Sonja Geracsek Motion Graphics
Online Classes

Online courses are a great way to learn a new skill on your own time.


My classes will level up your motion graphics game in Adobe After Effects, speed up your workflow and demystify expression.


Come join the class and start animating today!

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ANIMATE RESPONSIVE MOTION GRAPHICS TITLE TEMPLATES

A Three-Part Series Creating Custom Motion Graphics Templates That Bring a Professional Polish to Your Video Piece | Part 1

About This Class


This class will teach you how to create responsive title animations in After Effects to use and edit in Premiere Pro. You will be able to create custom titles that will bring a professional polish to your video piece.


I will take you through the process of animating a title and subtitle with a frame, adding expressions to create a responsive design and setting up your template in the Essential Graphics Panel for use in Premiere Pro.


Who This Class Is For


This class is perfect for students of all levels, wanting to create custom titles. You might be more at ease with After Effects, if you have used it before but prior knowledge of the software is not a requirement. No previous knowledge of creating motion graphics templates or writing expressions, however, is needed.


What You'll Learn


  • Creating animation templates
    • You will learn how to set up your animation up in After Effects with Essential Graphics

    • You will create an animation that can be used as a modular template in Premiere Pro

    • You will learn how to set up controllers

  • Writing expressions
    • You will learn essential lines of code for responsive motion graphics templates

    • You will link properties with expressions to improve your workflow

    • You will learn JavaScript terminology

  • Using the essential graphics in Premiere Pro
    • You will learn how to import and use your Mogrt in Premiere Pro

    • You will be able to change and customise your template

    • You will gain insight on how other users could be using your template

  • Using Master Properties in After Effects
    • You will learn how to use the motion graphics template in after effects
    • You will understand the difference between the Essential Graphics Panel and Master Properties
    • You will learn the limitations and advantages of using the template in After Effects


Why You Should Watch


By the end of this class you will be able to create responsive animation templates in After Effects that you can use in any Adobe video project. You will know how to set up the Essential Graphics Panel and optimise your understanding of UX. You will be able to export Mogrts for use in Premiere Pro.


You can also use this knowledge to create motion graphics templates for your next YouTube video or client project.


Materials / Resources


You will need Adobe After Effects and Premiere Pro to complete this class. I will be providing any necessary assets, so you don’t need to have any assets ready.

CREATING MOTION GRAPHICS TEMPLATES OF 3D LETTERING

A Three Part Series of Creating 3D Animated Lettering That Stands Out And Enhances Your Online Presence | Part 3

About This Class


This class will teach you how to export your animation as transparent stickers to use for social media and the web. I will take you through the process of setting up your animation with Essential Graphics within After Effects, converting your animation into a GIF with transparency in Photoshop and exporting an animated PNG with the help of an APNG converter.


Who This Class Is For


This class is perfect for intermediate learners. Some prior knowledge of After Effects and Photoshop might be necessary. No previous knowledge of creating GIFs or animated PNGs, however, is needed. I will be focusing on optimising your project and exporting the stickers, so get your assets ready.


What You'll Learn


  • Creating animation templates
    • You will learn how to set up your animation up in After Effects with Essential Graphics
    • You will be able to create several iterations of your scene with only one animation
    • You will learn how to set up controllers
  • Exporting transparent GIF
    • You will learn how to export your animation as a transparent video
    • You will learn how to convert your video into a transparent GIF with Photoshop
  • Exporting an animated PNG
    • You will learn how to export a PNG sequence
    • You will use an APNG converter to create an animated PNG
    • You will learn the pro’s and cons of GIFs vs. APNGs


Why You Should Watch


By the end of this class you will have a solid understanding of creating animation templates in After Effects with Essential Graphics. You will know how to export animated stickers with transparency, using two different methods.


You will be able to upload your GIFs to sites like Giphy and use your APNGs on the web. You can also use this knowledge to create stickers for popular mobile chat apps like iMessage.


Materials / Resources


You will need After Effects, Photoshop and an animated PNG converter to complete this class. You will need to come prepared with your own assets to export as a GIF or use the assets provided in the project gallery. You will also need an APNG converter.

TEXTURING 3D LETTERING IN ADOBE AFTER EFFECTS

A Three Part Series of Creating 3D Animated Lettering That Stands Out And Enhances Your Online Presence | Part 2

About This Class


This class will teach you how to add texture and a drop shadow to animated 3D objects in Adobe After Effects. I will take you through the process of creating and tweaking a grain texture, using the effects within After Effects, adding a drop shadow and applying it all to an animated 3D layer.


