Join Eran Stern for an in-depth discussion in this video What you should know before watching this course, part of After Effects: 3D Typography.
This course, assumes you have prior knowledge of adobe after face. You should feel comfortable using some of the advanced feature of the software such as 3D layers, cameras, lights, key frames and expressions. You don't need to write any code here. But I'm going to use the in order to drive some animation. So, in order to be able to follow along, these concepts should be familiar to you.
If this is not the case, you can refer to one of these courses in lynda.com library. After effects CC Essential Training with Ian Robinson. After Effects Apprentice 11: 3D Space with Chris Meyer and Trish Meyer. And getting started with After Effects Expressions with Angie Taylor. Not that this course is also going to rely heavily, on few third party plugins such as voice effects BCC, Metal Shapeshifter, Zaxwerks Invigorator Pro, and Video Copilot Element 3D.
Most of these have trial versions, so if you don't have access to them on your system, you can still follow along, using the demo versions if available. More details on that, in the next movie. If you don't have these third party solutions, or just don't know which one to choose, you arrive to the right place. One of my goals here is to try and show you the pros and cons of each tool, in real world scenario. So, when the time comes, you have the knowledge to make the right choice for your needs.
I'm going to try to make it empiric and objective as much as possible but, since we'll only have time to explore one case study, some of the features of these tools won't be covered in depth in this course. Having said that, I want to draw your attention to the last movie in each chapter. In this movie, I'll show you some of the advanced options for each tools. These are not part of the original design, but think about it as an idea corner, that can help you spice up the animation, and in many cases introduce additional horsepower, that can help you diverse your work and update the whole piece.
Also note that, this course was recorded in mid 2014. The tools which I'm covering here continue to evolve, and new features are added each year. To get to the full picture, please refer to the manufacturers websites, and check the current version.
In this course, motion graphics veteran Eran Stern discusses the options and their pros and cons. He'll also compare 2D and 3D typography, and discuss techniques to ensure your work looks great and your message is clear. Plus, learn about tools that behave like subsoftware inside After Effects, allowing you to create stunning 3D text faster than ever before. From built-in tools to advanced third-party plugins, such as Element 3D, BCC Units, and Invigorator Pro, this is your chance to find out which one suits your needs and budget.
- Why good typography matters in motion graphics
- Creating faux 3D and pseudodepth
- Using the ray-traced 3D renderer
- Extruding text in C4D Lite
- Working with BCC Units 3D Objects, Invigorator Pro, and Element 3D