Create A Motion Comic Pt 3: Adobe After Effects Premium class

David Miller, Multimedia Artist For Primordial Creative studio

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9 Videos (27m)
    • Intro to After Effects Motion Comics

      1:54
    • Setting Up After Effects + Timeline + Transform

      4:06
    • Effects

      2:17
    • Adding More Layers + Setting Velocity of Keyframes

      5:44
    • Envisioning The Full Scene + Parenting

      2:33
    • Backgrounds + More Effects

      3:01
    • 3D Space

      3:01
    • Rendering + Pre Rendering

      4:09
    • Wrap Up

      0:43

About This Class

Welcome to another installment of my Motion Comics series, this time focusing on Adobe After Effects!  

I'll show you how I animate comic art using material pulled from public domain Golden Age comics.  

If you want to see where I got the art and how I extracted it/ prepared it for animation, check out Part 1 of my Motion Comics series using Adobe Photoshop.  

Part 2 used Adobe Character Animator, a function of of After Effects, to use motion capture technology to animate and voiceover a character with our own heads.

A few words about Adobe After Effects- this is a huge program with a ton of features and options.  In the same way Photoshop allows you to create virtually any image you can think of, After Effects lets you manipulate footage, still images like jpgs, graphics like Illustrator shapes, words, and sound all in one.  These combined elements are called “Compositions” in After Effects, and you can nest a composition within a composition, or have a sequence of compositions like any other video editor such as premiere or iMovie.  


As complicated as After Effects looks, a lot of the basic elements of layers, transformations, opacity and pixel dimensions are no different than Adobe Photoshop.  We simply have the added element of time, which means a transformation can occur over a period of time- that’s the basics of motion pictures.  If you are completely new to After Effects and want to learn more after this class I highly recommend Jake Bartlett on Skillshare, who has a lengthy list of classes regarding the topic.  

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David Miller

Multimedia Artist For Primordial Creative studio

I have always been interested in the visual arts from an early age- drawing, painting, and clay- but around my high school years I became interested in photography for the social aspect of involving other people, the adventure inherent in seeking out pictures, and the presentation of reality that wasn't limited by my drawing skills.  

One thing in my work that has stayed consistent over the decades since then is I have an equal interest in the reality of the lens next to the fictions we can create in drawing, painting, animation, graphic design, and sound design.  As cameras have incorporated video and audio features, and as Adobe's Creative Cloud allows for use of a plethora of mind-bending tools, I now make video art pieces that are based in photography but utilize time lapse, clay and paper stop motion animation, graphic animation, text and sound to expand the same intersection of reality and pop surrealism.