Adobe Lightroom Training

Adobe Lightroom Training

Adobe Lightroom

Our After Effects training courses are taught by motion graphics expert, Angie Taylor.

Learn about Lightroom with dozens of video tutorials that show how to print photos, fix images, remove red eye, and more. Ranging from beginner to advanced, our Lightroom tutorials can help you import, enhance, organize, and share your photos, as well as create prints and photo books.

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VR Art & 3D modelling training

VR Art & 3D modelling training

VR Art & 3D modelling

Learn how to use VR drawing, painting, animation and Sculpting apps to free up your workflow.

New VR Apps like Masterpiece VR, Gravity Sketch, Medium, Quill and Google’s Blocks and Tiltbrush are revolutionising the design world. They allow you to design with a sense of freedom and focus that desktop software cannot provide. 

In this course you will learn how to use this software withn your workflow. See how to get artwork from these apps into other software or game engines like Unity or Unreal Engine.

You can find out more about these apps on the right hand side of this page. Or, use the button below to find out about our unique 1-2-1 courses in creating VR art, sculpture and animation.

Tiltbrush

Tilt Brush lets you paint in 3D space with virtual reality. Your room is your canvas. Your palette is your imagination. The possibilities are endless. Check out some of the artists using Tiltbrush in their work. This could be you!

Quill

Painting and animation tool Quill 2.0 is an end-to-end solution for making full VR-native animated stories. With Quill 2.0, storytellers can now become full-fledged VR directors, in addition to creating 3D painted scenes and short animated loops.

Masterpiece VR & Motion

MasterpieceVR is a collaborative sculpting and painting tool that allows users to easily create 3D content in virtual reality.

Its sister product, Masterpiece Motion, allows you to easily rig your characters. Drawing bones in our 3D environment is quick and easy. Fully rig your model from scratch, import one that’s pre-rigged, or use the auto-rig feature to accelerate this step.

Gravity Sketch

Gravity Sketch is an intuitive and immersive 3D design tool enabling designers to unleash their creativity. Quickly ideate, visualise and communicate concepts in real-time. With Gravity Sketch, your creativity is limitless.

Kanova

Kanova is the new tool for sculpting in VR that uniquely allows you to choose the format you work in – unlike other VR sculpting tools.

Use it with a headset, on desktop, or a mix of both.

Because it’s based on powerful ADF technology, Kanova also gives you greater efficiency and power: zoom in to create intricate details, or zoom out and work at much larger scales.

Character Animator Training

Character Animator Training

Character animator

Traditional 2D character animation can be a laborious and time-consuming process. In this Adobe Character Animator training course I’ll share my essentials tips and techniques for making the processes involved in 2D character animation less painful.

Character animator training course highlights

In this one-to-one training workshop Angie shares her industry secrets with you. You’ll learn how to import layered files and paths from Illustrator into After Effects and how to animate flat vector artwork in both 2D and 3D space, and you’ll explore options for outputting your animations. Topics covered include:

  • Setting up After Effects for creating 2D character animation
  • Using input devices to capture motion and apply it to your characters
  • Creating animation and lip-syncing with audio files, using expressions and scripting to make the process easier
  • Applying grouping techniques and using parenting to create hierarchical animations
  • Following the best working practices for outputting your animations for the web, TV, and mobile devices.

Character animator training course highlights

In this one-to-one training workshop Angie shares her industry secrets with you. You’ll learn how to import layered files and paths from Illustrator into After Effects and how to animate flat vector artwork in both 2D and 3D space, and you’ll explore options for outputting your animations. Topics covered include:

  • Setting up After Effects for creating 2D character animation
  • Using input devices to capture motion and apply it to your characters
  • Creating animation and lip-syncing with audio files, using expressions and scripting to make the process easier
  • Applying grouping techniques and using parenting to create hierarchical animations
  • Following the best working practices for outputting your animations for the web, TV, and mobile devices.

Storyboards & Animatics

Storyboards & Animatics

Storyboards & Animatics

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 Audition
  • Autodesk Sketchbook Pro
  • Procreate

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

45min.

Premiere Pro Training

Premiere Pro Training

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

After Effects Training

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.

Choose from our standard two-day After Effects training courses – all taught on a 1-2-1 basis. Or pick and mix modules from below to make up your own bespoke course.

What we cover in our After Effects training

There are four levels of After Effects training available as well as custom courses.

You can find example outlines of these courses by clicking on these links.

Each of these is a 2 day course

How does the training work?

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.

Evaluation form example

Angie Taylor

Your Instructor

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.

Angie is a published author with five books on motion graphic design. She also has several video training courses. These are available on LinkedIn Learning & Lynda.com.

In 2014 Angie moved to the south coast to set up her own private art school – Creative Cabin. At the cabin, Angie provides one-to-one bespoke training in several creative software applications.

Angie's passionate about creative training. She loves to inspire designers and artists with new ideas and techniques.

Angie also offers online training via Adobe Connect.

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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

Timing and motion graphics

  • 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

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

Panels

  • Essential Graphics
  • Motion Sketch
  • Smoother
  • Wiggler
  • Mask interpolation

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)

Keyframe Assistants

  • When to use Easy Ease and when to use Continuous Bezier
  • Time-reversing keyframes and animations
  • Fixing acceleration issues with Exponential Scale.
  • Understanding keyframe interpolation
  • Auto orient rotation options.

2 day course

Intermediate After Effects

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

Presets & Templates

  • Building a comprehensive preset library
  • Using Essential Graphics panel to create Templates
  • Working with Master Properties

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

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

Working in the Layer Panel

  • 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

Grouping

  • Parenting
  • Nesting
  • Precomposing
  • Collapsing Transformations
  • Layer and render order

2 day course

Advanced After Effects - day 1

Expressions

  • Rotation linking
  • Working with 2D properties
  • Wiggle
  • Looping
  • Audio control
  • Expression controls
  • Rigging

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

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)

Character Animation techniques

  • Forward Kinematic animation with layers
  • IK animation
  • Puppet Tool
  • Character Animator

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Advanced After Effects - day 2

3D 

  • 3D properties
  • Working with the 3D view menus
  • Navigating custom views with the Camera tools
  • Controlling the Axis modes
  • Cinema 4D Renderer
  • Extruding and bending layers

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

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

Rendering and Distribution

  • Image sequences versus movies
  • Adobe Media Encoder
  • The Render Queue
  • Render Settings
  • Output Modules
  • Templates
  • Watched folders

2 day course

Free Tutorials

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Angie creates premium online training courses via LinkedIn Learning. Get a free 30 day trial using the following link.

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