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After Effects: Principles of Motion Graphics with Ian Robinson covers some of the core principles used to create motion graphics, breaking them down into smaller groups of applied techniques in After Effects. The course explores everything from gathering inspiration to integrating traditional typography, transitional elements, animated textures, color, and more into motion graphics. Instructions for building a toolkit with templates and a style guide for future projects are also included. Exercise files accompany the course.
As a designer, what do you say when someone asks, what do you do? I mean, the term motion graphics is often all-encompassing. Really, anything that involves moving still elements around a screen can fit into that description. Now, in this course we're going to be focusing specifically on creating motion graphics for output to video. We're going to create a lot of different graphic elements, including an entire graphics package for a show. Along the way we'll cover the key principles most needed to successfully create those graphics.
Now, the core principles of motion graphics are definitely seeded with the same roots you'd find in any traditional graphics training: composition, color theory, typography--you know the deal. The fun begins when you start to add in the motion. Then you're adding skills traditionally covered in other disciplines, like filmmaking, visual effects, and animation. From keyframing to editing and effects, there are plenty of skills required to keep you busy for a very long time. Now, I don't want any of you to feel overwhelmed.
This is just a basic overview of many of the different skills involved in creating motion graphics. Does that mean you can't create Motion Graphics without all these skills? By all means, no. The final and most important thing to remember about creating motion graphics is the fact that it's a never-ending learning process. The best designers in the world never really stop learning. I mean, come on, wouldn't it be a bit boring if we knew how to create absolutely everything? What's the challenge in that?
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