After Effects Essentials Course

After Effects allows you to create stunning and professional motion graphics and visual effects. Common motion graphic projects are infographics, animated logos, advertisements, kinetic typography (animated titles). Visual effects cover many disciplines including compositing, particle effects, colour correction/ grading and 3D animation.

This course is designed to allow those new to video animation techniques or who are self-taught, to get the most from this immensely powerful software. The emphasis throughout this After Effects course is on getting up-to-speed with the essential functionality of the program and includes many practical exercises along with countless tips and techniques to help you become more productive.

Our instructors are Adobe Certified, industry experienced and passionate about training! Especially with After Effects, we recommend using the latest version - CC 2017 (Creative Cloud). Not sure which version? See our article on Adobe Creative Cloud.

As an Adobe Authorised Training Centre – participants receive upon course completion a Certificate endorsed by Adobe.

  • Training Modules (Overview only)

    • Video Editing Standards
    • Importing Footage
    • Starting a Project
    • Understanding Key Frames
    • Linking Methods in After Effects
    • Working with Effects
    • Working with Text
    • Introduction to Using Mattes
    • Using Masks
    • Keying Techniques (green screen)
    • Motion Tracking
    • Time Stretching - Speed Change
    • Puppet Pin Tool
    • Shape Tools
    • Introduction to Working in 3D Space
    • Final Rendering - Saving Your Work
  • What You Get

    • Adobe Classroom in a Book after course reference material (eBook)
    • Class exercises relevant to industry
    • AATC Adobe Authorised Certificate
    • Choice of Mac or PC
    • After Course Support
    • Free Course Resit
    • Small Classes (average 4 to 6)
    • After Effects Classroom in a Book

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2 Days | 9am - 4:30pm

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Course Outline


  • After Effects workflow
  • Video Terminology
  • SMPTE timecode
  • After Effects interface

Importing Footage

  • Importing assets
  • Looping video footage
  • Importing Photoshop & Illustrator files
  • Converting Photoshop text layers
  • Continuous rasterize
  • Interpreting footage

Starting a Project

  • Setting up a Project
  • Setting up a Composition
  • Layers and the Timeline
  • Animating layers independently
  • Trimming and moving layers
  • Uninterrupted previews
  • Customising preview panel
  • Keyboard shortcuts

Understanding Key Frames

  • Layer attributes/transform properties
  • Changing the anchor point
  • Creating Keyframes
  • Auto orient along path
  • Keyframe assistants
  • Copying and pasting keyframes
  • Spatial and temporal interpolation
  • Simultaneously editing keyframes
  • Moving motion paths
  • Retiming animations
  • Introduction to Graph Editor
  • Motion blur

Linking Methods in After Effects

  • Parent/child relationships
  • Pre-Compose/nesting
  • Duplicating layers and comps

Working with Effects

  • Applying Effects
  • Animating Effects
  • The Lumetri Color Effect
  • Wipes, Path Effects
  • Using adjustment layers
  • Solid layers
  • Vignettes
  • Blending Modes

Working with Text

  • Text layers
  • Text attributes, source text
  • Animating text
  • Text on a path
  • Finding and applying presets
  • Editing and saving custom animation presets
  • Adding Layer styles to text and layers

Introduction to Using Mattes

  • Creating Track mattes
  • Alpha Channels

Using Masks

  • Drawing mask shapes
  • Mask properties
  • Animating masks

Keying Techniques (green screen)

  • Understanding the Keying workflow
  • Using Keylight Effect

Motion Tracking

  • Tracking moving footage
  • Track Transform, Perspective corner pin
  • Motion stabilization

Time Stretching - Speed Change

  • Changing playback speed
  • Reverse speed
  • Time remapping
  • Frame Blending/pixel motion blur

Puppet Pin Tool

  • Puppet pin tool
  • Overlap & Starch tool

Shape Tools

  • Drawing and Animating Shapes
  • Adding Animators to Shapes

Introduction to Working in 3D Space

  • Creating a layer in 3D space
  • 3D text animation
  • Introduction to Cameras and lights

Final Rendering - Saving Your Work

  • Adding your project to the render Queue
  • Using Adobe Media Encoder to output .mp4 files for web
  • Render settings for multiple outputs
  • Understanding video formats
  • TV Broadcast and web standards
  • Pixel aspect ratios
  • Common DV Codecs