2D Motion Graphics in After Effects | CG Master Academy

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2D Motion Graphics in After Effects

An 8-week course diving into how to create compelling visual elements and animations using Adobe After Effects

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Course Overview

Learn how to navigate through basic key framing tools & techniques in After Effects to create 2D Motion Graphics for personal, advertising, and commercial use. Artists in any field can use these skills to enhance their demo reels, round out a pitch presentation, or add to their portfolios! Students will be assigned strategic projects each week to simulate deadlines, pacing, pipelines, design & animation trends according to the industry standards. From the very beginnings of an idea, to creating design, until the completion of your animation, students will learn basic principles of combining design with motion to create unique and effective 2D animations. Some of the topics that will be covered in this course include: creating effective design layouts, compositing in AE, integrating design assets between Photoshop and After Effects, logo animations, infographics, kinetic type, network branding, show packages, style frames and basic editing techniques. By the end of the course, students will have a short demo reel to use as their portfolio.
It is recommended, but not required, that students enrolling in this course have a good understanding of design principles.


Course Format:   Standard
Lecture Type:   Pre-recorded
Feedback:   Individual recordings
Duration:   8 weeks
Assignment:   Due each week. Expect to spend 8-10 hrs/wk viewing lectures, q&a, and time on assignments.
Q&A:   Once a week
Materials:   Adobe After Effects, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Premiere
Skills level:   Beginner - Intermediate
Prerequisites:   Basic knowledge of Photoshop will help in this class

2D Motion Graphics in After Effects WHAT YOU’LL LEARN

What you'll learn

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Student introduction – what is your background / expectations for the class? | Covering the basics of the AE interface – making new compositions, project settings, timelines, tools, project / effects / text panels, key frames | How to work with video settings and codecs | Exporting a project | The 5 different animations currently used in the industry
Continue to learn important features in After Effects: AE shortcuts, AE layers, bringing layers from Photoshop, organizing in the projects panel, pre-comps, reducing projects, media caches, morphing shapes, strokes, and masking
How to create style frames and mood boards using After Effects and Photoshop | Lighting, blurs, color-correction, creating trendy layouts, text, and other compositing tools
Overlays, alphas, green screens, mattes, expression, plug-ins | Basic effects from effects panels: key light, wiggle, blurs and generate
Cameras in After Effects, z-space, depth of field | Lights, paralaxing, pre-comps, and kinetic type
How to create infographics—informative animations combining text and visual elements to inform about a service or product | Basic editing techniques in Adobe Premiere | Portfolio reels
How to create opening animations—introductions to any product or service that set a mood / expectation of the brand | Opening, closing, and lower thirds | Show packages | Frame tracking, tools, pipelines, and housekeeping in After Effects | Begin final project
The motion graphics market: freelancing rates, full-time and other opportunities in the industry | Preparing yourself for the job market | How to stand out | Work ethics | Finish final project

A sword wields no strength unless the hand that holds it has courage.

Mehreen graduated with an undergrad in Graphic Design and a Master's Degree in Motion Media Design from Savannah College of Art & Design. After graduating, Mehreen started her career in Manhattan & Brooklyn, NY where she was given the opportunity to work with well-reputed companies such as Motion Picture Company-NY, Vice Media HBO, NBC Universal, Hogarth Worldwide, Ogilvy & Mather, Beehive, Loyal Kaspar, Click 3x, Spontaneous, Sirius XM, Transistors Studios, Animated Storyboards, Joule, Now what, Launch/Charlex, Eyeball. Now she resides in Denver, Colorado freelancing with companies like Starz Entertainment, Motive Design Studio, Spillt Agency, Milkhaus, Blue Pony, Indiana and many more! Some of the clients that she has worked with include Vida, Bitter Sweet, Ford, Rocky Mountain Institute, Charter Support, CMT ID Logos, The Profit, SharkTank, VICE HBO, Comedy Central, New York City Opera LED screen projection-Moses in Egypt, GE, Harley Davidson, La Soiree-Theater New York, CNBC Networks. She also taught Motion Graphics at Art Institute of Colorado and re-wrote the motion graphics online course for Rocky Mountain College of Art & Design. She now successfully teaches 2D animation online program at RMCAD as well. When she is not working she is hiking the Colorado mountains, soaking up the sun, traveling, drawing, painting, making music, dancing, or simply being a curious nerd!


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Companies that hire our students

  • Naughty Dog
  • Luma Pictures
  • Google
  • EA Games
  • DreamWorks Animation
  • Blizzard Entertainment

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Certificate of Completion

Earn a Certificate of Completion when you complete and turn in 80% of course assignments.

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