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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

Motion graphics training

Rosie Lewis – Architect & Graphic Designer

As a graphic designer trying to move into the world of motion I’ve struggled with online tutorials for months, trying to find help for the specific area I need and getting my head around After Effects vast array of tools. It got to the point where the sheer volume of stuff on the net was making it impossible for me to make any real progress. Knowing what my end goal could be, let alone how to get there, was a challenge, but then I came across the Creative Cabin knew straight away it was exactly what I needed.

Cliffs near the Creative Cabin

First of all Angie is a very patient, knowledgeable teacher – you can tell she’s been training people for a long time because even the most complex techniques became accessible and logically understood. Her knowledge of the software is exceptional, all those check boxes and sub menus most of us can only dream about remembering were on the tip of her tongue and although we were mainly focussing on After Effects we touched on other programs as well, such as Illustrator. Even though I use Illustrator day in day out, after only a few minutes working with the files I’d brought with me, I discovered illustrator tips and shortcuts which I can’t believe I didn’t know sooner!

I arrived as a beginner to animation so we began with some fundamentals. Working through projects Angie had ready for my arrival gave me a great basis for understanding the program. Very quickly though we moved onto work specifically suited to my needs. Due to the type of work I’m in, and what output I’m after, Angie explained that some of the techniques we went through were more advanced than would ordinarily be taught to a beginner. But by cutting out a lot of stuff that was less relevant to me and tailoring my training, I was able to start to grasp these ideas and I’m sure I picked up far more than I would ever have done on a more generic, group course.

cabin_sunset

The setup of the cabin is superb. Everything is very clean and comfortable, I ate outside on the patio with amazing views to the sea on both days. The living space is equipped with everything you could need for a short stay and Angie was a great host, nothing was too much trouble and her cooking is delicious! I wondered down to the cliffs before we began training on the second day…I can really recommend doing it if you get the chance, the scenery is wonderful and coming from London it was a great way to escape the hectic head space.

I am hoping to return to the cabin once I’ve practiced the things I learnt this week. I am also armed with some of Angie’s extra video tutorials as well as the knowledge that she is very happy to give ongoing support if I get stuck on anything she taught me.

All in all I cannot recommend this training enough. Being able to tailor your training to exactly what you need saves so much time and wasted money. Angie also had great creative ideas which helped me to think about things in with a new perspective, breaking away from the confines of print design and sharing her passion for motion!

Kevin Ellis BSkyB

Kevin Ellis

Motion graphic designer, BSkyB

Training courses usually just touch on a range of subjects at introductory level and this approach can mean spending valuable training time covering subjects that you may already know or don’t need.

With Angie she really tailored the training to just the areas that I needed to focus on and adapted as we went along allowing me to really understand and not just skim over new techniques and approaches.

I left feeling I’d gained valuable understanding and work flow experience that would have been difficult to get on broader training course or at the work place. A Great couple of days.