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 ]
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
- Anchor Point
- 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)
- 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
- 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
- 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
- Primitive vector shapes
- Drawing custom vector shapes
- Fills and strokes
- Combining shapes
- Shape operators
- When to use multiple layers
- Converting shapes from other applications
- 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
- 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
Character Animation techniques
- Forward Kinematic animation with layers
- IK animation
- Puppet Tool
- Character Animator
- Motion Sketch
- Mask interpolation
- 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
- 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
- Depth of Field
- Keyframing cameras
- Auto-orient options
- Basic Light properties
- Light types
- Material Options
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
- Layer Tracking
- Camera Tracking
- Mocha AE
- Capturing camera moves from a GoPro
- Rotation linking
- Working with 2D properties
- Audio to control animation
Rendering and Distribution
- Image sequences versus movies
- Adobe Media Encoder
- The Render Queue
- Render Settings
- Output Modules
- Watched folders
- Building compelling Showreels
- Promotion & Social Media
- Other income avenues
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.
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.
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!
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.
After Effects course review | Ernesto Rogata – Senior Video Editor
When I became an Adobe trainer myself I realized even more thoroughly how excellent a teacher Angie is. She is always perfectly prepared and happy to answer any questions, provide training material, exercises and useful links; perhaps even more importantly a day of training with Angie does not end then: she is always willing to follow-up and to keep in touch; to help further with detailed emails, by sending files, checking projects and solving specific technical issues.
It’s been a pleasure and an honor to meet and work with Angie, who is a lovely person as well as a brilliant professional in her field.”