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After Effects Essentials Courses

After Effects enables you to create stunning and professional motion graphics and visual effects for a diverse range of outcomes such as infographics, animated logos, advertisements, kinetic typography (animated titles), social media, e-learning and broadcast content. Visual effects covers many disciplines including compositing, image correction, animated effects, and in our After Effects Essentials course, an introduction to 3D animation.

This course is designed to empower those new to video and graphic animation techniques, or who are self-taught, to get the most from this immensely dynamic software. We fast-track your learning of the essential functionality of After Effects and include 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 - CC2020 which utilises techniques and workflows not available in earlier versions.

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

  • Training Modules (Overview only)

    • Video Editing Standards
    • Importing Footage
    • Starting a Project
    • Understanding Key Frames
    • Linking Methods in Adobe After Effects
    • Working with Effects
    • Working with Text
    • Using Masks
    • Keying Techniques (Green Screen)
    • Motion Stabilizing
    • Time Stretching - Speed Change
    • Shape Layer Animation
    • Creating Animation and Effects Presets
    • Introduction to Working in 3D Space
    • Final Rendering - Saving Your Work
    • Social Media Settings
  • 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 (9 months)*
    • Small Classes (average 4 to 6)
    • After Effects Classroom in a Book

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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
  • Continuously Rasterize

Starting a Project

  • Setting up a Project
  • Setting up a Composition
  • Layers and the Timeline
  • Animating Layers Independently
  • Duplicating Layers
  • Trimming and Moving Layers
  • Uninterrupted Previews - Customising Preview Panel
  • Social Media Formats, eg. Instagram
  • Keyboard Shortcuts

Understanding Keyframes

  • Layer Attributes/Transform Properties
  • Viewing Layer Attributes Efficiently
  • Changing the Anchor Point
  • Creating Keyframes
  • Auto-Orient Along Path
  • Keyframe Assistants
  • Copying and Pasting Keyframes
  • Spatial (Position) and Temporal (Speed) Interpolation
  • Simultaneously Editing Keyframes
  • Moving Motion Paths
  • Retiming Animations
  • Efficiently View Keyframes
  • View All Changed Properties + Keyframes

Linking Methods in After Effects

  • Parent/Child Relationships
  • Pre-Compose/Nesting
  • Duplicating and Modifying Pre-Compositions

Working with Effects

  • Applying Effects
  • Animating Effects
  • Using Adjustment Layers
  • Blending Modes
  • Adding Photoshop Layer Styles to Layers and Text

Working with Text

  • Text Layers
  • Text Attributes, Source Text
  • Animating Text
  • Text on a Path
  • Finding and Applying Presets - 'Reverse Engineering' Layers in Compositions
  • Editing and Saving Custom Animation Presets

Using Masks

  • Drawing Mask Shapes
  • Mask Properties
  • Scale/Rotate/Move Masks
  • Editing Mask Shapes
  • Animating Masks

Track Mattes and Alpha Channels

  • Creating Track Mattes
  • Working with Embedded Alpha Channels
  • Blending Modes

Motion Stabilizing

  • The Warp Stabilizer Effect

Keying Techniques (Green Screen)

  • Understanding the Keying Workflow
  • Using Keylight Effects

Time Stretching - Speed Change

  • Changing Playback Speed
  • Reverse Speed

Shape Tools

  • Drawing and Animating Shapes
  • Creating Graphs and Charts for Infographics
  • Converting Illustrator Files to Shape Layers
  • Adding Animators to Shapes
  • Animating Shape Layer Paths
  • Adding Animated, Repeating Elements

Introduction to Working in 3D Space

  • Creating a Layer in 3D Space
  • Animating a Layer in 3D Space
  • 3D Text Animation

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
  • Workflow for Animated Gifs
  • TV Broadcast and Web Standards - Common Codecs