GRDSN 175 Adobe After Effects

Project 2

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 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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