Centre for Continuing Education

Adobe After Effects Course: Level 1

Adobe After Effects. Cinematic visual effects and motion graphics.

COVID-19 update: arrangement of our courses

We are now delivering courses online and in-person. Please check the delivery format of each class before enrolling.

Please note that course materials (excluding prescribed texts) are shared electronically within 48 hours of course commencement. Printing is not available.


This course is delivered using Adobe Creative Cloud
This course is delivered using the latest versions of Adobe software from Adobe Creative Cloud. Older versions of Adobe products may not include some features available within Adobe Creative Cloud CC versions and some visual and functional differences may exist. Project files created in Adobe Premiere Pro as part of training may not be compatible with earlier versions.

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This two-day Adobe After Affects training course is designed to help those new to motion graphics get the most out of this immensely powerful software. Whether you’re a graphic designer, web designer, rich media artist or broadcast video editor, Adobe After Effects will help you create stunning broadcast quality motion graphics and visual effects.

Your own Adobe Creative Cloud account is required for this course. For further details, see ‘Before the course’.

Content

After Effects Interface

  • Workspace
  • Panels
  • Tools panel

New Project

  • Start a New Project
  • Importing Footage and Organising Media
  • Importing Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator files
  • Layer Import Options
  • Replace Footage with a Layered Composition
  • Preparing Illustrator files

Building Compositions

  • Create a New Composition
  • New Composition from an existing file
  • Composition Settings
  • Layer Properties in the Timeline Panel
  • Trim or Extend a Layer
  • Split Layers

Creating Animations

  • Keyframe Animation
  • Anchor Point
  • Aligning
  • Auto Orientate
  • Roving keyframes
  • Adjustment Layers
  • Parenting
  • Precompose
  • Nesting

Create Text

  • Creating Titles
  • Character and Paragraph Settings
  • Text Animation Presets
  • Adjust Text Animator Properties
  • Source Text Animation
  • Text on a Path

Create Shapes

  • Create a Shape
  • Shape Layer Properties
  • Animating Shapes
  • Trim Paths
  • Repeater

Motion Tracking

  • Motion Tracking Overview
  • Track Motion
  • Null Object
  • Motion Tracker Settings

Effects and Presets

  • Browse Effects & Presets
  • Warp Stabilizer
  • Motion Tile Effect
  • Radio Waves Effect
  • Puppet Tool
  • Motion Sketch
  • Content-Aware Fill
  • Speed Change

Colour Correction and Grading

  • Basic Correction
  • Creative
  • RGB Curves
  • Hue Saturation Curves
  • Colour Wheels
  • Secondary Colour Corrector

Masking, Transparency and Keying

  • Masking
  • Tracking a Mask
  • Keying
  • Opacity and Blending Modes
  • Track Matte
  • Roto Brush & Refine Edge Tools

Introduction to 3D

  • Working with 3D Layers
  • Cameras
  • Move the Camera through a Scene
  • Lights & Shadows

Save and Export

  • Save and Export
  • Adobe Media Encoder

Intended audience

Suitable for anyone wanting to fast track themselves with motion graphics techniques.

Prerequisites

This introductory course assumes little or no prior knowledge of the software.

Delivery style

  • Presenter-taught training in a computer lab where you can use a CCE desktop computer or bring your own device.
  • Online training via the platform Zoom.

Materials

Course materials are provided electronically.

Before the course

You will need an Adobe Creative Cloud account to participate. If you don’t have an existing account, you can purchase one here. Please bring your account login details with you to class.

IMPORTANT: For security reasons, you MUST remember to sign out of your Adobe Creative Cloud account at the end of class.

Additional information

Face-to-face classes

These classes run in a computer lab. You can use a CCE desktop computer or bring your own device.

Please bring a USB flash drive to class if you would like to make a copy of your work or any relevant class materials. Alternatively, you can save these to a cloud storage space or email them to your personal email address.

Online classes

If you are attending an online class you will need your own device.

Recommended operating system: Windows or Mac
Recommended software for PC: Adobe After Effects CC 2020
Recommended software for Mac OS: Adobe After Effects CC2020
Plugins: You will need Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop so you can open the course file types (they can be downloaded from your Adobe Creative Cloud Installer)

Adobe product box shot(s) reprinted with permission from Adobe Systems Incorporated. Adobe After Effects® are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Adobe Systems Incorporated in the United States and/or other countries.

Features

  • $50 repeat class - Conditions apply
  • Expert trainer
  • Small class size
  • CCE Statement of Completion

Apply for the IT repeat discount.

What others say.

  • Extremely well paced and relevant activities delivered by a knowledgeable and patient facilitator. Perfect for a beginner introduction to Adobe After Effects.

  • I loved the course and the tutor was absolutely wonderful and very thorough – making sure no-one was left behind, and while a bit slower sometimes because of those who didn’t understand, no-one left without feeling 100% with what was covered.

  • Appreciate the manual, USB and files. Lunch tasty. Enjoyable course.

  • I really enjoyed the course and learnt so much in a very short period of time. I will recommend this course to my friends, for sure.

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What others say.

  • I really enjoyed the course and learnt so much in a very short period of time. I will recommend this course to my friends, for sure.
  • The tutor has a great knowledge and their explanation was very easy to understand - clear and direct to the point. Highly recommended this course.
  • Excellent overview of Adobe After Effects and basic animation. Highly recommend of anyone wanting good foundations or just a refresher.
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