Training and Certification

Adobe After Effects 201


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 three-day training course will give you a deeper understanding of the core features of the software, as well as covering more advanced tools and functionality. The course will give you the tool-set to create professional, eye-catching work across a wide range of projects. Topics covered will include: advanced animation techniques, advanced masking and transparency control; keying and roto, in depth type animation, shape layers, colour and tonal correction, effects, time-remapping, working in 3D space, understanding and using expressions, stabilisation and tracking – and more.

The course is suitable for users who already have a basic working knowledge of the software and wish to increase the their understanding of After Effects and leverage the power of it’s more advanced features. If you’re new to After Effects why not start with our Adobe After Effects 101 course?

How will I benefit?

On completion of this course you will:

  • Have a deeper understanding and greater control of the core features of After Effects.
  • Understand more of the tools and techniques available within the software.
  • Be able to deliver more sophisticated motion graphics, animation and video content.

What will I learn?

  • Advanced animation techniques and the graph editor
  • Advanced masking and transparency
  • Advanced type animation
  • The power of shape layers
  • Time-remapping techniques
  • Deeper into effects
  • Paint and puppet
  • Working with audio
  • Precomposing and render order
  • Working in 3D space
  • Working with expressions
  • Image stabilisation and tracking
  • Rendering, output and integration

Course Outline



Animation control

  • Keyframes in depth
  • The graph editor

Advanced masking and transparency

  • Mask control
  • Mattes, stencils and the T
  • Keying and Roto

Advanced type animation

  • Understanding the type animation system
  • Selectors, shapes and properties

Shape layers in depth

  • Shape layer hierarchy
  • Shape layer modifiers and animation
  • Shapes, masks and position

Time manipulation

  • Time-remapping and control

Deeper into effects

  • Selected effects in depth
  • Particles
  • Mask based effects
  • Compound effects

Working with hierarchies

  • Precomposing
  • Render order

Paint and puppet

  • Paint, clone and puppet


  • Working with audio tracks

Working in 3D space

  • 3D layers
  • 3D camera animation
  • Lights and shadows
  • Raytrace and Cineware overview

Working with expressions

  • Understanding expressions
  • Essential expressions
  • Expression resources

Stabilisation and tracking

  • Stabilisation and point tracking in AE
  • 3D camera tracking in AE
  • An introduction to planar tracking in Mocha AE

Rendering, output and integration

  • Rendering and output

Course Dates

July 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


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Attendee Review (Participant review) Wed 2nd Mar 2016
"Great tutor, nice welcome every morning from reception staff"
Attendee Review (Participant review) Wed 2nd Mar 2016
"Amazing, had a great 3 days. Mike was really professional and made the course fun and exciting"
Attendee Review (Participant review) Wed 2nd Mar 2016
"Mike did a great job"