AI VFX & Motion

Crafting Visual Wonders with AI

Length of Workshop: 3-4 hours

Price: $299

This workshop provides practical, hands-on experience using AI-powered image creation tools, covering both free and premium options such as Adobe Express, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Leonardo AI, DALL·E, Topaz Labs, Firefly, and various online resources.

Attendees will delve into seamlessly integrating AI into their design workflow, gaining expertise from basic image enhancements to complex creative projects through interactive demonstrations and guided practice. Emphasis will be placed on understanding the unique capabilities of each tool and how they contribute to achieving exceptional design outcomes.

Additionally, the workshop will cover crafting compelling text prompts and selecting the ideal image generator for specific project requirements, offering practical strategies for choosing between free and premium solutions, all supported by real-world case studies.

VFX and Motion collage

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Animate AI-generated images with finesse.
  • Bring characters to life with movement and speech.
  • Produce videos from images and text prompts.
  • Transform 2D elements into immersive 3D scenes.
  • Expedite rotoscoping, masking, and tedious post processes.
  • Employ AI for tasks such as blurring faces, depth creation, and enhancing resolution and clarity.
Who Should Attend
  • Motion Graphic Designers and Animators
  • Visual Effects Artists
  • Film and Video Editors
  • Digital Media Students and Educators
  • Digital Content Creators
  • Advertising and Marketing Professionals
Course Outline

Note: The course curriculum listed below is typically covered in class. The instructor may, at their discretion, adjust the lesson plan to meet the needs of the class.

Note: Platforms/software used in this workshop are owned by outside companies. Use of such platforms/software does not equate to NAB and/or FMC’s agreement and/or endorsement of the policies and/or practices of those platform and/or software companies. Indeed, NAB and FMC assumes no responsibility or liability for the same.

Lesson 1: Animating an AI Image
  • Using text prompts to create an image based on a client brief
  • Improving the result (upscale, crop, generative fill)
  • Splitting to layers
  • Creating fake parallax using 2D effects
Lesson 2: Bringing Characters to Life
  • Creating a photo avatar for animation
  • Expanding the frame
  • Generating a depth map
  • Making 3D displacement
  • Exploring automatic lip-sync options
  • Compositing
Lesson 3: 2D & 3D Objects
  • Creating 3D animated characters based on text prompts
  • Generating video based on image/text
  • Integrating 2D environments with real 3D models
Lesson 4: Common Post Tasks
  • Removing backgrounds (Rotoscoping)
  • Generating fills
  • Utilizing ultra-resolution tools
  • Creating super slow motion
  • Blurring Faces
  • Using Depth tools (Bokeh)
Software Used
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Adobe After Effects
  • Firefly
  • Runway
  • Leonardo AI
  • HeyGen
  • Topaz Video AI
  • Mootion
  • SpeedX
  • ScaleUp
  • Depth Scanner
  • Mask Prompter
  • Blace
Technical Requirements

Computer Hardware:
A modern computer (laptop or desktop) with 16GB RAM and an 8GB VRAM graphics card.

Adobe Photoshop and After Effects, and specific AI tools (a list will be provided).

Operating System:
A recent version of Windows (10 or later) or macOS (Catalina or later).

Internet Connection:
A stable and high-speed internet connection for using cloud-based AI tools.

Storage Space:
At least 20GB free for installing software and storing workshop materials and projects.

Software Skills:
Basic proficiency in standard VFX and motion graphics software.

Access to specific websites and platforms that might be used for downloading tools or resources, ensuring participants can bypass any potential access restrictions (like firewalls).

Instructor - Eran Stern

Eran Stern

Adobe Certified Instructor, Subject Matter Expert and A.I. Collaborator. Eran Stern is renowned for his expertise in assisting designers to refine their skills in VFX and motion graphics. He has developed several online courses for LinkedIn Learning and actively shares his expertise through weekly updates on YouTube. Straddling the line between geekiness and coolness, Eran continues to inspire and educate in the dynamic world of design.