Description
Course info
Level
Intermediate
Updated
Feb 8, 2017
Duration
1h 38m
Description

Cover everything from keying a green screen, to adjusting blend modes, to opacity, to masking, and more. In this course, After Effects Transparency and Blending, you'll learn about all the different ways to control transparency and blending in After Effects CC. First, you'll start off easy learning about alpha channels and opacity. Next, you'll build from there on more complex ways to cause two images to interact. Then, you'll learn about blend modes and which ones are the most useful for common tasks. Finally, you'll discover tricks for getting better green screen keys and how to do a little color correction for the final bit of polish. By the end of the course, you'll be equipped to find new ways to bring footage together and create transitions using easy and professional effects. Software required: After Effects CC.

About the author
About the author

Laura is a passionate visual effects and motion graphics author at Pluralsight. Ever since her first exposure to After Effects in college, Laura has had an eternal drive to learn more about motion graphics, and teach others what she has discovered. Laura began working at Digital-Tutors (now a Pluralsight company) as a motion graphics artist, creating visually-appealing advertisements and informative art for the site.

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Section Introduction Transcripts
Section Introduction Transcripts

Course Overview
Hi, my name is Laura Hawk, and I'll be your guide in this Pluralsight course. Throughout these tutorials, you'll learn about all the different ways to control transparency and blending in After Effects CC. Everything from keying a green screen, to adjusting blend modes, to opacity, to masking, and more. We'll start off easy, learning about alpha channels and opacity, then we'll build from there on more complex ways to cause two images to interact. We'll learn about blend modes, and which ones are more useful for common tasks. You'll also learn little tricks for getting better green screen keys, and how to do a little color correction for the final bit of polish. By the end of this course, you'll be equipped to find new ways to bring footage together and create transitions using easy and professional effects. Before we get started, I'd just like to let you know that Pluralsight would like to say thank you to Dissolve and the contributors Aila Images, Gorodenkoff, and Kingsland for their videos that were used in this series of lessons. You can access these same videos and thousands of others at Dissolve. com. I'm so excited to share with you all these tricks that I wish I'd known when I was first learning After Effects. So let's jump right in to our first module on Transparency.

Transparency
Welcome to module 1 of After Effects Transparency and Blending. In this module, well, we're going to be focusing on transparency. Let's take a quick overview of what we'll be learning in this module. First we'll be understanding alpha channels and how they contribute to transparency, we'll learn about opacity and masking in After Effects, and blend modes. So join me in the next clip where we'll be starting with understanding alpha channels.

Mattes and Other Methods
Welcome to module 2, Mattes and Other Methods, where we'll be learning about all other kinds of ways to control transparency and blending in After Effects. In this module, we'll learn about track mattes, preserving underlying transparency, and some specific blend modes called Stencil and Silhouette, and these are modes that I eluded to in the previous module, but we're really going to unlock their power here. Join me in the next clip where we'll begin learning about track mattes.

Keying Green Screen Footage
Hi, and welcome to module 3, Keying Green Screen Footage. In this module, we're going to be learning a lot of things about keying green screens. First we'll start by picking the green screen color, then we'll be creating masks for the green screen to get any areas that are undesirable off the sides or top, then we'll be talking about our Screen Matte clip settings, and how you can use that to adjust the matte. We'll also go over a few tricks for a tough key, and how you don't have to be bound to just using one layer to get the perfect key pulled. We'll also talk about spill suppression, as well as color correction to pull everything together at the end. Join me in the next clip where we'll be talking about picking the screen color and adjusting the biases.