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This is a 5 day course. Adobe After Effects is a visual effects, motion graphics, and compositing application used in postproduction process of film making, video games and television production, including ads for Cinema, TV and Web. Educators can put After effects to good use in developing compelling full animation and sound presentations to support their subject.

Among other things, After Effects can be used for keying, tracking, compositing, and animation. In 2019, the program won an Academy Award for scientific and technical achievement.

Never used After Effects or any motion graphics program before? Used an older version and have forgotten what to do? Did a Zero to Hero course in 2 days and lack confidence that you really understand both the tools and principles of Motion Graphics?

This course that starts you from the beginning. Takea you through core features of After Effects used for Motion Graphics. It covers the knowledge and skills content required by Adobe to become a Certified After Effects Associate.

There are two parts to this course Lvl I & Lvl II

This is the starting point for you to gain skills, knowledge and practice in the foundations of this complex and sophisticated program.

This course provides practical exercises for more techniques and features for animating images, text and shapes in the 2D area. You receive comprehensive step-by -step notes and work with a set of example files that are yours to practice with after the course.

After Effects Basic Expression Programming and After Effects Expression Programming Full Tilt take anyone that has never ever programmed and produces a confident and competent Expression programmer in the Motion Graphics space.


  • Anyone considering a career in or switching to; Motion Graphics Designer, Visual Effects Artist, 2D or 3D Animators, Video Editor.
  • Motion Graphic Artist for Creating Titles, Logo Revals, Particles FX, 2D animation.
  • Visual Fx Artist for (Tracking, Rotoscoping, Matte Painting, Matchmoving (Simple), Keying)
  • Video Editors & Compositors for Mixing CG elements with Live action Footage The more you use this program the more you find it can do.

Skills Gained

Note: This list is not exhaustive.

  • Animating with Trim Paths for use with; Infographics, Map Routes, Text Boxes, Text Strokes, Circle Bursts.
  • Motion Tracking where one part of the composition closely follows another part.
  • Compositing Titles & Chryons (Lower 3rds)
  • Animating Logos
  • Creating Masks with transparency for overlaying (composting) with other footage.
  • Work with Keyframes


This course only requires the normal skills/knowledge of a computer user in a business environment. Able to use the operating system for file management purposes and understands the use of folders. 


Getting Started

• An Important Preference to Set

• Your First Fast & Furious MGX Animation

• Your 2nd Fast & Furious Animation

• Layer Operations

• Visual Effect from the Box

• 3rd Animation -with Spatial Motion

• More About Your After Effects Interface

• Creating Your First Composition with Multiple Layers

Introducing Shapes and More Text Functions

• Best Practice to Creating Shapes

• How to Create, Format and Edit Text

Graphics Animation … How to

• Best Practice for Working with Layers and keyframes

• Creating a Full Motion Graphics Video - Part 1 Design &Layout 

• Part 2 Animating – Creating a Full Motion Graphics Video

• Part 3 Polish Timing Layer's – Creating a Full Motion Graphics Video

Producing Distribution Video from Your Composition

• Render AAE Comp to Video Playback Format (Rendering)

Masking with Shapes

• Masking with Shape Layers

• Using Masks on Text Layers

• Custom Shapes Using Solid Layers and Masks

• Animating Track Matte - Alternate Text Reveal

Precomposing to Reduce Clutter and Add Another Layer of Animation

• Pre-Comps Animation Methods

• Animation Using Pre-Comps

Motion Path Manipulations

• Using the Graph Editor

• Understanding Interpolation Types

• Roving keyframes, and

• Keyframe properties Ease In/Out

Working with External Assets

• Importing Stills - Transform Techniques

• Importing Videos - Timeline Techniques

Masking with Track Matting

• Masks and Track Matte on Images

• Applying Masks and Track Matte on Videos

More Features for Text and Graphics

• The Source Text Property

• Text Animation to a Path - Properties and Techniques

• Transforming Masks & Paths into a Keyframed Motion Paths

• The Trim Path - Overview and Practice 

Connecting Layers

• Using a Layer's Parent Method

• The Null Object & Grouping Layers' Animation

Using Effects & Presets

• What Are Presets – Animations in a can!

• How to Use the Animate IN and Animate OUT Text Presets

• How to Use 3D Presets

Using Blur to Really Sharpen Things Up

• Effective Blur Presets – Transform your Animation with Blur

Shape Layers – Under the Hood

• Creating Complex Shapes

• Fill & Stroke Manipulation

• Creating Compound Shapes

• Using the Wiggle Path Property – Best Practice

• Using the Wiggle Transform Property

• The Repeater Property – How It Works • Creating Burst Elements

• Creating Bezier Shapes

• Combining Repeaters and Trim Path

• The Stroke Effect

Creating Per Character Animation

• Animator Properties Combined

• Ramp Up/Down Text Animation

• 3D Per Character Animation

• Grouping Alignment and Animator's Anchor Point

• Wigglying Characters

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