using cameras
Understanding basic camera options
Animating camera properties
Creating the depth-of-field effect
Creating a Rack Focus shot
Working with After Effects 3D Layers
Creating a Ray-traced composition
Extruding and Beveling Text
Creating Reflections

Lesson 9: Advanced Animation Starting up
Animating with effects
Applying effects to layers
Animating effect properties
Saving animation presets
Applying and modifying effects presets
Time-reversing a layer
Using the Motion Sketch panel to capture motion
Controlling layer orientation
Using the Smoother panel to soften movement
Using the Wiggler panel to add frantic motion
Create acceleration and deceleration using Easy Easing
Changing spatial interpolation
Adding easing to keyframes
Using squash and stretch to enhance the animation
Animating with the Graph Editor
Create a strobing effect using hold interpolation
Understanding Video Stabilization and Tracking
Using the Warp Stabilizer
Using the 3D Camera Tracker
Attaching 3D layers to Track Points

Lesson 11: Working with Expressions and Scripts Starting up
Automating animation with expressions
Finding expressions
Adding expressions to properties
Using the loopOut() expression
Using the random() expression
Using the Time property with expressions
Using the wiggle() expression
Working with scripts
Installing and running scripts
Creating scripts
Finding additional scripts
Using and running scripts
Using the Ease and Wizz Script

Lesson 12: Outputting After Effects Projects Starting up
Rendering files for output
Understanding the Render Queue
Adding compositions to the Render Queue
Adjusting render settings
Duplicating jobs in the Render Queue
Creating render templates
Exporting a project file
Trimming and cropping compositions
Rendering an individual frame
Working with After Effects Projects
Working with Preferences
Panels, viewers, workspaces, and windows
Activating tools
Compositions and the work area (keyboard shortcuts)
Navigating the Timeline
Effects and animation presets
Showing properties and groups in the Timeline panel
Showing properties in the Effect Controls panel
Modifying layer properties
3D layers
Keyframes and the Graph Editor
Working with Masks
Paint tools
Shape layers
Motion tracking
Saving, exporting, and rendering
Still images and image sequences
Project formats
Understanding bit rate
Understanding spatial and temporal compression
Understanding aspect ratio and pixel aspect ratio
Progressive display versus interlacing

CTU Training Solutions , Updated: July 7th, 2017

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