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After Effects in a Day

Learn how to create professional motion graphics and animations using Adobe After Effects in this intensive workshop. Join a leading motion graphics instructor and get hands-on experience in a small class setting. Master the essentials of the user interface, layer animation, and more.

  • Level All levels
  • Age 18 and older
  • Price $425
  • Location 185 Madison Ave, New York, NY
After Effects in a Day

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  • Career Centers @ 185 Madison Ave Suite 1104, New York, NY 10016
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  • Mon, Jul 15 at 6:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Wed, Jul 17 at 6:00pm - 9:00pm
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What you'll learn in this after effects class:

After Effects is a powerful component of Adobe's suite of design software that allows you to create professional motion graphics with a simple but powerful user interface. This course will have you up and running quickly, as you learn to create animated GIFs, logos, transitions, and more. You'll get hands-on experience in a small class led by a leading motion graphics instructor.  Get started in this one-day workshop, or dive right into our intensive After Effects Level 1.

This hands-on After Effects class is designed to teach you the essentials of the user interface, the timeline, video, layer animation, easing in and out, fade-ins, and more.

Prior experience with Photoshop is recommended, but not required. 


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Syllabus

Section 1

Intro to After Effects

  • The Project, Composition, & Timeline panels
  • Importing a Layered File with all its Layers Intact
  • Using Title Safety to ensure TV viewers can see the text

Working with Keyframes

  • Animating in the Class Names
  • Previewing in real time
  • Adding Easing
  • Sliding Over the Entire Class List
  • Animating the Icons
  • Animating the “In a Day” Title
  • Adding Motion Blur
  • Trimming Off Extra Time

Outputting to GIF

  • Exporting from After Effects
  • Making the Animated GIF in Photoshop
  • Reducing the Number of Frames

Section 2

Noble Logo Animation: Anchor Points & Animating with Overshoot

  • Converting an Illustrator file from CMYK to RGB
  • Animating the black square to overshoot its final size
  • Changing where the rectangles scale from by moving layer anchor points
  • Setting layer in points using the In column
  • Keeping vector layers sharp as they scale up

Noble Logo: Masking Layers & Parenting

  • Pre-composing layers
  • Hiding the letters before they animate using masks
  • Moving the entire logo away from the rising letters using parenting

Noble Logo: Rotation, Fade-Outs, & Rendering

  • Adding anticipation keyframes before a major animation
  • Animating the Rotation property
  • Adding a fade to white using a solid color layer
  • How to find missing project files

Optional Bonus: Preparing an Illustrator File for Animation

  • Resizing artboards & vector graphics
  • Setting up layers to individually animate elements in After Effects

Bonus: HBO Intro Sequence

Importing Flattened Files & Adding Easing

  • Importing a layered PSD as a merged file
  • Isolating HBO logo, Feature & Presentation text using masks
  • Creating fade-ins & fade-outs
  • Adding automatic easing to slow down portions of the animation

Working with Numerous Layers

  • Familiarizing ourselves with the Photoshop layout: layers extending outside canvas bounds, guides
  • Scaling up each tile using a single null object and Parenting
  • Randomizing the order in which the photos animate in
  • Orchestrating the exit animation so the tiles fall down in diagonal groups

Vector Layouts

  • Animating vector shapes using the Trim Paths feature
  • Continuous rasterization
  • More null objects: animating the three pay television content descriptors

Putting It All Together & Adding Audio

  • Sequencing multiple compositions
  • Animating like an editor: overlapping shots & using blending modes
  • Adding audio to a composition

Refund Policy

  • Students may cancel up to 11 business days before the class/program start date and receive a refund, less the registration fee (10% of the undiscounted course price).
  • Cancellations within 11 business days are not permitted, but students may reschedule up to 4 business days before the class start date.

For cancellations and reschedules, please email us at [email protected]

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