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Understand the After Effects Workspace

Lesson 2 from: Adobe After Effects Fundamentals

Philip Ebiner

Understand the After Effects Workspace

Lesson 2 from: Adobe After Effects Fundamentals

Philip Ebiner

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2. Understand the After Effects Workspace

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Class Trailer

Chapter 1: Introduction

1

Class Updates & My Favorite CC 2020 Updates

06:22

Chapter 2: After Effects Basics

2

Understand the After Effects Workspace

05:39
3

Starting a New Composition

08:15
4

CC 2018 Update - Starting a New Composition from Footage

01:55
5

Adding Media to Your Project and the Timeline

05:08
6

Using the Basic After Effects Tools

10:20
7

Create a Perfect Circle, Alignment, and Shape Colors

03:04
8

Working in the Timeline

10:59
9

Layer Properties

08:57
10

Quiz: After Effects Basics

Chapter 3: Animating with Keyframes

11

Animating in After Effects

07:35
12

Position, Scale, and Rotation Animations

05:17
13

Tips to Make Your Animations Look More Nautral

04:21
14

Using the Graph Editor

05:32
15

Challenge - Bouncing Ball

01:01
16

Solution - Bouncing Ball

13:00
17

Quiz: Animating with Keyframes

Chapter 4: Shapes and Solid Layers

18

Working with Solid Layers and the Ken Burns Effects

07:07
19

Working with Shape Layers, Strokes, and Paths

06:24
20

Adding Layer Styles like Drop Shadow, Bevel, and Gradients

03:44
21

Shape Effects - Trim Path Animations, Wiggle, and Zig Zag

05:54
22

Quiz: Shapes and Solid Layers

Chapter 5: Important After Effects Skills

23

Track Matte Animations - Make Layers Appear and Disappear

08:37
24

Using Pre-Compositions to Group Layers

05:34
25

Easily Reverse Complicated Animations

02:14
26

Playing with Time

05:54
27

Blend Modes

06:05
28

Stabilize Shaky Footage

04:04
29

CC 2018 Update - Previewing and Favoriting Fonts

00:46
30

CC 2019 Update - Responsive Design Time

03:36
31

CC 2019 Content Aware Fill

03:55
32

CC 2019 Create Motion Graphic Templates

08:37
33

Quiz: Important After Effects Skills

Chapter 6: Motion Graphics Projects

34

Intro to Motion Graphics Projects

00:53
35

Clean Lower Third

09:22
36

Logo Reveal Animation Bumper

13:25
37

Colorful Transition

16:59
38

Text with Mask Path Animation

10:05
39

Text Bubble Animation

13:39
40

Weather App 1

16:41
41

Weather App 2

08:21
42

Weather App 3

06:59
43

Quiz: Motion Graphics Projects

Chapter 7: Flat Animation Challenge

44

Flat Animation Challenge

02:47
45

Phil Designs his Flat Animation Scene

01:23
46

Animating Fireworks with the Repeater Effect

15:02

Chapter 8: Flat Animation Challenge

47

Removing Green Screen Background

06:46
48

Adding a Background that Matches the Foreground

07:55
49

Adding Motion to a Still Image with the Puppet Tool

06:26
50

Adding Movement with the Ripple Effect

06:07
51

Quiz: Flat Animation Challenge

Chapter 9: Green Screen (Chromakeying)

52

Intro to 3D

10:04
53

Swinging 3D Text Animation

12:11
54

Build Out Your 3D Composition

05:47
55

Animating Our 3D Scene

07:38
56

Create Stars in After Effects

05:11
57

Quiz: Green Screen (Chromakeying)

