After Effects Essentials

Adobe After Effects Essentials Course

Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Onsite

Training Modules (Overview)

  • Video Editing Standards
  • Importing Footage
  • Starting a Project
  • Understanding Key Frames
  • Linking Methods in Adobe After Effects
  • Working with Effects
  • Working with Text
  • Using Masks
  • Keying Techniques (Green Screen)
  • Stabilisation and Motion Tracking
  • Time Stretching - Speed Change
  • Shape Layer Animation
  • Creating Animation and Effects Presets
  • Introduction to Working in 3D Space
  • Final Rendering - Saving Your Work
  • Social Media Settings

What You Get

  • Adobe Classroom in a Book After Course Reference Material (eBook)
  • Class Exercises Relevant to Industry
  • AATC Adobe Authorised Certificate
  • Choice of Mac or PC
  • After Course Support
  • Free Course Resit
  • Small Classes (average 4 to 6)

After Effects Classroom in a Book


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Course Outline


  • After Effects Workflow
  • Video Terminology
  • SMPTE Timecode
  • After Effects Interface

Importing Footage

  • Importing Assets
  • Looping Video Footage
  • Importing Photoshop & Illustrator Files
  • Converting Photoshop Text Layers
  • Continuous Rasterize

Starting a Project

  • Setting up a Project
  • Setting up a Composition
  • Layers and the Timeline
  • Animating Layers Independently
  • Trimming and Moving Layers
  • Uninterrupted Previews - Customising Preview Panel
  • Keyboard Shortcuts

Understanding Keyframes

  • Layer Attributes/Transform Properties
  • Viewing Layer Attributes Efficiently
  • Changing the Anchor Point
  • Creating Keyframes
  • Auto Orient along Path
  • Keyframe Assistants
  • Copying and Pasting Keyframes
  • Spatial (Position) and Temporal (Speed) Interpolation
  • Simultaneously Editing Keyframes
  • Moving Motion Paths
  • Retiming Animations
  • Efficiently View Keyframes
  • View All changed Properties + Keyframes

Linking Methods in After Effects

  • Parent/Child Relationships
  • Pre-Compose/Nesting Duplicating Layers
  • Duplicating and Modifying Composition Copies
  • Social Media Formats, eg. Instagram
  • Workflow for Animated Gifs

Working with Effects

  • Applying Effects
  • Animating Effects
  • Sharpening and Other Useful Effects
  • Wipes, Path Effects
  • Using Adjustment Layers
  • Blending Modes
  • Adding Photoshop Layer Styles to Layers and Text

Working with Text

  • Text Layers
  • Text Attributes, Source Text
  • Animating Text
  • Text on a Path
  • Finding and Applying Presets - 'Reverse Engineering' Layers in Compositions
  • Editing and Saving Custom Animation Presets

Using Masks

  • Drawing Mask Shapes
  • Mask Properties
  • Scale/Rotate/Move Masks
  • Editing Mask Shapes
  • Animating Masks

Track Mattes and Alpha Channels

  • Creating Track Mattes
  • Blending Modes

Motion Tracking

  • Motion Stabilization
  • Tracking Moving Footage

Keying Techniques (Green Screen)

  • Understanding the Keying Workflow
  • Using Keylight Effects

Time Stretching - Speed Change

  • Changing Playback Speed
  • Reverse Speed

Shape Tools

  • Drawing and Animating Shapes
  • Creating Graphs and Charts for Infographics
  • Converting Illustrator Files to Shape Layers
  • Adding Animators to Shapes
  • Animating Shape Layer Paths
  • Adding Animated, Repeating Elements

Introduction to Working in 3D Space

  • Creating a Layer in 3D Space
  • Animating a Layer in 3D Space
  • 3D Text Animation

Final Rendering - Saving Your Work

  • Adding your Project to the Render Queue
  • Using Adobe Media Encoder to Output .mp4 Files for Web
  • Render Settings for Multiple Outputs
  • Understanding Video Formats
  • TV Broadcast and Web Standards - Common DV Codecs

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After Effects Testimonials

Thoroughly enjoyed the course, learnt a lot, trainer was great.

Kim Jackman

Excellent course for beginners to mid range expertise. Looking forward to other courses.

Patrick Dowling, Graphic Artist

The course provides a very good overview of the software and is an excellent introduction for people wanting to move on to the advanced course.

Travis, Video Editor

Very thorough - thanks! The book will be a handy resource, too. .

Sam, Photographer

As always, the perfect combination of fun and education, a great way to unlock the mysteries of After Effects. Keep up the good work!!

Luke, Digital Strategist

This was a great introduction to Adobe After Effects - thanks! The two day course was great for someone like me who is time-poor but keen to build skills in a new program.

Amy Maynard

Great course - great teacher. Would highly recommend .

Ric, Producer

felt like it covered alot of stuff in the two days, I was really unsure if I should do the course or not or if I could I learn the program on my own, I am so glad that I did do it and have learnt way more in a short amount of time and I think it's a great idea that you can re-sit within six months just so you can make sure you really understand everything you have learnt.

Shaun Day

Ben was very thorough in making sure everyone in the class understood each of the steps. He has a wealth of information that he is willing to share, and I found the course very productive in learning a new software program.

Narelle Browne, RMIT University

Really happy with the way the course was conducted. Ben's presentation and delivery was excellent.

Ratheesh, Multimedia Designer

Video & Special Effects Package

This highly specialised package will not only teach you how to start with video compositing but also takes it to the next level. We’ll also teach you advanced techniques using Premiere Pro, taught by trainers with real life video-editing experience. Then add special effects using After Effects and turn your video into digital masterpiece.