One-to-one training in Brighton

One-to-one training in Brighton

Please click here to visit Creative Cabin, where you can book Angie’s bespoke, one-to-one training courses

After Effects expert and motion graphic designer, Angie Taylor runs bespoke one-to-one training courses at her studio, the Creative Cabin, near Brighton, UK. Courses include;

All course are customised, one-to-one training courses, tailored to suit each individual’s needs.

Read reviews from people who have benefited from Angie’s training on the Creative Cabin website. Angie has worked with a wide range of people including graphic designers, editors, film-makers, artists, illustrators and photographers. Previous clients include; BBC, JCDecaux, Modern Toss, Sky Creative, ITV, Cartoon Network, The Post People, European Parliament, JCDecaux, BBH London, Adobe, Skype, Axa Healthcare and Barton Willmore.

Be trained by a working designer and author

Angie Taylor - Adobe Software TrainerAngie is a motion graphic designer with over thirty years experience, working in the film and television industry. She has written several books, articles and video training courses about creative software applications and motion graphic design.

When the Cabin is not being used for training Angie creates motion graphic and animation projects from the Cabin for her own clients who she works for on a freelance basis. You can see examples of Angie’s work here.

Angie is also a published author with five books published on the subjects of Adobe After Effects and motion graphic design. She is also an author of training courses at Lynda.com.

Angie’s unique style of software training is delivered on a one-to-one basis and courses are customised for each individual client.

Work on real world projects

Anyone can follow step-by-step tutorials but we don’t believe that this “watch and follow” technique is the best approach for learning software – it doesn’t cultivate confidence. Our aim is to get you to a stage where you use the software intuitively.

Angie designs bespoke one-to-one training courses to cover more specific or unusual requirements for those who prefer to concentrate only on specific features of the application?

All levels of experience are catered for. You can choose from pre-designed training courses that cover all levels of user from beginners to advanced power-users.

Problem solving

The best way to master any software application is to go through a process of problem-solving on your own projects. Together, you and your trainer will work out the best approach to get the results you want from the software.

We can provide purpose-built training files to teach you certain concepts and techniques but we can also work on your own projects if you’re happy to bring them along.

Angie Taylor is your trainer, she loves nothing better than helping her clients figure out the techniques they need to achieve their design goals. She believes in building your knowledge and confidence by showing you inspiring examples and encouraging you to work out the best methods to adopt. You can see examples of Angie’s training here on the Videos page.

What makes one-to-one training different?

There’s only you and Angie in the Cabin so you get her complete attention for the entire course – unlike corporate training courses where you often have to share the training with several other delegates.

Go at your own speed

With a one-to-one training course at the Creative Cabin you can explore the software at your own speed while Angie guides you and suggests best practices with the software.

Work on meaningful projects and files

Angie provides well-designed, structured training exercises for you to follow that will get you up to speed in no time. If you prefer you can bring along your own projects so you and Angie can work on those together.

Solve problems and come up with solutions

Problem-solving and coming up with new ideas is Angie’s speciality – she loves to suggest ways to improve and refine your workflow to get the very best from your software.

 Make your one-to-one training a vacation

Located near BrightonThe Creative Cabin is situated in an idyllic spot near Brighton in the UK with panoramic views accross the English Channel.

All training packages include accommodation in the private, comfortable self-contained studio apartment – this is yours for the duration of your stay. Kick back and relax when you’re not training, enjoy some home-cooked food while watching movies on the HDTV or playing Playstation games. The more adventurous guests may want to take a trip into the centre of Brighton to unwind in style.

Accommodation

Designers and Artists can rent the Cabin for as little as £99.95 per night. It is a completely self-contained studio apartment with sleeping area, shower room, kitchen and work area. Find out more about the facilities here.

If you’re interested in booking the cabin accommodation, training or a package that includes both, please book here.

Book training at Creative Cabin

Book training at Creative Cabin

Author and designer, Angie Taylor delivers custom, one-to-one Adobe software training courses at Creative Cabin near Brighton and London. Please use the Contact page to contact Angie for more details about course content and availability. To see examples of Angie’s training you can watch free video tutorials here.

Creative Cabin - Residential Software TrainingCreative Cabin is a completely self-contained studio apartment with amazing sea views.

It’s the perfect escape for artists, authors, designers or musicians wishing to retreat from their daily routines and responsibilities.

Getting away to an inspirational space like this can enliven creative development and focus attention.

Angie offers very reasonable prices for customised, one-to-one training courses, tailored to suit each individual’s needs.

To find out more check out the other tabs on this page or visit the Creative Cabin website.

Up and Running with CINEMA 4D Lite for After Effects

Up and Running with CINEMA 4D Lite for After Effects

Up and Running with Cinema 4D Lite for After Effects

Intimidated by 3D modeling packages? Dip a toe in the water with CINEMA 4D (C4D) Lite, a slimmed down version of CINEMA 4D included with After Effects CC. Motion graphics designer Angie Taylor shows you how to build a complete sequence in C4D Lite, progressing from initial object modeling, to animation, lighting, camera rigging, texturing, and final render.