Chapter 10: 3D Animations and the Camera Tool

58

Using the Rotoscope Tool

06:55
59

Cleaning Up Your Edges

07:21
60

Finishing Our Rotobrush Animation

07:33
61

Quiz: 3D Animations and the Camera Tool

Chapter 11: Rotoscoping

62

Easy Screen Replacement with Masks

09:56
63

Replacing a Screen Version 2

13:49
64

Screen Replacement with Mocha

07:13
65

CC 2019 Update - Native Mocha AE Plugin

05:08
66

Quiz: Rotoscoping

Chapter 12: Screen Replacements

67

Using the Puppet Pin Tool

04:33
68

Animating Your Puppet Pins

03:04
69

Animated Blinking Eyes

08:21
70

Adding Perspective with Animated Clouds

07:10
71

CC 2018 Update - Advanced Puppet Pin Tool

02:08
72

Quiz: Screen Replacements

Chapter 13: Puppet Tool Animations

73

Applying Text Animation Presets

05:59
74

Create a Page Turn Effect with CC Page Turn

10:05
75

Radial and Linear Wipes

03:20
76

Color Correction in After Effects

03:33
77

CC 2019 Update - Selective Color Adjustments

03:25
78

Quiz: Puppet Tool Animations

Chapter 14: Motion Tracking

79

Motion Tracking Basics

09:51
80

Tracking Text and Visual Effects to Video Clip

06:21
81

Tracking Rotation and Scale

11:33
82

Adding Details to Our Text

04:04
83

Quiz: Motion Tracking

Chapter 15: Character Animations

84

Intro to Character Animations

01:31
85

Design Your Character

14:32
86

Rigging Your Character

02:50
87

Animating Our Character

09:55
88

Adding the Animated Background

09:12
89

Adding Details to Character Movement

06:46
90

Adding the Paper Cut Out Look

05:29
91

Quiz: Character Animations

Chapter 16: Exporting from After Effects

92

Exporting an H264 File from After Effects

07:03
93

Exporting from After Effects with a Transparent Background

04:03
94

Exporting from After Effects through Adobe Media Encoder

04:40
95

CC 2018 Update - Exporting an Animated GIF from Adobe Media Encoder

02:14
96

Create an Animated GIF from After Effects CC 2017

07:03

Chapter 17: After Effects Workflow & Tips

97

Audio Tips for After Effects

02:19
98

Working with Premiere Pro

05:54
99

Quiz: After Effects Workflow & Tips

Chapter 18: Expressions

100

Expressions Basics

07:24
101

Animate a Flickering Light with Expressions

17:35
102

Quiz: Expressions

Chapter 19: Conclusion

103

Conclusion

00:44

Final Quiz

104

Final Quiz

Lesson Info

Understand the After Effects Workspace

you and I are going to dive right into after effects now and we're going to take it slow. But the way that I've laid out this course is to really make it practical. So in this lesson we're going to work our way around after effects, I'm going to talk through the different panels so that you feel a bit more comfortable. I know how daunting it can be when you open up after effects for the first time, there's so many buttons and titles and panels that are confusing, but I'm not going to make this course one of those courses where I just sit back and tell you okay this button does this, this button does that, this button does this this button does that because that's not a great way to learn throughout this course, you're going to be working on many projects and then full real world projects and throughout that you're going to be learning different tools, different effects. And so I really encourage you just to work through each of the lessons they build upon each other. And so by the end ...

of this course you should feel comfortable working on real world projects in after effects if you come across a button or a panel that you're confused about feel free to let us know and to post a question in the Q and a tab of the course. Otherwise we might answer that question later on. So just keep working through when you open up after Effects for the first time, you'll probably get a pop up the start module that asked you to start a new project, you can see here that I have a number of projects that I've worked on in the past. Once you've been using after Effects for a while, you will see all of these projects appear here 1st. When we're starting, we're just going to click new project and that's going to open up after Effects like this. I'm using the Adobe 2017 version, Creative cloud version of after effects. If you go up to after effects up here in the title menu and you click about after effects. This is how you can see the version I'm using version 14.2.1.34. It's the 2017.2 release when after effects updates as they usually do once or twice a year, they add new features. I'll be updating this course really though, no matter what version you're using, especially if you're using a Creative Cloud version, you're After Effects is going to look very similar. So just click in the middle to get out of that menu. The next thing you want to understand is the layout. One thing to know is your After Effects layout might look a little different than mine right now and that's because there are different workspaces. If you go up to window and then workspace, you'll see that there's different workspaces because there's different panels that you might want to use to do different effects, but you might not necessarily need them open all the time if you're not working on that kind of thing. For example, if I click motion tracking, it will bring up this motion tracker panel on the right hand side. But if I'm not doing motion tracking, I might not need that panel open. So to get on the same page, go to window workspace and then go to default. This will be the default view that will be working through in this lecture. And moving on. Alright, let's get acquainted with After effects in the top left. You have your toolbar and your menus. A lot of the things that we do in after effects with buttons within the actual program down here can be done through the menus up here. A lot of these options are grayed out right now and that's because we can't do much without starting an actual project below that we have the toolbar. You don't see all the tools right now until we start a composition and a project. But you'll be using a lot of these different tools in this class. Most of them actually. And this is really what we use to create our own effects and animations on the left hand side is the project panel. This is your basic documents folder for your project. If you've used adobe premiere pro in the past, it's very similar. This is where you can import media and graphics, you can organize things, you can add, you know everything from music to illustrator files. Everything you can organize in your project. And this is also where you'll be creating different compositions which in after effects a composition is basically an individual video that you're working on. An individual graphic and individual sequence. So if you are accustomed to adobe premiere, pro think of a sequence as the individual video you're working on in after effects. It's a composition. The way that these panels sometimes work is that you have the main tab and then behind this you have another tab. So here we have the effects controls tab. This is where you'll be adjusting a lot of effects once they're applied to your footage. So that's the project window or panel in the middle. You have your composition. Once we started a new composition which we'll be doing shortly, you'll see this is where you actually have your project on the right hand side. There's a number of panels just by clicking on them, you can open them or close them. So we have the effects and presets preview audio. These are all things that will be looking at in the future. And then down below you have your timeline and this is how you start creating your actual projects to take it to the next level and see more of the options where we're going to have to start a new composition and we're going to do that. Coming up next

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