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Introduction to Adobe Animate CC (2 days)

Course Information

  • Price : £325 + VAT
  • Level : Introduction
  • Version : Animate CC
  • Venue : Jubilee Campus, Nottingham
  • Duration : 2 days
  • Times : 9:30am - 4:30pm

This course is for anyone who wants develop animations with Adobe Animate CC and understand what this powerful application offers for video or web projects. This is a 2 day trainer led course.

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This course includes

  • 2 days trainer led in small groups (typical maximum 6)
  • Your own printed course manual
  • Course files & exercises to take away
  • Professional environment with high spec computers
  • Refreshments throughout the day
  • Lunch provided
  • Printed course certificate
  • Post course support via email
  • Access to our FREE workshop days

Animate CC Overview

Adobe Animate CC animated logo

Adobe Animate CC is a professional design tool used to produce animation, advertising banners, and various other HTML5 web page components. It is also used to create animated video introductions and presentations. The Adobe Animate CC software is designed to work closely with other Adobe Creative Cloud packages such as Illustrator and PhotoShop to allow you to quickly and easily import and manipulate animations and graphics.

This course introduces how to create Animate CC projects including simple banner animations and short presentations. It starts with the basics of the Animate CC interface and tools and steadily moves on to the more complex features such as masking and blending and managing tweened animation. The course also places a heavy emphasis on the new features provided in Animate CC such as exporting as HTML5 web banners for adverts.

Course Outcomes

By the end of this course students will understand how Animate CC works and be confident creating :

  • animated backgrounds
  • advertising banners with fading images and moving text
  • animated content for e-learning
  • websites banners
  • animated presentations

Course Requirements

To attend this Introduction to Adobe Animate CC course you should already have some experience using other Adobe products such as Photoshop or Illustrator.

Animating graphics requires that you are familiar with basic manipulation and editing of image files already. If you are unsure whether you meet these requirements, please contact us to speak to the trainer.

You should also be comfortable using either the Windows or Mac interface and be capable of basic file management.

Course Description

The courses starts with an overview of the Adobe Animate CC interface and configuring and setting up Animate CC to best suit your workflow. The course then looks at the various input and output file types, such as JPG, PNG and SVG, supported in Animate CC and how these can be used when working with other applications.

Adobe Animate CC motion editor

The course looks at each of the main Animate CC tools and how they interact with the timeline, including drawing, painting and creating shapes. This also includes the use of layers and an introduction to keyframe animation.

Adobe Animate CC also includes the motion tweening animation system. Although there is still support for shape and classic tweens, motion tweening provides an alternative to the keyframe system of animation. The course covers all these methods and the benefits gained from the flexible motion editor interface. With this and the built in motion presets, Animate CC can significantly boost productivity when creating certain types of animations.

The course introduces the concept of symbols in Animate CC which are used as the primary object containers for animation and ActionScript reference. With these properly organised in the library they provide a method of reusing assets with minimal overhead. A detailed breakdown is given on the differences and uses of graphic and movieclip symbols while there is also a look at button symbols to create interaction.

With the tools in Animate CC being primarily vector based, there is also good look at importing and working with bitmap graphics. Although a lot of bitmap work will be done in packages such as Adobe's Photoshop, there is also support within Animate CC for the optimisation and conversion of bitmap graphics to vectors if needed.

Adobe Animate CC animated banner

The course then looks at creating both rollover and animated buttons for creating interactivity. We look at the built-in Actionscript 3 functions and how these can be used to control your animations. Since this is an introductory level course, the basics are covered with some code demonstrated on how to control the playhead through Actionscript and how to link to external web pages or files.

The encoding and embedding of video and audio within Animate CC presentations is also covered. Finally, there is an in depth look at the options for publishing Animate CC content as HTML5 Canvas, WebGL or Air for Android and iOS.

Course Highlights

The course covers the following areas :

  • The Animate CC Interface
    • Setting Default Workspaces
    • Working with Panels
    • Animate CC Preferences
    • Animate CC file types
    • Setting Document Properties
  • Drawing and Colour
    • Selection Tools
    • Drawing & Painting Tools
    • The Shape Tools
    • Transforming Gradients
    • Custom Colour Palettes / Swatches
    • Align Panel
    • Working with Layers
    • Layer Masking
  • Symbols and Instances
    • Creating Symbols
    • Organising the Library
    • Graphic & MovieClip Symbols
    • Button Symbols
  • Motion Tweening
    • Shape & Classic Tweens
    • Motion Tweens
    • Working with Motion Paths
    • The Motion Editor
    • Animating transition effects
    • Animation Easing
    • Motion Presets
  • Working with Bitmaps
    • Importing Images
    • Importing and editing sequences
    • Compressing Bitmaps
  • Filters & Blend Modes
    • Applying Blends
    • Applying Filters
    • Saving Preset Filters
  • Using Text in Animate CC
    • Static, Dynamic & Input text
    • Text Anti-aliasing
    • Accessibility
  • Button Symbols
    • Creating Buttons
    • Up, Over, Down & Hit states
    • Using Invisible Buttons
    • Creating Animated Buttons
  • ActionScript Basics
    • ActionScript 3
    • The Actions Panel
    • Stopping the Playhead
    • Creating a Link
    • Controlling the playhead
  • Video and Audio
    • Animate CC Media Encoder
    • Creating custom video players
    • Adding Sound Effects
  • Publishing Animate CC
    • Publish Settings
    • Publishing for HTML5 Canvas
    • Exporting as OAM for Dreamweaver
    • Publishing for WebGL
    • Publishing Android & iOS

Course Feedback

"I came away feeling I had actually learn't and understood what had been taught. The course was delivered in an upbeat and interesting manner. I will recommend to collegues." - Lucy @ Centro
"I thought the course was fantastic the training was great and the course booklet is a big help now." - Sam @ Advance Legal Solicitors
"The course gave me lots of ideas!" - Laura @ Boots

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Course Trainer

Bjorn is an Adobe Certified Expert (ACE) in Flash Professional (now Adobe Animate CC), the industry recognised certification for Adobe products.

He has been involved in working with and training Flash since version 4 (not CS4!) when it was owned by Macromedia and used primarily as an animation tool. He has a wealth of experience developing Flash based advertising materials, elearning resources and interactive applications.

Coupled with nearly ten years of training Flash he is able to answer virtually any question you may have about the product. Having insights into both the design and development worlds, he is able to understand the capabilities of design packages such as Illustrator, Flash and Photoshop as well as develop with server side platforms such as PHP.

Course Software

The trainers of our Adobe training courses are familiar with most previous versions of Adobe's Creative Suite and therefore will be able to guide your learning no matter which version of the software you have. We try to provide course content that is generic to versions CS3, CS4 and CS5, but your trainer will also showcase the features of the latest version. Currently we now demonstrate the functionality of the Creative Cloud suite.

Course Location

This Adobe Animate CC course is run from our rooms on Jubilee Campus in Nottingham, which is part of the University of Nottingham's Innovation Park. These are serviced by a state-of-the-art tram system allowing easy access to the city centre as well as direct hourly rail services from London, Liverpool, Manchester, Birmingham, Derby and Leicester.