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Getting Started with Adobe After Effects

Getting Started with Adobe After Effects

This is a great course for the user who is just starting to learn After Effects.  This course comes complete with downloadable project files and an AE Cheat Sheet.

Click here to view the entire 10 part Adobe After Effects Tutorial on Envato Market Blog.

Here's a brief synopsis of each part of the tutorial:

Part 1. Overview and Getting Started
In the first part of this series, you are taken on a guided tour of the perplexing After Effects interface. You will learn how to open all of the project files that accompany each part of the tutorial, how to import assets into your project, and how After Effects projects actually work.

Part 2. Intro Project
In part 2 you’ll discover how easy it is to create a simple motion graphics product. The idea of this straightforward task is to give you more confidence and a better understanding while working within the AE interface, and also to learn some of the more common After Effects processes.

Part 3. Animation, Pre-Compositing & Nesting
This where the fun begins! In this part, you will learn all about the various animation tools and how to activate the animation for the layer and effects properties.

Part 4. Effects & Video
In part 4, we are shown many of the effects that are available in After Effects, and how to apply and animate each one. It all covers the importance of understanding the layer order of the applied effects and also gives an introduction to working with video.

Part 5. Text
In part 5, you’ll quickly learn how to create and manipulate text assets, how to edit fonts, and also take a look at paragraph boxes and how to add layer styles to text layers.

Part 6. Color Correction
This part covers blending modes and how to brighten and darken your footage, you will also discover how to create vignettes and how to use them for creative focus.

Part 7. Masks, Shapes & Rotoscoping
In this part of the series, you’ll learn how to create masks and how to manipulate mask settings, also learning how to create shape layers and explore the differences between shapes and masks.

Part 8. 3D, Tracking & Stabilization
In this in-depth part, you’ll explore the built-in 3D capabilities of AE, learning how to create lights, cameras, and 3D layers. You’ll also learn how to use Depth-of-Field and how to apply 3D-specific effects. And finally you’ll be introduced to Motion Tracking, Footage Stabilization, and 3D Camera Tracking.

Part 9. Audio, Parenting & Expressions
This part is all about the audio features in AE, and how to use audio assets. You will learn how to parent layers and how this can save you a lot of time and effort in compositing motion graphics. You’ll also learn how to implement expressions and how to amend them.

Part 10. Rendering
Finally, we are at part 10! In this final video, Dave takes a look at the rendering features and how to add your project to the “Render Queue”. Finally, you’ll learn about video codecs, why they exist and then take a look at some of the more common output versions.

What to learn more?

Learn even more from Adobe Creative Cloud TV and Terry White with Terry's podcast “How to Get Started with Adobe After Effects CC – 10 Things Beginners Want to Know How To Do.”

In this episode of Adobe Creative Cloud TV, Terry White shows us how to get started with Adobe After Effects CC – 10 Things Beginners Want To Know How To Do. Learn how to get started with this industry standard film and motion graphics animation tool.

Click here to download the podcast.

Posted by Kim Sternisha