I've been teaching After Effects for a little while, and I think I've seen every…beginner mistake out there.…It's interesting how beginners always make the exact same mistakes.…So I thought it would be useful if I put together a movie of all these little…common "gotchas," so maybe your first day in After Effects you can avoid these.…Let's say I want to animate my snowflake.…I will press P for Position, turn on the stopwatch for position, and we will…make a little animation of it moving across the frame.…Then I decide I will think I will animate scale as well.…
I will just make this smaller.…Somehow I think that this will make scale animate.…Well, if I don't turn on the stopwatch for scale, I won't have a scale animation.…So be sure to turn the stopwatch on for all of the properties you want to…animate, and of course turn on the stopwatch for the correct property.…You will be surprised how you start off animating position and you turn on…Rotation when you meant to click on Scale.…But you will get out of that habit pretty quickly.…
After Effects Apprentice is created by Trish and Chris Meyer and designed to be used on their own and as a companion to their book After Effects Apprentice.
- Starting a project from scratch
- Building a composition
- Arranging and transforming layers interactively and numerically
- Animating parameters including motion paths
- Applying and re-using effects
- Creating variations and rendering the final movie
- Importing layered Photoshop files
- Understanding alpha channels
- Avoiding common mistakes
Skill Level Beginner
Q: This course was updated on 11/09/2012. What changed?
A: We added new movies on using the exercise files that come with this course, and working with the Global Performance Cache in After Effects CS6. We have also added exercise files designed for After Effects CS6.
Q: This course was updated on 11/07/2016. What changed?
A: We updated eight movies to stay up to date with the latest changes in After Effects CC.