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Lesson 4

AE Compositing

  • instructor

- Michael Rigley

  • apprentice

- Ash Thorp

  • apprentice
  • basic

- Peter Clark

This week, all of your hard work will come together. Once you’ve brought your multipass renders into After Effects, Michael will show you how to push and pull the details out of the image, creating professional composites and defining the final look for the project.


1. Build your comps
2. Work with footage
3. Color + effect
4. Finalize frames
Extra Credit
1. Finalize deck
2. Post to portfolio

Student Gallery

Hi. I just want to take the opportunity to say I loved the course. I think what you guys are doing on learnsquared is very innovative and super useful.

This is the final presentation after the completion of the course. I replicated the Metric project before I got into my own artistic direction. I kind of veered off the original exercise a bit. Hopefully its still quite coherent.

This sequence portrays the transformation and decomposition of a human head. The head is isolated in this dark void. As the head breaks apart revealing the skull it also spawns a complex array of branches. Growing in density these branches weave together and break through the head. We witness the destruction of our own anatomy by nature and mathematics. In the end there is nothing left but a black surface.

I finally got around to finishing the assignment. I'm still not 100% happy with the result, but I could work on this project forever. Had a blast learning new techniques and getting better at structuring a treatment. Still a lot to learn so onto the next project!

I found that the sections of long repeating parallel lines on my object were looking like heatsinks, so I gave it a little story as some kind of overheating processor, opening up and venting, giving us a glimpse at its sweet hexadecimal guts in the process.

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Here are my frames for the Metric project, the idea is that the cube is forming while cooling down from the energy of the structure. I wanted to explore the beauty of simplicity through simple lighting and materials. Learnt so much doing this course, thanks Michael!

This is the second time around for me on the course. I'm going to do the animation course, but I wanted to start with a fresh project rather than using the original one. So here are my 8 style frames, progress and references.

Ignition - Transformation - Action

Here's a look at my final frames. The first few are based on Michael's lighting and comping. The following ones are based on my concept of terraforming on a desert planet.

Lessons in this Course

Software Used: 
Cinema 4D, Adobe After Effects, Octane Render, X-Particles
Optional Software: 
GenArts Sapphire, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Bridge

Quick question on your AE structure. In the provided example, you have a "CC" folder under "COMPS." What is that folder for?

Definitely looking forward to the new courses in the near future!

Btw: I can't seem to download the Lesson 4 Files. Nothing happens when I click on the button

Great class - great price! Totally worth it!