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Expert, creative software training in Brighton for Adobe and Maxon software

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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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.

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.

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 Illustrator training

All levels of Illustrator training courses are taught by Illustrator 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.

Illustrator training details

Adobe Illustrator is more powerful than ever before. In this Adobe Illustrator training Angie Taylor shows just how easy it can be to use. Get a tour of the interface, gain an understanding of the workflow, and be introduced to core techniques like working with artboards, understanding layers and objects, and making and moving selections. Angie also shows how to create images from shapes, apply color, reshape paths, and save and export artwork for the web, print, or animation.

Topics include:

  • Setting up a new document
  • Navigating within the workspace
  • Understanding layers and objects
  • Creating images from shapes
  • Applying color
  • Using the Appearance panel
  • Creating shapes with the Blob Brush and Eraser tools
  • Working with the Pen and Pencil tools
  • Tweaking, exporting, and saving artwork

1. Getting to Know Illustrator

Setting up a new document
User interface tour
Navigating within the workspace
Working with artboards
Understanding layers and objects
Making and moving selections

2. Creating Images from Shapes

Using the shape tools
Combining shapes with the Pathfinder
Grouping objects
Transforming objects
Isolating shapes
Working with text

3. Applying Color

Fills and strokes
Gradients
Coloring artwork

4. Alternative Techniques

Using the Appearance panel
Creating shapes with the Blob Brush and Eraser tools
Working with the Pen and Pencil tools

5. Tweaking, Exporting, and Saving Artwork

Reshaping paths
Saving and exporting artwork

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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.