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Launch a career in post​-production by taking After Effects training

  • Published on January 1, 2014
Launch a career in post​-production by taking After Effects training

Even if you don't realize it, you're probably more familiar with Adobe After Effects than you think. This versatile software package is the industry standard tool in post​-production, and countless editing studios and post houses use After Effects to create the dazzling visuals in today's hottest movies, TV shows and commercials. If you're ready to embark on an exciting new career path in post​-production, After Effects training is a great place to start.

What can After Effects do?
Simply put, After Effects is an all-in-one post​-production suite that can accomplish an impressive range of tasks. Depending on what type of role you're hoping to secure in 2014, After Effects training can help you make your career goals a reality.

Many film studios use After Effects for rotoscoping - a technique used to remove unwanted aspects of a frame from the final shot. This can include wires used to suspend actors in action sequences, reflections in windows, and many other elements that would ruin an otherwise great shot. Rotoscoping is a common entry-level role in TV and film production, and After Effects is remarkably capable when it comes to this technique.

Another application of After Effects is motion graphics, the principle of applying animation to imported or created art assets such as logos, vector graphics and images. This incredibly powerful technique has been used to create amazing title sequences, compelling advertisements and other animated shots.

Where do I start?
Adobe After Effects training at the American Graphics Institute will introduce you to the core functionality of the software, allowing you to learn the fundamentals before choosing an area that interests you. You'll master how to create compositions, import assets like video and still images, manipulate masks and other compositing tools, and create sequences incorporating animation. 

Once you've gotten a grasp on the basics, you can focus on a specialized aspect of post-production that aligns with your career goals. If you want to work in film, you can delve into more advanced topics such as grading, color correction and image stabilization. Want to work in TV? Then motion graphics might interest you. 

After Effects is one of the most powerful software packages in the Adobe Creative Cloud. By mastering the fundamentals of the program through After Effects training, you'll position yourself to embark on an exciting new career in the post-production industry.

About the author

Christopher Smith is president of American Graphics Institute in Boston, Massachusetts. He is the publisher and editor of the Digital Classroom book series, which have sold more than one million copies. At American Graphics Institute, he provides strategic technology consulting to marketing professionals, publishers and to large technology companies including Google, Apple, Microsoft, and HP. An expert on web analytics and digital marketing, he delivers Google Analytics training along with workshops on digital marketing topics. He is also the author of more than 10 books on electronic publishing tools and technologies, including the Adobe Creative Cloud for Dummies. Christopher did his undergraduate studies the at the University of Minnesota, and then worked for Quark, Inc. prior to joining American Graphics Institute where he has worked for 20 years.