Training Courses

Adobe After Effects CC : Introduction

  1029 reviews

Two Day Course


This Adobe authorised two-day course is designed to allow those new to animation and post production techniques to get the most from this immensely powerful software. Whether you are a motion graphics designer, a web designer, rich media artist or broadcast video editor, Adobe After Effects CC allows you to create stunning motion graphics and visual effects.

The emphasis throughout this introduction is on practical exercises. These exercises will cover basic effects, project settings, video layering techniques, creating masks, text animation, using filters for special effects and rendering your final project.

What are the 5 things you will get out of the course?

• Be confident in creating After Effects projects from scratch without guidance
• Understand the After Effects interface and its operation
• Understand the keyframing (simplest form of animating an object) workflow
• Confidently use the extensive effects palette
• Produce animated and motion graphic videos suitable for web, media and more

If you would like to run this as a private course tailored to your exact requirements, please call or email. You need no previous experience to attend this course.

Public Course Dates & Pricing

  • Public Courses

    Small class sizes so you get the maximum amount of trainer time possible. You attend with delegates from other companies.

    A great, cost efficient way to learn, discounts are also available for group bookings.


    Discount Info
  • Private Courses

    One to one tuition or a private group with just your colleagues. Your choice of duration, content and location. We can train at one of our centres or onsite with you wherever you are located.

    We offer a free consultation service to help work out every detail and build the perfect course for you.

    From £499 + VAT per day

    Free Consultation

Course Outline

  • Day One

    Starting a New Project
    • Workspaces – selecting a layout and resetting the windows
    • The Project window, timeline and viewer
    • Creating sequences – sequence settings
    • Essential viewer window settings
    • Creating assets within AE
    • Arranging objects in the viewport
    • How layers work in the timeline window
    • Object properties – the basics – Position, Scale, Rotation, Anchor Point and Opacity
    • Manipulating object transforms
    • Navigating the timeline, playing scrubbing and zooming
    • Simple animation – your first keyframes
    • Position animation and Bezier curves
    • Manipulating keyframes
    • Using the keyframe navigator
    • Copying and pasting keyframes
    • Proportional scaling of keyframes on the timeline
    • Using hotkeys to reveal keyframes and properties

    Adding Basic Effects
    • The effect controls palette
    • Ensuring that you explore effects completely – good workflow practices
    • How effects work with keyframes
    • Combining effects together
    • Adjustment layers
    • Basic colour correction

    Creating Text Layers and Basic Text Animation
    • Adding ease to improve animation quality.
    • Exploring the interface in more detail, switches modes and time controls.
    • Adding Motion Blur – Adjusting the global motion blur settings.

    Layer Controls - What do all the buttons do?
    • Ensuring correct workflow vector files
    • The collapse transformations switch
    • Importing video footage
    • Trimming and time manipulation of layers
    • Sorting, finding and working with assets in the project window
    • Saving project files – asset linkages – things to be aware of
    • Working with multiple sequences
    • Importing Photoshop files
    • Layer modes
    • PreComps – a sequence within a sequence
    • Why Precomps are vital - tidyness, reusablilty, changeability and solving technical issues

    Deeper into Keyframes - Basic Interpolation Types
    • Hold keyframes
    • Reversing animation the right way – avoiding “Bezier twists”
    • Roving keyframes
    • Auto orientation
  • Day Two

    Track Mattes
    • Track Matte types – Luma and Alpha

    Creating Masks
    • Mask types and settings – shape and bezier masks
    • Editing masks
    • Using masks to reveal and hide layers
    • Animating Masks
    • Other mask uses for paths and effect controls
    • Shape layers

    Creating a Basic Logo Title from Scratch
    • Anchor point issues
    • Pre-composing base elements for better workflow
    • Adding effects to build our sequence
    • Parenting Layers
    • A simple expression - “Wiggle”
    • How Wiggle works – what the numbers do

    The Effects and Presets Palette
    • Using basic presets as a start point
    • Saving your own presets
    • Text presets – a special case
    • Creating your own text animators
    • Saving text animators as a preset

    Rendering – Creating our Final Output
    • Render settings
    • Using the correct workflow
    • Outputting varied media types with Media Encoder

    3D Layers – A Basic Introduction
    • Creating and manipulating layers in 3D space
    • Correct 3D and 2D layout to avoid problems
    • Creating and using a camera
    • Creating lights and light settings

    Saving your work for film, video, mobile devices and the web

    Questions and answers
Experience + Flexibility

We know training inside out. We can advise you on all the options to make sure you get the best possible course.

