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Adobe After Effects Introduction

The After Effects Introduction course gets you quickly up to speed with the basic concepts of working in After Effects, and how to best use the Adobe software to create motion graphics and visual effects. Completion of the course will leave delegates with a good fundamental knowledge of After Effects, and the confidence to use it in a professional environment such as videography, graphical art or animation.

The emphasis throughout this introduction is on practical and interactive exercises. These exercises will cover incorporating video with Photoshop and Illustrator graphics, video layering techniques, working with keyframes, using filters for special effects and rendering your final project. You will also look at different rendering techniques and ways to optimise the finished production for broadcast, HD or the web.

You need no previous experience of Adobe After Effects to attend this course.

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Course Outline

Day 1:

Project set-up

  • Setting up a project
  • Using the Project window
  • Importing Media
  • Creating a New Composition
  • Composition Settings
  • Amending Composition Settings
  • Adding media to a composition


  • Animating Scale, position, Rotation Anchor Point, Opacity
  • Keyframe basics
  • Adding Keyframes,
  • Deleting Keyframes,
  • Moving Keyframes,
  • Amending Keyframe Values
  • Keyframe interpolation basics
  • Copying & pasting Keyframes


  • Layers
  • Using Layers
  • Layer order
  • Turning layer visibility on and off
  • Soloing layers
  • Hiding Layers
  • Locking Layers
  • Working with layers over time
  • Using the Timeline
  • Trimming layers
  • Animating layers independently
  • Using Text Layers
  • Using Shape Layers
  • The Transform properties
  • Using Blend Modes


  • Adding Effects
  • Amending Effects
  • Effects Controls Tab
  • Keyframing & Animating effects

Basic 3D

  • Turning a layer into a 3D layer
  • Moving and rotating in 3D
  • Understanding and creating Pre-Comps
  • Using Pre-Comps
  • Using a Track Matte
  • Using Alpha channels
  • Looping video footage


  • Adding Text
  • Amending & Formatting Text
  • Adding Text animation presets
  • Retiming Text animation presets
  • Using Layer styles
  • Adding Graphics


  • Rendering & exporting a final movie
  • Optimising for social media or Broadcast

Day 2:

Workflow & import options

  • Roundtripping with Adobe Premiere Pro
  • Importing Compositions into Premiere Pro
  • Dynamic Link
  • Exporting from Premiere Pro to After Effects
  • Importing layers from Photoshop
  • Importing Layered Illustrator Files
  • Turning Illustrator Files into editable vector graphics
  • Making Photoshop Text editable
  • Making Photoshop Layer Styles editable
  • Animating Photoshop layers

Using Paths

  • Creating a path
  • Drawing a path on & off
  • Animating shapes along a Path
  • Auto-Orient

Advanced keyframing

  • More about keyframes
  • Further principles of keyframing
  • Copying and pasting keyframes
  • Keyframe assistants
  • Time reverse keyframing
  • Simultaneously editing multiple keyframes
  • Using Parent and Child layers
  • Adding Motion Blur

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