Who This Class Is For


This class is perfect for intermediate learners. Some prior knowledge of After Effects, its 3D renderer, of creating keyframes and manoeuvring the software will be necessary. No previous knowledge of effects or textures, however, is needed.


What You'll Learn


  • Texturing 3D Objects
    • I will talk you through extruding a shape in After Effects
    • You will learn how to position your object in 3D space
    • You’ll use the rotation and position properties
  • Adding a grain texture
    • You will learn how to use the roughen edges effect
    • You will use the slider control to link properties via expressions
    • You will play with the path or a shape layer
    • You will use the Set Matte effects to mask the grain to your object
  • Adding a drop shadow
    • You will learn how to use the drop shadow effect
    • You will change the colour of your drop shadow
    • You will learn how to adjust and refine the drop shadow properties


Materials / Resources


We will be using effects within After Effects and adding them to an existing asset. You will not need any other software to follow this class apart from Adobe After Effects.


Why You Should Watch


By the end of this class you will have a solid understanding of textures and how to use effects and presets in After Effects.


You will be able to add some creative detail to your animation in After Effects. You will be able to make your animation stand out and give it depth. You can also use this knowledge to create a textured character animation.

ANIMATING 3D LETTERING IN ADOBE AFTER EFFECTS

A Three Part Series of Creating 3D Animated Lettering That Stands Out And Enhances Your Online Presence | Part 1

About This Class


This class will teach you how to create and animate 3D lettering in Adobe After Effects. I will show you how to use the After Effects built-in 3D extrusion tool to create three-dimensional lettering. I will take you through the process of positioning your lettering in 3D space, animating the extrusion and setting up colour controls to add some depth to your letters.


Who This Class Is For


This class is perfect for animation and After Effects beginners. No previous knowledge of typography is needed. Some knowledge of creating keyframes and manoeuvring the software, might come in handy, but you don’t have to worry, I’ll take you through everything.


What You'll Learn


  • Creating 3D Lettering
    • I will talk you through extruding text in After Effects
    • You will learn how to position your text in 3D space
    • You’ll use the rotation and orientation properties
  • Animating 3D Lettering
    • You will learn how to animate the extrude property
    • You will create a looped animation of your lettering
  • Colour Properties
    • You will add colours to your letters
    • You will link colour properties to controllers
    • You will learn how to use controller to manipulate linked colours


Materials / Resources


We will be creating lettering in After Effects, so you don’t need to have any assets ready. It would help to prepare a short quote of 3-5 words. You will not need any other software to create this animation apart from Adobe After Effects.


Why You Should Watch


By the end of this class you will have a solid understanding of the 3D tool and how to use the 3D space inside After Effects.


You will be able to create three-dimensional lettering of your favourite phrase and share it on social media. You can also use this knowledge to create a 3D logo for your brand.

MOTION GRAPHICS TEMPLATES FOR COLOUR SCHEMES

A Step-By-Step Guide On Creating Animation Templates in Adobe After Effects For Levelling Up Your Mock-Up Efficiency

About This Class


This class will teach you how to set up a multiple colour schemes of your animation within Adobe After Effects. You will be able to can switch between your colour schemes, without needing to duplicate the composition, scene or any elements of the animation. 


In this class, I'll go through the process of writing expressions, using controllers, the essential graphics panel and master properties!


This class will enhance your understanding of the programming language within After Effects, how to use variables and statements. 


Who This Class Is For


This class is perfect for animation and After Effects beginners. No previous knowledge of expressions or programmisng is necessary.


What You'll Learn


  • Writing Expressions
    • I will talk you through writing a statement
    • You will learn how to structure your expression by using variables
    • You will learn about arrays
  • Using Controllers
    • You will learn what you can do with controller
    • You will find out which limitations they have
  • Colour Properties
    • You will learn about the different colour properties of shapes
    • I will tell you about my experience with RGB codes
    • You will link colour properties to controllers and learn how to use them to manipulate you colours
  • Master Properties
    • You will learn how to change the colours of your scene without affecting the original properties
    • You will create multiple colour variants of your scene, with just one comp


Materials / Resources


You will not need any other software to create this animation apart from Adobe After Effects.


Why You Should Watch


This class is a great introduction into using expressions for animation. You will be able to optimise your future projects, with this efficient set-up.


