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After Effects Introduction

SS Course: 3000134

Course Overview


This Adobe Creative Cloud CC Hands-On Training and Certification Course covers all previous versions of CC apps (CS6, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2015.5, 2017, 2018, 2019). Training includes:

Hands-On Training Led by Certified Instructors

Print and/or Digital Courseware

Certificate of Completion

Continental Breakfast Every Day (In Person Only)

Catered Gourmet Deli Lunch Every Day (In Person Only)

Unlimited Snacks and Refreshments (In Person Only)

Notebook & Pen (In Person Only)

Free Parking (In Person Only)


Scheduled Classes

05/08/23 - CTB - TB Virtual Instructor-Led - TB Virtual Instructor-Led (click to enroll)
06/12/23 - CTB - TB Virtual Instructor-Led - TB Virtual Instructor-Led (click to enroll)
07/17/23 - CTB - TB Virtual Instructor-Led - TB Virtual Instructor-Led (click to enroll)
08/14/23 - CTB - TB Virtual Instructor-Led - TB Virtual Instructor-Led (click to enroll)
09/11/23 - CTB - TB Virtual Instructor-Led - TB Virtual Instructor-Led (click to enroll)
10/16/23 - CTB - TB Virtual Instructor-Led - TB Virtual Instructor-Led (click to enroll)
11/13/23 - CTB - TB Virtual Instructor-Led - TB Virtual Instructor-Led (click to enroll)
12/18/23 - CTB - TB Virtual Instructor-Led - TB Virtual Instructor-Led (click to enroll)

What You'll Learn


ThinkBIGs Introduction to After Effects course will introduce you to the fundamental concepts and features to master the program. Adobe After Effects Creative Cloud provides a comprehensive set of 2D and 3D tools for compositing, animation, and effects that motion-graphics professionals, visual effects artists, web designers, and film and video professionals need. After Effects is widely used for digital post-production of film, video, DVD, and the web.


Viewing outline for:

1. Getting to Know the Workflow
Creating a project and importing footage
Creating a composition and arranging layers
Adding effects and modifying layer properties
Animating the composition
Previewing your work
Optimizing performance in After Effects
Rendering and exporting your composition
Customizing workspaces
Controlling the brightness of the user interface
Finding resources for using After Effects

2. Creating a Basic Animation Using Effects and Presets
Importing footage using Adobe Bridge
Creating a new composition
Working with imported Illustrator layers
Applying effects to a layer
Applying an animation preset
Previewing the effects
Adding transparency
Rendering the composition

3. Animating Text
About text layers
Installing a font using Adobe Fonts
Creating and formatting point text
Using a text animation preset
Animating with scale keyframes
Animating using parenting
Animating imported Photoshop text
Animating type tracking
Animating text opacity
Using a text animator group
Animating a layers position
Timing layer animations
Adding motion blur

4. Working with Shape Layers
Creating the composition
Adding a shape layer
Applying a fill and stroke
Creating a self-animating shape
Duplicating a shape
Creating custom shapes
Positioning layers with snapping
Snapping layers into position
Animating a shape
Animating fill color
Creating nulls from paths
Drawing curved shapes with the Pen tool
Using nulls to connect points
Previewing the composition

5. Animating a Multimedia Presentation
Adjusting anchor points
Parenting layers
Precomposing layers
Keyframing a motion path
Animating additional elements
Applying an effect
Animating precomposed layers
Animating the background
Adding an audio track

6. Animating Layers
Simulating lighting changes
Duplicating an animation using the pick whip
Animating movement in the scenery
Adjusting the layers and creating a track matte
Animating the shadows
Adding a lens flare effect
Adding a video animation
Rendering the animation
Retiming the composition

7. Working with Masks
About masks
Creating a mask with the Pen tool
Editing a mask
Feathering the edges of a mask
Replacing the content of the mask
Adding a reflection
Creating a vignette
Adjusting the timing
Trimming the work area


All course objectives and outlines are a guide for students.  To ensure student satisfaction, these course topics and order may be modified or added to ensure the latest information is covered to support real world use of the technology.

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Students must have a good working knowledge of computers, operating systems, using a mouse, keyboard, standard menus and commands. Students must be able to open, save, and close applications and files, as well as navigate to other folders.

    Who Should Attend

    • Animators
    • Film and Video Professionals
    • Motion-Graphics Professionals
    • Visual Effects Artists
    • Web Designers

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