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After Effects Intro | Training Course

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


After Effects Intro | Training Course

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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
  • Free digital course assets
  • Free post-course helpdesk support
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  • Average Score 4.8 out of 5
  • Delicious lunch provided
  • Certificate of Achievement
  • 1672 reviews

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 transforms

• Navigating 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

Questions and Answers

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

Q&A and Troubleshooting

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