After Affects 2020

Fundamentals Training Course

This hands-on course is suitable for beginners and will teach you how to use After Effects for video editing, motion editing, adding special effects and compositing.

This class is aimed at graphic and video professionals who need an essential understanding of motion graphics, title animation, plus powerful effects compositing. Experienced users will also benefit from many hands-on projects and tricks learned in the class. Training available on both Mac and PC.

What's Included

  • Certificate of Course Completion
  • Training Manual
  • FREE Class Repeat (valid for 6 months)
3 Days $1395.00
Authorised Training Centre

Live face-to-face training

No minimum class size - all classes guaranteed to run!

No prior experience of Premiere Pro is needed. Training available on Mac and PC.

View our full range of Adobe After Effects training courses, or see below for the detailed outline for After Effects Fundamentals.

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Detailed Course Outline

  • After Effects: What it is (and is not)
  • The After Effects enterprise workflow
  • The power of Creative Cloud
  • Leveraging your Creative Cloud subscription
  • Integrating After Effects with other file formats
  • Linked media: Organizing your Projects
  • Tips and best practices for After Effects Projects
  • Launching After Effects, and creating new projects
  • Understanding and navigating the After Effects interface
  • Customizing settings, Preferences, and Workspaces
  • Importing and organizing footage
  • Creating Compositions
  • Working with Layers: The art of compositing
  • Understanding Layer types
  • Animating Layers with the Transform properties
  • Adding, editing, and animating effects
  • Understanding the Timeline and SMPTE timecode
  • Optimizing performance in After Effects
  • Previewing, rendering, and exporting a Composition
  • Alpha channels, Masks, mattes, and keys - oh my!
  • Creating Masks with the vector Shape and Pen Tools
  • Creating Bezier Masks
  • Editing corner and smooth points
  • Feathering the edges of a Mask
  • Adding Solids to create light reflections
  • Applying Mask Modes and Blend Modes
  • Creating vignettes
  • Tips for creating masks
  • Title design: Understanding Text layers
  • Using Typekit
  • Creating and formatting point and area Text
  • Using Text Animation Presets
  • Property animation and keyframe interpolation in the Graph Editor
  • Animating by Parenting
  • Converting and animating Photoshop text
  • Animating with Text Animator Groups
  • Animating Text on a path
  • Auto-orienting Layers on a motion path
  • Working with Timeline Switches and Modes
  • Maximizing Motion Blur options
  • Creating Shape layers
  • Customizing Shapes
  • Shape properties and animators
  • Duplicating Shapes with Repeaters
  • Creating logo and text effects with Shapes
  • Advanced Shape Animation techniques
  • Packaging, prepping, and importing Illustrator files
  • Working with Illustrator layers
  • Packaging, prepping, and importing Photoshop files
  • Managing Photoshop layers
  • Dynamic Link: Integrating After Effects and Premiere Pro Projects
  • MOGRT: Building Motion Graphics Templates in After Effects
  • Fundamentals of animation physics
  • Bouncing, squashing/stretching, and more
  • Leveraging velocity and speed in the Graph Editor
  • Kinetic typography
  • Simple Expressions: looping, conditionals, randoms
  • Audio-powered animation with Expressions
  • Title/Action Safe Guides
  • Creating luma and alpha Track Mattes
  • Creating traveling mattes
  • Adding Lower Thirds
  • Animating opening titles and end credits
  • Batch rendering social media exports in the Adobe Media Encoder: YouTube, Instagram, and more
  • 2D Text and Layers in 3D Space
  • Classic 3D, Ray-Traced 3D, and CINEMA 4D renderers
  • Extruding, shading, and animating 3D text
  • Applying Lights to 3D Layers
  • Leveraging multiple 3D views
  • Animating Light and shadow properties
  • After Effects and Cinema 4D Lite
  • Third-party After Effects plugin roulette
  • Wrappers vs Codecs
  • Lossless vs Lossy Codecs
  • Mezzanine Codecs
  • File formats for Visual Effects
  • File conversions for Raw Files
  • Working with Raw Video + Re-Indexing color
  • Working with and applying LUT files
  • Metadata tagging for Virtual Reality
  • Batching HFR Footage
  • Exporting Offline and Online Editorial

Our outlines are a guide to the content covered in a typical class. We may change or alter the course topics to meet the objectives of a particular class.