These instructional videos hosted by Steve Holmes, an award-winning British designer and animator, are indispensable for learning the basics of the industry-standard tool for motion graphics and special effects design and production.
Take a grand tour of the project, clip, comp windows, palettes, timeline, and Graph Editor.
Learn incredible ways to control keyframes, use parenting and time remapping, plus understand how to make the most of powerful masking and blending modes.
Discover how to create striking motion graphics and animate text in amazing ways.
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With over 14 hours of indexed tutorials included in the After Effects 7 Pro: Essentials series, you will: learn incredible ways to control keyframes, use parenting and time remapping, understand and use powerful masking and blending modes, create mattes, and use adjustment layers to add complex, yet simple, impact to your animations.
Looping Multiple Layers Using Apply Interpretation
Introducing Adjustment Layers in Photoshop
Using Adjustment Layers to Blur & Colorize
Using Layer Blending Modes
Bringing in Illustrator Files to Use for the Title
Creating a Custom Luma Matte
Creating a Custom Adjustment Layer
Animating a Mask on an Adjustment Layer & Adding a Blur
Animating a Blur & Adjusting Transparency
Adjusting the Timing of an Animation
Pre-Composing Layers into a Nested Composition
Chapter 6 – CREATING & FORMATTING TYPE (43 min)
Text Effects, Panels & Workspaces
Creating a Type Layer
Selecting, Aligning & Building Type Layers
Populating & Scaling Type Layers
Formatting Text with the Character Panel
Changing the Stroke, Fill, Height & Width
Adjusting the Tracking, Leading & Kerning
Baseline Shift & Other Character Properties
Using the Paragraph Panel
Paragraph Panel Fly-Out Menu Options
Chapter 7 – BASIC TEXT ANIMATION & PRESETS (73 min)
Introducing the Basic Text Animation Presets
Applying Text Animation Presets to Animate In & Out
Animating Text Properties: Scale & Inter-Character Blending
Adjusting Rotation, Anchor Point Grouping & Alignment
Animating the Tracking & Adjusting the Line Anchor
Positioning & Animating Text on a Closed Path
Animating Text on an Open Path
Animating Text on a Spiral Path
Animating a Paragraph on a Path
Introducing Wiggler & the Wiggly Selector
Adjusting the Wiggly Selector Options
Taking a Closer Look at the Wiggler
Adjusting Correlation & the Temporal & Spatial Phases
Setting Up for Temporal & Spatial Phase Animation
Animating a Bullet-Time “Matrix”-Style Effect
Saving an Animation as a Preset
Chapter 8 – OUTPUT & EXPORT (32 min)
Exporting a Flash™ Movie for the Web
Previewing in a Browser & Changing Frame Rate
Saving a RAM Preview & Exporting Multiple Movies
Changing the Render Settings
Changing the Output Module Settings
Adding Multiple Output Modules
Chapter 9 – PREFERENCES (29 min)
Looking at General Preferences
Setting Preferences for Nested Comps
Setting Preferences for Layers & Colors
Setting Preview Preferences
Setting Display Preferences
Setting Import & Output Preferences
Setting Up Grids, Guides & Labels
Memory, Cache & Video Preview Prefs
User Interface Colors & Auto-Save Prefs
Steve Holmes is the creative director of the award-winning Energi Design, in San Francisco, California. With a history rich in design and typography for motion, broadcast and web design, Steve’s experience and the Energi portfolio are highly regarded in the design industry both in Europe and the US.
For over a decade, he has spoken at major design and animation conferences worldwide, and has a long-standing history as one of Total Training’s top presenters, sharing his knowledge of After Effects, Illustrator and Photoshop with the world.