Tutor: Andrew McKelvey
Adobe After Effects CC is the industry leader in video compositing software, offering an exciting and versatile array of applications for the creation of professional moving image work. On this course you will learn a range of visual effects and animation techniques, working between Photoshop and After Effects to create videos which explore text based motion graphics, character animation, green-screen compositing, 3D landscapes, motion tracking and lots more in-between. Alongside technical exercises the tutor will screen and discuss relevant artists, designers and filmmakers, providing both the technical skills and inspiration to create your own professional motion graphics work, filmic special effects or experimental artists video.
*Each 2 hours session will be delivered via Zoom and a video of the session will be sent to you after the session ends.
Participants must have access to Adobe After Effects and Photoshop, though it doesn’t need to be the latest version. It can be downloaded and subscribed to here and you can always cancel your subscription after the course finishes.
This week we will create a short video that combines text, still image and video layers. Through this exercise you will learn how to:
- Navigate the workspace on After Effects
- Set up a project and select a video format
- Introduce video to the timeline and split layers
- Change the position and scale of layers
- Introduce basic text
- Use selections in Photoshop to create a still image composition
- Import this composition into After Effects to create a composite video.
This week we will look at basic animation techniques. Through a series of exercises, you will learn how to:
- Use Photoshop to great multi-layered elements for animation
- Import these Photoshop elements into After Effects
- Work with key-frames and interpolation
- Add motion blur
- Duplicate and pre-compose animated elements
- Create a parallax effect to give the illusion of depth
- Apply blending modes
- Work with the puppet tool to create moving joints for an animated character
This week we will look at converting 2D photographs into a 3D virtual space to provide depth and movement. Through a series of exercises, you will learn how to:
- Convert a 2D image into a 3D space
- Set up a multi-layered diorama in Photoshop
- Import this into After Effects and position the layers within 3D space
- Create an animated camera move through 3D space
- Apply depth of field
This week we will look at working with green-screen compositing to place a live action figure within an animated backdrop. Through a series of exercises, you will learn how to:
- Work with the Keylight filter
- Adjust colour balance and tone
- Composite the figure against an animated background
- Introduce shadows and highlights
- Use the green-screen figure to create a silhouette
This week we will look at applying masks to footage to create cutouts, as well as exploring different applications for effects. Through a series of exercises, you will learn how to:
- Work with masks
- Use the Roto-mask tool
- Apply time re-mapping
- Work with ‘Particle Playground’ and similar effects
This week we will look at working with the paint panel to create animated drawings, as well as using motion tracking to attach a text element to a moving point within a video clip. Finally, we will cover how to output your final project, adding sound effects and applying a basic edit. Through a series of exercises, you will learn how to:
- Create text based motion graphics (kinetic typography)
- Apply motion tracking to live action footage
- Render your project
- Add sound to your video
Please note: all sessions will be conducted via Zoom. We would ask you to download this in advance and make sure you have a stable internet connection, but you do not need to have a Premium account.
Students, anyone over the age of 65, and those in receipt of any form of benefits can claim the concessionary price, offering a 10% discount on the full course price. Valid proof of eligibility must be produced on the first day of the course. Please use the code CONCESSION when prompted at checkout.