After Effects: Principles of Motion Graphics

with Ian Robinson
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After Effects: Principles of Motion Graphics
Video duration: 0s 7h 57m Intermediate


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.

Topics include:
  • Converting type from Photoshop and Illustrator
  • Creating shapes from text
  • Using markers in animation
  • Editing techniques for graphics
  • Using type presets
  • Animating type
  • Exploring color correction tools
  • Building animated textures
  • Creating custom vignettes
  • Understanding Lights and Material settings
  • Adding dynamic transitions
  • Rigging cameras for animation
  • Working efficiently in 3D space
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Hello! My name is Ian Robinson, and I'd like to welcome you to After Effects: Principles of Motion Graphics. In this course, I'll show you how to create motion graphics with After Effects, but rather than primarily focusing on the tools, I'll show you some industry standard motion graphic workflows and techniques. We'll start by looking at the overall process of creating motion graphics, but quickly move on to some more conceptual techniques, like how to find inspiration. Then we'll move into some more hands-on training from working with type, textures, and colors, to lighting and camera animation techniques.

I'll also show you some of my personal go-to tips for some more common tasks, like creating title designs or making more dynamic transitions. Finally, we'll even cover the best practices for creating and delivering your final projects. So whether you're a full-time motion graphic designer or an editor looking to round out your skills, this course will prepare you for the next level. Now let's get on with it and start creating some motion graphics.

Find answers to the most frequently asked questions about After Effects: Principles of Motion Graphics .

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Q: How do I transition from one piece of animated type to another in After Effects?
A: There isn't an effect that can create these types of transitions. It's really a matter of animating the type and camera, using basic keyframing and positioning.
If you understand the basics of moving the anchor point of a type layer, animating the parameters of that layer (Scale, Rotation, Position, etc.) and then separately animating the camera around the type layers, you can achieve different types of transitions.  Check out the following videos for more information:

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