Getting to know the workflow:
Create a project and import footage.
Create compositions and arrange layers.
Navigate the Adobe After Effects interface.
Use the Project, Composition, and Timeline panels.
Apply basic keyframes and effects.
Preview your work using standard and RAM previews.
Customize the workspace.
Creating a basic animation using effects and presets:
Use Adobe Bridge to preview and import footage items.
Work with the layers of 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.
Apply a dissolve transition effect.
Adjust the transparency of a layer.
Render an animation for broadcast use.
Export an animation in SWF format for the web.
Create and animate text layers.
Stylize text using the Character and Paragraph panels.
Animate text using animation presets.
Preview animation presets in Adobe Bridge.
Customize an animation preset.
Animate text using keyframes.
Animate layers using parenting.
Edit and animate imported Adobe Photoshop text.
Use a text animator group to animate selected characters on a layer.
Apply a text animation to a graphic object.
Working wIth shape layers:
Create custom shapes.
Customize a shape’s fill and stroke.
Use path operations to transform shapes.
Explore design options with the Brainstorm feature.
Add a Cartoon effect to a video layer for a distinctive look.
Animating a multimedia presentation
Create a complex animation with multiple layers.
Adjust the duration of a layer.
Clip live motion video using a shape layer.
Animate with Position, Scale, and Rotation keyframes.
Animate a precomposed layer.
Apply the Radio Waves effect to a solid layer.
Add audio to a project.
Loop an audio track using time remapping.
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
Edit Time Remap keyframes in the Graph Editor.
Working with masks
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 to blend it with the rest of the shot.
Create a reflection effect.
Create a vignette.
Use Auto Levels to correct the color of the shot.
Distorting objects with the puppet tools
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.
Using the roto brush tool
Extract a foreground object from the background using the Roto
Correct the segmentation boundary across a span of frames.
Touch up a matte using the Brush tool.
Refine a matte’s edges.
Freeze a frame across the remainder of a layer.
Animate properties for creative effects.
Performing color correction
Use the Levels effect to correct the color in a shot.
Replace the sky with a different image.
Use the Auto Levels effect to introduce a color shift.
Correct a range of colors using Synthetic Aperture Color Finesse 3.
Apply the Photo Filter effect to warm portions of an image.
Remove unwanted elements with the Clone Stamp tool.
Building 3D objects
Create a 3D shape from a solid layer.
Create 3D text with expressions.
Look at a 3D scene from multiple views.
Create a guide layer to aid in object placement.
Control the way a layer animates by moving its anchor point.
Rotate and position layers along x, y, and z axes
Using 3D features
Animate 3D objects.
Add reflections to 3D objects.
Use an adjustment layer to blur multiple layers.
Animate a camera layer.
Create and position light layers.
Add a Linear Wipe effect to reveal objects in the composition.
Working with the 3D camera tracker
Track footage using the 3D Camera Tracker.
Add camera and text elements to a tracked scene.
Create realistic shadows for new 3D elements.
Lock elements to planes using null objects.
Adjust camera settings to match real-world footage.
Advanced editing techniques
Stabilize a shaky camera shot.
Use single-point motion tracking to track one object in a shot to another object in a shot.
Use Imagineer Systems mocha for After Effects to track motion.
Create a particle system.
Use the Timewarp effect to create slow-motion video.
Create snow with trapcode