After Effects Intro

Media Training
Course summary
2 days
449 GBP excl. VAT 299 - 449 GBP excl. VAT
London, Online courses
Professional Training

Course description

After Effects Intro

Create impressive animation and visual effects that will wow your viewers. Use the world's favourite motion graphics software like a professional.

This Adobe authorised two-day course is designed to allow those new to animation and post-production techniques to get the most from this immensely powerful software. Whether you are a motion graphics designer, a web designer, rich media artist or broadcast video editor, Adobe After Effects CC allows you to create stunning motion graphics and visual effects.

The emphasis throughout this introduction is on practical exercises. These exercises will cover basic effects, project settings, video layering techniques, creating masks, text animation, using filters for special effects and rendering your final project.

Outcome / Qualification etc.

Awards: Certificate of Achievement

What Will I Learn?

  • Create video projects from scratch
  • Understand After Effects interface
  • Learn keyframing workflow
  • Confidently use effects palette
  • Learn tips from industry experts

Training Course Content

Day One

Getting Started

  • Workspaces – selecting a layout and resetting the windows:
  • The Project window, timeline and viewer
  • Setting Up Your Database & folder structure
  • Creating Compositions – Comp settings
  • Essential viewer window settings
  • Creating assets within AE
  • Arranging objects in the viewport
  • How layers work in the timeline window
  • Object properties – the basics – Position, Scale, Rotation, Anchor Point and Opacity


  • Manipulating object transformsNavigating the timeline, playing scrubbing and zooming
  • Simple animation – your first keyframes
  • Position animation and Bezier curves
  • Manipulating keyframes
  • Using the keyframe navigator
  • Adding ease to improve animation quality
  • Copying and pasting keyframes
  • Proportional scaling of keyframes on the timeline
  • Using hotkeys to reveal keyframes and properties
  • Adding Motion Blur – Adjusting the global motion blur settings

Adding Effects

  • The effect controls palette
  • Ensuring that you explore effects completely – good workflow practices
  • How effects work with keyframes
  • Combining effects together
  • Adjustment layers

Best Practices & Importing Different Files

  • Exploring the interface in more detail, switches, modes and time controls
  • Ensuring correct workflow vector files
  • The collapse transformations switch
  • Importing video footage
  • Trimming and time manipulation of layers
  • Sorting, finding and working with assets in the project window
  • Importing Photoshop files
  • Importing Illustrator files
  • Layer modes
  • PreComps – Why Precomps are vital
  • Sending Projects To Others

Day Two

Keyframes - A Deeper Look

  • Hold keyframes
  • Reversing animation the right way – avoiding “Bezier twists”
  • Roving keyframes
  • Auto orientation

Track Mattes & Masks

  • Track Matte Types - Luma & Alpha
  • Editing masks
  • Using masks to reveal and hide layers
  • Animating Masks
  • Other mask uses for paths and effect controls

Creating a Basic Logo

Anchor point issues

  • Pre-composing base elements for better workflow
  • Adding effects to build our sequence
  • Parenting Layers
  • A simple expression - “Wiggle”
  • How Wiggle works – what the numbers do


  • Using basic presets as a start point
  • Text presets – a special case
  • Creating your own text animators
  • Saving text animators as a preset


  • Rendering & Media Encoder - Best Practices

Course delivery details

The following delivery options are available for this course:

  • Classroom at London Bridge
  • Online, live from anywhere

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25+ years of experience

Average class size of 6

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Average rating 4.8

Based on 584 reviews.

Gloo Communications Limited
Keeping everyone engaged and moving at a good pace. It was nice to have a small group.
Neil was a brilliant trainer. He was thorough and took the time to make sure everyone was on the same page. He was also really funny! I learnt a lot and I now feel more comfortable to use AE.
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