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Here’s my latest collection of After Effects Twitter Tips from the Creative Cabin archive.
Learn all sorts of useful tips and tricks in bite sized portions. Make sure to Follow us on Twitter to get even more of these tips regularly as well as other goodies welike to share.
- AFTER EFFECTS TIP | To make a one node camera point at a layer, select the layer, then with the unified camera tool selected, hit the F key
- AFTER EFFECTS TIP | Copy & Paste any mask shape into a position property to make layer move along the path. Click on property name to select
- AFTER EFFECTS TIP | Give Adobe your feedback | Report Feature Requests & bugs here; http://t.co/s7f1NOPs @AdobeAE #AfterEffects
- AFTER EFFECTS TIP | To stretch or squash an animation – select all keyframes – hold Alt key & drag first or last Keyframe in selected group
- AFTER EFFECTS TIP: Video tutorial – Use the Stroke effect on Illustrator paths to make handwriting animate on screen http://t.co/0E6UHcKOsr
- AFTER EFFECTS TIP: How to make a layer follow a path copied from Adobe Illustrator artwork. http://fb.me/CEapjgCw
- AFTER EFFECTS TIP: add new Refine Matte effect to ANY matte in AE to refine edges or add motion blur. Not just for Rotobrush! Fabulous tool!
- AFTER EFFECTS TIP: Animating characters, use expression pickwhip 2 link body parts 2 cntrl layer. Expression control effect 4 each movement.
- AFTER EFFECTS TIP: How to make a layer follow a path copied from Adobe Illustrator artwork; http://bit.ly/f8tP4w
- AFTER EFFECTS TIP: Lay down markers in time with audio by previewing the audio and hitting * on number pad when you want markers to appear.
- AFTER EFFECTS TIP: to edit the path of an effect’s positional property (e.g. Particles) got to Layer panel & choose effect in target menu.
- AFTER EFFECTS TIP: To use more than one layer as matte without precomping. Add multiple copies of Sett Matte effect to layer needing matted.
- AFTER EFFECTS TIP: @butlerm_com Try combining transfer modes, use more than one layer with a different mode and opacity value on each! 🙂
- AFTER EFFECTS TIP: Add keyframes for hidden Transform properties by selecting layers & hitting alt & property letter (eg alt-p for position)
- AFTER EFFECTS TIP: Applied a preset & wanna find out how it’s made? Select layers then double-hit the U key to expose adjusted properties.
- AFTER EFFECTS TIP: Make 3D layers turn to face camera as it moves. Select layers, go to Layer>Transform>Auto Orient. choose Towards Camera
- AFTER EFFECTS TIP: Right-click on a property value to open Edit Value dialog. Here u can access different measurement units & adjust ranges.
- #AfterEffects Tip | Rotate , scale, skew or move all layers by adding the Transform effect to Adjustment layer – keyframe to animate them
- #AfterEffects Tip | Scaled a layer down, nested the comp, then scaled it up? Click Collapse Transformations switch to fix resolution issues.
- #AfterEffects Tip | Travis Wade presents his After Effects: Copy and Paste Shortcuts on Motionworks; http://t.co/nP2yA1nJ
- #AfterEffects Tip Make layer automatically turn to follow direction of path – select layer, go to Layer > Auto Orient. Choose ‘Along Path’
- #AfterEffects Tip | Isolate a property group from the Effect Control Panel in Timeline by double-clicking Property Group name in ECW
- #AfterEffects Tip | Do you have trouble with slow render speeds? Here’s a video workshop by Todd Kopriva to help: http://t.co/Y45ucGEl
- #AfterEffects Tip: Do you have trouble with slow render speeds? Here’s a video workshop by Todd Kopriva to… http://t.co/2fL7wE8l
- #AfterEffects Tip – Scale layers in comp without messing up composition – Select layers – Go to File > Scripts > Scale Selected Layers
- #AfterEffects Tip | @Doguib7 Create a Shape Layer, use Offset Paths & Trim Paths from Shape Layer ‘s “Add” menu to animate paths – lotsofun!
