Category Archives: Adobe After Effects

Nov 16: Intro to After Effects

Ever wonder what is under the hood in After Effects? Well, wonder no longer. Jacob Stone will present and describe the overall basics of After Effects to get you started with animating and creating basic motion graphics in no time. In this presentation, he will cover the interface, layers, keyframes, how to create and animate shapes, how to create and animate text, how to import assets, and how to create fire. There will be a practice file with everything in the presentation so you can follow along if you bring a laptop

Since this is dinnertime, we’ll have pizza available

Note: The doors are locked at 6:30; if you arrive and they are locked, knock – there will be someone at the New Horizons front desk and they will let you in.

About the presenter:

Jacob Stone, www.phantom6productions.com/ has been doing professional video production since 2010 and has been working with Instructional Design since 2011. He has a Bachelor’s of Science in Communications Media with a track in Video and Television Production and a Masters of Fine Arts in Adult Education and Community Technology. He has worked with After effects on various projects creating motion graphics for different clients and VFX for short, independent films.

Date: Thurs, Nov. 16, 2017
Time: 6:00-8:00 p.m. (the doors are locked at 6:30; the person at the reception desk will open them for latecomers)
Place: New Horizons Computer Learning Center, 300 E Highland Mall Blvd. Suite 100. Turn north onto Jonathan and park in the Visitor parking area
RSVP: To help our host New Horizons Computer Learning Center select a room that comfortably seats everyone, please RSVP to this free event

Jan 13 Project Workflow Using Illustrator & After Effects with Creative Cloud tools

Chris Murdock will walk-through a small demo project that includes creating illustrations and motion graphics while sharing assets using Creative Cloud libraries and folders (assuming the wifi network is available). He’ll work with Illustrator, After Effects, and maybe a little Photoshop. If possible, he’ll ask for help creating assets from others at the meeting to demonstrate some handy project sharing tools in Creative Cloud, so bring your laptops and Creative Cloud subscriptions!

Here are a few points he’ll cover:

  • Color Palette creation and sharing using Adobe Color

  • Illustrator common tools and techniques (eyedropper tricks, scaling tools, arranging objects, hotkeys, importing assets, lines & arrows, clipping masks, text box editing, alignment tools, etc)

  • After Effects basic animation, integration with Illustrator, rendering animation with Adobe Media Encoder.

About the Presenter

Chris Murdock is a digital artist and has worked in many industries including fabrication, architecture, video games, and 3d visualization. He has shipped a  number of video games where he created visual effects, animation, 3d environments, 3d models, and more. Currently his projects include motion graphics, info-graphics, and 3d visualization.  He enjoys drawing and painting outside of work.

Past projects:

http://artsymurdo.com/    3d Visualization

http://cargocollective.com/murdockgameart   Video Game Art

http://thechrismurdock.tumblr.com/        Sketches, drawings, paintings.

Date: Friday Jan 13, 2017
Time: 1:15-3:30 p.m.
Place: New Horizons Computer Learning Center, 300 E Highland Mall Blvd. Suite 100 (in the Wells Fargo building, across the street from the bus stop on E. Highland Mall Blvd). Turn north onto Jonathan and park in the Visitor parking area
RSVP: To help our host New Horizons Computer Learning Center select a room that comfortably seats everyone, please RSVP to this free event

Adobe After Effects – Composites, Visual Effects, Motion Graphics and more

Presenter Jon Merrifield will begin by showing before and after examples of composites, visual effects, motion graphics and beauty work, all done in After Effects. Then he will move onto a overview and summary of the tools inside Adobe After Effects, followed by a panel and layout exploration, explaining how the tools function and some good fundamentals to consider as a start to learning the tool. Then he will open the composites and show how some of the work displayed in the previous before and after examples were accomplished.

About the Presenter

Jon Merrifield is an award winning Visual Effects, Finish and Beauty Artist. In his 30 year career he has worked on over a thousand commercials including many Super Bowl spots, over one hundred music videos including MTV’s Music Video of The Year in 2002 and a plethora of established artists from Beyoncé, Michael Jackson, Will Smith, Cher, Jennifer Lopez, Jessica Simpson, Ludacris to Madonna and Natalie Merchant, as well as many feature films and television shows as VFX Designer including INNOCENCE released in 2014 and the X-Files from the late 1990’s.

Mr. Merrifield currently holds the VFX Supervisor position at the VFX/Finish boutique Peli Studio based in Austin and is connected globally. He is also one of the instructors at The Austin School of Film and is a Video Producer and Motion Graphics Designer in the Creative Services Division at the Texas Department of Transportation.

Date: Friday March 13, 2015
Time: 1:15-3:30 p.m.
Place: New Horizons Computer Learning Center, 300 E Highland Mall Blvd. Suite 100 (in the Wells Fargo building, across the street from the bus stop on E. Highland Mall Blvd). Turn north onto Jonathan and park in the Visitor parking area
RSVP: To help our host New Horizons Computer Learning Center select a room that comfortably seats everyone, please RSVP to this free event

Using Adobe After Effects – January 11, 2013

After Effects instructor Steve Connor (deep4d.com/) will demonstrate some of After Effect’s features and abilities during this meeting

After Effects is Adobe’s tool for video post-production and special effects. This software is for green screening, color adjustments, animated titles, 3D animation, motion tracking, and much more. Since After Effects uses layers and blend modes, it’s a tool that is accessible to anyone who works in Photoshop.

Steve Connor is an Adobe Certified Instructor in Photoshop (since CS4) and an Autodesk Certified Instructor in 3ds Max. He has a BFA from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn NY, where he studied abstract painting and art education. He teaches Photoshop, After Effects, Premiere, and 3ds Max. Previously he was a designer in Silicon Valley, working both in an ad agency as an art director, and in his own freelance business. Currently, he works with clients in the areas of design and video, and is developing and offering classes in Adobe software.

Date: Friday January 11, 2012
Time: 1:15-3:30 p.m. Central Standard Time
Place: New Horizons Computer Learning Center (300 E Highland Mall Blvd. Suite 100) turn north onto Jonathan and park in the Visitor parking area
RSVP: To help our host New Horizons Computer Learning Center select a room that comfortably seats everyone, please RSVP to this free event