After Effects Essentials Course

After Effects allows you to create stunning and professional motion graphics and visual effects. The software is used to create a diverse range of outcomes such as infographics, animated logos, advertisements, kinetic typography (animated titles), social media and broadcast content. Visual effects covers many disciplines including compositing, image correction, animated effects, and an introduction to 3D animation.

This course is designed to allow those new to video and graphic 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 you up-to-speed with the essential functionality of the software 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 2018 (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
    • Using Masks
    • Keying Techniques (green screen)
    • Stabilisation and Motion Tracking
    • 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
    • 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

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
  • 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 layers
  • Duplicating and modifying composition copies
  • Social media formats, eg. Instagram
  • Workflow for animated gifs

Working with Effects

  • Applying Effects
  • Animating Effects
  • Sharpening and other useful Effects
  • Wipes, Path 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
  • Sale/rotate/move masks
  • Editing mask shape
  • Animating masks

Motion Tracking

  • Motion stabilization
  • Tracking moving footage

Keying Techniques (green screen)

  • Understanding the Keying workflow
  • Using Keylight Effect

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
  • TV Broadcast and web standards
  • Common DV Codecs