After Effects Advanced Course

After Effects Advanced Studio TechniquesThe in-depth two day course explores existing and exciting new advanced features regularly being added to Adobe After Effects to utilise the whole application to best deliver your message.

Learn detailed real life professional tips and tricks to create stunning advanced 3D extruded typography and shape layers using the Cinema 4D renderer, complex and compelling infographics, Cinemagraphs, character animations and more. Class projects will teach you how to harness the power and diversity of expressions, scripts, particle simulation Effects, Rotoscoping, advanced 3D camera and lighting setups and the Cinema 4D CINEWARE plugin workflow.

Especially with After Effects, we recommend using the latest version - CC 2018 (Creative Cloud).

Prerequisite: Students should have either completed the After Effects Essentials course or should have been using Adobe After Effects on a regular basis. An After Effects assessment is available if you are unsure of your user level, please email us at [email protected].

As an Adobe Authorised Training Centre – participants receive upon course completion a Certificate endorsed by Adobe.

After Effects Advanced Studio Techniques
  • Training Modules (Overview only)

    • Advanced Animation Techniques
    • Character Animation Techniques
    • Advanced 3D
    • Colour Correction
    • Advanced Compositing
    • Advanced Masking
    • Advanced Tracking and Stabilizing
    • The Power of Expressions in After Effects
    • Advanced Effects
    • Project Management
  • What You Get

    • Adobe After Effects Studio Techniques eBook after course reference material
    • Class exercises relevant to industry
    • AATC Adobe Authorised Certificate
    • Choice of Mac or PC
    • After Course Support
    • Free Course Resit
    • Small Classes (average 4 to 6)

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1 Day | 9am - 4:30pm

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Course Outline

Advanced Animation Techniques

  • Nov 2017: Editable keyboard shortcuts
  • Refining keyframe interpolation in the graph editor
  • Copying/pasting motion paths from shape layers and masks
  • Importing motion paths from other apps
  • Collapse transformations (2d examples)
  • Preparing and importing multiple layers from Illustrator
  • Using layer markers and sequence markers
  • Master Properties

Character Animation Techniques

  • Character animation - parenting vs Puppet Tool
  • April 2018: Advanced V.S. Legacy Puppet pin tool
  • Advanced parenting
  • Using nulls in parenting

Advanced 3D

  • Creating 3D objects and scenes
  • Multiple views
  • Working with the unified camera tool
  • Local, World and Layer Axis modes
  • Material options
  • Animating the camera with a null object
  • Auto orient layers towards camera
  • Auto orient camera to path
  • Adding lights and shadows
  • Camera depth of field and material options
  • Nesting and Collapse transformations(3D)
  • Creating a Cinemagraph from a photo
  • Cinema 4d renderer
  • Extruding text and shapes in AE
  • Environment layers (reflections)

Colour Correction

  • Lumetri Effect primary colour correction
  • LUTs for professional stylised looks (grades)
  • Lumetri & secondary colour correction
  • April 2017:Lumetri Scopes
  • April 2018: Video Limiter effect

Advanced Compositing

  • Rotobrush
  • Refine Edge Tool

Advanced Masking

  • Selectively feather masks
  • Tracking masks
  • Compositing Effects using masks
  • Facial mask tracking

Advanced Tracking and Stabilizing

  • 3D Camera Tracker Advanced
  • Adding cameras,graphicsand text
  • Creating shadowmaps

The Power of Expressions in After Effects (without having to learn code)

  • Explanation
  • Expressions vs parenting
  • Applying expressions
  • Linking properties
  • April 2018: Property link pickwhip
  • Wiggle
  • Simple arithmetic
  • Looping expressions
  • Linking counters and animation
  • Expression controls
  • Copying expressions
  • Finding expressions
  • Expression presets
  • Saving expressions as presets
  • Convert audio to keyframes and linking with Expressions
  • Using layer markers to trigger expressions
  • Create Nulls from Paths script
  • April 2018: .json & CSV files to automate animation data sets
  • April 2018: Property reference text layers

Advanced Effects

  • Advanced Effects path animation
  • Particle simulations
  • Popular advanced effects
  • Third party plug-ins overview

Project Management

  • Project settings
  • Dependencies tab - cleaning up projects
  • Collecting files for archiving and use on other computers
  • Dynamic link with Premiere Pro
  • Creating motion graphics templates for use in Premiere Pro
  • April 2018: Master properties
  • Open motion graphics templates
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