Description
Course info
Level
Beginner
Updated
Aug 12, 2013
Duration
2h 14m
Description

Welcome to the Quick Start to After Effects. Quick Starts are a series of specially-constructed courses meant to be followed in sequence and include valuable exercises to reinforce learned concepts. We'll go through After Effects in a very methodical, step-by-step way, making sure to cover the tools and techniques that are most important in enabling you to get up and running quickly. In this initial volume, we'll cover the basics of getting started working in After Effects. We'll discuss navigation and the interface. We'll cover methods of working with outside sources for assets and how to import them to After Effects. We'll also learn how to work with layers on the Timeline and how to start editing and adding effects to them to create a story. In the end, we'll end up with a finished commercial style ad that will teach you the basics of getting started with After Effects as well as give you a few editorial pointers. While following along with these lessons and building a project together will provide you with valuable knowledge, the real power comes from being able to take the techniques you've learned and apply them in a different way to your own work. These courses are designed to be taken in sequence so we really encourage you to start with this volume and proceed all the way through to Volume 5, and take advantage of the periodic assignments along the way to get the full learning experience. Software required: After Effects CC v. 12.0.0.404.

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

Introduction and Project Overview
Hi I'm Chris, and welcome to the Quick Start series. Each volume of a Quick Start builds upon the skills learned in the previous volumes, letting you expand your knowledge with progressively more complex projects, so make sure to watch them in order. After following along with the five volumes, as well as completing the assignments at the end of each volume, you're ready to dive deeper into the world's largest creative video training library. With that quick introduction to this series, I'm going to hand it back to our tutor. Hello I'm Laura with Digital-Tutors, and I'd like to welcome you to the Quick Start to After Effects. In this initial volume, we'll cover the basics of getting started working in After Effects. We'll discuss navigation and the interface. We'll cover methods of working with outside sources for assets and how to import them to After Effects. We'll also learn how to work with layers on the timeline and how to start editing and adding effects to them to create a story. In the end, we'll up with a finished commercial style ad that will teach you the basics of getting started with After Effects, as well as give you a few editorial pointers. While following along with these lessons and building a project together will provide you with valuable knowledge, the real power comes from being able to take the techniques you've learned and apply them in a different way to your own work. With this in mind, you'll be presented with an assignment immediately following each volume. These assignments will challenge you to take the skills that you've learned in a particular volume and apply them to a different set of assets. These courses are designed to be taken in sequence, so we'll really encourage you to start with this volume and proceed all the way through to volume five, and take advantage of the periodic assignments along the way to get the full learning experience. With that, let's go ahead and get started.