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Motion Graphics for Video Editors: Working with Storyboards

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Learn how to colorize and enhance storyboards with Photoshop, and use the motion graphics tools in After Effects to create engaging animatics.

Learn how to bring a storyboard to life. Rich Harrington starts this course by showing how to scan hand-drawn storyboards as well as assemble storyboards from photos or frame grabs. Once your ideas are digitized, you'll learn how to use Photoshop to enhance the artwork with additional line work and color and split your project into layered files. Then learn how to turn those files into engaging animatics in After Effects. In the final chapter, you'll create an assembly edit in After Effects, complete with a temporary music track, to help you share your artistic vision with clients.


  • What to expect from this course
  • What you should know before taking this course
  • Using the exercise files
1. Creating Storyboards
  • The goal of storyboards
  • Scanning storyboard sketches
  • Drawing with a tablet
  • Using photos for reference
  • Bringing your storyboard artwork into a template
2. Enhancing Storyboards
  • Cleaning up storyboards
  • Coloring storyboards
  • Adding lines to improve edges
  • Working with layers
3. Creating Animatic Shots
  • Importing layered files into After Effects
  • Animation essentials
  • Using anchor points
  • Working with null objects
  • Using 3D cameras with storyboards
  • Rendering from After Effects
4. Editing an Animatic Assembly
  • Recording a scratch track
  • Using a temporary music track
  • Editing and timing scenes
  • Exporting for client review
  • Goodbye

Taught by

Richard Harrington

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