After Effects  Course

Animate with Depth in AE

Take your animation skills to the next level by learning all about 3D layers, cameras, and lights in Adobe After Effects.

There are 16 episodes.

  • Get Your Artwork Into After Effects

    Review the basics of After Effects and learn how to prepare and import Illustrator and Photoshop files into After Effects. There's a bit of 2.5D theory to get you started...

    • 8:32
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  • Arranging Your Layers in 3D Space

    Learn all about moving, rotating, and scaling your layers in 3D space.

    • 12:44
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  • Adding Cameras to Control Perspective

    Cameras are the building blocks of creating a 3D space. Learn how to add them and adjust the properties.

    • 10:41
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  • Parenting 3D Layers

    Parenting 3D layers, makes the position, scale, and rotation of children layers relative to the parent layer.

    • 9:15
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  • Precomps & Collapsing Transformations

    Find out how to replace layers with others, how to get layers to make their own composition and how to treat a precomp like a 3D object.

    • 9:45
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  • Animating Cameras and 3D layers

    Get into animating our 3D layers and camera - this is where the real fun starts!

    • 25:32
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  • Rendering Settings and Quality

    An essential topic, this episode covers rendering at different qualities, converting to .mp4s and checking what your animations look like outside of After Effects.

    • 4:08
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  • And There Was Light

    We introduce light in this episode! Learn all about the various light properties found on a spot light and how to get the look you want.

    • 9:52
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  • More Lights in After Effects

    After Effects has multiple types of lights - there's not just a spotlight. We'll explore the various types in this episode.

    • 9:26
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  • Material Options

    3D layers have a bunch more settings nested under material options. These affect how layers react to light and shadow, and how these properties affect other layers too.

    • 10:14
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  • Useful Camera Techniques

    In this video we go over some easy (and productive) ways to do a few camera-related things!

    • 8:01
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  • Rollercoaster Cameras and Auto-Orientation

    One key aspect of good camera moves is controlling the orientation of the camera. We'll discuss how to do that in this episode.

    • 9:28
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  • Multiple Camera Angles & Transitions

    This episode focuses on using multiple cameras, different camera angles, and how to transition form one camera to another.

    • 11:56
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  • Make Better Stuff Faster

    It's time to talk about being productive! Learn some tips and tricks to reduce your waiting time when working on complex compositions.

    • 7:03
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  • Flickering Layer Issue

    If some of your 3D layers are flickering, watch this episode to see how you can resolve the issue!

    • 11:45
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  • Make a Cube

    Learn how to make a 3D cube with 2.5d layers. It's a simple technique that can be applied to a lot of different situations.

    • 5:15
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