Online Class: Adobe After Effects

This course teaches students how to successfully use After Effects, no matter if they have ever used the program before or not. Both the beginner and seasoned user can benefit from this course.

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Course Description

Unleash Your Creative Potential with Adobe After Effects: From Basics to Brilliance

In today's dynamic digital era, where compelling visuals reign supreme, Adobe After Effects stands out as the gold standard for video post-production and animation. It's not just a software; it's a canvas where imagination transforms into breathtaking visual narratives. This game-changer tool is revered by leading motion-graphics maestros, avant-garde website designers, and visionary visual effects artisans. Its unparalleled versatility makes it an indispensable asset in the arsenal of professionals shaping the landscape of digital films, DVDs, diverse video platforms, and the ever-evolving web.

Welcome to our comprehensive Adobe After Effects course – a masterclass designed to unlock your creative genius, whether you're a curious novice or a seasoned veteran. We understand the diverse tapestry of learners, and this course is tailored to cater to everyone. If you're just dipping your toes into the vast ocean of After Effects, we'll handhold you through its nuances. If you're here to sharpen your skills, prepare for a deep dive into its advanced treasures.

Here's a glimpse of the exhilarating journey ahead:

  • Foundations First: Before creating masterpieces, we'll ground you in the program's core. Understand the art of creating projects, mastering compositions, and layering like a pro.

  • Seamless Importing: Dive deep into the realms of importing varied footage – be it mesmerizing video sequences, captivating audio, or vivid still images.

  • Spectacular Special Effects: Elevate your projects by exploring the treasure trove within the Effects menu. Every effect can transform a simple video into a visual spectacle.

  • Animation Wonderland: Breathe life into shapes, objects, layers, and text. Learn the secrets of dynamic animation that captivates and resonates.

  • Artistry with Shapes: Not just drawing shapes, but animating them into fluid motions that tell stories.

  • Masking Mastery & Track Mattes: Learn the intricacies of creating, applying, and using masks and track mattes to enhance depth and dimension.

  • 3D Dynamics: Elevate your projects into the third dimension. This isn't just about graphics; it's about creating immersive experiences.

  • Puppetry in Digital Age: Utilize puppet tools to design animated characters and effects that evoke emotions.

  • Precision Techniques: Master the art of extracting and removing objects from layers with surgical precision.

  • Export Excellence: Ensure your projects look impeccable everywhere by mastering the nuances of exporting to video.

  • ...And Beyond: This is just the tip of the iceberg. We've packed countless more insights, tips, and tricks to elevate your After Effects journey.

By the end of this immersive course, not only will you have a robust theoretical understanding, but you'll have practical experience crafting your very own movie. While having Adobe After Effects is advantageous for hands-on practice, it isn't a prerequisite. For those eager to implement their learnings real-time, a 30-day free trial of After Effects CC awaits you on Adobe's official website.

Embark on this transformative journey with us, and witness your creative visions come to life, frame by frame, effect by effect.

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Course Lessons

Average Lesson Rating:
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Lesson 1: An Introduction to Adobe After Effects

Adobe After Effects allows you to create animation and special effects for graphics-related projects. Additional lesson topics: Adobe After Effects Website; Adobe After Effects CC Classroom in a Book; After Effects CC overview of what's new 11 Total Points
  • Lesson 1 Video
  • Lesson discussions: Reasons for Taking this Course
  • Complete: Lesson 1 Assignment
  • Assessment: Lesson 1 Exam

Lesson 2: Getting Started in After Effects

There are three things that you need to do in After Effects before you can get started on any project. You need to create the project, import footage into the project, then create a composition that serves as a container for the footage Additional lesson topics: After Effects CC tutorials from novice to expert 11 Total Points
  • Lesson 2 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 2 Assignment
  • Assessment: Lesson 2 Exam

Lesson 3: Working with Text in After Effects

There are two types of text in After Effects. These are point text and paragraph text. Additional lesson topics: The Text Animation Tool; After Effects Help / Animating text 11 Total Points
  • Lesson 3 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 3 Assignment
  • Assessment: Lesson 3 Exam

Lesson 4: Shape Layers

You can use the drawing tools in After Effects to draw different shapes. Whenever you use a drawing tool to create a shape, a new layer is created. Additional lesson topics: After Effects Help / Overview of shape layers, paths, and vector graphics; Shape Layer Transformations; Shape Layer Repeater radial 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 4 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 4 Assignment
  • Assessment: Lesson 4 Exam

