- Adding dramatic lighting
- Color keying photos
- Animating a page curl
- Creating patterns and textures
- Generating artwork from blank layers
- Adding rain and lightning to illustrations
- Creating water and bubbles
Skill Level Intermediate
- [Chris] Hi I'm Chris Converse and I'd like to welcome you to using After Effects for Graphic Design. Now this course is very different from most other After Effects courses in that we're going to be focusing on using After Effects for print design, and photography, and web graphics, and illustration, any type of project you can imagine. Because at its core, After Effects is a design tool, and it works just like other tools you may already be familiar with from Adobe, Most notably, Illustrator, Photoshop, and InDesign. And in fact, aside from a few naming differences, After Effects has the same basic panels as the other applications, and the best part is, if you're familiar with Photoshop, you already know the basics.
In this course we'll use some special effects inside of After Effects to create editorial graphics. We'll add dramatic lighting to a photograph and we'll learn to key out colors of a photograph for use in print and web layouts. We'll also be diving into generating textures and patterns from any image, in order to create unique backgrounds, repeating patterns, or custom brand imagery. And finally we'll take a look at generating artwork from nothing but a blank layer, allowing us to create liquids like water or melted chocolate, produce bubbles for champagne using particle systems, and even generating lighting and rain to enhance a graphic novel illustration.
And don't worry if you've never used After Effects before, the introduction chapter walks you through the basic panels, makes comparisons between After Effects and Photoshop, and shows you how to set up a workspace, plus I'll be demonstrating each example step-by-step throughout the course. And during each lesson, I'll show you a practical example of how each effect can be used in a design project. I have a lot of techniques to show you, so I hope you'll join me in using After Effects for Graphic Design.