Skill Level Beginner
- Of the four creative cloud design applications, Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, and After Effects, those last two would seem to have the least overlap. But if you create graphics with InDesign, I'm willing to bet, at some point you've wondered about putting graphics in motion. This could be turning a poster into an animated bumper, a graphic into a presentation, a front page into something more like a film open. The sky's the limit. Now in separate courses, I introduced After Effects to Illustrator and Photoshop artists. And since many InDesign professionals also know these tools well, you're welcome to check them out. In this course, we're going to look at all the features in After Effects that will already be familiar if you know InDesign. For decades, After Effects has shared the same basic type design and layout options as its sister design applications in the creative cloud. This has allowed it to become the go-to software to create what I like to call type choreography. The elaborate syncopated dance of text and graphics. Before you can run with animation key frames, you need to learn to walk your way through how they work. I'll introduce you to workflows that may quickly feel familiar to you once you understand how they correspond to what you already know from InDesign. It won't be surprising to learn that motion graphics introduces some complexities that don't exist on the page. But in my experience, the best motion graphics designs consistently begin with carefully constructed layouts. Per that workflow, After Effects and InDesign compliment each other well. Our goal together in this brief course is quite simple. I want to set you up to get started with After Effects by introducing you to features that you already know well. If like millions of InDesign artists around the world, you are comfortable incorporating tools like Photoshop and Illustrator into your daily workflow, this course will extend your skills even a bit further. Particularly if you've put off getting into After Effects because it seems too complicated. The singular goal is to familiarize you with the parts that will be simpler to understand right away. While I certainly can't magically transform you into an After Effects expert in this intercourse, I want to inspire you to learn more by knowing where to go next with a better understanding of what you want to do with motion, and the basics of how it's done. You could even pursue a specific specialty like motion for UX design, or character animation, or incorporating 3D. All of these link directly to what After Effects allows you to do. So whether After Effects comes to compliment your InDesign work, or whether you simply want to learn how to go beyond what's possible in presentation software like PowerPoint. I hope you enjoyed this brief introduction to the most familiar features and workflows in After Effects.