Advanced After Effects: Coding for Motion Design

A course by Desmond Du
Motion Designer. Savannah, United States.
Joined August 2020
, Motion Designer

Take your motion design skills to the next level by learning to code expressions with JavaScript to create complex animation rigs with style

  • 92% positive reviews (13)
  • 1279 students
  • Audio: English
  • Portuguese, English, Spanish, Polish, Dutch, German, French, Italian

Take your motion design skills to the next level by learning to code expressions with JavaScript to create complex animation rigs with style



  • 92% positive reviews (13)
  • 1279 students
  • 20 lessons (4h 7m)
  • 24 additional resources (4 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Available on the app
  • Audio: English
  • Portuguese, English, Spanish, Polish, Dutch, German, French, Italian
  • Level: Beginner
  • Unlimited access forever


Expressions are snippets of code in JavaScript that allow you to create animations that would be impossible to design manually, and they're one of the most efficient motion design tools in Adobe After Effects. Motion designer Desmond Du has been using expressions while collaborating with the NBA, Turner Classic Movies, Adobe, and Cartoon Network.

In this online course, Desmond teaches you how to code expressions to create complex animation rigs with style and ease. Learn to use a variety of techniques to make a series of abstract geometric animations that will be assembled and composite into the final project.

What will you learn in this online course?

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. Introduction to Coding Expressions
  • U3
    U3. Familiarizing Yourself with Procedural Design
  • U4
    U4. Creation of a Sequence Animation
  • U5
    U5. Taking It to the Next Level
  • FP
    FP Final project
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Meet Desmond Du, a motion designer based in Savannah, Georgia, and your teacher for this course. Hear his creative journey that led him into the world of the motion design. He also shares his major artistic influences and their work.

Desmond starts the course by giving a detailed overview of the final project so that you understand the assignment. Get familiar with the basics of coding expressions and animation techniques.

Next, learn about procedural design. Desmond teaches you the step repetition technique for creating interesting patterns. Learn how to simplify the animation process with minimal keyframes, and implement fractal noise textures in your pieces.

Move to a higher level of coding and work on complex animations using randomization. Explore working with 3D space, loops, and abstract compositions based on mathematical equations.

Time to start working on the final project! See how to assemble everything you’ve built so far into a single title sequence animation. Learn to add type animation using expression selector, and enhance its scenes with a consistent look.

Finally, Desmond shows you how to speed up your workflow, and improve upon the expressions you’ve learned. Wrap up the course by hearing Desmond’s closing thoughts on the art of collaboration.

What is this course's project?

Animate a 25-second title sequence for a fictional documentary using expressions and mathematical equations to create complex animation rigs.

Who is this online course for?

This course is aimed at intermediate to advanced After Effects users with basic knowledge of expressions who want to bring coding, math, and science to their creative pieces!

Requirements and materials

All you need is a computer with access to After Effects, and previous experience with the software.

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.


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Desmond Du

A course by Desmond Du

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Motion Designer

Desmond Du is a Motion Designer based in Savannah, Georgia. He specializes in animation using JavaScript expression rigging and scripting, procedural workflow, tool kitting, and automation. His past experience includes working in broadcast motion graphics at WarnerMedia Studios for brands and networks such as NBA, Turner Classic Movies, E-League, Cartoon Network, and Bleacher Report. He has also done animation work for clients and studios such as STATE Design, ThinkMojo, Saatchi & Saatchi, MTV, Salesforce, SCAD, and ACI Worldwide.

Although he is passionate about motion design, Desmond finds immense joy and fulfillment in teaching, and believes his mission is to help everyone realize their true potential, and transform their design career for the better! Currently, he is an MFA candidate at the Savannah College of Art and Design, with the aim of teaching professionally at a college level.


Content

  • U1

    Introduction

    • About Me
    • Influences
  • U2

    Introduction to Coding Expressions

    • The Basics of Coding
    • Understanding the Assignment
  • U3

    Familiarizing Yourself with Procedural Design

    • Generative Design: Algorithms
    • Generative Design: Procedural Cyber Lines
    • Generating Number Sequences with For-Loop
    • Randomization: Displacement
    • Randomization: Animating Multiple Layers
    • Step Repetition: Working with Effects and Layers
    • Step Repetition: Animating with “valueAtTime”
    • Step Repetition: Transforming Properties
  • U4

    Creation of a Sequence Animation

    • Compositing
    • Adding Type
    • Additional Design Assets
    • Stylization and Art Direction 1
    • Stylization and Art Direction 2
    • Faster Workflow with Animation Proxies
  • U5

    Taking It to the Next Level

    • Improvement and Collaborations
    • Learning to Learn
  • FP

    Final project

    • Advanced After Effects: Coding for Motion Design

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Advanced After Effects: Coding for Motion Design. 3D, and Animation course by Desmond Du

Advanced After Effects: Coding for Motion Design

A course by Desmond Du
Motion Designer. Savannah, United States.
Joined August 2020
  • 92% positive reviews (13)
  • 1279 students