Just Getting Started with After Effects? Here's Your Main Entry Door.

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Dec 29, 2017 Dec 29, 2017

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This month, we have been talking up Adobe’s new, free Get Started series of learning experiences. They’re perfect for those who have gotten an Adobe CC subscription as a Christmas gift. Generally, the series is extremely entry-level. By way of example, if you have never done any page layout/design and now you have to power of InDesign on your desktop, the InDesign Get Started package of videos, text, and sample exercise assets makes the first exposure to the app less intimidating.

What makes the introductory packages interesting is that they do not replicate the deeper educational dives, which are commercially available. These are in a “first-look” classification of their own.

Today we visited the After Effects series Brian Wood teaches. We could be wrong about this, but does After Effects bring out newbies, who have never worked in anything Adobe CC before? We have our doubts that there are many of those kind of first-timers. So, Brian addressed a different level of user than the other Get Started packages.

Though this series is intended to give you a quick tour, Mr. Wood, approaches this package as if you already know something about CC apps. This would seem like a perfect transition for someone who has been working with Adobe’s Premiere Pro, Animate, or preparing graphics in Illustrator and/or Photoshop, which beg to be animated. If you’re in one or more of those groups and have yet to wrap you mind, arms (and probably heart) around After Effects, don’t wait—click here:

https://helpx.adobe.com/after-effects/how-to/getting-started-after-effects.html?playlist=/ccx/v1/col...

Today’s the day you start exploring these:

  1. Open and save projects (3.36)
  2. Tour the interface (4:56)
  3. Import media (2:51)
  4. Organize projects (4:19)
  5. Build your first composition (5:52)
  6. Position layers in a composition (4:49)
  7. Create your first animation (5:01)
  8. Animate layered Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop documents (5:04)
  9. Add detail with effects (4:46)
  10. Add text to compositions (5:10)
  11. Animate efficiently with text presets (4:41)
  12. Animate text letter by letter (3:40)
  13. Make type pop with graphic elements (3:53)
  14. Stabilize shaky footage (3:31)
  15. Fix exposure issues in video (5:06)
  16. Enhance the color in your video (2:49)
  17. Custom transitions with masks (4:56)
  18. Build graphic transitions with Shape layers (4:51)
  19. Create transparency with layers (4:06)
  20. Place type into video footage (5:49)
  21. Blur out unwanted elements (4:39)
  22. Isolate elements with greenscreen (5:09)
  23. Clean up keyed footage with a garbage matte (5:32)
  24. Retime video to add impact (5:24)
  25. Generate animated backgrounds (5:01)
  26. Create a seamless looping background (4:02)
  27. Select and label multiple layers in a composition (4:18)
  28. Animate groups of layers with Pre-compose (4:02)
  29. Drive animation with null objects (4:58)
  30. Understand renderers (4:43)
  31. Position 2D layers in 3D space (3:01)
  32. Add lights to a 3D scene (5:45)
  33. Fly through a scene with a camera (3:57)
  34. Create 3D type with the Cinema 4D Renderer (5:19)
  35. Render a composition with the render queue (3:48)
  36. Create multiple renders in Adobe Media Encoder (3:41)

As you can see, the videos are in bite-sized runtimes, so there are no excuses. Ring in the new year with new skills.

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Dec 30, 2017 Dec 30, 2017

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Oh, seriously? Too bad about 90% of these have nothing to do with people's issues here, so what is even the point?

Mylenium

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Dec 30, 2017 Dec 30, 2017

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Mylenium  wrote

Oh, seriously? Too bad about 90% of these have nothing to do with people's issues here, so what is even the point?

Brian Wood did a great job with this Get Started project. Please keep in mind this is entry level stuff. Think of it like the Quick Start Guide which comes with a new camera.

Needless to say, Mr. Wood couldn't cover every aspect of After Effects, but we're sure Adobe would love to hear from you on other aspects of Ae which first time users need to know about.

Feel free to use this thread of add suggestions for more topics.

This is a forum where many of those entry level people visit for answers so hopefully they may have questions relative to one of these 36 topics and will find the link to Brian's tutorials helpful.

Thank you for your input.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Dec 31, 2017 Dec 31, 2017

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I think this (or a re-post without replies) should be a locked post with the links and be pinned/sticky as the very first post.

However I also think new forum users should be forced to answer a series of simple logic questions before being able to post so.....

What do I know?

~Gutterfish

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Advocate ,
Dec 31, 2017 Dec 31, 2017

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Gutter-Fish  wrote

I think this (or a re-post without replies) should be a locked post with the links and be pinned/sticky as the very first post.

There some off technical glitches happening.

Though it's nothing I can personally correct, as an ACP who started this thread, please allow me to apologize on Adobe's behalf.

Adobe management is aware of the problems and they'll be addressed internally, this week.

Thank you for your feedback.

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Jan 17, 2018 Jan 17, 2018

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Hi Brian,

It seems to be up and running just fine now. I linked it to the Overview page.

Thanks,
Kevin

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