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After Effects Project Workflow

with Chad Perkins

Video: Welcome

Shows how to integrate the various parts of the Adobe Production Premium suite with After Effects in a real-world project.
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  1. 4m 47s
    1. Welcome
    2. The project we'll be making
      1m 33s
    3. What this title is and isn't
      1m 6s
    4. Using the exercise files
      1m 28s
  2. 2m 17s
    1. Planning the project
      2m 17s
  3. 20m 56s
    1. Understanding Photoshop's role
    2. Isolating subjects
      9m 34s
    3. Using custom shapes and brushes
      6m 19s
    4. Creating custom brushes
      4m 36s
  4. 8m 12s
    1. Understanding Illustrator's role
    2. Distributing components into layers
      2m 50s
    3. Creating a banner
      3m 5s
    4. Preparing the Illustrator files for After Effects
      1m 28s
  5. 25m 42s
    1. Introducing Cinema 4D
      1m 22s
    2. Modeling the robot head and body
      6m 37s
    3. Modeling the robot arm
      6m 16s
    4. Animating components
      3m 46s
    5. Applying textures
      2m 38s
    6. Exporting for After Effects
      5m 3s
  6. 14m 54s
    1. Importing elements correctly
      3m 33s
    2. Deciding on comp size
      1m 33s
    3. Using Kuler to select a color palette
      3m 15s
    4. Making color palette solids
      3m 40s
    5. Finding the comp midpoint
      1m 0s
    6. Creating guides
      1m 53s
  7. 38m 25s
    1. Creating a rough arrangement of assets
      4m 15s
    2. Increasing efficiency with the Mirror effect
      2m 19s
    3. Using Grow Bounds to fix the dragon
      1m 18s
    4. Simulating motion with stills
      5m 24s
    5. Using the Slip Edit tool on video
      2m 43s
    6. Creating text for the banners
      3m 51s
    7. Warping the text
      3m 19s
    8. Smoothing the banner's edges
      1m 33s
    9. Making other tweaks
      9m 54s
    10. Fixing the sword with Simple Choker
      1m 43s
    11. Masking with precomposing and mattes
      2m 6s
  8. 27m 54s
    1. Animating the text on the banner
      1m 44s
    2. Arranging the elements in 3D space
      2m 37s
    3. Making cracks with Advanced Lightning
      4m 55s
    4. Creating music note particles with Foam
      6m 28s
    5. Animating characters entering the scene
      3m 23s
    6. Using scale to simulate bounce
      4m 56s
    7. Making the final comp
      1m 40s
    8. Animating the virtual camera
      2m 11s
  9. 23m 51s
    1. Color-correcting the subject
      6m 32s
    2. Color-correcting the dragons
      3m 30s
    3. Stylizing the explosion
      4m 50s
    4. Adding banner highlights with Ramp
      2m 39s
    5. Colorizing other elements
      4m 3s
    6. Using Layer Styles to color the background
      2m 17s
  10. 11m 40s
    1. Faking rack focus
      3m 29s
    2. Adding a vignette
      1m 22s
    3. Fading the project in and out
      2m 40s
    4. Making colors broadcast-safe
      1m 17s
    5. Adding audio and exporting
      2m 52s
  11. 18m 26s
    1. Importing the video
      2m 53s
    2. Laying down the drums
      4m 25s
    3. Adding the bass line
      3m 2s
    4. Adding the lead synth
      6m 48s
    5. Exporting for After Effects
      1m 18s
  12. 1m 40s
    1. Assignment: Completing the second side
      1m 11s
    2. Goodbye

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After Effects Project Workflow
Video duration: 0s 3h 18m Intermediate


Understanding how a post-production application like After Effects fits within a larger workflow can be valuable. After Effects Project Workflow shows how to integrate the various parts of the Adobe Production Premium suite and other applications with After Effects in a real-world project. Adobe Certified Instructor and Expert Chad Perkins explores this integration as he creates an interesting project, building with static images, animation, sound, particles, video effects, and 3D elements to produce an impressive final project. Chad explains the creative process from paper to final project, and shows all the steps in between. Exercise files accompany this course.

Topics include:
  • Planning a project in pre-production
  • Creating a 3D robot in Cinema 4D
  • Using kuler to establish a color palette
  • Learning how to design a motion graphics project from an artistic perspective
  • Preparing Photoshop and Illustrator content for animation in After Effects
  • Using color to stylize and unify visual elements
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(Music Playing) Hello! I am Chad Perkins and this is the After Effects Project Workflow. In this course, we're going to build a real world motion graphics project from a bunch of different files using a bunch of different applications. We'll create the layout using images from Photoshop, graphics from Illustrator, and 3D elements from Cinema 4D. Then we'll animate all the pieces, arranging them in 3D space, and using the tools in After Effects to make them do exactly what we want them to do. After that we'll put the finishing touches on, color correcting the final bumper and even composing an original soundtrack.

This is going to be a blast. So let's get started with After Effects Project Workflow.

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