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After Effects Apprentice 101 (with Chris & Trish Meyer)
INSTRUCTOR:Meyer, Trish & Chris
After Effects Apprentice 01: Pre-Roll
This short course is designed for users who have never opened Adobe After Effects before, or who have not used it for some time and need a refresher course on how it is laid out. Chris Meyer will take you on a whirlwind tour through the program, helping overcome the “blank canvas” fear that confronts many the first time they launch the program. It will serve as both an excellent introduction to the After Effects Apprentice lessons on Class on Demand, as well as a preliminary overview for any new user before launching into their first tutorial or class.
• Understanding the user interface
After Effects Apprentice 02: Basic Animation
Trish Meyer leads beginners through a gentle introduction to Adobe After Effects: from creating a new project and importing sources, through arranging and animating layers, applying effects, and creating variations, to rendering the final movie. However, this is no paint-by-numbers exercise – Trish lets you in on her mental process along the way, demonstrating how she makes creative decisions plus saves time through the use of keyboard shortcuts and smart working practices. Additional movies explain further details about how After Effects works under the hood. Her measured pace helps even those completely new to After Effects understand the program so that they can use it effectively on their own projects.
• Starting a project from scratch
• Building a composition
• Arranging and transforming layers interactively and numerically
• Animating parameters including motion paths
• Applying and re-using effects
• Creating variations and rendering the final movie
• Importing layered Photoshop files
• Understanding alpha channels
• Avoiding common mistakes
After Effects Apprentice 03: Advanced Animation for Beginners
Chris Meyer helps beginning After Effects artists take their animations to the next level. Don't settle for mechanical movements, awkward timing, or puzzles that have you chasing your tail around the screen; Chris will show you how to refine your animations to create elegant, coordinated movements with the minimum number of keyframes – as well as slam-downs, whip pans, and other attention-getters. Additional movies challenge you to reverse-engineer existing animations, create variations on a theme, and master other parts of the program. Even though this course is designed for beginners, you will learn tricks that many experienced users are unaware of. Chris' friendly running commentary lets you in on his mental process as he works on an animation.
• Understanding how keyframes work under the hood
• Controlling the Anchor Point to create more predictable animations
• Mastering the Graph Editor for the ultimate control over keyframes
• Animating parameters including motion paths
• Hand-drawing motion paths to simplify complex movements
• Applying and tweaking Motion Blur
• Using Hold keyframes
After Effects Apprentice 04: Layer Control - Editing, Blending, and Effecting
In this course, Chris Meyer focuses on ways to edit and enhance layers in After Effects – including looping, sequencing, and frame blending them; employing Blending Modes to create more interesting composites; and applying Effects, Presets, Behaviors, and Layer Styles. Through a series of Quizzler challenges and Idea Corner examples, Chris also shares alternative ways to employ modes, sequencing, and Adjustment Layers, while special sidebar movies cover the subjects of creating seamless loops, animating effects points, understanding pixel aspect ratios, and employing Brainstorm to explore the variety of different looks that effects can create. Chris also shares his favorite trick for enhancing boring footage, and demonstrates how to convert scans into moving sequences.
• Sliding, trimming, slip editing, and insert editing layers
After Effects Apprentice 05: Creating Transparency - Masks, Mattes, and Stencils
One of the keys to creating an interesting composite of multiple images is to make portions of those images transparent, so that you can see other images behind or through them. In this course, Chris Meyer demonstrates the most common techniques for adding this selective transparency to layers in After Effects: through the use of masking, track mattes, and stencils. A good amount of time is also spent showing how effects interact with these. In addition to explaining the tools and basic theory, Chris also demonstrates several practical applications for these techniques, including isolating objects, creating vignettes, and filling text with visual texture, plus shares ideas for crafting custom transitions and other treatments.