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1.1 Introduction

In this hands-on course, you'll learn how to animate in After Effects!

Learn how to create impressive After Effects text animations using a variety of useful animation techniques. You’ll start by learning about keyframe animation and how to reveal text with masks and shape layers, before moving on to three practical projects.

These projects will teach you how to animate a logo for a burger restaurant, create a stunning futuristic animated logo reveal, and use a write-on text effect to bring a chic text design to life. In these animation tutorials, you'll master a combination of keyframe animation, text reveals, and After Effects expressions to create complex and subtle movement.

Each project uses art created by a graphic designer using assets from Envato Elements, and through each project you'll learn a different set of techniques you can use to create your own After Effects animations.

By the end of the course, you'll know everything you need to know to prepare art for use in After Effects, animate all the different elements, and produce creative and impressive text animations!

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1.1 Introduction

Welcome to the how to Animate in After Effects course. My name is Dave Bode for Envato. And in this course, you will learn how to put together several useful text animations using a variety of techniques. The main part of this course focuses on three animations based on work created by a designer. A burger logo treatment using a great looking font and burger art that has a chalkboard sketch look. An outer space/heads up display logo treatment that uses some really simple animations and a bit of flash to make a great looking animation. And a boutique style logo treatment that uses a write-on effect and a bunch of leaf elements that has a really organic movement to it. All of the assets in this course, such as fonts, graphics, and backgrounds, came from Envato Elements. And the great thing is, with a subscription, I can try them all. Envato Elements is perfect for video creators and producers, with unlimited downloads of video templates, stock footage, fonts, music, sound effects, and so much more. Before you dive into those great looking design animations, you'll start by learning about key frame animation. Then you will learn how to reveal text with masks and shape layers. From there, the rest of the course teaches you very practical examples, putting together great looking animations with text, including those three animations that have art created by a graphic designer, using assets from Envato Elements. In those lessons, you will learn how to prep the art for use in After Effects and then animate all of the elements. These lessons will use a combination of key frame animation, text reveals, and After Effects expressions to create some complex and subtle movement. You'll also learn about some third-party effects and scripts to help you with animating. None of those third-party effects and scripts are required, but it's good to know that there are tools out there to help you with really tedious animations when you need them. This course assumes that you have some basic After Effects knowledge. Perhaps you've already watched the After Effects for Beginners course. Now, with that in mind, I'm going to explain everything that I'm doing so that you can follow along. But I am going to move pretty quickly. Now, don't let this deter you. Most of the lessons are right around ten minutes in length. So you can watch the lesson to get an idea of where it's going, and then go back to the beginning and follow along, and pause the video wherever you need to to catch up. At the end of the course, you will have learned how to create several great looking animations. Even better, you will have learned the techniques that are used to put them together. And you can use that knowledge, along with your own creativity, for countless animations. To get started, check out the next lesson, where you will learn about key frame basics. [MUSIC]

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