Online Class: Adobe After Effects

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Course Description

Adobe After Effects allows you to create videos containing animation and special effects for graphics-related projects.  You can use After Effects to animate, alter, and composite media using various tools and optional plug-ins.  The program is widely used by motion-graphics professionals, website designers, and visual effect artists for post-production on digital films, DVD, video, and the web. 

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. We'll start with the basics of the program including navigation and continue on to more advanced features, including:

·    The basics of creating projects, compositions, and layers

·    Importing footage, including video, audio, and still images

·    Creating special effects using the Effects menu

·    Creating animation for shapes, objects, and layers

·    Adding and animating text

·    Drawing shapes

·    Animating shapes

·    Creating and using masks and track mattes

·    Working in 3D

·    Using the puppet tools to create animated characters and effects

·    Extracting and removing objects from layers

·    Exporting to video

·    And more

This course walks all students through the process of creating their first movie using the program. You do not need to have access to After Effects to take or complete this course. However, it is recommended.  Please note that a 30 day free trial of After Effects CC is available on the Adobe website for those who want to practice what they learn and follow along.

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  • 6 Months to Complete
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  • Android & iOS Friendly
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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 CC Classroom in a Book; Adobe After Effects Website; 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: Shape Layer Repeater radial ; Shape Layer Transformations; After Effects Help / Overview of shape layers, paths, and vector graphics 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: Exploring Path Animation in After Effects for Creating Animated Blobs; How to Use After Effects for Web Animation Prototypes; Discovering the art of animated logos with Adobe After Effects CC 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)
  • 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 (346 votes)
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
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: $90.00 U.S. dollars

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