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How Do I Do That in After Effects

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Learn about how to use Adobe After Effects to address common footage problems and create many popular motion graphics and visual effects.

Explore solutions for some of the most common questions about Adobe After Effects, including how to manipulate time, remove distracting objects, work with green and blue screen footage, and create special text effects. Instructor Richard Harrington starts with basic information on how to get started before moving on to more complex tasks such as animation, time-lapse, compositing, and controlling speed. Richard also shares ways to remedy many common footage problems, including how to improve lens distortion, remove distracting objects, and correct over or underexposed shots.


  • How to do that one thing in After Effects
  • Using the exercise files and prerequisites
1. After Effects Essentials
  • Importing video files and graphics
  • Setting up a composition
  • Rendering compositions for final output
  • Round-tripping from Premiere Pro via Dynamic Link, part 1
  • Round-tripping from Premiere Pro via Dynamic Link, part 2
2. Fixing Footage
  • Removing camera shake
  • Adding camera shake
  • Removing flicker
  • Removing lens distortion
  • Improving a dark shot
  • Improving an overexposed shot
3. Controlling Time
  • Speeding up a shot
  • Slowing down a shot
  • Creating a variable speed effect
  • Creating an echo time effect
4. Working with Photos
  • Importing a photo
  • Importing a time-lapse sequence
  • Creating pans and zooms
  • Creating a 3D photo effect in Photoshop
  • Creating a 3D photo effect in After Effects
5. Working with Text
  • Adding text
  • Using text animation presets
  • Customizing text animation presets
  • Extruding 3D text
  • Working with a layered Photoshop file
6. Keying and Compositing a Shot
  • Keying a shot
  • Adjusting the background when keying
  • Rotoscoping an object, part 1
  • Rotoscoping an object, part 2
  • Tracking an object
  • Erasing an object
  • Next steps

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Richard Harrington

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