Introduction to After Effects for Animation - Create Your Own Music Inspired Short | Claire Pinegar | Skillshare

Introduction to After Effects for Animation - Create Your Own Music Inspired Short

Claire Pinegar, Freelance 2D animator

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17 Videos (2h 43m)
    • Introduction

    • Touring the interface

    • Importing assets

    • Setting up a composition

    • Layer Types

    • Layer Modes

    • Animation basics

    • Animating pre-compositions

    • Animating masks

    • Introduction to exporting

    • Introduction to shape layers

    • Converting AI files to shape layers

    • Path animation

    • Introduction to working in 3D space

    • Changing perspective with 2D assets

    • Introduction to animating text

    • Tips for polishing your final export


About This Class

This class is for designers and illustrators that are looking to bring their vector illustration to life covering a range of different animation methods to create a music based sting.

This class is for those of you who are new to After Effects, so we'll be covering a lot of the basics. However, a good understanding of Illustrator or Photoshop will be useful as a lot of the tools and termonology crosses over into After Effects.

You’ll create a 10-15 second animation that captures the spirit, feel, and excitement of your favorite song, album, record get the idea. I've created a simple piece to take you through key skills in After Effects. You will need Adobe After Effects and Illustrator. Trial versions are avalible on the Adobe website.

Class Breakdown:

  • A tour of the interface - How to set up your project and composition and importing assets from outside of after effects
  • Layer Types An overview of different layer types.
  • Introduction to Animation - Covering the basics of animating the transform properties. Explaining the use of pre-composing and animating within these. How to animate masks and when to use them. Lastly a quick run through of how to export your video so you can share your work so far.
  • Introduction to shape layers and animating paths - How to convert Illustrator files to After effects shape layers and how to animate paths.
  • Working in 3D space: We’ll be covering the basics of the 3D capabilities within After Effects, This isn't true 3D animation but I’ll be covering tricks such as transforming an object to appear to change to a different perspective. 
  • We’ll also look into basic text animation and finally some finishing touches to polish your animation.





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Claire Pinegar

Freelance 2D animator

Claire Pinegar is a London based freelance Director, Animator and Motion Designer. Working on a variety of projects covering broadcast, web promos, and film trailers, her work ranges from hand-drawn animation to cinematic typographic design. With experience in a film marketing agency, an animation production company and freelancing her work spans a wide range of areas and practices; from exhibition A/V installations to non-profit campaign videos.

She is now producing films primarly for...

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