Sonja Geracsek Motion Graphics
How to Be More Efficient in 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.