GRDSN 175 Adobe After Effects

Project 3

Welcome to the After Effects course

You will be working through the lessons in Abobe's Classroom in a Book for After Effects. The 14 lessons are grouped into 5 project groups to simplify file management. You will submit a project file for each lesson and complete a quiz using the Canvas Learning System.

The resource files for the lessons are provided on a DVD disk attached to the book's back cover. If you are working in the CBE labs you can find these files stored on the AVA Disiplines>GRDSN>Self-paced_resources folder. Every Macintosh in the lab has a link to AVA Disciplines on the Desktop.


For lessons 1 through 14, follow the instructions in the Adobe Classroom in a Book for After Effects, CC.

Do the exercises in each lesson. As you save your work include your name in the file name. You will be turning in the exercises and taking a quiz in Canvas for each lesson.

How to turn in your lessons

The After Effects files contain very large video files that are too large to send through the Angel system, as we do with the other self-paced courses. You will turn in your files to the Dropoff folder in the GRDSN 175 folder in the AVA Classes server.

Important! Turn in your final project movie.

We need the final movies; your After Effects project file (.aep) will not display.

Please be sure you include your name in the file and folder names so we can identify your work. If you are working from off-campus and cannot visit the lab to turn in your work, contact your instructor and make other arrangements.

Save your work in a safe location as you work through this course; the campus network, DVD disks, or cloud storage are secure. Thumb drives and home computer hard drives seem to fail all too often, so keep backups.

If space is an issue, you can delete the Sample Movies and End_Project_Files for each lesson; be sure you retain the Assets folders or the projects will not display.

Take the quizzes

Go to the Assignments section in Canvas and take the project quiz. You are allowed to retake the quizzes only twice. You might review and print the quiz before starting the project and locate the answers as you work.

Objectives for Lesson 7:

  • Create a mask using the Pen Tool
  • Change a mask's mode
  • Edit a mask shape by controlling vertices and direction handles
  • Feather a mask edge
  • Replace the contents of a mask shape
  • Adjust the position of a layer in 3D space tabled it with the rest of the shot
  • Create a reflection effect
  • Create a vignette
  • User Auto Levels to correct the color of the shot

Objectives for Lesson 8:

  • Place Deform pins using the Puppet Pin tool
  • Define areas of overlap using the Puppet Overlap tool
  • Stiffen part of an image using the Puppet Starch tool
  • Animate the position of Deform pins
  • Smooth motion in an animation
  • Record animation using the Puppet Sketch tool

Objectives for Lesson 9:

  • Extract a foreground object from the background using the Roto Brush tool
  • Correct the segmentation boundary across a span of frames
  • Touch up a matted using the Brush tool
  • Refine a matte's edges
  • Freeze a frame across the remainder of a layer
  • Animate properties for creative effects

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