Training and Certification

Adobe After Effects 101


Adobe After Effects is an industry standard tool for professionals working in 2D and 3D motion graphics, visual effects, and compositing. It offers a powerful, flexible and affordable toolset to help you deliver creative motion content for film, video, web and mobile.

This two day training course offers an introduction to the essential tools, techniques and operation of After Effects, equipping you with the key skills to develop the motion graphics and video content you need. Topics covered will include: an application overview, basic animation techniques, working with transparency and multi-layered video, applying and using basic effects, type animation, shape layers, working with nested and pre-composed compositions, and basic rendering.

Whether you already have some basic experience with After Effects, or are an absolute beginner, this course will give you a strong foundation in the core of the application and an introduction to it’s many features, tools and effects.

Book this course together with Adobe Premiere Pro CC as part of the Adobe Video Editing Masterclass for  £850 – saving £70.

How will I benefit?

On completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Create motion graphics and animation and render this as video in the format of your choice.
  • Understand the essential tools, techniques and workflow of After Effects.
  • Learn essential keyboard shortcuts to increase your efficiency.

What will I learn?

  • An overview of the After Effects workflow
  • Project organisation and file management
  • Essential keyframe animation techniques
  • Using the anchor point; roving and hold keyframes, and motion sketch.
  • Introduction to easing and the graph editor for animation refinement
  • Understanding layer management and basic layer editing
  • Frame rate and time stretch options
  • Creating and using solid layers, adjustment layers and blending modes
  • Finding, applying, modifying and animating effects
  • Essential effects tour
  • Applying and using layer styles
  • Working with animation presets and Adobe Bridge
  • Working with masks
  • Working with alpha and luma mattes
  • Creating and formatting type
  • Animating text on a path
  • Fundamentals of the text animation system
  • Using text animation presets
  • Creating, modifying and animating basic shape layers
  • Introducing parenting, nesting and precomposing
  • Rendering in After Effects and Adobe Media Encoder



Course Outline



Welcome to After Effects

  • What is AE
  • Project structure
  • Interface and palettes
  • Workspaces

Basic animation

  • A first After Effects project

Keyframe techniques

  • About keyframes
  • Anchor point essentials
  • Motion sketch
  • Orient and blur
  • Roving and hold
  • The graph editor

Layer control

  • Move, trim and slip
  • Split and sequence
  • Looping footage
  • Image sequences
  • Frame rate and time stretch
  • Blending modes, effects and solids

Effects overview

  • Finding and applying effects
  • Effects animation and animation presets
  • Adjustment layers
  • Layer styles

Working with transparency

  • Masks and mask animation
  • Masking with the pen tool
  • Alpha and luma mattes
  • Multiple masks and modes
  • Masks and paths for effects

Type and type animation

  • Working with type
  • Type on a path
  • Basic type animation and presets

Basic shape layers

  • Creating shapes layers
  • modifying and animating shape layers

Parenting and nesting

  • Understanding parenting
  • Introducing nesting and pre-composing


  • Render settings and the render queue
  • Rendering with Adobe Media Encoder

Course Dates

June 2016

  • Old Broadcasting House, Leeds

More information about this course

Attending the course:

  • The course starts at 9:30 am on the first day and 9:00 am on the second day. Each day finishes at 5:00 pm.
  • We're open from 8:30 am for coffee, papers and magazines and WIFI. 
  • Important things like great coffee, tea, water, biscuits, mints and lunch are provided. 
  • The course takes place in our training centre so no need to bring anything with you

Our Prices

  • The price published is fully inclusive. 
  • We don't charge VAT (we're part of Leeds  Beckett University so our courses are zero rated)


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Attendee Review (Participant review) Tue 9th Feb 2016
"Really enjoyed. Thank you!"
Attendee Review (Participant review) Fri 17th Jul 2015
"Mike was friendly and knowledgeable"
Attendee Review (Participant review) Fri 17th Jul 2015
"Mike was great. This course has allowed me to become familiar with the interface which I will move on to develop in future learning"
Attendee Review (Participant review) Tue 28th Apr 2015
"Fantastic facilities, catered for my dietary needs. Trainer was very knowledgeable and keen to answer questions related to my own work flow."
Attendee Review (Participant review) Tue 28th Apr 2015
"Good tutor, good content, good venue - that's why I came back!"
Richard Smyth (Participant review) Fri 27th Feb 2015
"Thanks for the excellent After Effects course last Thursday and Friday. The facilities were fantastic and Mike's knowledge and enthusiasm on the subject was inspiring! Hopefully I’ll be able to attend a more advanced AE course in the near future."
Attendee Review (Participant review) Fri 27th Feb 2015
"Excellent facilities and tutor!"
Attendee Review (Participant review) Fri 27th Feb 2015
"Absolutely first class! Thank you!"
Attendee Review (Participant review) Fri 27th Feb 2015
"Mike was great and very thorough. A good approach to teaching a course like this - Thanks Mike!"
Attendee Review (Participant review) Fri 10th Oct 2014
"Great tutor, course, facilities and equipment."
Attendee Review (Participant review) Fri 10th Oct 2014
"Everything was first class."
Attendee Review (Participant review) Fri 14th Mar 2014
"Thanks Andrew and thanks to Melissa for being very patient and saving me a space. Loved it!"
Attendee Review (Participant review) Sat 18th Aug 2012
Fantastic tutor, friendly staff!
Attendee Review (Participant review) Tue 29th May 2012
"Andrew is a great tutor, the course was fantastic and very helpful in starting me off with the software - thank you!"