Plus, learn to animate text, create random movement with wiggle expressions, track cameras in live-action footage to add new 3D elements, and light your scene. Angie also round-trips the project files to After Effects for visual effects and color correction. With over 100 videos, this course allows you to explore almost every aspect of 3D motion graphics creation, within this accessible introductory tool.

Topics include:

  • What is CINEMA 4D Lite?
  • Understanding the CINEMA 4D Lite and After Effects CC workflow
  • Editing primitive objects
  • Spline modeling with NURBS
  • Animating with keyframes
  • Using Xpresso to link properties
  • Importing music and soundtracks
  • Creating and animating cameras
  • Working with text
  • Scripting
  • Creating and applying materials and textures
  • 3D camera tracking
  • Compositing layers
  • Lighting with visible lights and ambient occlusion
  • Adding visual effects in After Effects
  • Rendering in After Effects and the Adobe Media Encoder
Creative Cabin Review

Creative Cabin Review

I wanted to share my very first Creative Cabin Review for my new training venture at Creative Cabin. This review is written by motion graphic designer extraordinaire, Phil Bearman.

Training with Angie Taylor at Creative Cabin

Creative Cabin

Like many motion graphics designers, I’m entirely self taught. In the early years of my career I spent a lot of time following tutorials, reading the Meyers’ fantastic books, and watching Total Training videos, alongside doing a lot of experimental work in After Effects.

10 years later, and I’ve been fortunate to build a successful business which has kept me very busy and earning a comfortable living throughout.

When you stop learning, your work can start to look tired and repetitive

I’m a firm believer that you should never stop learning, and with software applications as mature and ‘deep’ as After Effects there’s always something new to discover. Unfortunately the downside to being very busy all of the time is that it’s difficult to find time to learn. When you stop learning, your work can start to look tired and repetitive, and you can end up working on ‘auto pilot’ which is both boring and unsatisfying.

Whilst browsing Facebook recently, I landed on Angie Taylor’s page, and one of her posts was promoting something called the “Creative Cabin”.

For those who aren’t familiar with Angie, she is a long-established motion graphics designer who has become well known for her teaching, through books, video tutorials, seminars and classroom teaching, as well as being a regular contributor to community forums.

The Creative Cabin is a residential studio space near Brighton, UK, which Angie has set up. The studio can either be booked as part of a one-to-one training course with Angie or purely as accommodation, providing a space for you to work on creative projects away from your usual working environment which can be a great boost to creativity.

Creative Cabin - the view from the Cabin

The Creative Cabin appealed to me in three ways:

• Firstly, as an opportunity to take a break from work (as with many self-employed people, I don’t take nearly enough holiday time!)

• Secondly, to do some much needed learning to reinvigorate my passion and creativity, away from the pressures of deadlines, emails and the phone ringing

• Thirdly, to spend some time talking with a fellow motion graphics designer.

Unlike the USA, with it’s many “After Effects User Groups”, the UK doesn’t really have a social scene for motion graphics

Although I’ve been ‘in the business’ for 10 years, I’ve never actually spent any time in the company of fellow motion graphics designers. Unlike the USA, with it’s many “After Effects User Groups”, the UK doesn’t really have a social scene for motion graphics and this makes it difficult to meet other designers if you are self-employed. So the closest I’ve come to socialising is via the online forums, which just isn’t the same as being face-to-face with somebody.

Creative Cabin accomodation

So I booked a two day course at the Creative Cabin and a few weeks later took a train from Manchester to Brighton. From here I took a short bus journey out to the Creative Cabin which is actually situated out of town, slightly further along the coast. Before getting down to work, Angie showed me around the newly refurbished studio which has a picturesque view out over her garden to the sea.

The studio is equipped with basic cooking facilities to allow self-catering (sink, fridge, combi microwave oven), a comfortable double bed, and shower room with underfloor heating, plus there’s an outdoor patio area so you can sit and enjoy the garden and sea view.

At the ‘business end’, there is a large desk which you can either set your own computer up on, or use a provided Mac which has the Adobe Creative Collection installed along with Cinema 4D.

Prior to arriving, I had discussed my requirements with Angie by email. I knew Angie was experienced at 2D character animation, which is an area I’ve shied away from in the past but needed to master for a forthcoming project. So I brought some illustrated characters with me, and together we worked through bringing them to life in After Effects, starting with preparing the artwork in Illustrator, then breaking it down and animating the various components using a combination of methods.

Despite ten years of using After Effects, there were still loads of little AE tips and shortcuts that I picked up from Angie over the course of the two days, but where I actually gained most was from what Angie taught me about using Illustrator.

I’ve been using Illustrator for as long as I’ve been using After Effects, but have only scraped the surface of what it’s capable of – I’ve never explored its features properly (always wanting to jump back to After Effects at the soonest opportunity!) and was really excited to discover just what is possible with Illustrator when you delve in a bit further.

