After Effects “Arrivals Board” Tutorial!

Confession time. Teachers are not always the best students. If my software knowledge were a swimming pool, the Flash side would be the deep end, with lots of inflatable toys and a kick ass slide and diving board. But it would be clearly roped off from the shallow side of the pool which would represent my mastery of other equally cool Adobe programs like After Effects or Premiere.  And why is this?…maybe lack of necessity, lack of training, or just a lack of enthusiasm for learning new things in general? Probably all of the above. Which is too bad, because I’ve been bitten by the AfterEffects bug, and I’m kicking myself for not learning this program sooner.

I spent last weekend going through step by step of the After Effects tutorial just released, (obviously I didn’t teach it)  and the weekend before that I watched another lesson (soon to be released). So I’m starting to feel like the training wheels are coming off, and its exciting to be playing around. Especially coming from a Flash background I can see how these two programs will really come in handy together. And Adobe has done a great job making After Effects and Flash CS4 feel like sister products. 

Anyway, let me talk a little bit about the specifics of this tutorial. The first hour is an introduction to the program. Jeremy, the instructor, goes through an overview of the user interface, and gets into some conceptual stuff, like what a composition is, why use them, etc.  Jeremy also uses Flash so he makes some cool comparisons between the two that will be helpful if you’re coming from that background like me. 

The last two hours deal with creating the Arrivals Board, ( you might recognize the letter flip effect from the beginning credits to the movie “The Terminal”).  This is a genuinely fun starter project and relatively easy, but you should get a feel for the real power of After Effects. So again, I’m sold. Like that hair plug guy used to say, “I’m not only the president, I’m also a client”….  If you didn’t get the Adobe suite with AfterEffects, consider upgrading to include it. They do have that option somewhere on the site.

And if you’re interested in buying the lesson, it is $15  ( a fraction of the cost I paid to have it made )  but keep in mind too, if you sign up for the newsletter right now until probably early December, you’ll get this lesson AND the Illustrator tutorial from the previous post for the same price.  Click here or the advert below to get to the sales page