After Effects - Motion Graphics & Data Visualization

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5.5 hours course
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$ 126.99
$ 126.99
What will you learn?
You'll learn to take Excel spread sheets and animate this in After Effects.
You’ll learn how to make animated pie charts, line charts & bar graphs.
You’ll learn how to create percentage counters.
You’ll learn how to animate icons making beautiful infographics.
You’ll learn how to create 'voice over' infographics.
You’ll learn all the animation techniques needed to bring your data to life.
You will have the finished files so you never fall behind.
Downloadable exercise files & cheat sheet.
Forum support from me and the rest of the BYOL crew.
Techniques used by professional motion graphic designers.
A wealth of other resources and websites to help your new career path.
About the course

Hi there, my name is  Dan. I’m a Adobe Certified Instructor and I LOVE animating infographics & bringing potentially boring data to life using After Effects through Data Visualization.

This course is for beginners. You don’t need any previous knowledge in VFX Compositing or any motion graphics experience. We’ll start with the super basics, taking simple icons breathing life into to them with After Effects.

We’ll work through a real life projects, connecting Excel into After Effects to transform your boring spreadsheet data into approachable visual information. We’ll experiment with lighting & cameras. We’ll do some fun things with masking, looking at how important sound is in your presentation, all the way through to exporting for Youtube, Powerpoint and all sorts of social media including animated GIFS.  

There are projects for you to complete, so you can practice your VFX visual effects skills and use these for your portfolio. There is a cheat sheet and I’ve got exercise files so you can play along. I will also save my files as I go through each video so that you can compare yours to mine - handy if something goes wrong.

Know that I will be around to help - if you get lost you can drop a post on the video 'Questions and Answers' below each video and I'll be sure to get back to you.

What are you waiting for? Lets get making!

Hi, my name is Dan, and I love animating Infographics, and bringing potentially boring data to life using After Effects.I've made this course for complete beginners. There is no need to have any previous knowledge of After Effects or Motion Graphic Design. We'll start at the super basics. We'll bring in a couple of icons, we'll add Easing, we'll add some Motion Blur, we'll add some very cool Overshoot. We'll also look at Anticipation. And then, my favorite is to Offset them.
Exercise files & projects
All right, first things first, is to download the exercise files. There'll be a link just here, go and download those. Also know that there's something called the completed files. All they are is, at the end of every video I'll save my After Effects file to where I'm at, and you can download it. There'll be a link on every video screen for that. And it's just, if you get a little lost, you can check mine and see how yours is different.
Inspiration for your animated infographics
Hey there, in this video we're going to look at Inspiration. So when you're starting your project you're going to need places to go and get ideas for your projects.Now this site here,, remember the .net, the .com is a weird site. You're going to go and check it now, I bet you. But is… this is more of the Data Visualization site. There’s some really beautiful stuff going on here. Kind of pushing the boundaries of how to communicate really complex data.
Animating Infographics
Setting up your software & project for data visualization in After Effects
So we're going to begin our first project. I am going to hit Play on this project and we're going to listen to it, and watch it all the way through. This is what we're going to be making for the first part of this course. Icon animations, all sorts of amazing Infographic type things. Let's give it a watch, and at the end we'll hit Stop, and we'll go off and create our new document, and get started.
How to add audio & music to a infographic in After Effects
Hi there, in this video we're going to bring in some audio. We're going to put it into some folder. We're going to bring in some music and look at where to get some of that for free. And then we're going to balance it so that my voice isn't so low, and the music is down a bit so you can hear underneath me, let's hit it. The Value of Sleep for Creatives. It's made me sound a little more like I know what I'm doing. Anyway let's get on with the chorus so I know what I'm dealing with, most of the time.
How to add a solid background or image to your infographic
In this video we're going to bring in a background image, and lock it. It's going to be easy, let's go do it.It's a weird feature of After Effects, we talked about it before. If I make a new Comp, and I pick a color, doesn't really matter, when I export it, it goes black. It's just, there is a background color. So, we're going to turn ours back to black. I'm going to click on it, go back to black. So that's most of the Comp start life like.
Adding text & Adobe TypeKit in After Effects
Hi there, in this tutorial we're going to look at Type. And then we'll look at bringing in new fonts from Typekit which is free as part of your Creative Cloud license. Let's go and do that now in After Effects.
Where to get free Icons for your animated infographics
Okay, so you need to find some icons, and you don't want to pay for them. There's a couple of cool sites. is a great one. They have a mixture of paid and unpaid. So let's say we need a picture of a woman, an icon of a woman. Now by default yours will be set to 'Any', 'Any', 'No License Filtering'. And you'll start with these ones here, you can see, they're not expensive. So 1 USD for some of them. And what we want do though is, I want vector ones because I want them to be scalable. In After Effects, you don't want 'Any', most of them are all Vector. Then I want to go for 'Free', because I want it cheap. And I want to go down to 'Licensing'. I want the ones that say 'For Commercial Use' but I don't need to put a link anywhere.
CC Libraries are amazing in After Effects - start using them now
Hello, beautiful people. In this video we are going to look at CC Libraries and why they're awesome for your Infographic and Data Visualization work. You can seem them over here. We're going to bring in colors, and icons, and all sorts of cool stuff. We're going to work a little bit with Illustrator. Let's go and check out the awesomeness now in this video.
Animating an infographic icon in Adobe After Effects
Hi there, in this video we're going to do this where it fades in, and then, goes for a little bit, and then, this guy appears. We'll play with the Scale. We're just going to do some basic animation, it's quick, it's easy, let's make it happen in After Effects.
  • You will need a copy of Adobe After Effects, Illustrator & Photoshop CC 2017 or above. 90% of the course will be done in After Effects but a few things are better done in Illustrator & Photoshop. A free trial can be downloaded from Adobe.
  • No previous motion graphic skills are needed.
  • No previous After Effects, Illustrator or Photoshop skills are needed.
Daniel Walter Scott
Daniel Walter Scott
Adobe Certified Instructor & Adobe Certified Expert
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