GRDSN 175 Adobe After Effects

Project 1

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 several lessons as a project file for each lesson and complete a quiz using the Canvas Learning System.

The resource files for the lessons are provided in the Canvas assignments and also on on the campus computer network server, AVA Disiplines, in the GRDSN>After_Effects_CC2017-Lessons folder. If you purchased a textbook you also have an internet access code to obtain the files.


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' final movie (.mov) files and taking a quiz in Canvas for each lesson.

There is a problem with lesson 3, the Road Trip!

People working in the lab can't access the Adobe cloud resources needed for Typekit, so you can skip the Typekit steps on pages 62-64. If you are working on your own Adobe account, by all means try out the Typekit fonts.

Also, on page 67, step 6 the Essentials workspace is now called Default.

How to turn in your lessons

The After Effects files contain very large video files that are too large to send through the Canvas 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 movies; Lessons 1, 2, and 3.

We need the final movie files turned in; 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 1:

  • Create a project and import footage
  • Create compositions and arrange layers
  • Navigate the interface
  • Use the Project, Composition, and Timeline panels
  • Transform layer properties
  • Apply basic effects
  • Create keyframes
  • Preview your work
  • Customize the workspace
  • Adjust preferences related to the user interface
  • Find additional resources for using After Effects

Objectives for Lesson 2:

  • Use Adobe Bridge to preview and import footage items
  • Work with the layers on an imported Adobe Illustrator file
  • Apply drop-shadow and emboss effects
  • Apply a text animation preset
  • Adjust the time range of a text animation preset
  • Precompose layers
  • Apply a dissolve transition effect
  • Adjust the transparency of a layer
  • Render an animation for broadcast use

Objectives for Lesson 3:

  • Create and animate text layers
  • Stylize text using the Character and Paragraph panels
  • Apply and customize text animation presets
  • Preview animation presets in Adobe Bridge
  • Install font using Typekit
  • Animate text using keyframes
  • Animate text using parenting
  • Edit and animate imported Adobe Photoshop text
  • Use a text animator group to animate selected characters on a layer


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