Explore basic techniques for using After Effects 2021, the flagship motion graphics and compositing application from Adobe.
- Have you heard amazing things about what can be done with Adobe After Effects, only to open the application and have no idea where to begin? There's no shortage of tutorials that go deep into specific techniques, but without an understanding of the basics, (upbeat music) any of them may leave you with more questions than answers. If you find yourself wondering what After Effects even does or if you're looking for your first success creating a composition from start to finish using the software, you've come to the right place. This course is designed to reveal the foundational elements of the software and to give you a direct experience working with each of them. The examples are designed to be achieved in just a few steps each. Sure, many techniques require more than that, but with a better understanding of After Effects as a whole, you'll have a much better idea of what and how to create with this tool set. (upbeat music) I'm Mark Christiansen, and I've been using After Effects for decades because it's the most versatile video tool I know of. I use it not only to complete shots, but even to just arrange my thoughts and problem solve the process. Having learned many of its ins and outs, I also find it fun to work with. This course was recorded using the 2020 version of After Effects. While Adobe has introduced new features since this course was recorded, none of these changes required that we redo the course for 2021. If you notice any changes to the user interface, don't worry about it too much. This is an introductory course that focuses on the fundamentals, and the features we discuss haven't changed at all. So if you're intrigued, let's get started with the basics.