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After Effects Apprentice 16: Creating a Medical Opening Title
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After Effects Apprentice 16: Creating a Medical Opening Title

with Chris Meyer and Trish Meyer

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I will be using After Effects CS6 for this exercise. However, you can perform most of the actions in CS5 or 5.5 and we've provided exercise files for all three versions. Indeed, if you have access to the exercise files, open up AEA_Final Project 3e.aep. The 3e indicates that it goes with the Third Edition of the After Effects Apprentice book. If you have access to that book instead, go ahead and open up its Lesson 12.aep. Set your Workspace to Standard and go ahead and Reset Standard to make sure you're back to the same panel arrangement we have.

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After Effects Apprentice 16: Creating a Medical Opening Title
3h 30m Intermediate Jan 17, 2013

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This project-oriented course leads you through the creative and technical process of building an opening title sequence from scratch in Adobe After Effects. Author Chris Meyer shows how to pull together numerous skills you've learned in the other After Effects Apprentice courses, from working in 3D space to creating type and shape layers to writing expressions. Along the way, Chris lets you in on the mental process he uses when creating similar spots for real-world clients, while sharing numerous tips that will help broaden your After Effects skills.

The After Effects Apprentice videos on lynda.com were created by Trish and Chris Meyer and are designed to be used on their own and as a companion to their book After Effects Apprentice. We are honored to host these tutorials in the lynda.com library.

Topics include:
  • Animating to music
  • Arranging layers in 3D space
  • Performing time stretches
  • Working with 3D camera tracking
  • Typesetting and animating text
  • Adding effects like drop shadows and motion blur
  • Creating and animating shape layers
  • Building and delivering a broadcast package
Subjects:
Video Motion Graphics Visual Effects
Software:
After Effects
Authors:
Chris Meyer Trish Meyer

Setting up

I will be using After Effects CS6 for this exercise. However, you can perform most of the actions in CS5 or 5.5 and we've provided exercise files for all three versions. Indeed, if you have access to the exercise files, open up AEA_Final Project 3e.aep. The 3e indicates that it goes with the Third Edition of the After Effects Apprentice book. If you have access to that book instead, go ahead and open up its Lesson 12.aep. Set your Workspace to Standard and go ahead and Reset Standard to make sure you're back to the same panel arrangement we have.

To optimize things a little bit, I'm going to close up the bottom of my preview panel because I don't need access to those options. I will keep the bottom of Info open, because I will want to see some of the information here. And I'm going to drag my audio panel down to the middle of Effects & Presets just to create some more space for it. We're going to assume that you're working through these movies in a linear fashion. But if you jump in the middle, we do have a folder called Intermediate Comps, which includes compositions at different stages of this process. Early on in particular, we'll be calling out which one you can jump to, but it should be obvious later on which comp you can open up if you just want to watch a certain set of movies from this course.

Also, we've saved a folder of Idea Corner comps, which include some additional ideas you can use to take this particular project up to the next level, and also a set of Finished Composition to show the final project. This will vary a little bit from what you're creating here, because I make some different decisions along the way of exactly where to put the camera, exactly how to draw a shape layer, but it will still give you a very good idea of how things should eventually end up. Finally, the book files are almost identical to this video course's files. The only difference is that the Final Comp IC has a slightly more sophisticated light that we created in this course, and we did not bother to create in the book.

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