Category Archives: After Effects Training

Adobe After Effects training provided by an expert industry professional. Affordable, residential packages offered plus on-site training options.

1-2-1 After Effects training

Sighvatur Jónsson | SIGVA media

The 1-2-1 After Effects training course at Creative Cabin was just what I needed to speed up my work in After Effects, which I’m using more and more alongside Premiere Pro for video production. The course gave me a better understanding of the interface of After Effects. I also learned about optimizing the workflow for making different kind of graphics for various projects, from simple web videos to complex documentaries.

Angie is an experienced graphic artist as well as a tutor, who knows how to communicate in both a relaxed and professional manner. The preparation for the course is also worth a mention. Angie provided me with an online survey for the evaluation of my level of experience. As a result of this survey, the course material was customized and prepared with focus on my own needs. Nevertheless there was room for making changes to the program during the two days course.

The location of the Creative Cabin, in a quiet suburb of the beautiful city of Brighton, adds the final touch. For me it was just a matter of jumping on the bus outside my hotel, enjoying the ride through the city and walk for just a few minutes to the Cabin from the bus stop.

I think it’s of high value to take a “custom made” course like this. As soon as I arrived back home I was already utilizing my new knowledge on my current projects at SIGVA media.

Storyboard and animatic training in Brighton

Angie has taught her course on storyboard and animatic production at the Lighthouse in Brighton and at the University of Brighton’s Digital Media MA course. She now teaches this exciting course at Creative Cabin.

Software covered;
Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, Premiere Pro, After Effects, Adobe Story, Adobe Audition, Autodesk Sketchbook Pro

Topics include;

  • Learn various drawing techniques with paper, iPad or computer software
  • Tips and tricks for using stock imagery
  • Creating images with Illustrator
  • Capturing and cleaning up images with Photoshop
  • Recording voiceovers and music with Apple Garageband and Adobe Audition
  • Scriptwriting and editing with Adobe Story
  • Pacing a story win Premiere Pro with markers
  • Adding basic animation with Premiere Pro
  • Adding visual affects and advanced animation with After Effects

Infographics training with After Effects & C4D

Infographics training | Adrian Spencer

Head of Production – The Post People

I am a director of post-production company based in Oxford, specialising in providing both creative and technical support to local production companies. Everything from Storyboarding to conceptual works, chrome keying, paint and roto.

We had a series of infographic style animations which required extensive character animation work and Angie was our first choice of Tutor/Mentor.
Creative Cabin is a gem of a find. A perfect get-away from the hustle and bustle, in idyllic surroundings. As well as being an extremely experienced trainer/instructor, Angie is the perfect host.

I highly recommend Creative Cabin for Motion graphics artists working at any level (you can always improve!) Angie is a very patient teacher and excels at problem solving. I will definitely return for more training.

After Effects expressions for Premiere Pro editors

After Effects expressions for Premiere Pro editors – available now

Watch the Welcome movie here.

Expressions is an advanced feature of After Effects that many editors shy away from. The perception is that you need to be good at scripting to be able to use them, but this isn’t the case. Some basic expressions are easy to apply using simple point-and-click methods.

Many of these basic expressions are easy to use and can be really useful to editors for adding randomness to animation or effect settings or for linking properties together to synchronize animated elements or colors in an integrated design, even making effects react to music.

After Effects Expressions for Premiere Pro editors is a creative real-world, project-based workshop. In this workshop, editors will take a basic Premiere Pro edit and bring it to life using After Effects expressions and dynamic link. Each stage of the project is dealt with in separate sections and concepts are broken down into manageable chunks within each section. This workshop will take a fairly standard edit for an online video ad, and it will add animation, cohesive design, and pizzazz to make it really stand out.

Topics include randomizing effect properties to create camera shake effects, linking color and light properties to audio, creating disco light effects, synchronizing color and other design elements to update automatically, and looping keyframes to create a lightning strike effect. You’ll also find out about some nasty gotchas to avoid while working with expressions. So, what are you waiting for? Jump in and get started with After Effects Expressions for Premiere Pro Editors.

After Effects training

After Effects training in Brighton

Our After Effects training courses are taught by motion graphics expert, Angie Taylor – a motion graphic designer, author and illustrator with 25 years industry experience.

Angie’s passion is providing creative training to designers and artists and inspiring them with new ideas and techniques.

