Motion Design in After Effects: Make Compelling Cinemagraphs

A course by James Daher , Motion Designer

Motion Designer. New York, United States.
Joined February 2021

Design an immersive experience for viewers by learning to animate posters using the digital tools of Adobe After Effects

  • 92% positive reviews (53)
  • 2426 students
  • Audio: English
  • English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch

Design an immersive experience for viewers by learning to animate posters using the digital tools of Adobe After Effects

A course by James Daher

Through motion design, you can make living artwork that creates an immersive experience for viewers. James Daher is a motion designer at Warner Media who specializes in creating moving works of art that connect with their audience. He has worked for HBO titles such as The Deuce, Room 104, and Fahrenheit 451, and he teaches animation at various institutions.

In this course, James guides you through the fundamentals of using After Effects to create simple cinemagraphs with footage, built-in effects, and presets. Discover the step-by-step process for making a captivating animated poster using digital tools. Put yourself in the viewer’s position and create engaging artwork in motion.

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What will you learn in this online course?

18 lessons & 14 downloads

Introduction to After Effects 1
14 minutes, 25 seconds
Introduction to After Effects 2
13 minutes, 10 seconds
Bumpers and Title Cards
18 minutes, 35 seconds
Puppet Tool and Anchor Points 1
17 minutes, 18 seconds
Puppet Tool and Anchor Points 2
7 minutes, 35 seconds
  • 92% positive reviews (53)
  • 2426 students
  • 18 lessons (3h 53m)
  • 14 additional resources (6 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Available on the app
  • Audio: English
  • English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Level: Beginner
  • Unlimited access forever

What is this course's project?

Create an animated poster for a concert or theater show using Adobe After Effects.

Projects by course students

Who is this online course for?

This course is for anyone with an interest in using digital tools to create animated artwork that captivates an audience.

Requirements and materials

Previous experience with Photoshop is recommended.

In terms of equipment, you will need access to a device with Photoshop and After Effects.

New to Adobe After Effects? In that case, we recommend taking Domestika Basics courses to learn how to use the software: Introduction to After Effects.


Reviews

2426 Students
53 Reviews
92% Positive ratings

James Daher

A course by James Daher

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Motion Designer

James Daher is a motion designer based in New York City. He first started experimenting with design by painting a logo for his brother’s auto body shop and creating themed window displays for a local deli. He went on to study for a bachelor’s of fine arts in design at SVA and later a master's in interactive art at Tisch School Of The Arts.

Since then, he’s worked for companies including BAM and IFC, and on a variety of projects from set design to video systems engineering. He is currently a motion designer at Warner Media, and has worked on HBO titles including The Deuce, Room 104, and Fahrenheit 451. Alongside designing, James shares his expertise with others, working as an adjunct professor of 2D animation at CUNY and a design Professor at SVA.


Content

  • U1

    Introduction

    • About Me
    • Influences
  • U2

    Moving Images and Kinetic Typography

    • Introduction to After Effects 1
    • Introduction to After Effects 2
    • Bumpers and Title Cards
    • Puppet Tool and Anchor Points 1
    • Puppet Tool and Anchor Points 2
    • Parallax and Multiplane Technique
  • U3

    Animating a Poster

    • Research and Brainstorming
    • Developing Your Poster 1
    • Developing Your Poster 2
    • Refining 1
    • Refining 2
    • Finalizing and Rendering Your Poster
    • To Learn More: Creating a Multilayered PSD File from a Flat Image 1
    • To Learn More: Creating a Multilayered PSD File from a Flat Image 2
  • U4

    Presentation and Sharing

    • Resizing and Sharing Your Project
    • In Situ
  • FP

    Final project

    • Motion Design in After Effects: Make Compelling Cinemagraphs

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Motion Design in After Effects: Make Compelling Cinemagraphs. 3D, and Animation course by James Daher

Motion Design in After Effects: Make Compelling Cinemagraphs

A course by James Daher
Motion Designer. New York, United States.
Joined February 2021
  • 92% positive reviews (53)
  • 2426 students