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In Motion: Principles of Motion Graphics, Ian Robinson shares the core concepts and techniques used to create real-world motion graphic elements in Apple Motion. The course starts with finding the initial inspiration for a project and then covers how to bring those ideas to life using the tools in Motion, including type treatments, filters, textures, and lighting. Two projects demonstrating how to animate a title sequence and how to assemble a graphics package are also included. Exercise files accompany the course.
In recent years it seems that there's been an explosion of opportunities in the industry of motion graphics, because honestly, they appear in just about every form of popular media today, whether it's online media, network television, video on your cell phone, iPod, DVD, video games, you'll find motion graphics work, really. If you are looking for a clear definition of motion graphics, there isn't one. The field is so broad, many disciplines end up falling into this category. So to define motion graphics, I like to think about it according to the skills required to create many of the most common projects.
At it's core, motion graphics requires a basic design knowledge, you know, color theory, composition, typography, but the fun begins when you start adding in the motion. Then you are adding skills traditionally covered in other disciplines like film, visual effects and animation. From key framing to editing, and special effects, there are plenty of skills required to keep you busy for a very long time. So in this course, we will not only explore the tools used within Motion, but we will also look at the overall process involved in creating a successful motion graphics project.
Now I don't want any of you to feel overwhelmed or discouraged if you don't have a huge set of skills yet. The most important thing to remember about creating motion graphics is the fact that it is a never-ending learning process. Honestly, I take comfort in the fact that I work in a field where you should never really stop learning about the next new technique.
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