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Dive Into After Effects: Learn to Animate Motion Graphics

A project-based course that guides you through animating a title card of your favorite brand in Adobe After Effects.


Start making your own animated videos today! After Effects is an amazing program that can help you create motion graphics, visual effects, and titles that make your videos better, but it can be intimidating to try out. In this 60-minute course, you'll learn the magic of keyframes - the basis of creating motion graphics in After Effects. You'll take the title card that you created in the first Dive into After Effects: Understanding the Basics course, and you'll introduce each element of your title card in a unique way. These include motion, scale, opacity, and rotation animations; trim path animations; and 3D transitions. This class is perfect for video creators, designers, and everyone who wants to learn After Effects in an non-intimidating way. We recommend taking the Dive into After Effects: Understanding the Basics course first. By the end of the class, you'll have the basic knowledge to start animating graphics and dive even further into the world of After Effects. ASSIGNMENT Animate a title card for your brand (or your favorite brand) within After Effects. This assignment will teach you how to use keyframes to introduce different elements (text, images, shapes) to the audience. If you are brand new to After Effects, take the first course in the Dive Into After Effects series to learn how to design your own title card directly within After Effects DELIVERABLE Upload an animated GIF of your animated title card or post a link to your title card hosted on YouTube of Vimeo. We'll learn how to do so in the course.
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  • Getting Started with this Course
    What's this course all about?
    In this video, I'll talk about what this course is all about, why you should take it, and what you'll be able to do by the end of the course!
    Course Project: Animate Your Title Card
    In this video, I'll explain what the project assignment is for the class.
  • Understanding Keyframes
    What's a Keyframe?
    In this video, I'll explain what a keyframe is - the basis of After Effects.
    Opacity Animation
    In this video, we'll learn how to add an opacity animation to our background layer.
    Rotation & Scale Animations
    In this video, we'll learn how to add rotation and scale animations to our layers.
    Position Animation
    In this video, we'll learn how to add a position animation to a layer, and how to make it look better with Easy Ease and the graph editor.
    3D Rotation Animation: The Swing Effect
    In this video, you'll learn how to add a 3D rotation effect.
    Trim Paths Animation
    In this video, you'll learn a cool way to animate shape layers.
    Adding Details to Your Title Card
    In this video, you'll learn about adding details to improve your video projects.
  • Wrap-Up
    Exporting & Saving as a Looping GIF
    In this video, you'll learn how to export your animated title card and save it as a looping GIF.
    Thank You!
    Thank you so much for taking this course! Please visit VideoSchoolOnline.com for great free articles and tutorials to further your skills!


  • Adobe After Effects CC
  • Video Effects
  • Visual Effects

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