Lesson 5: Further Exploring Animation

This lesson is the one where the fun truly begins. It is where we start to delve head first into animation and effects. Additional lesson topics: Discovering the art of animated logos with Adobe After Effects CC; How to Use After Effects for Web Animation Prototypes; Exploring Path Animation in After Effects for Creating Animated Blobs 12 Total Points
  • Lesson 5 Video
  • Review Practice Worksheet: gmz8318x67733zskyline.jpg
  • Complete: Lesson 5 Assignment
  • Complete Assignment: Project 5-1
  • Assessment: Lesson 5 Exam

Lesson 6: Working with Masks

Not only do masks allow you to decide what can be seen or not seen in a layer, they also allow you to add effects to just a part of a layer while leaving other parts intact. Additional lesson topics: Using the Pen tool to make masks; After Effects Help / Alpha channels, masks, and mattes 11 Total Points
  • Lesson 6 Video
  • Review 5 Practice Worksheets
  • Complete: Lesson 6 Assignment
  • Assessment: Lesson 6 Exam

Lesson 7: Animating Layers

Adding animation is as simple as choosing and customizing a preset or adding keyframes, but animation can take a dull still image or video clip and turn it into something a Hollywood producer would be proud to claim. Additional lesson topics: After Effects tutorial: How to animate a multi-layered Photoshop artwork in After Effects; Animate With a Control Layer 12 Total Points
  • Lesson 7 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 7 Assignment
  • Complete Assignment: Project 7-1
  • Assessment: Lesson 7 Exam

Lesson 8: Introducing the Puppet Tools

A marionette is a puppet that is controlled from above by pulling on strings attached to its limbs. In other words, you can animate the puppet by tugging on its strings.You can do the same thing in After Effects by using the Puppet tools Additional lesson topics: After Effects Help / Animating with Puppet tools; Adobe After Effects Puppet Tool Tutorial 11 Total Points
  • Lesson 8 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 8 Assignment
  • Assessment: Lesson 8 Exam

Lesson 9: Using the Roto Brush to Create Mattes and Extract Objects

Rotoscoping is a process where you cut an object out of the background. Additional lesson topics: Understanding track mattes: Luma and Alpha modes 12 Total Points
  • Lesson 9 Video
  • Review Practice Worksheet: gmz8318x62582zboat.jpg
  • Complete: Lesson 9 Assignment
  • Complete Assignment: Project 9-1
  • Assessment: Lesson 9 Exam

Lesson 10: Working in 3D

Layers in After Effects are flat. They have an X and Y coordinate that represent height and dimension. You can turn on the 3D layer switch so that you can also move an object along its Z axis, which is depth. Additional lesson topics: After Effects Help / 3D layers; How to insert 3D objects 11 Total Points
  • Lesson 10 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 10 Assignment
  • Assessment: Lesson 10 Exam

Lesson 11: Advanced Video Creation and Editing Techniques

This lesson will introduce you to some of the advanced video creation and editing techniques that After Effects offers. Additional lesson topics: After Effects Advanced 3D Camera Tracker for Hard to Track Clips 11 Total Points
  • Lesson 11 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 11 Assignment
  • Assessment: Lesson 11 Exam

Lesson 12: Rendering and Exporting Your Work

Rendering your composition is the first step in taking it from just a composition in After Effects and turning it into a movie. Additional lesson topics: After Effects Help / Basics of rendering and exporting 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 12 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 12 Assignment
  • Assessment: Lesson 12 Exam

Lesson 13: Course Completion

Final course review 61 Total Points
  • Review Practice Worksheet: thunder.mp3
  • Lesson discussions: Course Completion Poll: Your Thoughts; Program Evaluation Follow-up Survey (End of Course); Course Comments
  • Complete Assignment: Project 13 (Final Project)
  • Assessment: The Final Exam
Total Course Points

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Describe what Adobe After Effects is and what it can potentially do for your video creations.
  • Demonstrate working with text, shape layers, and basic animation.
  • Demonstrate working with masks.
  • Demonstrate animating layers.
  • Demonstrate using the Puppet Tools.
  • Demonstrate using the roto brush to create mattes and extract objects.
  • Demonstrate working in 3D.
  • Demonstrate advanced video creation and editing techniques.
  • Demonstrate rendering and exporting your work.
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.

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Course Title: Adobe After Effects
Course Number: 8900318
Lessons Rating: 4.3 / 5 Stars (350 votes)
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
Availability: This course is online and available in all 50 states including: California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Texas, and Washington.
Last Updated: December 2023
Course Type: Self-Paced, Online Class
CEU Value: 1.2 IACET CEUs (Continuing Education Units)
CE Accreditation: Universal Class, Inc. has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).
Grading Policy: Earn a final grade of 70% or higher to receive an online/downloadable CEU Certification documenting CEUs earned.
Assessment Method: Lesson assignments and review exams
Syllabus: View Syllabus
Course Fee: $120.00 U.S. dollars

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