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Adobe After Effects Level I

Learn the essentials of Adobe After Effects for motion graphics and visual effects in this three-day introductory class at Manhattan Edit Workshop. Gain a solid foundation in After Effects, including animation, keying, 3D, and rendering. Perfect for producers, editors, assistant editors, and motion graphics artists looking to create compelling motion graphics and visual effects.

  • Level Beginner
  • Age 16 and older
  • Price $1,295
  • Location 119 W 23rd St, New York, NY
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Description

What you'll learn in this after effects class:

An Introduction to Adobe After Effects

This three-day introductory class is designed to teach you the essentials of Adobe After Effects for motion graphics and visual effects. Throughout the course, you'll learn about traditional After Effects workflow, basic animation using effects and presets, introductory text animation, basic keying, and 3D. You'll also learn about rendering and output, which are crucial for producing high-quality projects. By the end of the course, you'll have a solid foundation in After Effects and be equipped with the skills needed to create compelling motion graphics and visual effects.

Who should attend?

Producers, editors, assistant editors and motion graphics artists interested in the basics of Adobe After Effects.

Prerequisite: Basic Mac OS X knowledge

Each student gets their own workstation.


Adobe After Effects Level I - Course Outline – (3 Days)

Fundamentals of Motion Graphics

  • RGB Color Model
  • Frame size
  • Resolution
  • Pixel aspect ratio
  • Alpha channels
  • Frame rate
  • Time code
  • Interpreting footage

Getting to Know the Workflow

  • How After Effects Works
  • Overview of panels
  • Creating a project and importing footage
  • Creating a composition and arranging layers
  • Adding effects and modifying layer properties
  • Animating the composition
  • Previewing your work
  • Optimizing performance in After Effects
  • Customizing workspaces
  • Controlling the brightness of the user interface
  • Finding resources for using After Effects

Creating a Basic Animation Using Effects and Presets

  • Importing footage using Adobe Bridge
  • Importing video clips
  • Importing stills
  • Importing a sequence of stills (interpreting)
  • Importing multilayered photoshop and illustrator files
  • Creating a new composition
  • Applying effects to a layer
  • Changing parameters globally
  • Creating keyframes
  • Keyframe interpolation: auto, continuous, and bezier interpolation
  • Temporal and spatial Interpolation
  • Roving in time for spatial properties
  • Creating and applying an animation preset
  • Previewing your work

Working With Masks

  • About masks
  • Creating a mask with the Pen tool
  • Editing a mask
  • Feathering the edges of a mask
  • Replacing the content of the mask
  • Mask interpolation
  • Using masks from Illustrator and Photoshop
  • Masks for spatial keyframes

Animating Text

  • About text layers
  • Creating and formatting point text vs. paragraph text
  • Using a text animation preset
  • Text on a path
  • Animating imported Photoshop text
  • Animating text using a path animation preset
  • Using a text animator
  • Adding properties
  • Adding a range selector
  • Using a text animator group

Working with Shape Layers

  • Adding a shape layer
  • Creating custom shapes
  • Creating stars
  • Default properties of shape layers
  • Add properties
  • Creating Groups
  • Stack your shapes & properties
  • Using Brainstorm to experiment

Other Effects

  • The smoother
  • The wiggler
  • Auto orient
  • Splitting a layer
  • Adjustment layers
  • The effects and presets panel

Distorting Objects with the Puppet Tools

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

Rendering and Output

  • Creating templates for the Render Queue
  • Exporting using the Render Queue
  • Rendering movies with Adobe Media Encoder

School Notes:

Once you have signed up for this class, please email [email protected] if you are signing up for personal improvement or for business and if the company will be paying for your tuition.

Refund Policy

Any transfers and cancellations require written notification to [email protected]

Rescheduling Policy:

  • Bookings transferred by the customer more than 15 business days before the commencement date of the course will incur no transfer fee.
  • Bookings rescheduled by the customer within 1 to 15 business days of the commencement date of the course will incur a $150 transfer fee.

All transferred courses must be completed within 3 months of the commencement date of the original class.

Cancellation/Exclusion Policy:

  • Cancellations by customers made more than 22 business days before course commencement will incur 5% cancellation fee.
  • Cancellations within 9 to 22 business days of course commencement will incur a 50% cancellation fee
  • Cancellations between 1 and 8 business days will incur a 100% cancellation fee.
  • In the event that a customer cancels a booking for which a transfer has taken place, this will incur a minimum 50% cancellation fee.

All refunds for the Six Week Intensive may take a minimum of 10 business days to process regardless of when the cancellation occurs.

Exclusion of a Student by the school may occur if the student displays behavior deemed inappropriate and/or disruptive to other students and/or school faculty. Student will receive 1 (one) written warning regarding behavior. If the behavior in question is repeated, the Student will be removed from the class with a written explanation of their exclusion. In the event that a Student is removed due to the above-mentioned repetitive and/or disruptive behavior, no tuition fees will be refunded.

In any event where a customer wants to cancel their enrollment and is eligible for a full refund, a 5% processing fee will be deducted from the refund amount.

Reviews of Classes at Manhattan Edit Workshop (95)

(4.7-star rating across 95 reviews)
  • Adobe After Effects Level I

    Anonymous review on 7/11/2019
    Mark's great! you get a great foundation on learning after effects!
  • Adobe After Effects Level I

    Reviewed by Jessica K. on 6/14/2018
    This is exactly what I needed to get a jump start on the basics of After Effects. Mark was a fantastic instructor!
  • Adobe After Effects Level I

    Reviewed by Jordan H. on 7/5/2016
    I like Mark's style very much. His sense of humor about the complexity of the process added a lot and made everyone feel comfortable. He was very good about repeating the material so that everyone could accomplish the assignments. He managed to cover a lot of ground while giving just enough detail to make us feel comfortable with a lot of different tools. It was nice to learn the program without ever becoming intimidated by it.
  • Adobe After Effects Level I

    Reviewed by Kristine T. on 10/14/2015
    Incredible.
  • Adobe After Effects Level I

    Reviewed by Shawn L. on 8/29/2019
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    Reviewed by Travis C. on 2/15/2018
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    Reviewed by john m. on 5/20/2016
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    Reviewed by Rachael S. on 11/13/2015
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    Reviewed by zoryana b. on 10/8/2015
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Students who took the Adobe After Effects Level I class had positive experiences and felt that they gained a solid foundation in learning the software. The instructor, Mark, received praise for his teaching style, including his sense of humor. He was thorough in repeating the material to ensure that all students could complete their assignments successfully. Despite the complexity of the program, Mark was able to cover it properly and provided enough detail for students to feel comfortable. The class allowed students to learn the program without feeling intimidated by it. Quotes: 1. "This is exactly what I needed to get a jump start on the basics of After Effects. Mark was a fantastic instructor!" 2. "His sense of humor about the complexity of the process added a lot and made everyone feel comfortable...It was nice to learn the program without ever becoming intimidated by it." 3. "Incredible."

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Hello, Do you get a workbook with this course? and are retakes allowed? Overall, what is included in comparison to similar workshops at other institutions?
Answer from Josh A. Verified Educator
You do receive a book with the class. We can allow a retake if you are completely unsatisfied, but only under specific circumstances and only after a certain amount of time has passed since you initially took the class. Depending on what other institution you are comparing us to. I will say that our instructors are also working freelancers and will bring much more up to date and real-world information to the classes since they aren't just instructors reading from a book.
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