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After Effects CC 2018: VFX Essential Training

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Learn how to create stunning 3D, VR, and cinematic visual effects (VFX) with Adobe After Effects CC 2018.

Learn how to create stunning visual effects with one of the most widely-used and highly-regarded compositing applications on the market—Adobe After Effects CC. In this course, Alan Demafiles dives into the fundamentals you need to start creating visual effects (VFX) with After Effects. Discover how to build accurate masks and keys, use rotoscoping to separate foreground from background, perform motion and camera tracking, and add your own 3D elements to a scene. Learn how to use effects such as particles and noise to create fire, replace the sky, and more. Then dive into the world of virtual reality as Alan explores the immersive VR and 360-degree video features introduced in After Effects CC 2018. In the final project-based chapter, you can reinforce your new skills by putting techniques into practice with a real-world challenge.


  • Welcome
  • Exercise files and relinking
  • Before we start
  • Big picture concepts
1. Create Transparency
  • What is transparency?
  • Keyframing masks
  • Track masks in Motion
  • Mocha for AE crash course
  • Utilize the Roto Brush tool
  • Isolate elements with different mattes
  • Create a track matte
2. Keying
  • What is a chroma key?
  • Isolate key elements with garbage masks
  • Keylight 101
  • Key cleanup
  • Create light wrap
  • Extract effect
3. Work with Trackers
  • Types of tracking
  • Point tracking
  • Mocha AE planar tracking
  • Warp Stabilizer
  • Camera tracking
  • Work with 3D layers
4. Work with Effects
  • Using the effects in After Effects
  • Create destruction with Shatter
  • Create fire with particles
  • Versatile uses of Turbulent Noise
  • Distort layers with the Puppet tool
5. Composite 3D Renders
  • What are render passes?
  • Organize the passes
  • Composite the passes
  • Add color correction effects
  • Using CINEWARE
6. Work with Rendering
  • Add compositions to the Render Queue
  • Using Media Encoder
  • Using prerenders
7. Work with Immersive 360 VR
  • 360 overview: Concepts and workflow
  • 2D edit: Rig removal
  • 2D edit: Caveats
  • 3D edits
  • VR motion tracking workflow
  • VR and Cinema 4D Lite
8. Challenge: Put Your Skills into Practice
  • Challenge overview
  • Breakdown
  • Next steps

Taught by

Alan Demafiles

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