Here’s an example of Angie’s training from one of her courses at Lynda.com;

What we cover in our After Effects training

There are four levels of After Effects training available as well as custom courses. After Effects Fundamentals, After Effects Intermediate, After Effects Advanced, After Effects Power User.

Angie will send you an evaluation form that takes a few minutes to complete. This will give Angie an indication of the level of After Effects training you require. She will customise the course to fit your own personal needs. Here are some examples of modules that can be covered in your course;

Getting comfortable in After Effects

  • An overview of the After Effects interface
  • Making use of task focussed workspaces
  • Customising the application preferences
  • Project settings you need to know about
  • Creating composition settings presets
  • Useful, advanced composition settings

Importing Images into After Effects

  • Supported image types in After Effects
  • Working with Photoshop files in After Effects
  • Working with Illustrator files in After Effects
  • Importing or creating image sequences

Working with video footage in After Effects

  • Supported video formats in After Effects
  • How After Effects works with aspect ratios
  • Adjusting video frame rates and looping footage
  • Understanding video compression and codecs
  • Working with interlaced footage and field order

The importance of color and channels

  • RGB, HLS and other color systems
  • Using RGB channels for color adjustment
  • Compositing images with alpha channels
  • Color spaces & color management in After Effects

Timing motion graphics with music or voice

  • Importing Premiere Pro animatic via Dynamic Link
  • Adding comp or layer markers in After Effects
  • Making motion graphics dynamic with sound effects
  • Animating elements in time with music

Mastering the five transform properties

  • Rotation
  • Scale
  • Position
  • Anchor Point
  • Opacity
  • Working with 3D in a 2D environment

Previewing your work

  • Customising the Time control options
  • Setting up a disk cache (purging)
  • Composition panel options (fast previews, region of interest, resolution, draft options, masks, channels, view options)
  • Timeline controls (shortcuts, view area, zooming, navigating, panels)

Spatial Animation

  • Creating motion paths
  • Adding or removing path keyframes (drawing paths)
  • Four basic keyframe types (Linear, Auto Bezier, Continuous Bezier, Bezier)
  • Using Hold keyframes to animate sudden changes
  • Using Auto Orient to automatically rotate objects along paths.
  • Recording mouse movements with Motion Sketch
  • Creating randomness with the Wiggler
  • Physics (Balance, gravity, bounce etc)
  • Applying squash and stretch to animation

Temporal Animation

  • Adjusting timing in the Timeline (Keyframe interpolation, keyframe velocity)
  • Four basic keyframe types (Linear, Auto Bezier, Continuous Bezier, Bezier)
  • Viewing speed and value graphs in the graph editor
  • Roving Keyframes in time to even out speed changes
  • Retiming animations in the keyframe view (Alt-click and drag)
  • Matching keyframes between properties to avoid glitches (scale and position)
  • Creating overlapping actions
  • Going past the pose to create dynamism
  • Smoother

Applying Effects

  • Adding video effects layers (Blurs, Color correction etc)
  • Applying effects to solids (Generator effects)
  • Creating backgrounds (Fractal noise, patterns, textures)
  • Using Adjustment Layers to apply effects to multiple layers
  • Applying shadows and bevels with Layer Styles
  • Masking effects to isolated areas

Footage and Layer Panels

  • Spotting Interlacing issues and other errors
  • Trimming footage in the Layer panel
  • Best practices for Ken Burns effects (Panning and Zooming)
  • Viewing effect paths and controls in the Layer panel
  • Working with multiple viewers

Keyframe Assistants to help you

  • Keyframe Easing
  • Reversing animations
  • Exponential Scale to fix acceleration when scaling

Keying and Compositing

  • Using masks to isolate areas
  • Auto-tracing images and movies
  • Rotoscoping footage with the Rotobrush
  • Keying out green screen with the Keylight effect
  • Creating transparent keys with the Color Difference effect
  • Matte Correction technique
  • Auto-tracing movies or images

Working with the Graph Editor

  • Understanding the speed graph
  • Animating dimensions individually with the Value Graph
  • Tips tricks and techniques with the Graph editor

Shape Layers

  • Primitive vector shapes
  • Drawing custom vector shapes
  • Fills and strokes
  • Combining shapes
  • Shape operators
  • When to use multiple layers
  • Converting shapes from other applications

Text Layers

  • Character panel
  • Paragraph panel
  • Source text property
  • Arranging text along a path
  • adding text animator properties
  • The range selector
  • The wiggly selector