We also did a bit of training in Cinema 4D – another package I’ve been using for years, but only as a secondary tool to AE, so had a list of ‘weak areas’ which we explored.

she’s a great teacher, and has a warm, friendly personality which immediately puts you at ease

I found Angie extremely easy to learn from and get along with – she’s a great teacher, and has a warm, friendly personality which immediately puts you at ease (important when you’re going to spend two days sat at a desk together!). An added bonus is her Scottish East-Coast accent which, as anyone who has watched her tutorials video will know, is very easy on the ears!

Cliff-top view in Peacehaven close to the Creative Cabin

Stunning cliff-top view on my morning run

In the evening I decided it would be nice to try one of the local pubs for dinner, as recommended by Angie, and she was kind enough to give up her evening and join me for dinner. We had a great chat about how we’d got into the industry, the highs and lows of being a self-employed motion graphics designer, and discovered shared interests (DJing, cooking and gardening) which gave us plenty to chat about. It was really refreshing to chat to somebody about work without fear of boring them(!) and who had been through all the same kind of experiences along the way. The food was also good, as promised!

I like to go for a run first thing in the morning (an essential stress-buster and counter-balance for the sedentary day sat in front of a monitor) – the Creative Cabin is situated close to a cliff-top, which provided a picturesque route for jogging and fresh sea air – a perfect start to the day!

I came away feeling relaxed, refreshed, and rejuvenated

My two-day stay was everything I hoped it would be – I came away feeling relaxed, refreshed, and rejuvenated, excited to use the new skills and tricks I’ve picked up from Angie. It’s been a pleasure to meet her and we will undoubtedly keep in touch.

I would recommend Angie and the Creative Cabin to anyone who wants to sharpen up their creative skills – whether you’re a complete novice, or an experienced professional – or to anyone who wants a change of scenery to work on a creative project, and I wish Angie every success with this new venture.

http://creative-cabin.co.uk/

http://angietaylor.co.uk/

Cinema 4D at IBC 2013

Cinema 4D at IBC 2013

See me demo Cinema 4D R14 and After Effects CC at IBC 2013 and also experience CINEMA 4D Release 15 Live!

From Sept. 13 – 17, 2013, exhibition hall 6, booth C19, RAI convention center, Amsterdam
I’ll be showing CINEMA 4D R14 and After effects CC integrations at the MAXON booth at IBC 2013.

I’m proud to be included in a list of internationally renowned experts who will also be appearing at the MAXON booth every day with very interesting presentations and demonstrations covering a wide range of topics. An agenda and information about the speakers can be found here.

I’ll be showing tips and techniques from my Lynda.com training workshop “Up and Running with Cinema 4D Lite” where she builds a robotic animation, inspired by Beeple and uses the After Effects Cineware plugin to perform post production tasks on isolated layers from the Cinema 4D scene.

Each day we will be giving away fantastic prizes with a total value of more than €10,000. The main prize is an NVIDIA Quadro K5000 high-end graphics card worth more than €2,300 and a commercial CINEMA 4D Broadcast license, which will be given away to one lucky winner*.

This is where you’ll find MAXON:

At this year’s IBC we’ll be in hall 6, booth C19

Here’s a map of the exhibition floor!

The MAXON speaker schedule:

An overview of the individual speakers, their topics and the entire schedule as a whole can be found here.

I’m looking forward to seeing you at IBC!

Model and Animate with Cinema 4D Lite

Learn How to Model and Animate with Cinema 4D Lite

972201_10151933274893625_549304587_nHave you ever wanted to learn how to model and animate with Cinema 4D Lite? Want to take advantage of the great free application that’s now bundled with After Effects CC?

I’m just putting the finishing touches to my brand new course “Up and Running with Cinema 4D Lite”. I wanted to write a training course specifically aimed at After Effects users with little or no experience with 3D applications. It’s an accessible and comprehensive course that covers all aspects of this application.

Real World Projects

You’ll learn how to build models from primitive objects, link objects and animate them. I’ll show you how to light your scenes and animate cameras changing in time with music. You’ll create your own custom materials as well as utilizing the amazing free presets that come with Cinema 4D Lite.

All this is applied to a single project so you’ll be able to understand how each of the features can be used in conjunction with each other on real-world projects. Here’s a taster of what you’ll be creating.

Club Robot – Beeple Tribute from Angie Taylor on Vimeo.

You’ll also discover how to use Cinema 4D Lite alongside After Effects, taking advantage of the new Cineware plug-in. We’ll also explore some third party scripts and plug-ins that’ll help you along the way.

Subscribe Now

So, if you want to know how to make best use of this new software that’s arrived on your doorstep, sign up for Lynda.com and be one of the first to get the training when it’s released. If you want to try out a free trial to Lynda.com here’s a link for a week of free video training.