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Adobe After Effects – Level 1

Duration: 2 days (14 hours)

Target audience: video and graphic artists, video production staff, game developers, or anyone that needs to create special effects for video projects

Prerequisites: Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator or equivalent knowledge

Related courses: Adobe Premiere Pro, Adobe Photoshop

Software version: In addition to the current software version, Documedia teaches previous versions and we can provide customized training that focuses on new features. Please contact us for details.

Course description

By the end of this course, participants should be able to create special effects commonly found in corporate videos and DVDs. Many special effects replace footage that would be too difficult to shoot due to cost and technical limitations.

About Adobe After Effects

Adobe After Effects is a powerful software tool for visual effects and motion graphics. You can use After Effects to create dynamic designs for commercial video, motion pictures or DVD.

Course objectives

The main learning objective of this course is to create special effects that are commonly found in corporate videos and DVDs.

Unit 1 – Introduction to special effects and After Effects

By the end of this unit, you should be able to:

  • Define special effects
  • Describe various post production techniques
  • Customize the After Effects interface

Unit 2 – Working with projects, compositions and timelines

By the end of this unit, you should be able to:

  • Create a composition for various outputs
  • Change user preferences
  • Manage assets in a project
  • Modify timeline options

Unit 3 – Working with Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator files

By the end of this unit, you should be able to:

  • Create Photoshop/Illustrator files for use in After Effects
  • Modify import options
  • Import video and audio formats

Unit 4 – Working with alpha channel and transparency

By the end of this unit, you should be able to:

  • Use the layer blend mode
  • Enable/disable an alpha channel
  • Apply a track matte

Unit 5 – Creating a motion path

By the end of this unit, you should be able to:

  • Create basic animations
  • Adjust speed and gravity
  • Pan, dolly, tilt and track layers

Unit 6 – Applying visual effects

By the end of this unit, you should be able to:

  • Apply filters to a composition
  • Modify and save filters
  • Use Photoshop filters

Unit 7 – Working with layers

By the end of this unit, you should be able to:

  • Add, delete, duplicate and split layers
  • Edit layer properties
  • Use timeline switches and the duration panel

Unit 8 – Using keyframes

By the end of this unit, you should be able to:

  • Create, delete and edit keyframes in a timeline
  • Use the pen tool
  • Modify keyframe properties

Unit 9 – Creating masks

By the end of this unit, you should be able to:

  • Create, remove and edit masks
  • Animate a layer mask
  • Modify mask options

Unit 10 – Basic colour correction

By the end of this unit, you should be able to:

  • Describe colour correction
  • Use levels, hue and saturation
  • Work with colour balance

Unit 11 – Basic 3D and layer transformation

By the end of this unit, you should be able to:

  • Create 3D layers
  • Apply 3D filters and keyframes
  • Create camera and lights

Unit 12 – Rendering the final project

By the end of this unit, you should be able to:

  • Use the render queue
  • Change render settings
  • Create a batch rendering

Teaching Method

The concepts will be presented by your instructor and procedures will be demonstrated step-by-step. This will be followed up by practical exercises where you will be able to apply your newly acquired skills with the guidance of your instructor.

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