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Topics
Graphic Design, 2D Animation, Motion graphics, Photoshop, After Effects
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How to Create 2D Graphic Animations

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5 Sessions / 2 hours of work per session
Skill Level
Beginner
Topics
Graphic Design, 2D Animation, Motion graphics, Photoshop, After Effects
Course Description

Learn how to create 2D animations with photoshop layers in After Effects. This course covers how to import photoshop files into After Effects, explains basic key framing techniques and teaches how to use simple camera tricks to create Z-space and 2D animations within a 2.5D space. Create fun and creative 2D-Animations and add this extra skill set to your portfolio!

schedule

This course is in adaptive mode and is open for enrollment. Learn more about adaptive courses here.

Session 1: Preparing Files in Photoshop (October 24, 2019)
Students will be introduced to 2D animations and expectation for the micro class will be set. They will learn how to work in photoshop and navigate through the basic interface to efficiently and creatively prepare files for animating in AE.
3 lessons
1. Introduction
2. House Keeping in Photoshop
3. Preparing files for AE In Photoshop
Session 2: Importing Photoshop Files in AE (October 31, 2019)

Students will learn how to import their Photoshop files into AE. They will learn basic key framing techniques and navigation tools in AE to build effective 2D animations.
2 lessons
1. Importing & Compositing Photoshop Files in After Effects
2. Basic Interface: Key Framing in After Effects
Session 3: Animating Cameras In After Effects (November 7, 2019)
Students will learn about basic cameras in AE. They will learn how to create Z space within a 2D space to create a 2.5D effect, somewhere between 2D and 3D space. Students will learn how to key frame cameras to create 2D animation effects.
2 lessons
1. Animating Cameras In After Effects Part 1
2. Animating Cameras In After Effects Part 2
Session 4: Animating Other Objects in After Effects (November 14, 2019)
Students will learn to animate individual objects composited in AE. They will learn how to make 2D drifting effects, wave effects, how to add solid backgrounds to their compositions and they will also learn how to add particle footage to their composition to make everything look fluid and creative.
4 lessons
1. Animating the Ferris Wheel
2. Adding Particles to Your Animation
3. Adding Background to Your Compositions
4. Adding Flags
Session 5: How to Export your Animations (November 21, 2019)
Students will learn how to export their animations into mp4 files. This file can be used for updating or uploading into their portfolios. Students will learn how to use Media Encoder to export their animations.
1 lessons
1. Exporting in After Effects
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Learning Outcomes

Below you will find an overview of the Learning Outcomes you will achieve as you complete this course.

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What You Need to Take This Course

Hardware: Laptop/Desktop

Software: Adobe Photoshop, Adobe After Effects.

Minimum System Requirement to run Adobe Photoshop:

Windows

Minimum requirement
Processor Intel® or AMD processor with 64-bit support*; 2 GHz or faster processor
Operating system Microsoft Windows 7 with Service Pack 1 (64-bit)*, Windows 10** (Version 1709 or later)
RAM 2 GB or more of RAM (8 GB recommended)
Hard disk space 3.1 GB or more of available hard-disk space for 64-bit installation; additional free space required during installation (cannot install on a volume that uses a case-sensitive file system)
Monitor resolution 1024 x 768 display (1280x800 recommended) with 16-bit color and 512 MB or more of dedicated VRAM; 2 GB is recommended***
Graphics processor acceleration requirements OpenGL 2.0-capable system
Internet Internet connection and registration are necessary for required software activation, validation of subscriptions, and access to online services †


macOS

Minimum requirement
Processor Multicore Intel processor with 64-bit support
Operating system macOS version 10.12 (Sierra), macOS version 10.13 (High Sierra), or macOS version 10.14 (Mojave)
RAM 2 GB or more of RAM (8 GB recommended)
Hard disk space 4 GB or more of available hard-disk space for installation; additional free space required during installation (cannot install on a volume that uses a case-sensitive file system)
Monitor resolution 1024 x 768 display (1280x800 recommended) with 16-bit color and 512 MB or more of dedicated VRAM; 2 GB is recommended*
Graphics processor acceleration requirements OpenGL 2.0-capable system
Internet Internet connection and registration are necessary for required software activation, membership validation, and access to online services †


Minimum System Requirement for Running Adobe After Effects:

Windows

Minimum specifications
Processor Multicore Intel processor with 64-bit support
Operating system Microsoft Windows 10 (64 bit) versions 1703 (Creators Update) and later
RAM

16 GB minimum (32 GB recommended)

Hard disk space

5GB of available hard-disk space; additional free space required during installation (cannot install on removable flash storage devices)

Additional disk space for disk cache (10GB recommended)

Monitor resolution 1280x1080 or greater display resolution
Internet Internet connection and registration are necessary for required software activation, validation of subscriptions, and access to online services.*

macOS

Minimum specifications
Processor Multicore Intel processor with 64-bit support
Operating system

macOS versions 10.12 (Sierra), 10.13 (High Sierra), 10.14 (Mojave)

RAM

16 GB minimum (32 GB recommended)

Hard disk space

6GB of available hard-disk space for installation; additional free space required during installation (cannot install on a volume that uses a case-sensitive file system or on removable flash storage devices)

Additional disk space for disk cache (10GB recommended)

Monitor resolution

1440x900 or greater display resolution

Internet

Internet connection and registration are necessary for required software activation, validation of subscriptions, and access to online services.*




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