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Animation: Documentary Photo Techniques with Photoshop & After Effects

Rich Harrington

About this course

In this course, instructor Rich Harrington explores the world of documentary storytelling, using various techniques in Adobe Photoshop and After Effects to transform damaged photos into brand-new works of art. Basic image editing techniques in Photoshop such as toning, cropping, sharpening, and resizing are covered. The course also shows how to add movement to photos in After Effects, helping to create a dramatic story.


Topics include:

  • Understanding resolution
  • Organizing photos with Adobe Bridge
  • Renaming files
  • Working in the right color space
  • Removing damage with the healing and cloning tools
  • Making Content-Aware Scale and Fill repairs
  • Controlling focus with blurring and sharpening
  • Correcting alignment
  • Restoring contrast with Curves and Levels
  • Importing images in After Effects
  • Using Ease and keyframe assistants
  • Adding vignettes
  • Rendering animations

Curriculum2h 39m

  • Exercise Files
  • Preview
    Welcome
  • Organize Your Photos with Adobe Bridge
  • Adding Ratings to Images
  • Checking Focus in a Photo
  • Using Review Mode to Check Your Images
  • Batch Renaming Files
  • Understanding Resolution
  • Resolution Requirements for Video
  • Preview
    Requirements for Panning & Scanning
  • Using the Place Command to Size an Image
  • Doubling an Image
  • Batch Processing with the Image Processor Script
  • Working in the Right Color Space
  • Requirements for Video
  • Batch Converting Images
  • Removing Damage
  • Removing Damage with the Clone Stamp Tool
  • Removing Damage with the Healing Brush Tool
  • Removing Damage with the Patch Tool
  • Content-Aware Repairs
  • Using Content-Aware Scale
  • Removing Objects with Content-Aware Fill
  • Controlling Focus
  • Adjusting the Focus Point by Blurring
  • Sharpening an Image
  • Preview
    Creating a Lens Blur Effect
  • Adding a Vignette
  • Removing Distractions
  • Correcting Alignment
  • Cropping for Composition
  • Cropping with a Document
  • Toning Images
  • Restoring Contrast with Levels
  • Shadows/Highlights Effect
  • Restoring Contrast with Curves
  • Adding a Sepia-Tone or Duotone Effect with Gradient Maps
  • Using Layer Styles for a Consistent Effect
  • Documentary Motion Control with After Effects
  • Why Use After Effects?
  • Importing Image Files
  • Organizing Images with Folders
  • Creating Compositions
  • Preview
    Essential Animation Controls
  • Using Ease & Keyframe Assistants
  • Adding Vignettes in After Effects
  • Exporting Animation
  • Rendering the Animation
  • Creating Render Presets for Consistent Exports
  • Saving Time with Batch Rendering
  • Using After Effect Projects Natively in Premiere Pro
  • Next Steps

About this course

In this course, instructor Rich Harrington explores the world of documentary storytelling, using various techniques in Adobe Photoshop and After Effects to transform damaged photos into brand-new works of art. Basic image editing techniques in Photoshop such as toning, cropping, sharpening, and resizing are covered. The course also shows how to add movement to photos in After Effects, helping to create a dramatic story.


Topics include:

  • Understanding resolution
  • Organizing photos with Adobe Bridge
  • Renaming files
  • Working in the right color space
  • Removing damage with the healing and cloning tools
  • Making Content-Aware Scale and Fill repairs
  • Controlling focus with blurring and sharpening
  • Correcting alignment
  • Restoring contrast with Curves and Levels
  • Importing images in After Effects
  • Using Ease and keyframe assistants
  • Adding vignettes
  • Rendering animations

Curriculum2h 39m

  • Exercise Files
  • Preview
    Welcome
  • Organize Your Photos with Adobe Bridge
  • Adding Ratings to Images
  • Checking Focus in a Photo
  • Using Review Mode to Check Your Images
  • Batch Renaming Files
  • Understanding Resolution
  • Resolution Requirements for Video
  • Preview
    Requirements for Panning & Scanning
  • Using the Place Command to Size an Image
  • Doubling an Image
  • Batch Processing with the Image Processor Script
  • Working in the Right Color Space
  • Requirements for Video
  • Batch Converting Images
  • Removing Damage
  • Removing Damage with the Clone Stamp Tool
  • Removing Damage with the Healing Brush Tool
  • Removing Damage with the Patch Tool
  • Content-Aware Repairs
  • Using Content-Aware Scale
  • Removing Objects with Content-Aware Fill
  • Controlling Focus
  • Adjusting the Focus Point by Blurring
  • Sharpening an Image
  • Preview
    Creating a Lens Blur Effect
  • Adding a Vignette
  • Removing Distractions
  • Correcting Alignment
  • Cropping for Composition
  • Cropping with a Document
  • Toning Images
  • Restoring Contrast with Levels
  • Shadows/Highlights Effect
  • Restoring Contrast with Curves
  • Adding a Sepia-Tone or Duotone Effect with Gradient Maps
  • Using Layer Styles for a Consistent Effect
  • Documentary Motion Control with After Effects
  • Why Use After Effects?
  • Importing Image Files
  • Organizing Images with Folders
  • Creating Compositions
  • Preview
    Essential Animation Controls
  • Using Ease & Keyframe Assistants
  • Adding Vignettes in After Effects
  • Exporting Animation
  • Rendering the Animation
  • Creating Render Presets for Consistent Exports
  • Saving Time with Batch Rendering
  • Using After Effect Projects Natively in Premiere Pro
  • Next Steps