Having a foundational knowledge in expression, will give you an advantage to get your animation projects to the next level.

EXPORTING GIFS WITH ADOBE MEDIA ENCODER

A Quick Tips & Tricks Class That Will Get You Exporting GIFs for Social Media With Ease Following Best Practices

About This Class


This class is free for all my mailing list subscribers!


Learn how to best export your animation as a GIF, whether you are on Windows or Mac OS, using Adobe After Effects and Adobe Media encoder. There are many ways to create a GIF and even more limitations when it comes to posting it on social media. 


In this class, I'll go through the process of creating encoding presets, you can use to render out your GIF, what to look out for regarding duration, social media platform and GIF format limitations!


This class will enhance your understanding of the Animated GIF Format, social media requirements and frame rates sizes. I will cover techniques from setting up your work area, to exporting your animation to different formats. You will learn some animation basics, using frame rates to your advantage, file and naming structures – and how this will improve your animations.


Who This Class Is For


This class is perfect for anyone wanting to learn more about encoding presets, best practices for exporting GIFs and requirements and restrictions for social media content. 


What You'll Learn


  • Preparation before Export
    • I will talk you through the preparation of your scene for export
    • I will touch on the Animation Basics: Overlapping Action & Follow-Through
    • You will learn how layer sequencing can impact on your duration
    • I will go through how frame rates and their fractions impact on a looping scene
  • Limitations & Requirements
    • You will learn about some of the limitations of the GIF format
    • I will share my experience with social media platforms such as Instagram, Twitter, Dribbble and Pinterest, as well as best practices
  • Audio
    • I'll give you some tips for using audio in a looped animation
    • I will share copyright free resources and talk about attribution
  • Exporting & Encoding Presets
    • I'll show you the simple process of getting your animation social media ready and how to render out a GIF
    • I will show you a quick and easy way to export your GIF for Mac OS
    • We will create presets for Instagram, Twitter, Dribbble and Pinterest
    • I'll speak about source scaling and how to crop your animation to a smaller size before exporting
    • I will touch on best practices for folder structure and file naming


Materials / Resources


You will not need any other software to create this animation apart from Adobe After Effects and Media Encoder.


Why You Should Watch


This class is a quick and easy guide for exporting GIFs and understanding social media best practices. You will get to grips with frame rates, resolution, and file limitations. You will be able to export the highest quality social media content with the right settings, for your next post.


Having workflow basics in mind, we will be able to focus on animation basics and get your skills to the next level.

HOW TO BE MORE EFFICIENT IN ADOBE AFTER EFFECTS

A Throrough Class On Workflow Basics to Enhance Your Efficiency While Animating And to Streamline Your Editing

About This Class


Learn how to best export your animation as a GIF, whether you are on Windows or Mac OS, using Adobe After Effects and Adobe Media encoder. There are many ways to create a GIF and even more limitations when it comes to posting it on social media. 


In this class, I'll go through the process of creating encoding presets, you can use to render out your GIF, what to look out for regarding duration, social media platform and GIF format limitations!


This class will enhance your understanding of the Animated GIF Format, social media requirements and frame rates sizes. I will cover techniques from setting up your work area, to exporting your animation to different formats. You will learn some animation basics, using frame rates to your advantage, file and naming structures – and how this will improve your animations.


Who This Class Is For


This class is perfect for anyone wanting to become more efficient in animation using expression to set up automatic behaviours. 


What You'll Learn


  • Set-up in Illustrator
    • I'll show you how to prepare your Illustrator file, with the After Effects animation in mind
  • Set-up in After Effects
    • We will import our scene from Illustrator, into After Effects and prepare our compositions for efficient animation
  • Animation using Expressions
    • I'll show you some useful expressions to automate your animations and make your life easier
  • Creating a motion path
    • I'll go through the steps of linking properties from multiple layers, across different compositions, to a motion path
  • Exporting your animation
    • I'll show you the simple process of getting your animation social media ready and how to render out a GIF


What You'll Do


You will animate a looping scene that you can share online! You will write expressions, use the pick whip tool and use slider controls. I will show you the process of a precise and efficient workflow to to get you animating faster and cleaner.


Why You Should Watch


This class is the foundation for upcoming classes. You will get to grips with more complex animation, involving animating multiple scenes, characters and shapes.

Having workflow basics in mind, we will be able to focus on animation basics and get your skills to the next level.


Materials / Resources


You will not need any other software to create this animation apart from Adobe After Effects and Media Encoder.

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