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Adobe After Effects Course: Level 1

Adobe After Effects. Cinematic visual effects and motion graphics.

Adobe After Effects allows you to create stunning industry standard broadcast quality motion graphics and visual effects. Learn Adobe After Effects the smart way with Adobe After Effects courses at the University of Sydney.

This course is delivered using Adobe Creative Cloud 2015
This course is delivered using the latest versions of Adobe software from the Adobe Creative Cloud. Courses are suitable for users of Adobe product versions CS3, CS4, CS5, CS6 and all CC versions. Older versions of Adobe products may not include some features available within Adobe Creative Cloud 2015 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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Cover many key features including dynamic integration with Photoshop and Illustrator graphics. Some of these include using filters for special effects, moving through 3D spaces, working with cameras and rendering your final project.

Course Content


Starting a project

  • The Composition window
  • Using the Project window
  • Working with layers over time
  • Animating layers independently

Importing footage

  • Importing layers from Photoshop & Illustrator
  • Understanding Alpha channels
  • Looping video footage
  • Interpreting footage

Linking Methods in AE

  • Parent/child relationships
  • Pre-Compose
  • Trimming layers
  • Working with nested Compositions

Working with text

  • Composing text
  • Text Layout
  • Animating text
  • Synchronising Text to speech
  • Applying Animation text presets
  • Adding Layer styles to text


Clone tool

  • Adding more objects to a scene
  • Removing objects in Time
  • Erasing Clone strokes

Puppet Pin tool

  • Puppet pin
  • Overlap & Starch tool

Designing a background scene

  • Adding elements from Photoshop & Illustrator
  • Using Fractal noise filter
  • Exploring the Filter effects

Shape tools

  • Drawing and Animating Shapes
  • Adding Animators to Shapes
  • Brainstorm

Introduction to working in 3D space

  • Creating a layer in 3D space
  • 3D text animation
  • Understanding the Camera controls
  • Moving the camera through a scene

Final rendering – Saving your work

  • Adding your project to the render Queue
  • Setting render settings for multiple output
  • Understanding video Formats
  • Saving Alpha channels
  • Creating custom rendering templates
  • Setting field rendering order

Course Delivery

Computer based workshop.

Before the course

No prior knowledge is needed.

Course suitable for

For anyone wanting to fast track themselves with motion graphics technics.

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  • Free repeat class - Conditions apply
  • Free USB flash drive
  • Expert trainer
  • Dedicated computer for every student
  • Small class size
  • Student notes – yours to keep
  • Statement of completion

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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