GRDSN 175 Adobe After Effects

Project 4

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.

Problems you may encounter!

Problem in lesson 10: on page 250, the Mask Tracker may not work well.The instructions suggest redrawing the mask if it doesn't work. If redrawing doesn't help the mask track, try using fewer points and you may have to go frame-by-frame to adjust the point back onto the image.

In lesson 11: on page 311, step 11 you may find the numbers don't work well. Try a scale of 270.

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; Lesson 10, 11, and 12.

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 10:

  • Use a transition to move from one clip to another
  • Use the Levels effect to correct the color in a shot
  • Use the mask tracker to track part of a scene
  • Remove an area using the Keylight (1.2) effect
  • Use the Auto Levels effect to remove a color cast
  • Key out an area using the Color Range effect
  • Correct colors using Synthetic Aperture Color Finesse 3
  • Use the CC Toner effect to create a mood
  • Copy an object in the scene with the Clone Stamp tool

Objectives for Lesson 11:

  • Create a 3D environment in After Effects
  • Look at a 3D scene from multiple
  • Create 3D text
  • Rotate and position layers alon x, y, and z axes
  • Animate a camera layer
  • Add lights to create shadows and depth
  • Extrude 3D text in After Effects
  • Create a Cinema 4D layer to use in After Effects

Objectives for Lesson 12;

  • Track footage using the 3D Camera Tracker
  • Add camera and text elements to a tracked scene
  • Set a ground plane and origin
  • Create realistic shadows for new 3D elements
  • Lock elements to planes using null objects
  • Adjust camera settings to match real-world footage
  • Remove rolling shutter distortions from DSLR footage

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