Module Title : AAECS6 Adobe After Effects CS6

Duration : 3 days

Course Description
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Course Outline

1. Getting to Know the Workflow
• Getting started
• Creating a project and importing footage
• Creating a composition and arranging layers
• Adding effects and modifying layer properties
• Animating the composition
• Previewing your work
• Optimizing performance in After Effects
• Rendering and exporting your composition
• Customizing workspaces
• Controlling the brightness of the user interface
• Finding resources for using After Effects
• Checking for updates

2. Creating a Basic Animation Using Effects and Presets
• Getting started
• Importing footage using Adobe Bridge
• Creating a new composition
• Working with imported Illustrator layers
• Applying effects to a layer
• Applying an animation preset
• Previewing the effects
• Adding transparency
• Rendering the composition

3. Animating Text
• Getting started
• About text layers
• Creating and formatting point text
• Using a text animation preset
• Animating with scale keyframes
• Animating using parenting
• Animating imported Photoshop text
• Animating text using a path animation preset
• Animating type tracking
• Animating text opacity
• Using a text animator group
• Cleaning up the path animation
• Animating a nontext layer along a motion path
• Adding motion blur

4. Working with Shape Layers
• Getting started
• Adding a shape layer
• Creating custom shapes
• Creating stars
• Incorporating video and audio layers
• Applying a Cartoon effect
• Adding a title bar
• Using Brainstorm to experiment

5. Animating a Multimedia Presentation
• Getting started
• Animating the scenery using parenting
• Adjusting an anchor point
• Masking video using vector shapes
• Keyframing a motion path
• Animating additional elements
• Applying an effect
• Creating an animated slide show
• Adding an audio track
• Zooming in for a final close-up

6. Animating Layers
• Getting started
• Simulating lighting changes
• Duplicating an animation using the pick whip
• Animating movement in the scenery
• Adjusting the layers and creating a track matte
• Animating the shadows
• Adding a lens flare effect
• Animating the clock
• Retiming the composition

7. Working With Masks
• About masks
• Getting started
• Creating a mask with the Pen tool
• Editing a mask
• Feathering the edges of a mask
• Replacing the content of the mask
• Adding a reflection
• Creating a vignette
• Adjusting the color

8. Distorting Objects With the Puppet Tools
• Getting started
• About the Puppet tools
• Adding Deform pins
• Defining areas of overlap
• Stiffening an area
• Animating pin positions
• Recording animation

9. Performing Color Correction
• Getting started
• Adjusting color balance
• Replacing the background
• Removing unwanted elements
• Correcting a range of colors
• Warming colors with the Photo Filter effect

10. Building 3D Objects
• Getting started
• Building a 3D object
• Working with a null object
• Working with 3D text
• Creating a backdrop for 3D animation
• Nesting a 3D composition
• Adding a camera
• Completing the scene

11. Using 3D Features
• Getting started
• Animating 3D objects
• Adding reflections to 3D objects
• Animating a camera
• Adjusting layer timing
• Using 3D lights
• Adding effects
• Adding motion blur
• Previewing the entire animation

12. Working with the 3D Camera Tracker
• About the 3D Camera Tracker effect
• Getting started
• Tracking the footage
• Creating a camera and the initial text
• Creating realistic shadows
• Adding ambient light
• Creating additional text elements
• Locking a layer to a plane with a null object
• Animating the text
• Adjusting the camera’s depth of field
• Rendering the composition

13. Advanced Editing Techniques
• Getting started
• Using the Warp Stabilizer
• Using single-point motion tracking
• Using multipoint tracking
• Creating a particle simulation
• Retiming playback using the Timewarp effect

14. Rendering and Outputting
• Getting started
• Creating templates for the rendering process
• Creating templates for output modules
• Exporting to different output media