- #AfterEffects Tip | Animate property randomly – Alt-click Stopwatch to add expression. Type Wiggle(10,50) to change value 10 p/sec within 50
- #AfterEffects Tip | Audio file plays at different speed than recorded? Check that RAM preview settings match the frame rate of the audio.
- #AfterEffects TIP | Custom Shape layers – 1 Layer > New Shape Layer 2 Draw path with pen 3 Select path property – paste custom path @Doguib7
- #AfterEffects Tip | Drag comps directly to Adobe Media Encoder to render in background. Allows you to continue working on other comps in AE
- #AfterEffects Tip | Loop Footage – select clip, go to Interpret Footage > Main > Other Options > Choose how many time you want to loop 🙂
- #AfterEffects Tip | Quickly deselect selected items by hitting F2. On Mac make sure to use Fn key to override system shortcuts.
- #AfterEffects Tip | Replace layer in Timeline with footage from Project panel (retaining fx + KFs) – Select both, hit Cmmd+Alt+/ Ctrl+Alt+/
- #AFTEREFFECTS TIP | Rubbish at animating? Don’t worry! Use the Motion Sketch panel to record mouse or pen motion & apply it to your layer 🙂
- #AfterEffects Tip | Video Tutorial – how to make your own “Old Film” effect using Turbulent Noise; http://t.co/IOn0bHVPuU @AdobeAE #Mograph
- #AfterEffects Tip | Video tutorial – Use the Stroke effect on Illustrator paths to make handwriting animate on screen http://t.co/APabrfE9FT
- #AFTEREFFECTS Tip 41: RT @i2cblog: In Project panel, search ‘unused’ or ‘missing’ to see what’s not used in any comp or source is missing
- #AfterEffects tip; Moving project to other machine or archiving? File > Collect Files gathers all source footage & project maintaining links
- #AfterEffects tip; Scale layers or comps without messing up composition. Go to File > Scripts > Demo palette. Use Scale Layers
- #AfterEffects Tip; Use Premiere Pro to cut footage, add simple animation to layers in real time. Dynamic Link portions to AE for finessing
- #AfterEffects Tip: @Franckmax If you want to do that, just Toggle hold the keyframe first, then right-click and choose “Easy Ease Out/In” 🙂
- #AfterEffects tip: @jamesboorman To make the particles stay “alive” for longer, adjust the Lifespan property.
- #AfterEffects Tip: @MarkToddWagon No need for Alt, Page Up & Down on their own works. Home & End key to move to 1st & last frames of comp.
- #AfterEffects Tip: 3D layers have Material Options to control shadows. Cast Shadows & Accept Shadows can be switched on or off per layer.
- #AFTEREFFECTS tip: Animate Source Text property 2 make words change over time in text layer. Font & character panel attributes also animated
- #AfterEffects tip: Convert Text to Shape layers (Layer > Create shapes from Text) – Add cool Shape properties to get creative! Endless Fun!
- #aftereffects tip: Create a keyframe for a property on selected layers by holding alt key & tapping property shortcut. P for Position etc
- #AfterEffects Tip: Even out animation speed – select Keyframes in timeline (except 1st & last KF). Right-click & choose “Rove Across Time”
- #AfterEffects Tip: Found a camera move or lighting setup you like? Remember you can save them as Animation Presets to use in other comps.
- #AfterEffects Tip: Give footage instant punch & contrast – duplicate layer – make top layer Overlay Blend mode – adjust Opacity to taste 🙂
- #AfterEffects Tip: Have layers in comp that you don’t want to render? Select Layer, go to Layer > Guide Layer to create non-rendering layer.
- #AfterEffects tip: Help with custom shatter maps. Re: Is this done with shatter effect? http://cr8v.co/wCe [Like it? http://bit.ly/lRPIGH ]
- #aftereffects tip: Huge files? Slow render times? Select layer in Project, go 2 File > Create Proxy. Makes linked low res version of file!
