All bespoke 1-2-1 training courses to be taught remotely till further notice
During the current situation with coronavirus we have decided to provide all of our courses via secure online educational conferencing software till the situation is resolved. We hope to return to classroom training before long. But meanwhile we’ll run our courses using Adobe Connect software which is secure, extremely user-friendly and stable.
How will this training work?
Once your booking has been confirmed, you will receive an email from us inviting you to an Adobe Connect meeting. In order to commence the training you need only click on the link at the time and date specified to join the session. If you’d like to try out an Adobe Connect demo, please use this link.
We will be there waiting for you, ready to provide you with bespoke 1-2-1 training on your preferred application.
Easy to set up
It’s really easy to use Adobe connect. All you need are the following;
A computer or laptop with the relevant software (either Mac and Windows – both are fine)
An integrated video camera (or an external one)
An integrated microphone Headphones or earphones that you can use on your computer
A reasonably fast, reliable internet connection (hard-wired ethernet is faster than wireless)
For the best experience we recommend a large monitor of 21″ or more. Smaller screens work almost as well but you may need to zoom in and out a bit more on those.
You should download Adobe Connect software before the your training commences. This will allow you to test your connection and computer before the training day.
So you see, it’s easy to carry out our bespoke training courses online. You can book by the hour – making it easier to fit around your busy schedule.
Our senior trainer, Angie Taylor is a working animator, illustrator and motion graphic designer.
“it’s important for me to keep working at my day job – as well as being a training provider. About 50% of my work is training but I still take on a few creative jobs each year in order to test my skills and to develop new techniques. “
This animation was commisioned by Bright Marbles – a Silicon Valley company with an intruiging product, Opus. Opus is a product that uses artificial intellegence to help inventors to articulate and develop their products and ideas. Its a very difficult product to explain as it is quite unique.
“The company were looking for a new way to communicate the benefits of their product. They had previously used video of people talking about the product but felt that this was dull and did not get the concept of the product.
I directed and managed the project. I wanted a style of artwork that was loose, imaginative and humorous. So I decided to collaborate with illustrator, Belle Mellor on this project. I’ve worked with Belle before and I love the loose, freedom, humour and inventiveness of her work.
Together we brainstormed a few ideas, both sketching out a few core concepts. We then developed a script and storyboard based on the ideas becoming characters on a journey through a pipeline. Opus being the heroic, angelic character that helped the ideas on their journey from conception to final product production.
The first stage involved cleaning up the hand drawn images and splitting them into layers in Photoshop. Working out the correct scale of the images was an important factor. When you work in 3D, you tend to zoom in and out of the images. I had to ensure that all line work would look equal during the animation. It’s also important to remove any marks and backgrounds before animation takes place. I used Select and Mask and the Content-aware tools to adapt the drawings for this.
I built a 3D pipeline in MasterpieceVR, using my trusty HTC Vive headset. I created the entire project on my Gigabyte Aero laptop. It’s a powerful beast with an on board NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1070 which coped admirably with all the VR and 3D rendering I threw at it.
I then brought in musician, Lucy Edwards to help with the music. Together we came up with a humourous melody. Lucy played all the parts on my Roland W30 keyboard. I edited and produced it in Apple’s Garageband. I then added a few sound effects in Adobe Audition. I edited the Audio and the Sound effects to the animation in Adobe Premiere Pro. I found that the the Auto-ducking features to make this process failry quick and easy. The final voiceover was added at this satge so that it fitted the animation perfectly.”
If you want to learn how to do any of the things mentioned in this article you can book Angie for one-to-one training at Creative Cabin. We run bespoke courses for all types of creative professionals. These courses can be booked at the Creative cabin studio, or can be done remotely via Adobe Connect.
Please Contact Us to find out about Angie’s next After Effects course and book your place.
Here are some of the things you’ll learn
How to control timing and adjust values with the graph editor
Tips to help visual artists manually draw key frames in the Timeline
All the different interpolation types in After Effects
How to use the rules of animation to create compelling animation
How to demystify effects and make sense of them
How to convert vector artwork into animated shapes for infographics
Create 3D per-character animation directly in After Effects using the Cinema 4D Renderer
Build your own valuable library of custom presets and templates.
About your trainer
Angie Taylor is a motion graphic designer with 25 years experience in the film and TV industry. She’s a Lynda.com author and an Adobe Community Professional. Angie has presented seminars at conferences worldwide including After Effects World, Macworld, NAB, IBC, BVE, Reasonsto, Flash on the Beach and FMX. Angie has worked as a demo artist for Apple, Adobe and MAXON