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17 Videos (1h 29m)
    • Course Trailer

      0:56
    • Preparing the Artwork

      2:26
    • 32 Bits Per Channel

      5:01
    • Building the Sign

      2:13
    • Color Management

      6:09
    • Building The Glow

      15:43
    • Using Incompatible Effects

      2:11
    • Making Adjustments

      3:38
    • Little Details

      11:43
    • What Are Hold Keyframes?

      2:18
    • Getting Organized

      2:51
    • Final Prep Work

      2:45
    • Traditional Neon Animation

      4:04
    • Taking The Animation Further

      16:40
    • Polishing It Off

      6:44
    • Exporting A Video

      3:09
    • Thanks!

      0:40

About This Class

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In this class I'll show you my own method for simulating light in After Effects. You'll learn how to turn any text, graphic or animation into a neon sign, building completely custom glow effects. We'll also go over lots of tips and tricks for animating with shape layers, using precompositions to make a procedurally generated effect, a simple expression rig for color management, and lots more! Once you understand how to simulate light you'll be able to add an extra level of realism to any design or animation.

This class is designed for artists who have some experience with After Effects, but it's not required. As with all of my courses, you'll be able to follow along step-by-step with my videos even if you've never used the software before. But if you'd like a beginner's intro to After Effects first, check out The Beginner's Guide to Animating Custom GIFs, or Hand Lettering In Motion.

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No fooling around! This is good and real AE content to learn!
Jake is a master! He is sooo thorough and explains everything in great detail. Not only is he an amazing teacher, but a fantastic designer and let me tell you the combo is AWESOME! Kudos Jake––keep up the great work!
Thank you, Jake, for such a very useful course! I would recommend all Jake's courses to everyone who is interested in learning AE. These courses are very informative, concise and engaging.

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