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After Effects CS6 Tips & Tricks, Part 1: Animation

with expert John Wiley & Sons

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Course at a glance

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  • Creative Design Power Pack
  • Power Pack Plus

Release date Release date 4/1/2015
Level Level Intermediate
Runtime Runtime 1h 11m
Platform Platform Major browsers on Windows Major browsers on Windows Major browsers on Mac OSX Major browsers on Mac OSX Mobile Devices Mobile Devices
Published eBooks Published eBooks Included
Hands-on labs Hands-on labs N/A
Sample files Sample files Included
Exams Exams N/A

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Course description

Do you already know the basics of After Effects CS6? Then learn essential tips & tricks that will expand your knowledge in this two part learning series. After Effects is one of the creative industry’s leading motion graphics and visual effects programs, and After Effects CS6 is packed with the tools you need to create videos, motion graphics, and 3D animation. These lessons will help you discover timeline shortcuts, special effects tips, and animation tricks.


This course assumes familiarity with Adobe After Effects CS6. This course is part of a 2 part learning series. The courses should be taken in the following order, After Effects CS6 Tips & Tricks: Composition and Animation and After Effects CS6 Tips & Tricks: Effects, Sound and Finishing.

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John Wiley & Sons Our Creative Design courses are presented by experts from Wiley Publishing. Wiley is a global provider of knowledge and knowledge-enabled services that improve outcomes in areas of research, professional practice, and education. They are the publisher of award-winning journals, encyclopedias, books, and online products and services.

Course outline

Composition and Animation

Composition (15:48)
  • Introduction (00:10)
  • Pan Behind Tool (01:40)
  • Choosing Comp Dimensions (02:08)
  • Comp Timing Parameters (02:22)
  • Add Animation Keyframes (02:22)
  • Missing Media (03:04)
  • Set Image Previews (02:20)
  • Adobe Bridge (01:29)
  • Summary (00:10)
Power User (15:30)
  • Introduction (00:10)
  • Duplication (02:12)
  • Custom Workspaces (02:06)
  • Comp Tab Shortcuts (01:53)
  • Timeline Key Commands (02:41)
  • Memory Allocation (01:31)
  • Background Color (02:38)
  • Find Hidden Information (02:07)
  • Summary (00:10)
Animation (20:31)
  • Introduction (00:10)
  • Level of Undo (01:16)
  • Replacements (01:50)
  • Animation Presets (02:45)
  • Custom Animation Preset (02:06)
  • Motion Sketch Capture (02:21)
  • Shortcut Reference Chart (01:38)
  • Import Project Files (01:52)
  • Property Shortcuts (03:18)
  • Mask Property Tools (03:01)
  • Summary (00:10)
Transitions (19:27)
  • Introduction (00:10)
  • Motion Paths (03:22)
  • Create 3D Layer (05:12)
  • Keyframe Icons (02:33)
  • Stabilize Shaky Cam (03:46)
  • Transition Presets (02:02)
  • Manual Transitions (02:09)
  • Summary (00:10)