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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
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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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Jake is really good at explaining Step-by-Step so everyone can follow. I really like that he explains all the Shortcuts (for windows and Mac) and let them pop up in the Video too. It helps a lot to know that for improving my personal workflow. Thanks a lot Jake!
Natalie Reingruber

Motion Designer in Frankfurt//Germany

It’s a great course to learn about working in 32bit mode in AE and fun to design a nein sign
René Andritsch

Graphic and Motion Designer

Masterful. Real juicy, Jake!

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