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Intro to After Effects for Designers

with Chris Converse

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About The Class

Get Started Creating Motion Graphics

Get to know the 4th member of the core design applications in Adobe® Creative Cloud. Chances are you know Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator and Adobe InDesign. But did you know After Effects supports just as many file formats, provides amazing design and compositing features, and can be used in any print, web, animation, video or photo compositing project?

What you’ll learn:

  • The After Effects interface
  • Starting a new project from scratch
  • How After Effects is similar to Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign
  • How the Timeline Panel is similar to Layers
  • How the Project Panel is similar to Links
  • How the Composition Panel is similar to artboards, or pages
  • How to import photos, videos, and artwork into your project
  • Applying effects (it’s all about effects!)
  • Introduction to animation in the timeline panel

Software Used: Adobe After Effects CC 2017

Lesson Plan

  1. 01

    Class Introduction

  2. 02

    Tour of the Interface

  3. 03

    How to Import Artwork

  4. 04

    How to Add Effects

  5. 05

    How to Add Typography

  6. 06

    Creating Animations

  7. 07

    Working with Paths and Masks

  8. 08

    How to Add Video and Audio

  9. 09



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Chris Converse

Chris has over 25 years of experience in graphic design, interactive and animated media, with a unique focus on both graphic design and web development. Chris possesses development skills across such languages as PHP, HTML, CSS, JavaScript, jQuery, and AngularJS, making his design execution ... read more

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  • Cara Stein

    Cara Stein

    January 2020

    I’ve known for some time that I should learn After Effects, but it seemed so overwhelming and yucky. This course gave me a concise, approachable starting point that gives me the confidence to start making a simple video. I know I’ll learn more as I go. Getting started is the hardest part, and this course has solved that for me. Yay! I especially liked the asides about making the workflow more efficient and about what makes animation more polished. I’d love to see a more in-depth course from this instructor now that I’ve had this taste.

  • Latoya Burris

    Latoya Burris

    June 2018

    I started out playing with small text animations for my job using Photoshop. After taking this course, I feel much more comfortable and ready to execute my ideas using the Adobe After Effects tool. I highly recommend this course for designers at any level who don't know how to use After Effects. Thank you Chris Converse and CreativeLive for giving me an extra pep in my design skills.

  • John Goldie

    John Goldie

    August 2017

    The first couple of minute of class where Chris went through and did a 1:1 comparison of Photoshop/Illustrator/Indesign --> After Effects had me hooked. That was the one thing that I wasn't getting that was holding me back. The heavens opened, a light shone down, and my mind was opened :) Thanks. It just got more interesting from there!

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