Learn Adobe After Effects with this new free course for beginners

Apr 20, 2018

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

Learn Adobe After Effects with this new free course for beginners

Apr 20, 2018

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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After Effects is probably my favourite tools in the Adobe Lineup. Essentially, it is for video what Photoshop is for stills. It has a whole lot of very powerful features to let you animate, composite, and otherwise manipulate your video footage. It also lets you do motion graphics, camera tracking, and a host of other cool things. But it can be a little overwhelming at first.

This new course from motion graphics artist Roland Hartmann (graphicINmotion) will help to introduce you to the application gently. It guides you through the whole process from first loading and setting essential preferences to rendering out your final video. And, it’s completely free.

It is a really extensive course, albeit starting at Part 2. Not sure what happened to Part 1. Regardless, Part 2 is in 6 sections and walks you through the application itself.

Part 3 delves into actually creating and manipulating things with Adobe After Effects. It is primarily geared towards motion graphics, rather than video, but the principles of working with them is fundamentally the same. You still use all the same animation and keyframe features.

It’s a pretty in-depth series covering a lot of ground and lasts for around 4 hours in total. So, this isn’t just a handful of 2-minute tips. I didn’t get the chance to sit through all of it yet, but what I did see is very well put together and explains the fundamentals very well.

As I said, it is geared a little more towards motion graphics than video effects, but this is all stuff you’ll need to learn anyway. All of the things shown in this series apply to video work, too. So, you might as well learn it now as you get introduced to the application.

Roland also has many more tutorials going into some more advanced After Effects topics on his YouTube channel. And, if you’re still bored, there’s always VideoCopilot.

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John Aldred

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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2 responses to “Learn Adobe After Effects with this new free course for beginners”

  1. Craig Fouché Avatar
    Craig Fouché

    Lyle

  2. Vivek Kumar Avatar
    Vivek Kumar

    Thanks for posting it here John.
    Do us beginners a favour and post this tutorial on Hackr too. We’ve been waiting.
    https://hackr.io/tutorials/learn-adobe-after-effects