Adobe After Effects is a powerful tool for animation and video post-production. It can be used to create stand-alone videos, animations, special effects, animated titles, and much more. Use it to create compelling video content for broadcast TV and web.
Create Motion Graphics & Animations
This After Effects training will take you from the basics of After Effects such as understanding the workspace and basic animation techniques, all the way through to advanced animation techniques, motion tracking, and particle effects.
Motion Graphics Certificate Program
Take our After Effects Level 2, Premiere Bootcamp, and Motion Graphics Portfolio Development courses along with this course and earn a Certificate in Motion Graphics.
Prior experience with Adobe Photoshop is recommended.
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Creating a fade-in by animating the Opacity property
Creating & animating text
Adjusting clip lengths in the Timeline
Using Title Safety to ensure TV viewers can see the text
Copying & pasting styles
Styling Text & Rendering
Styling the main & secondary text
Adding a cross-fade between the video & title text
Working in the Render Queue
Using masks to create a vignette
Anchor Points & Working with Images
Resizing images to fit the Composition frame
Setting layer in points using the In column
Aligning still images & changing anchor points
Adjusting animation timing
Cross-Dissolves & Working with Logos
Creating cross-dissolves (“fade-ups”) between layers
Scaling up vector layers
Adding a fade to black using a solid color layer
How to find missing project files
Null Objects & Hold Keyframes
Scaling up multiple child layers using a Null Object
Creating a color wedge using a shape layer
Animating the Rotation property
Changing text values using hold keyframes
Alpha Mattes & Animated Colors
Using an alpha matte to hide/show the text based on the wedge’s movement
Bringing back the colored wedge
Animating instantaneous color changes
Ensuring the Logo stays in the Title Safe grid
Importing Layered Files & Adding Easing
Flattening a layered file or individual layer on import
Importing a layered file with all its layers intact
Isolating the Feature & Presentation text using masks
Creating fade-ins & fade-outs
Adding automatic easing to slow down portions of the animation
Working with Numerous Layers
Cropping the layout & creating a grid in Photoshop
Scaling up each tile using a null object
Randomizing the order in which the photos animate in
Orchestrating the exit animation so the tiles fall down in diagonal groups
Vector Layouts & the Graph Editor
Using the Invert effect to swap black & white
Using the Graph Editor to customize easing speed
Animating vector shapes using the Trim Paths feature
More null objects: animating the three pay television content descriptors
Putting It All Together & Adding Audio
Sequencing multiple compositions
Animating like an editor: overlapping shots & using blending modes
Adding audio to a composition
Hard Ease Fashion Reveal
Setting Keyframe Velocity for fine-tuned ease control
Understanding basic motion paths
Sequencing the “stripes”
Adding a Drop Shadow effect
More Reveals from Different Directions
The benefits of a composition with modular parts
Creating three more reveals
More keyframe influence, animation sequencing, & drop shadows
Time Remapping to Match Audio
Best practice: adding audio to a nested composition
Time remapping the video to sync well with the audio
Globally adjusting audio volume to ideal levels
3D Lighting & the Wiggler
Randomizing with “The Wiggler”
More 3D Fun: Lights, Rotation, Motion!
More 3D rotation
Adjusting lighting settings to stylize light
Using 3D Cameras
Adding a camera layer
Viewing text with a 3D Camera
Rendering & Exporting Options
Rendering uncompressed files
Rendering a video with transparency
Creating a render template
Background Lighting & Cropping Square Videos
Adding 3D lighting to the background
Using the Wiggler panel to make the light fluctuate
Cropping the videos so they become square
Individually preparing the pre-comps so they can be used as cube sides
Constructing a Seamless 3D Object
Setting up a camera layer & its parent null object
Building a 3D cube made of six videos
Setting a 3D layer’s initial rotation using the Orientation property
The Unified Camera tool
Animating a 3D Object
Animating the cube as a whole: 3D rotation via null object
Animating a null object’s child layers separately
Casting Light & Shadow on 3D Objects
Lighting & shadows on 3D objects
Adding music & adjusting keyframe timing
Adding a lens flare effect to a solid & animating it
Learn to animate graphics, text and photos.
