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Class Level: Beginner
Age Requirements: 18 and older
Average Class Size: 4

What you'll learn in this after effects class:

Adobe After Effects is a powerful video editing, and visual effects application that allows you to create professional, visually engaging work. Explore motion graphics, tracking, keying, and compositing with After Effects, as you learn the skill of post-production video editing.

Learn to harness the power of Adobe After Effects to take your projects to the next level. Learn from the ground up through hands-on exercises that will get up to speed with the powerful post-production capabilities of After Effects.

Getting comfortable with the Workflow

  • Create a project and import footage
  • Create a composition with layers
  • Add effects and modify an individual layer's properties
  • Preview your work
  • Optimize work speed and system performance in After Effects

Creating Animations Using Effects and Presets

  • Use Adobe Bridge to import footage
  • Create a new composition
  • Work with layers imported from Illustrator
  • Apply effects to individual or multiple layers
  • Apply presets to make animations easier
  • Preview the effects you've just added
  • Work with transparency

Animating Text

  • Learn about text layers
  • Create and format point text
  • Use scale keyframes
  • Use parenting in animations
  • Adjust text opacity during animations
  • Animate a non-text layer along a motion path

Add motion blur to your composition

  • Working with Shape Layers
  • Add in a shape layer
  • Create your own custom shapes
  • Incorporate video and audio layers
  • Add a title bar

Animate a Multimedia Presentation

  • Use parenting to animate scenery
  • Adjust anchor points
  • Mask a video using vector shapes
  • Animate extra elements
  • Apply effects to layers
  • Create a fully animated slide show
  • Add in audio

Animating Layers

  • Simulate lighting changes
  • Create movement in the scenery with animations
  • Create a track matte
  • Work with shadows
  • Retime a composition

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 color

Using the Puppet Tools

  • Add Deform pins
  • Define overlaps
  • Animate pin positions
  • Record your animations

Color Correction in After Effects

  • Fine tune the color balance
  • Change the background
  • Remove elements
  • Use the Photo Filter effect to warm colors


  • Basic Mac or Windows skills: copying/pasting, right-clicking (contextual menus), finding files, switching between programs, exploring windows

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If you need to reschedule or cancel a class, it's usually no problem. We will move you to a different session, or give you a full refund as long as you give us at least 7 days' notice. If, however, you notify us less than one week before the class (a "late-cancellation"), we do not offer a refund and you only qualify for a late-reschedule. We charge $25 for any reschedule, $50 for reschedules with fewer than 72 hours' notice, and $100 for reschedules with fewer than 24 hours' notice (or no-shows)
Students may withdraw from any course (except when they have late-rescheduled) after instruction has started within 2 hours and receive a full refund, provided the reason for their withdrawal is dissatisfaction with the course. In the case of multi-day and multi-evening courses, students may withdraw after any session before the course's half-way point and receive pro-rated refund for the unused portion of the tuition.


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