Tell us you need to cancel 5 working days before your course and there’s no charge. Great for your peace of mind.

Our trainers bring their years of industry experience into the classroom. You'll leave confident and prepared.

The smallest class size in the industry. More one on one time with the trainer and a less intimidating group size.

Tell us which you use and it'll be booted up and waiting with the latest software when you arrive.

We provide a lovely onsite lunch so you can relax. We can cater for any dietary requirement with no fuss.

Comfort + Location
Reputation + Feedback

Our Clients

We've worked very hard over the last 20 years to grow our business through personal recommendations.

When you attend a course we ask you to tell us how it went. We use your feedback to help us improve our courses.

We publish all our customer satisfaction stats live on our site (good or bad) because we want everyone to know just how highly you rate us every day, every week and every year.

We know that choosing the best course can be difficult, maybe the thoughts of the 16731 other clients we've asked will give you the inspiration to join us too.

The most recent comments from attendees of our courses are shown below. We reckon they will give you a pretty good indication of how they think we perform.

  Client Ratings

Attendees surveyed16731
  Trainer Knowledge9.8 / 10
  Trainer Materials9.6 / 10
  Trainer Preparation9.8 / 10
  Overall Trainer Score9.7 / 10
  Centre Lunch9.6 / 10
  Centre Staff9.9 / 10
  Overall Centre Score9.7 / 10
  Overall Experience9.6 / 10
  % Who Would Recommend Us99.7%

  Recent Feedback

"Really friendly people and trendy environment. Really enjoyed my two days of After Effects training!"

"all fine"

"Excellent teacher! very knowledgable and patient. 5 star!"

"Pretty happy with the entire experience, thank you!"

"I really liked how structured the course was. I knew a bit of After Effects before, but I had lots of gaps in my knowledge. The course has helped me to fill in those gaps. Plus I've learnt lots of useful new things. I am excited to practice :-)"

"knowledgeable trainer, happy to answer questions etc"

"I would recommend this course to others"

"Very knowledgeable course, excited to put in to practice. "

"Wolf is a great instructed. Really good examples and a great introduction! "

"Really good learning environment and there are so many benefits when you learn in a small class. Good at making beginners feel confident and navigate (what once felt like) complicated software!"

"Jason was fantastic! Extremely, kind, patient and really went above and beyond to answer all our questions and make sure we understood everything. The course was very thorough, and a great foundation to build off of. "

"really clear, confident teaching. Jason was brilliant. The food was great. It was extremely useful training thank you "

"Well organised. Lovely space. Excellent lunch."

"The course was very in-depth and the trainer was knowledgeable. He answered all questions to the best of his ability and it was really helpful."

"Really good trainer, good facilities, very friendly!"

"Engaging instructor"

"Well organised. Good food. Great technology setup. Knowledgeable trainer. "

"A big thank you to Neil and the team. 10 out 10. Fantastic course! "

"Friendliness of the tutor was amazing and I really learnt a lot throughout the two days"

"Instructor is great. Very helpful :)"

"Wolf is an amazing, intellectual and very interactive tutorial. Absolutely amazing session, thoroughly enjoyed it. Would love to come back."

"All good"

"Knowledgable and approachable teacher. :) Super friendly and kind staff. Wonderful lunch."

"Friendly/ efficient/ nice environment/ competent trainer"

"The tutor was great! Staff were very helpful. Great location. "

"The tutor was great - very helpful and knowledgable! Made the learning experience fun and engaging. Great creative space with a very organised structure (numbered tables to sit at with the rest of the people on your course etc) "

"Friendly and foody. Could use some savoury snacks though. Bring on the crisps!"

"providing fun examples to work from and how complicated things were explained in the programme"

"Happy to advise on own examples. Overall really positive!"

"A comfortable environment to learn in. Martin was great at teaching us at the right speed for so much information. He was patient with questions and attended to everyone equally. It was a pleasure to learn with him and at the media training centre. "

"Trainer was very knowledgeable "

"Overall really positive experience"

"Clear instructions, fun, good demos and illustrating points on whiteboard, good overview and intro into useful features. FOOD top draw"

"patience, pace, content and knowledge"

"Very hospitable, great tutor."