Create dynamic transitions and sync to music.
Create a movie title sequence.
Learn how to build 3D objects incorporating video clips.
Animate and edit real-world graphics.
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This After Effects course will have you using professional techniques as you create animations, titles, 3D objects, and much more. Learn these skills with hands-on, step-by-step exercises in small classes led by a leading motion graphics instructor.
“This is a great intensive course to get you started with After Effects. I highly recommend it to anyone who is serious about learning this. I would definitely take more classes at Noble Desktop.”
Graphic Designer, AAA Western & Central NY
Rose learned animation and video post-production in the After Effects Level 1 class.
“The demos bring a daunting textbook to life and break everything down to manageable steps.”
Sr. Photo Editor, ESPN
“This was a wonderful class and having a live instructor made a huge difference in the class experience. Our instructor, Kalika, was amazing and set the lessons up so that we gradually built towards the final lesson making incredible progress along the way. She also allowed us all to work at our own pace during the lessons so that everyone was able to develop at a pace comfortable to them while still seeing a marked improvement. I highly recommend this class and eagerly look forward to the next.”
Art Director/Animator, Reuters/i24
“After taking the After Effects class at Noble Desktop, I was able to create an animation immediately following completion of the course material - now I have the tools to continue using After Effects in my personal projects and beyond.”
Founder, Diagonal Media
Attended the comprehensive After Effects CC Level 1 course
“Kalika was an excellent instructor. Her enthusiasm and passion for After Effects was contagious. She was patient, smart, and funny. She brought a much needed lightness and humor to a difficult subject. When I began to feel overwhelmed, Kalika was hands-on with helping me. She was genuinely interested in teaching us what we wanted to know. We followed the instruction booklet but it was not forced upon us -- we went at our own pace and was able to spend the last class practicing our own project ideas. I left my three-day Noble Desktop experience feeling inspired and excited to continue my After Effects learning journey. I intend on using my new knowledge to make personal art as well as enhance my day-job work as a graphic designer in higher education. I cannot speak highly enough of Kalika. She was truly a pleasure.”
Graphic Designer, Princeton University
“I had been trying to learn After Effects on my own for a while, but it wasn’t until I decided to take the course through Noble Desktop that things really started to make sense for me. Now I feel that I have a solid foundation and am more excited than before about learning After Effects.”
In this After Effects class you’ll learn through projects. First by watching a short demo, then by actually practicing on animations and motion graphics including ads, title sequences, and logos. Our instructor and course developer has created numerous projects specifically for these classes that draw on her many years of experience to teach you practical, professional skills.
After Effects project taught during class
Custom After Effects Workbook
You get a custom workbook with step-by-step exercises that will guide you through creating 9 different projects. These include real-world animations such as a dynamic fashion ad, movie title sequence, and a HBO feature presentation intro. Our After Effects training materials are used by universities and schools worldwide.
Every After Effects class comes with a custom workbook
Industry Expert Instructor
This course is taught by Kalika Kharkar Sharma, an industry-experienced instructor who has produced animations for a wide range of clientele including CNBC, Nickelodeon, and Cartoon Network. Kalika brings years of experience teaching motion graphics and traditional and digital character animation at renowned art schools including NYU, Pratt Institute and Rhode Island School of Design.
Students learning After Effects from professional instructor
Motion graphics is the combination of graphic design and movement. It takes cues from character animation, typography, layout, video editing, illustration and sound design. After Effects is the industry-standard software for motion graphics.
Animation means to “give life to.” Ordinary still images such as photos, text and illustrations, can be “brought to life” through animation. You can use Premiere for basic animation or After Effects for more complex animations.