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Kinetic Typography Techniques with After Effects

with Angie Taylor

Video: Welcome

Master the art of combining text and motion to express ideas in the form of animation designed to accompany spoken word or music.
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  1. 1m 59s
    1. Welcome
      1m 59s
  2. 57m 28s
    1. Intro video
      2m 57s
    2. Warning dialog boxes
      3m 29s
    3. Previewing audio
      7m 23s
    4. Adding markers in time with audio
      9m 40s
    5. Editing and looping audio
      8m 52s
    6. Time remapping
      6m 29s
    7. The Audio Spectrum effect
      10m 15s
    8. Converting audio to keyframes
      8m 23s
  3. 1h 20m
    1. Drawing basic shapes
      6m 54s
    2. Using the Transform effect to repeat shapes
      6m 22s
    3. Text formatting in Illustrator
      7m 45s
    4. Using Align and Distribute options
      4m 16s
    5. Using group isolation mode
      4m 10s
    6. Creating outlines
      3m 13s
    7. Adding handwritten text
      5m 1s
    8. Using Photoshop presets
      3m 10s
    9. Text formatting in Photoshop
      7m 18s
    10. Creating actions in Photoshop
      5m 57s
    11. Using variables in Photoshop
      7m 58s
    12. Aligning and distributing layers
      4m 41s
    13. Setting up a rough layout
      6m 55s
    14. Setting up a comp structure
      6m 56s
  4. 58m 7s
    1. Using scripts to import text from documents
      5m 45s
    2. Creating a composition structure for imported text
      5m 46s
    3. Importing text from Photoshop
      9m 29s
    4. Setting up control layers
      4m 17s
    5. Making Photoshop text editable
      3m 0s
    6. Creating text in After Effects
      6m 54s
    7. Using the Character panel
      11m 14s
    8. Using the Paragraph panel
      11m 42s
  5. 28m 34s
    1. Creating complex shapes
      8m 36s
    2. Animating shape layers
      7m 25s
    3. Creating outlines from text layers
      2m 17s
    4. Using path operations
      6m 0s
    5. Distressing text with textures
      4m 16s
  6. 45m 34s
    1. Using solid layers for effects
      4m 43s
    2. Creating turbulent noise
      6m 8s
    3. Using adjustment layers to create vignettes
      4m 9s
    4. Blending modes
      4m 3s
    5. Copying masks
      6m 43s
    6. Using the Stroke effect
      6m 11s
    7. Particle effects
      9m 38s
    8. Adding glows
      3m 59s
  7. 21m 2s
    1. Optimizing preferences
      6m 52s
    2. Creating proxies
      6m 56s
    3. Hidden switches and buttons
      7m 14s
  8. 50m 17s
    1. Using nulls
      9m 15s
    2. Sequencing layers
      5m 38s
    3. Using text animators
      4m 45s
    4. Using text animation presets
      7m 25s
    5. Using motion animation presets
      7m 12s
    6. Creating custom animators and presets
      8m 24s
    7. Brainstorming effects
      7m 38s
  9. 59m 45s
    1. Using transition effects
      8m 6s
    2. Arranging layers with parenting
      6m 17s
    3. 3D animation presets
      10m 39s
    4. Basic camera moves
      5m 43s
    5. A more experimental approach
      8m 52s
    6. Adding depth
      5m 23s
    7. Light falloff
      8m 54s
    8. Material options
      5m 51s
  10. 10m 35s
    1. Your friend, the pickwhip
      6m 17s
    2. Modifying ranges
      4m 18s
  11. 22m 33s
    1. Color correction
      8m 2s
    2. Render settings and templates
      4m 43s
    3. Output modules
      7m 26s
    4. Closing thoughts and project recap
      2m 22s

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Kinetic typography is an art form that combines text and motion to express ideas in the form of animation designed to accompany spoken word or music. Join art director, author, and motion graphic designer Angie Taylor as she shares her considerable knowledge of this form. Work along with her in this unique course as she builds a complete kinetic typography project from start to finish. Along the way, discover how to create and animate text layers directly within Adobe After Effects using animators and 3D features, set up Photoshop files for animating in After Effects, and use a variety of effects and techniques to create numerous text animation styles within a single project. The course also offers lots of tips and tricks for animating 3D cameras and lights and using expressions and scripts to simplify the processes involved.

Topics include:
  • Working with audio
  • Preparing source files
  • Structuring your After Effects project
  • Working with shapes and effects
  • Optimizing performance
  • Animating text
  • Creating 3D animation
  • Using expressions to create motion
  • Rendering your final movie
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(music playing) Hi. I'm AngieTaylor. Art Director, Author and Motion Graphic Designer. I use Adobe After Effects daily for creating animations, motion graphic designs, visual effects and music videos. I'm often kept busy creatring text animations for opening title sequences, credits and other graphics. I love the challenge of making text come to life on screen. Now Kinetic Typography is an art form, combining text and motion to express ideas in the form of animation. Usually it's a spoken word or music.

This workshop features an animation project I worked on in collaboration with artists and musician, Richard Walker. In this unique workshop we'll build an entire real world Kinetic Typography project. Step by step. I'll share several of my techniques with you. Such as workflow specifically designed for kinetic typography. Using Photoshop variables and actions to automate text features. Recreating classic graphics with shape and text layers and After Effects. And how to understand animators. I'll show you some new 3D features from After Effects CS5.5. And how they can positively impact your designs.

Lastly, I'll be covering more technical aspects of Connected Typography. Like automating tedious processes in Photoshop. Building successful project structures. And creating efficient workflows in After Effects. You may be the type of learner who follows along step by step. Practicing as you go. Or you may prefer to just sit back and watch as I demonstrate tips and techniques. Either chose works well with this course all the files required to follow along are pre provided for you. And once you've watched this workshop your brain will just come alive with creative ideas on how you can design and animate text. With Adobe's Photoshop, Illustrator and After Effects.

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