RGB images and channel effects

  • Blending modes
  • Mattes and Matte effects
  • Alpha channels
  • Channel effects
  • 32-bit/ linear workflows

Combining Effects

  • Procedural V’s non-procedural effects
  • Creating Fire/smoke/water with Turbulent Noise
  • Saving effect presets
  • Adding color to effects or layers
  • Distorting surfaces with turbulent displace
  • Effects that refer to other layers (Displacement maps etc)

Other Effect categories

  • Distortion
  • Generate
  • Styles

Character Animation techniques

  • Forward Kinematic animation with layers
  • IK animation
  • Puppet Tool
  • Character Animator

Panels

  • Motion Sketch
  • Smoother
  • Wiggler
  • Mask interpolation

Grouping

  • Parenting
  • Nesting
  • Precomposing
  • Collapsing Transformations
  • Layer and render order

2D layers in 3D space

  • 3D properties
  • Working with the 3D view menus
  • Navigating custom views with the Camera tools
  • Controlling the Axis modes

Cameras

  • Basic camera properties
  • Using the camera tools to adjust or animate the Active camera
  • Manually adjusting using position and point of Interest and orientation
  • Using nulls
  • Zoom
  • Depth of Field
  • Keyframing cameras
  • Auto-orient options

Lights

  • Basic Light properties
  • Light types
  • Material Options
  • Shadows

Working with Cinema 4D Lite and Cineware

  • Importing a 3D object into your comp
  • Adjusting the render settings of cineware
  • Editing the file in Cineware
  • Cineware and After Effects cameras
  • Creating a new 3D object for your comp
  • Multipass compositing

Tracking

  • Masks
  • Layer Tracking
  • Camera Tracking
  • Mocha AE
  • Capturing camera moves from a GoPro

Expressions

  • Rotation linking
  • Working with 2D properties
  • Wiggle
  • Looping
  • Audio to control animation

Rendering and Distribution

  • Image sequences versus movies
  • Adobe Media Encoder
  • The Render Queue
  • Render Settings
  • Output Modules
  • Templates
  • Watched folders

Downtime

  • Building compelling Showreels
  • Promotion & Social Media
  • Experimentation
  • Other income avenues

Cinema 4D training

Cinema 4D training near Brighton

All levels of Cinema 4D training courses are taught by C4D expert, Angie Taylor – a motion graphic designer and illustrator with 25 years industry experience.

Angie was employed by Adobe’s as their senior demo artist in the UK for many years and has several tutorials featured on Adobe TV. She is an author with five books published on motion graphic design and several video training courses on Lynda.com.

In 2014 Angie moved to the south coast to set up her own private art school – Creative Cabin. Her passion is providing creative training to designers and artists and inspiring them with new ideas and techniques. As well as offering one-to-one bespoke training at the Creative Cabin, she also offers on-site training at your own place of work.

What’s covered in Cinema 4D training

Motion graphics designer Angie Taylor shows you how to build a complete sequence in C4D Lite, progressing from initial object modeling, to animation, lighting, camera rigging, texturing, and final render.

Learn to animate text, create random movement with wiggle expressions, track cameras in live-action footage to add new 3D elements, and light your scene.

We can also customise the course to suit your own specific needs covering other aspects of the Cinema 4D software like character rigging and animation, cloth dynamics, mograph features and more.

Cinema 4D training with After Effects

Angie also round-trips the project files to After Effects for visual effects and color correction. With over 100 videos, this course allows you to explore almost every aspect of 3D motion graphics creation, within this accessible introductory tool.

Topics include:

  • What is CINEMA 4D Lite?
  • Understanding the CINEMA 4D Lite and After Effects CC workflow
  • Editing primitive objects
  • Spline modeling with NURBS
  • Animating with keyframes
  • Using Xpresso to link properties
  • Importing music and soundtracks
  • Creating and animating cameras
  • Working with text
  • Scripting
  • Creating and applying materials and textures
  • 3D camera tracking
  • Compositing layers
  • Lighting with visible lights and ambient occlusion
  • Adding visual effects in After Effects
  • Rendering in After Effects and the Adobe Media Encoder

1. What Is CINEMA 4D Lite?

What is CINEMA 4D Lite?

