Adobe After Effects CS4: Motion and Sculpting


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In this Adobe After Effects training course, students who already have experience with After Effects will learn to improve their motion graphics and visual effects by taking the rhythm of their movement and treatment of their graphical elements to another level.

  1. Paint and Clone
    1. Basic painting
    2. Paint Channels
    3. Paint Blending Modes
    4. Animating strokes
    5. Creating organic textures
    6. Tablet settings
    7. Cloning
    8. Transforming strokes
    9. Vector Paint overview
    10. Wiggle control
    11. Onionskin mode
    12. Playback modes
  2. CS4 Features: Puppet Tool, Brainstorm, Shape Layers
    1. Using Brainstorm
    2. Brainstorm with keyframes
    3. Puppet Pin tool
    4. Animating Puppet pins
    5. Puppet overlap tool
    6. Recording puppet animation
    7. Puppet starch tool
    8. Shape layers
    9. Multiple shapes
    10. Even-odd fill
    11. Shape effects
    12. Shape repeater
    13. Compound paths
    14. Shape gradients
    15. Shape pen paths
    16. Advanced strokes
    17. Animating a stroke
  3. Expressions/Time Games
    1. Using the pick whip to create an expression
    2. Stabilizing shadows
    3. Matching value ranges
    4. Looping keyframes
    5. Wiggle expressions
    6. Expression controllers
    7. Master controller
    8. Converting sound to keyframes
    9. Frame blending/Pixel Motion
    10. Stop motion tricks
    11. Preserve Frame Rate
    12. Freeze frames
    13. Time Remapping
  4. Tracking/Stabilizing
    1. Creating track points
    2. Tracker options
    3. Stabilization
    4. Compensation for stabilized footage
    5. Fixing bad tracks
    6. Tracking interlaced footage
    7. Motion tracking
    8. Applying a motion track
    9. Radio Waves effect
    10. Applying tracks to effect points
    11. Perspective corner pin tracking
    12. Bezier Warp effect
    13. Stabilizing position, orientation and scale
    14. Interpolating obscured tracks
    15. Working with high-definition footage
    16. Keylight effect
    17. Improving keyed composites
    18. Garbage mattes
  5. Putting it into 3D Space
    1. Enabling layers for 3D
    2. Moving layers in 3D space
    3. Layer stacking in 3D
    4. 3D rotation and orientation
    5. Multi-planing effects
    6. 3D motion paths
    7. Multiple views
    8. Camera settings
    9. Customizing 3D views
    10. Camera track and orbit tools
    11. Moving and animating cameras
    12. Layer and camera
    13. Auto-orientation
    14. 3D lights
    15. Vignettes
    16. Animating lights
    17. Casting shadows
    18. OpenGL and Fast Previews
    19. Adding dimension to stills
    20. Editing stills for 3D

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