After effects essentials

Adobe After Effects - Essentials

Duration: 18 hours

Teaching Methodology: Hands on

Course Schedule: Schedule

Fees $250

Course Mode: Blended Face-to-face or online via Zoom


Dive into the realm of creative possibilities with our Adobe After Effects course. Unleash your imagination as you learn to craft mesmerizing motion graphics, stunning visual effects, and compelling compositions for short videos across popular platforms like Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, TikTok, and TV. Gain hands-on experience in creating impactful visuals and bring your ideas to life.


In this course, students learn how to use Adobe After Effects CC to create 2D motion graphics. They will:

  • Learn about the workflow
  • Manipulate keyframes
  • Edit layers and effects
  • Create animations for Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube
  • Create transparencies
  • Add type and music
  • Create still Graphic Designs and export to Photoshop
  • Export multimedia, cinema, and TV file formats


Graphic designers, art students, art directors, architects, artists, animators, and anyone interested in creating 2D motion presentations.


Adobe Photoshop Essentials


After Effects Apprentice: Real-World Skills for the Aspiring Motion Graphics Artist (Apprentice Series) 4th Edition ISBN-10 1138643084 ISBN-13 978-1138643086


Use our free online Adobe After Effects Exam to assess your skills. You may select particular categories. There is no password or limit on how many times you can take it. When you hit the Finish button, the system will post the results on the screen and send a copy to your email.


Social Media Post By the end of the course, you will be able to produce short posts similar to the one linked in the YouTube URL provided.

After Effects Essentials 01
After Effects Essentials 02
After Effects Essentials 03
After Effects Essentials 04


00 - The Interface

  • Project Structure
  • Main Application window
  • Tools panel; Project panel
  • Importing footage
  • Footage panel
  • Transparency and alpha channels
  • Composition panel
  • Timeline panel
  • Layer panel
  • Info, Preview, Audio panels
  • Effects & Presets; Effect Controls; other panels
  • workspaces; stacked panels
  • Previewing
  • Work area
  • Preview behaviors
  • Download Lesson 00
The Interface

01 - Basic Animation

  • Composition basics
  • Starting a project, creating folders
  • Importing footage; alpha channels
  • Creating a new composition
  • Adding Layers to the Comp panel
  • Changing property values
  • Animating Position, the motion path
  • Previewing the animation
  • Navigating between keyframes
  • Managing the comp view; zooming
  • Applying Easy Ease In
  • Adding the foreground layers
  • Duplicating and replacing layers
  • More precise placement; snapping and grids
  • Adding solid layers
  • Applying, copying, and pasting effects
  • Dragging footage to the Timeline panel
  • Editing motion paths, spatial keyframe types
  • Animating scale, rotation, and opacity
  • Rendering
  • Importing Layered Photoshop and Illustrator files
  • Download Lesson 01
Basic Animation

02 - Advanced Animation

  • Graph Editor Sets
  • Keyframe basics
  • Anchor Point overview
  • Anchor Point tool
  • Motion control moves
  • Graph Editor
  • Speed versus value graphs
  • Panning and zooming the timeline
  • Editing graph curves
  • Easing animations
  • Improving the timing; Graph Editor Sets
  • Separate Dimensions
  • Motion Sketch
  • Smoothing keyframes
  • Auto-Orient
  • Motion Blur
  • Roving keyframes
  • Time-Reverse Keyframes
  • Hold keyframes
  • Time display and time timecode
  • Download Lesson 02
Advanced Animation

03 - Editing Layers and Effects

  • Layers and stacking order
  • Moving layers in time
  • Trimming layers
  • Trimming in the Layer and Footage panels
  • Slip Editing
  • Sequence layers keyframe assistant
  • Looping footage
  • Image sequences
  • Changing the frame rate; Time Stretch
  • Applying Effects
  • Blending modes
  • Effects and solids
  • Effect motion path
  • Effects & Presets; searching for effects
  • Animation presets
  • Behavior presets
  • Layer styles
  • Adjustment layers
  • Filmic glow trick
  • Property links with effects
  • Third-party effects
  • Higher-quality scaling
  • Download Lesson 03
Editing Layers and Effects

04 - Creating Transparency

  • Masking tools; creating mask shapes
  • Free Transform Points
  • Masking in the Layer panel; Ellipse tool
  • Maks feather
  • Animating a mask path
  • Creating a vignette; Mask Expansion
  • Masking with the Pen tool
  • Effecting a masked area
  • Mask path interpolation; First vertex
  • Mask Interpolation keyframe assistant
  • Effects that can use the mask path; Scribble effect
  • Mask Modes and multiple masks
  • Mask Opacity
  • Creating and editing RotoBezier masks
  • Audio Spectrum effect
  • Rigid Mask Tracker
  • Face Tracking
  • Variable mask feathering
  • Alpha Track Matte
  • Nesting a track matte composite
  • Luma Track Matte
  • Animating matte layers
  • Stencil Luma and Stencil Alpha
  • Color Keying; Keylight; greenscreen
  • Key Cleaner and Advanced Spill Suppressor
  • Effects with track mattes and stencils
  • Download Lesson 04
Creating Transparency

05 - Type and Music

  • Creating basic text
  • Creating text Animators; Range Selectors
  • Animating text Position, Rotation, and Opacity
  • Randomizing the order of characters
  • Creating Cascading text; working with selection Shapes
  • Setting the text Anchor Point
  • Animating by words
  • Title safe areas
  • Animating text Blur and Tracking
  • Text on a path
  • Adding the Wiggly Selector
  • Rendering with an alpha channel
  • Multiple selectors and animators
  • Using text animation presets
  • Saving text animations as presets
  • Editing photoshop text layers
  • Adding audio to a comp
  • Spotting audio
  • Mixing and enhancing the audio
  • Download Lesson 05
Type and Music

07 - Rendering

  • Rendering under the hood
  • Render templates
  • Adobe Media Encoder
  • Rendering movies
  • Rendering sequences
  • Issues that affect image quality
  • Flickering
  • Fields and interlacing

08 - Creating an Add for Facebook and Instagram

  • Determining the recommended add size
  • Creating the composition
  • Importing footage and music
  • Creating the add
  • Exporting using AVI or Quicktime formats
  • Using Adobe Media Encoder to create a light high-quality movie
  • Uploading