What CINEMA 4D Lite can’t do

Opening CINEMA 4D Lite in After Effects

Quick interface tour

Navigation tips for CINEMA 4D Lite

2. CINEMA 4D Lite preferences and settings

Checking out the new CINEWARE features with After Effects CC

CINEMA 4D Lite and After Effects CC Workflow

 Importing CINEMA 4D files in After Effects

The CINEWARE plugin settings

CINEMA 4D Lite render settings

After Effects project settings

After Effects previewing tips

Using the Picture Viewer in CINEMA 4D

2. Modeling in CINEMA 4D Lite

Editing primitive objects

The Move and Scale tools

The Rotate tool

Axis limitations

Working cylinders

Linking body parts using object hierarchy

Adjusting NURBS settings

Using nulls as controllers

Creating copies with the Instance array

Carving shapes with the Boole array

Reshaping objects with deformers

Adding surface detail with a Relief object

4. Animating in CINEMA 4D Lite

Understanding coordinates

Understanding rotation

Timeline shortcuts

Basic keyframing of properties

Keyframe interpolation

Adjusting F-Curves

Holding values

Using XPresso to link properties: Part one

Using XPresso to link properties: Part two

Importing existing animations into CINEMA 4D Lite

Animating cameras in CINEMA 4D Lite

Animating using presets

5. Working with Cameras in After Effects CC and CINEMA 4D Lite

Importing music and soundtracks

Customizing commands and shortcuts

Adding markers

Creating multiple cameras in CINEMA 4D Lite

Cutting between CINEMA 4D cameras with CINEWARE

Creating cameras in After Effects

Merging 3D camera data into CINEMA 4D Lite

Animating cameras with Stage objects

Extracting cameras from CINEMA 4D files

6. Working with Text in After Effects CC and CINEMA 4D Lite

Adding CINEMA 4D text to After Effects comps

Formatting text in CINEMA 4D

Creating CINEMA 4D text or logos in Illustrator

Importing Illustrator text into CINEMA 4D Lite

Applying material presets to text

Merging CINEMA 4D files

Registering CINEMA 4D Lite for MoGraph features

Using MoGraph Fracture on text

The MoGraph Random Effector

7. Scripting and Expressions in CINEMA 4D Lite

Creating a wiggle expression

The Reset Position script

8. Materials and Textures in CINEMA 4D Lite

Applying a custom material

Making a metallic material

Adding an environment channel

Adding texture with shaders

Built-in material presets

Combining materials

Using selection sets to isolate surfaces

9. Creating Environments in After Effects CC

3D camera tracking in After Effects

Creating nulls from tracking points

Adjusting the Shadow Catcher for CINEMA 4D

Importing a CINEMA 4D file into a scene

Exporting CINEMA 4D files from After Effects comps

Merging objects from CINEMA 4D files

Manually adjusting scenes between apps

10. Layer-Based Compositing with CINEWARE

Setting up layers in CINEMA 4D

Compositing CINEMA 4D layers in After Effects

Casting shadows on layers in CINEWARE

Adding reflections in CINEMA 4D

11. Lighting Your Scene with CINEMA 4D Lite

 Using preset lighting setups
Light types in CINEMA 4D Lite

Creating visible lights

Adding ambient occlusion effects

Optimizing your CINEMA 4D scenes

12. Multipass Compositing with CINEWARE

Multipass compositing explained

Adding passes to render settings

Viewing passes in the Picture Viewer

Adding object buffers

External compositing tags in CINEMA 4D Lite

Previewing and experimenting with passes

CINEWARE multipass options

Adjusting reflections

Isolating elements with object buffers

13. Visual Effects with After Effects CC

Extracting 3D scene data

Adding video elements to a CINEMA 4D scene

Working with proxies

Color correction of shadows

Layer styles

Adjustment layers

Setting up depth of field in CINEMA 4D Lite

Adding depth of field with camera lens blur

Speed ramps with time remapping

Motion blur with the Pixel Motion Blur effect

14. Rendering in After Effects CC and Media Encoder

Rendering with the After Effects Render Queue

Background rendering with Adobe Media Encoder

Adobe Character Animator training

With Creative Cabin’s unique Adobe Character Animator Training learn how to bring your artwork to life.

Adobe Character Animator

You’ll learn how to set up your own artwork for animating in Adobe’s new Character Animator software. Learn the principles of animation and how to apply them to your characters. You’ll discover how to compose a scene and a storyboard as well as hundreds of tips and tricks for making compelling and enjoyable character animations. Book now to hold your place at the special introductory price of £199.95 per day.