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Getting Started with After Effects for the Non-Video Pro

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Get a quick start guide to After Effects, designed specifically for non-video professionals. Learn how to work with keyframes, animate text, create masks, and export your work.

Adobe After Effects is the standard for motion graphics—a must for anyone who wants to create motion designs for the web, video, or any type of screen delivery. However, many nonvideo professionals feel intimidated by After Effects because it looks so different from what they’re used to. In this course, Luisa Winters covers the basics of After Effects in a nontechnical way. Explore the most essential component of animation—keyframes—and different keyframe interpolation techniques. Discover how to animate text and text properties such as opacity and color. Find out how to build and animate masks and use masks from other programs such as Illustrator and Photoshop. Finally, learn how to export your work for a variety of formats using the Render Queue and Adobe Media Encoder.This course was created by Rhed Pixel. We are pleased to offer this training in our library.


  • Welcome
  • What you should know before watching this course
  • Exercise files
1. Get Started in After Effects
  • After Effects preferences
  • Import files
  • About frame rate and frame size
  • Create and modify a composition
2. Keyframes
  • What is a keyframe?
  • Create and modify keyframes
  • Keyframe interpolation: Spatial
  • Keyframe interpolation: Temporal
  • The graph editor
3. Introduction to Text Animation
  • Text in After Effects
  • Source text
  • Text on a path
  • Using animators and the range selector
  • Animating text position and rotation
  • Animating text opacity and color
  • Animating text tracking and character offset and value
  • Adding an additional range selector
  • Wiggly selector
4. Introduction to Masks
  • What is a mask?
  • Mask properties
  • Mask modes
  • Animate a mask
  • Use a mask for position keyframing
  • Use masks from Illustrator and Photoshop
  • Incorporate masks into your work with logos
5. Exporting Your Work
  • Save Frame As
  • Pre-render
  • Render Queue
  • Adobe Media Encoder queue
  • Next steps

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Luisa Winters

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