After Effects for Beginners Complete Intro to After Effects

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After Effects for Beginners Complete Intro to After Effects

Course Description
CURRENT UPDATE (20 June 2016): Updated lesson about Track Mattes!

This course will teach you all neccesary & most used After Effects tools, a proper workflow, show you real-life examples of animating and various tricks in the program. Watch the above promo video for detailed explanation. This is your one-stop guidance & shortcut to professional motion graphic design.

Project files included, free to use in your own work
The [WORKSHOP] section will make sure you stay current and up-to-date with new design trends as I will be adding my tutorials there
In this course I want to teach you everything you need to know to start working in After Effects and becomming a motion graphic artist. We will start with the program interface, going on with keyframing and later creating our first animations. This will be a basic course making a great intro to the motion design world. It doesn’t matter if you use After Effects CS6 or After Effects CC (we work on CC 2015, but informations about both are covered).

You don’t have to work for Warner Bros right away, but with help of this After Effects course you will be able to prepare simple animations to spice up Your YouTube channel, videos, land more work with clients by expanding your skillset, get creative with your 2D content, be confident that you can use Photoshop / Illustrator files and create animations out of them, produce seamless animations and more.

Some of the things that will be covered during the course:

Motion Graphics basics
After Effects program layout and basics
Working with different types of layers
Creating our first few animations
Simple kinetic typography to use
Real-life examples of lower thirds, logo animations & more
Cross-usage between Photoshop / Illustrator
How to add effects to our compositions
Precomposing, matting, exporting, rendering
Tons of often used tricks and keyboard shortcuts
…the list goes on.
Knowing After Effects is a lucrative skill to have which is in demand especially in 2015 / 2016 and ongoing years where video will grow as the most published type of content across the web.

So why & for what is After Effects used actually:

Improve video quality,
Spice up videos with smooth animations,
Industry standard for animating (TV Shows, News, Video content),
Enhancing Youtube channels content,
…the list is endless.
This course will kickstart your After Effects journey and you will realize that After Effects is and will be one of the most important tools on the market regarding animation & video editing. I want help you achieve your creative goals, wether it’s enhancing your Youtube channel, promoting your business or starting your mograph (motion graphics design) career.

So what are you waiting for…Enroll Now!

What are the requirements?
After Effects CS5, CS 5.5, CS6, CC installed. (You can use a 30-day free trial)
Ready to start thinking animation-like to turn graphics into motion
Basic knowledge of the Adobe Suite is not mandatory, but welcome
Willing to learn animation software
What am I going to get from this course?
Get curious about After Effects and hungry to learn more
Improve the quality of Your videos by adding animations
Establish a healthy understanding of motion graphics
Use After Effects fluently and understand advanced tutorials
Transition from a graphic designer to a graphic design & motion artist
What is the target audience?
Course Creators, YouTubers, anyone wanting to incorporate animation into videos
Graphic designers & Freelancers looking to learn motion graphics and VFX
Everyone wanting to start out with animation software
Users interested in motion graphics
Adobe suite users wanting to learn & work in After Effects


Section 1: Let’s Roll – Introduction to the course
Introduction to the content
1 page
What is Motion Graphics & After Effects?
Terminology in Video Editing
EXCERCISE: Prepare your first movie!
Section 2: Core Elements – Getting started with After Effects
After Effects Interface
Preferences & memory size
Adding & Organizing Assets
Import .PSD files properly
Import .AI files properly
Relinking missing assets
Composition settings
EXERCISE: Prepare a Quick Title with Burn Film Effect
Do you recall?
2 questions
Section 3: Workflow – Essential tools & practices
The Timeline – Pt. 1
The Timeline – Pt. 2
Keyframing & Interpolation
Keyframes in action – Create a simple transition
Quick questions to refresh your mind
2 questions
Section 4: Shape Layers
Creating Text layers
Creting Solid layers
Creating Shape Layers
Shape Layers – Rearranging and adding properties
Masks & Masking
Blending Modes
Track Mattes
EXERCISE: Prepare a Custom Transition!
Find out if you remember everything
2 questions
Section 5: Animation
Easing Keyframes
Motion Blur
Graph Editor
Null Object
Basic Expressions
Working with Audio
Can you recall those informations?
2 questions
Section 6: Effects & Presets
Using Effects & their order
Different Layers for Different FX
Adjustment Layers
Masking out effects
EXERCISE: Create an Audio Spectrum
What was it again ?
2 questions
Section 7: Other most used techniques (Bit more advanced)
Transparent videos
Time Remapping (Slow Motion)
Stabilizing shaky camera footage
Color keying (Aka. Green Screen)
Motion Tracking
Exporting and copying between Projects
Section 8: WORKSHOP: All you’ve learned in use!
Create a Lower Third
Create a Typographic Animation
Create a Logo Transition
Section 9: Conclusion
What Now? & Thank You!

Instructor Biography
Andrzej Pach, Engaged and Passionate PowerPoint & After Effects instructor
Hi! My name is Andrzej Pach, more known as “Nigel” and I spend my time with graphic design, motion & animaiton, typography, video editing and online teaching on a daily basis. The majority of my work is done in Adobe After Effects & Microsoft PowerPoint 2013 – naturally this is the software I want to teach about and share my experience with you. I have completed well over a 1000 graphic projects for clients, mostly including video animations like intros, outros and transitions for various Youtube channels & marketers. I would like to share the knowledge I was able to “stack up” during the process. I am always willing to help people out by enhancing their brand and Internet media.

Who am I ?

I am a 26 y.o and just recently a University Graduate (July 2014). A few years back after shifting from one hobby to another after getting hired to prepare a website and business card for a local business in my area I finally “felt it”. Since then (2011) I was expanding my skillset in this area completing various graphic related projects. Places like the WarriorForum, freelancing websites or graphic contests across the web caught me in its own snare and never let me go.

What is the next step?

After having several years of experience as a freelancer with a keen focus on creativity handling various projects ranging as work for very small businesses to websites and Youtube channels with over 300k subscribers I am looking forward to share my knowledge wrapped up in exciting courses easy to follow and most important – USEFUL for you! I am looking to work with forward-thinking people who wish to create something original, that will reinforce their brand and follow their vibe. I am always committed to provide value while giving away random tips to make your workflow easier.

Did you really create something?

How far would bring me lying and any sort of scam? Nowhere. I do believe in making the Web Business and Internet Marketing world a better place, because my actions will affect my fellowers, friends, family and future children. Since I live in a small village where people work in agriculture or do physical labor work I set the goal for me to be a sort of pioneer in the web-based business field growing myself as a designer every single day.

You can always contact me as I don’t mind talking to anyone and sharing how could I help your business or what course I might record if you like my teaching style!

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