- #AfterEffects tip: Jump back & forth between visible keyframes & layer markers by hitting J & K. Trouble remembering? Think JUMP KEYFRAMES!
- #AfterEffects Tip: Learn Cinema 4D – soon – you won’t regret it! 🙂 @maxon3d @AdobeAE #Mograph @c4dtips
- #AfterEffects Tip: Locate missing footage by typing ‘missing’ in2 search field in Project panel. Relink by double-clicking it & relocating
- #AfterEffects Tip: Metric Kerning looks good on well-designed, classic fonts for broadcast – it includes a little more space than Optical
- #AfterEffects tip: Painting in Layer panel. Go to View > New View. Place comp & layer panels side by side. Lock them for nice ETLAT workflow
- #AfterEffects Tip: Pt 2. Select Camera, double-hit U key to expose adjusted properties, drag select them, drop into Effects & Presets panel
- #aftereffects tip: Remember the shortcuts for properties with the word ‘STRAP’. (S)cale, Opaci(T)y, (R)otation, (A)nchor Point, (P)osition
- #AfterEffects tip: Rendering more than one format? Select Render Item, go to Composition > Add Output Module to render once & format twice
- #AfterEffects Tip: Rendering movie for web? Choose poster frame displayed in thumbnail – Go to Composition > Set Poster Time before render.
- #AFTEREFFECTS Tip: Retime animation – select keyframes – hold Alt key & drag 1st or last keyframe. Keeps relative timing intact.
- #AfterEffects Tip: RT @theangietaylor: Re: After Effects Key Light – Some Spilling Occuring – How Do I Get Rid of it? http://t.co/azVs5mxn
- #AfterEffects Tip: RT @theangietaylor: Re: Moving Layers by n Pixels http://t.co/qtde4cIk
- #AfterEffects Tip: Select a layer, double-hit U key to expose properties adjusted from default state. Great way to understand effect presets
- #aftereffects tip: To auto-animate brush strokes as they’re drawn. Choose Paint tool & select ‘Write On’ in Duration Menu in Paint panel.
- #AfterEffects Tip: To create a template project simply save the project with .aet instead of .aep. Prevents u from accidentally over-writing
- #AfterEffects tip: To reduce the amount of motion blur in a comp go 2 Composition Settings > Advanced Tab & reduce the Shutter Angle value.
- #AfterEffects tip: To use included scripts enable General > Preference to ‘Allow scripts . . .’ and then restart… http://fb.me/BQbXk95K
- #AfterEffects Tip: Use Motion Sketch panel to capture motion from Wacom tablet & apply it to layers. Good way to record gestural animation.
- #AfterEffects Tip: Use the J & K keys to jump between visible keyframes
- #AfterEffects Tip: Use the “continue” Loop expression 2 continue an existing animation, maintaining speed &… http://t.co/u21TqofD
- #AfterEffects Tip: When overnight rendering, render out an image sequence, at least then if it crashes you can save frames already rendered.
- #AfterEffects tips from @AngieTaylor – Software Tips & Tricks Newsletter – http://t.co/kEF6ry0p [Like it? http://t.co/IzVYju0W ]
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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.
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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;
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What is the Wiggle Expression in After Effects?
Expressions are 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 expressions. But basic expressions are easy to apply using simple point-and-click methods. They’re incredibly useful for adding randomness to animation and effects, linking properties to synchronize animation, or even making effects react to music.
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.
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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.
Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, Premiere Pro, After Effects, Adobe Story, Adobe Audition, Autodesk Sketchbook Pro
- 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 | Adrian Spencer
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 is a creative, project-based workshop. Editors take a basic Premiere Pro edit and bring it to life using After Effects expressions and Dynamic Link, following author Angie Taylor’s expert instructions. The concepts are broken down into manageable 3–5 minute videos, covering techniques such as randomizing effects, linking animation and color to sound, automating animation, and more.
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
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.