Learn how to create stunning visual effects with one of the most widely-used and highly-regarded compositing applications on the market—Adobe After Effects CC. In this course, Alan Demafiles dives into the fundamentals you need to start creating mind-blowing visual effects (VFX) with After Effects. Discover how to build accurate masks and keys, use rotoscoping to separate foreground from background, perform motion and camera tracking, and add your own 3D elements to a scene. Learn how to use effects such as particles and noise to create fire, replace the sky, and more. Then dive into the world of virtual reality as Alan explores the immersive VR and 360-degree video features introduced in After Effects CC 2019. In the final project-based chapter, you can reinforce your new skills by putting techniques into practice with a real-world challenge.

00 – Introduction
Exercise files and relinking
Before we start
Big-picture concepts

01 – Create Transparency
What is transparency?
Keyframing masks
Track masks in Motion
Mocha for AE crash course
Utilize the Roto Brush tool
Isolate elements with different mattes
Create a track matte

02 – Keying
What is a chroma key?
Isolate key elements with garbage masks
Keylight 101
Key cleanup
Create light wrap
Extract effect

03 – Work with Trackers
Types of tracking
Point tracking
Mocha AE planar tracking
Warp Stabilizer
Camera tracking
Work with 3D layers

04 – Work with Effects
Using the effects in After Effects
Create destruction with Shatter
Create fire with particles
Versatile uses of Turbulent Noise
Distort layers with the Puppet tool

05 – Composite 3D Renders
What are render passes?
Organize the passes
Add color correction effects
Using Cineware
Depth passes for 3D comps

06 – Working with Rendering
Add compositions to the Render Queue
Using Media Encoder
Using prerenders

07 – Work with Immersive 360 VR
360 overview: Concepts and workflow
2D edit: Rig removal
2D edit: Caveats
3D edits
VR motion tracking workflow
VR and Cinema 4D Lite

08 – Challenge: Put Your Skills into Practice
Challenge overview

09 – Conclusion