Course curriculum

  • 1

    Exercise Files

    • Exercise Files: Starting from scratch

    • Finished Reference Exercise Files

  • 2

    Lesson 1: Stylize and Animate a Newspaper Page

    • Part 1 | Getting started: File management, preferences & keyboard shortcuts

    • Part 2 | Preparing files for import into After Effects & Photoshop layer management

    • Part 3 | Build a newspaper composite, and generate a large background from a small image

    • Part 4 | Stylizing with Effects, masking layers & camera animation

  • 3

    Lesson 2: Create a Pullquote Animation

    • Part 1 | Making selections with channels, setting Brush preferences & working with the Clone Stamp tool

    • Part 2 | creating a clean background & optimizing images through resizing

    • Part 3 | Importing layered photoshop documents as compositions & using Pre-compose

    • Part 4 | Understanding Clone Stamp options

    • Part 5 | Adding and animating Effects, efficient keyframing & smoothing animation using Easy Ease

  • 4

    Lesson 3: Create a Deep Paper Animation

    • Part 1 | Intro to selection tools & layer masks

    • Part 2 | Refine selections with Select and Mask, and recreate missing areas of an image

    • Part 3 | Reinforcing selection & retouching techniques to separate and prepare the last person before animation

    • Part 4 | Animating the scene with a one node camera, layer masks, parenting, and precomposing in After Effects

  • 5

    Lesson 4: Animate and Stylize a Single Image on Multiple Planes

    • Part 1 | Making & refining selections with the Magnetic Lasso tool and the Pen tool

    • Part 2 | Recreating missing parts of an image with the Clone Stamp and Spot Healing Brush tools

    • Part 3 | Fix cutouts between layers, expand selections, and optimizing layers for the parallax effect

    • Part 4 | Optimize layer sizes for animation, using Null Objects for control, animate a 2-Node Camera & applying Puppet Pin

    • Part 5 | Adding polish... generate curtains with the Cell Pattern, adding Noise and Lens Flare to stylize animation

  • 6

    Lesson 5: Build an Animated and Stylized Scene

    • Part 1 | Applied selections, using the Pen tool, Select & Mask, shrinking masks, and optimizing Psds for animation in After Effects

    • Part 2 | Content Aware Fill refinement and making final changes between Photoshop and After Effects files and projects

    • Part 3 | Adjust animation Motion Paths, stylize with Glow and Tritone effects, and fine tune appearances with lights & light options

Create a newspaper-style motion graphic by stylizing photos and animating camera moves across newspaper pages.

Create a ‘Pullquote’, a motion graphic where some text is isolated and pulled out of the background as the background blurs.

Create depth and interest in a newspaper animation.

Create depth and interest within a single image using multi-plane techniques, puppet pins, lens flares, and a generated background.

Build a complete animated stylized multi-plane scene. From compositing through final animation, learn new techniques as we build on the knowledge we've learned throughout the course.


Ian Robinson

Ian Robinson is a motion graphics designer, educator, co-founder of Creative One Eleven, and Adobe MAX Master trainer. Ian has worked in broadcast for over 20 years with clients such as The Discovery Channel, National Geographic, and PBS. He has also written books for Peachpit and Adobe Press. When he's not creating training for Creative 111, you can find Ian speaking at several industry conferences such as Adobe MAX, NAB Show, and After Effects World.

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