These projects are long and involved. Please save backups as you work, just in case you need to retrace your steps. Periodically do a "save as" to a new version of the file.
You only have two attempts to take each quiz, we suggest you review the quiz before you start the project; it will help you find the answers later.
Be aware of the software versions.
Adobe's Creative Cloud system sends us updates whenever they fix a problem. Our books don't update, so watch out for an occasional menu item or feature that has moved or renamed. Our books are for the 2017 version, and Adobe has updated to 2018. We will list problems we encounter in these instruction pages.
How to make a ZIP archive on a Mac
Choose your file(s) or folder(s); pull down the File menu and choose the Compress option; the .zip will appear on your Desktop. See this diagram.
Check your ZIP files
Students sometimes make zips that do not open correctly; so check your process before you turn in projects. After you create the zip archive, please check it by opening it on your computer to make sure the files reappear and open. Move the zip into a new folder before opening it, so the files do not clutter up your existing work.
Where can I find the working files?
If you purchased a textbook, follow the instructions in the book to obtain the files. If you borrow a textbook from the CBE Lab, complete sets of zipped files for each course are stored on the SFCC network for you to download and use. To access the SFCC Network,
in the Finder menu access the Go menu (top of computer screen) > Connect to Server > Click on SFCC Disciplines > SFCC GRDSN. You will see folders for Against_the_Clock_2016_Student _Files and After Effects. Copy the files for your course from these folders. You can also copy the font files at this point.
You may also go to the SFCC website, to the Faculty and Staff area, and choose the VPN login link. You will find the AVA Disciplines server and the project files.
If you are checking out a book from the library or lab, the download code in the book will probably not work, so copy the files off our school server.
Where are the Type Fonts?
The projects in the ATC books use their own fonts. These can be downloaded from the ATC website (www.againsttheclock.com) and the Graphic Design AVA Disciplines lab server listed above.
In the Graphic design labs the fonts are not installed in the Macintosh computers, but they are easy to install.
First, access the ATC fonts folder located in the student files folder you where you downloaded the project files on the AVA Disciplines server.
Then, select the font or fonts you wish to install then double click on the selected font or fonts.
Click on the install button on each font box that pops up.
Important: You must install fonts on each computer you use. The installed fonts do not follow you from machine to machine.
If you are working on your own computer, you would install the fonts on that computer.
If you are not able to use the ATC fonts, you are welcome to substitute a similar font in your projects. There may be some differences in spacing you may need to adjust with substitute fonts.
Adobe Typekit Fonts
Some exercises use the Adobe Typekit service to load fonts from the internet. This only works if you are a subscriber to the Adobe Creative Cloud. Typekit isn’t available in the labs so please skip the instructions for using Typekit fonts and use a substitute font. If you subscribe to the CC you may use the Typekit features.
GRDSN 175 Adobe After Effects
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.
HOW TO PROCEED
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 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 4, 5, and 6.
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 4:
- Create custom shapes
- Customize a shape's fill and stroke
- Use path operations to transform shapes
- Animate shapes
- Repeat shapes
- Snap layers into alignment
- Use an expression to animate properties in time with audio
Objectives for Lesson 5:
- Create a complex animation with multiple layers
- Adjust the duration of a layer
- Animate with Position, Scale, and Rotation keyframes
- Use parenting to sync the animation of layers
- Use Bezier curves to smooth a motion path
- Animate a precomposed layer
- Apply effects to a solid layer
- Fade out audio
Objectives for Lesson 6:
- Animate a layered Adobe Photoshop file
- Duplicate an animation using the pick whip
- Work with imported Photoshop layer styles
- Apply a track matte to control the visibility of layers
- Animate a layer using the Corner Pin effect
- Apply the Lens Flare effect to a solid layer
- Use time remapping and the Layer panel to dynamically retime footage
- Edit Time Remap keyframes in the Graph Editor
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