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    How did you learn, really learn After Effects
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    I have got back into looking at After Effects.

    Last time around 2 years ago I did all the Video Copilot basic and a lot of the more advanced tutorials, I don't remember a great deal apart from the real basics, the tools and parenting things to spinning objects etc.

    I've now done the Essential training on Lynda.com and am working through the Meyer - Apprentice tutorials on Lynda.com

    But my aim is how to learn After Effects, so that I can do all these cool things without needing to reference tutorials or forums.
    Following tutorials is one thing, I can follow along and create things, and deviate a little from the tutorial and try a few different things, but I get the feeling that I wouldn't be able to do a lot with no internet or books to go to for help

    So my question, is how do you learn it, really learn it??


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    Quote Originally Posted by drummer_shell View Post
    So my question, is how do you learn it, really learn it??
    You know the answer already. You really learn something, anything, by using it. The more you use it, the better you get at using it. Reading about it will help, but the only way to truly learn it, is to use it.


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    so doing a tutorial, repeat it again and again. eventually needing to reference the tutorial less?

    and i guess spend time trying to actually understand why they do it a certain way?


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    Quote Originally Posted by drummer_shell View Post
    so doing a tutorial, repeat it again and again. eventually needing to reference the tutorial less?
    NO! Use the thing to do your own work! You don't learn to make pots by watching someone else make pots. You do it by getting your own hands dirty.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Bruce Watson View Post
    NO! Use the thing to do your own work! You don't learn to make pots by watching someone else make pots. You do it by getting your own hands dirty.
    but you will learn to make pots by copying someone make pots, to understand the basics?
    I always follow along the tutorials (and make a few changes), I don't just watch.

    although i think we're saying the same thing, use a tutorial for a technique but apply to my own work, repeat and i'll gradually need to reference a tutorial or the web less...


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    No, drummer_shell, he's saying that you need to get your hands dirty with your own projects, decide what you want to do with them, and figure out how to do it in After Effects.

    It seems like you asked a question to which you only wanted a particular answer.

    Tutorials have their place, and yes, you want to learn the why behind the how. But, ultimately, you will learn After Effects most effectively by doing your own work in it.
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    Drummer_shell, you have the right idea. The time honored apprentice system, watching the master at work, doing what he or she does and trying to duplicate it. The difficulty is there's a lot of stuff to get down pat to start to do what you want to do. Chin up...forward into the breach!


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    Quote Originally Posted by drummer_shell View Post
    although i think we're saying the same thing...
    We are not.

    Did you never learn to ride a bike?


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    You can always watch how others are doing some stuff, but it should be used only as inspiration. Once you know how a technique works for something, you can always adapt it to something else.
    But the only solution is to play in it, trial and error. I don't push After Effects to it's limit, but I'm using it for many things, like end credits as it's way easier to add effects to the texts, add layers and control everything separately that I wouldn't bother doing it in a NLE software.
    Use the right tool for the right job.
    I DO IT BECAUSE I CAN. I CAN BECAUSE I WANT TO. I WANT TO BECAUSE YOU SAID I COULDN'T.


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    Copying a tutorial will not generate 'muscle memory'. You need to run your own project or exercise. This way, the methods will be embedded in your mind. Refer to the tutorials only to find out how techniques were done.

    Make up an exercise that involves text, particle effects, and stabilization (or any 3 or 4 techniques). Don't copy anything from a tutorial. Make it unique. Then watch the tutorials and adapt each technique to your exercise.


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