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Training courses taught at Creative Cabin near Brighton | After Effects, Premiere Pro, Photoshop, Illustrator, Cinema 4D

Motion graphic design

Become an expert in motion graphic design

Our intensive course on motion graphic design takes place at our training centre near Brighton. The course introduces you to the core principles every motion graphic designer needs to know in order to create great-looking design and animation.

This course is perfect for anyone who is self-taught or individuals moving into motion graphic design from another discipline. The course focusses on the creative aspects of a designer’s job. Areas that can be easily overlooked when learning software.

Principles of motion graphic design

Angie focusses on the core design principles that help every designer make decisions. Find out exactly how and why certain elements work in a design environment. How to choose colours that work. How to time animation so that it’s engaging and entertaining. How to balance images and patterns. Angie can even teach you how to draw!

These principles have been developed over generations by the worlds greatest artists and designers. Most designers spend several years at art college learning about these principles, this prepares them well for a career in motion graphic design.

Self-taught designers may not have the time or finances available to enrol on degree-level courses. Angie will teach you the most important aspects in a succinct and direct way. She’ll also point you towards further reading material so you can continue learning after completing the course.

Call us today on 01273 782931 to find out more about this course or send us an email via our online booking form.

Topics covered

The course is based on Angie’s top-selling book, Design Essentials for the Motion Media Artist. Here’s a list of subjects covered with links to the first page from each chapter of Angie’s book. Topics include;

1 – Drawing

2 – Planning

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3 – Composition

4 – Animation

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5 – Type

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 6 – Color

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 7 – Editing

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 8 – Communication

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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

Premiere Pro Training

Expert Premiere Pro training in Brighton

Our Premiere Pro training courses are taught by expert, Angie Taylor. Angie is a motion graphic designer and illustrator with twenty-five years experience in the TV and Film industry.

Angie was Adobe UK’s senior demo artist. She has several tutorials featured on Adobe TV. Angie has written several books on motion graphic design and is a Linkedin instructor with 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. Angie’s passion is to provide creative training to designers and artists. Inspiring them with new ideas and techniques.

One-to-one Premiere Pro training

All Premiere Pro training courses at Creative Cabin are one-to-one courses. There’s just you and Angie at the desk. You can go at your own speed and ask questions whenever you want. Angie will customise the training to fit your unique workflow.

Here’s an example of a typical Premiere Pro course. All courses are bespoke and can be customised to fit your own needs.

Premiere Pro training topic examples

  • The Adobe Workflow
  • Configuring Your Nonlinear Editor
  • Setting Up a Project
  • Importing Media
  • Organizing Media
  • Essential Editing Skills
  • Timeline Operations
  • Trimming tools
  • Audio Mixing and Repair
  • Color Correction and Grading
  • Effects and Transitions
  • Creating Titles
  • Publish Your Video
  • Multicamera Editing
  • DSLR Workflow
  • Moving from Final Cut Pro
  • Moving from Avid Media Composer

Location

The Creative Cabin is situated to the east of Brighton on the cliff-tops, overlooking the English Channel. It’s a beautiful and inspiring place to learn about your favourite software applications.

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

Photoshop Training

Expert Photoshop training in Brighton

All levels of Photoshop training courses are taught by a Photoshop expert. Angie Taylor is a motion graphic designer and illustrator with twenty-five years experience.

Angie was Adobe UK’s senior demo artist. She has several tutorials featured on Adobe TV. Angie has written several books on motion graphic design and is a Linkedin instructor with 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. Angie’s passion is to provide creative training to designers and artists. Inspiring them with new ideas and techniques.

Photoshop training details

In this Adobe Photoshop training Angie Taylor shows just how easy it can be. You’ll tour the interface, gain an understanding of the workflow, and be introduced to core techniques. Angie will customize the course exactly to fit your needs.

All classes taught at the Creative Cabin are delivered on a one-to-one basis. This means it’s just you and Angie at the desk. You can ask questions whenever you want.  Angie will customise the course to fit your own needs.

Topics include:

  • Navigating within the workspace
  • Bringing old photographs to life
  • Understanding different image formats and resolutions
  • Working nondestructively
  • Correcting badly shot images
  • Cloning and using Content aware to fill spaces
  • Applying dynamic adjustment layers
  • Working with selections and Quick Mask mode
  • Retouching portraits
  • Nondestructive dodging and burning
  • Working with raw images in Camera Raw
  • Creating and formatting text
  • Drawing and painting with Photoshop
  • Saving files correctly for web delivery
  • Creating composite images with layers
  • Creating new images with the drawing and painting tools
  • Using the dodge and burn tools to focus interest or highlight areas of an image
  • The clone tool and healing brushes
  • Understanding layers and objects
  • Making selections
  • Adding effects to images
  • layer masks and transparency options
  • Combining layers with Blending modes
  • Retouching photographs
  • Fixing images
  • Color correction and balancing
  • Formatting images for web, print or screens
  • Working with text and typography
  • Working with the Pen and Pencil tools
  • Tweaking, exporting, and saving artwork
  • Combining 3D elements in your images
  • Automating complex tasks with Actions

Please use the contact page if you’d like more details or to see more advanced course options.

Location

The Creative Cabin is situated to the east of Brighton on the cliff-tops, overlooking the English Channel. It’s a beautiful and inspiring place to learn about your favourite software applications.

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.

Brand New! Character Animation course

Character Animation with Adobe Character Animator and After Effects

Adobe Character Animator

Learn how to bring your artwork to life with a short course at Creative Cabin. 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!