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.
Making an Animated GIF: Adding Easing & Motion Blur
Adding easing to slow down parts of the animation
Adding Motion Blur to simulate rapid movement
Exporting an Animated GIF
Exporting from After Effects & continuing to work in Photoshop
Noble Logo: Anchor Points & Animating with Overshoot
Converting an Illustrator file from CMYK to RGB
The Timeline’s In Column
Keeping Vector Layers Sharp
Noble Logo: Masking Layers & Parenting
Noble Logo: Rotation, Fade-Outs, & Rendering
Animating the Rotation property
Adding a Fade to White
Finding Missing Project Files
Exporting H.264 Video with Media Encoder
Optional Bonus: Preparing an Illustrator File for Animation
Resizing Artboards & Vector Graphics
Setting up Layers for After Effects
Welcome to New York: Intro to After Effects
Welcome to New York: Working with Text & Fade-Ins
Creating & Animating Text
Adjusting Clip Lengths in the Timeline
Using Title Safety
Copying & Pasting Text Styles
Welcome to New York: Styling Text & Rendering
Styling Title Text
Rotating Wedge: Null Objects & Hold Keyframes
Using a Null Object
Creating a Shape Layer
Rotating Wedge: Alpha Mattes & Animated Colors
Bringing Back the Colored Wedge
Animating Instant Color Changes
Rendering & Exporting Options
Rendering Uncompressed Files
Rendering Video with Transparency
After Effects: Creating a Custom Render Template
Adobe Media Encoder: Creating a User Preset
HBO Logo: Importing Layered Files & Adding Easing
Importing a Layered File as Flattened
Importing Individual Layers
Importing a Layered File with All Layers Intact
Converting Photoshop Text to be Editable in After Effects
Separating Text Layers with Masks
Ease-ins and Ease-outs
HBO Photo Tiles: Working with Numerous Layers
Cropping Layouts & Creating Guides in Photoshop
Randomizing Layer Entrance
Orchestrating Exit Animation
HBO Movie Rating: Vector Layouts & the Graph Editor
The Invert Effect
The Value Graph Editor
Animating Vector Shapes Using Trim Paths
Moving Together, Fading Separately
HBO Bumper: Editing Compositions & Adding Audio
Sequencing Multiple Compositions
Overlapping Shots & Using Blending Modes
Particle Skateboards: 3D Rotation, Lighting, & Motion Blur
Creating a shadow
Particle Skateboards: Using 3D Cameras
Adding a Camera Layer
Applying and Modifying a Text Animation Preset
Combining Text Animators
The Light Sweep Effect
Travel Slideshow: 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
Travel Slideshow: 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
Learn to animate graphics, text and photos.
Create a movie title sequence.
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.
“The instructor gave extremely clear instructions and was one of the best teachers I've come across.”
Graphic Designer/ Student
“Kalika was so engaging. You can tell that she's not only extremely knowledgable, but extremely passionate about what she does. I was completely immersed into a program I had never launched before, and am no longer intimidated to pursue Ae. ”
Graphic Designer, Givaudan
“Not only did I learn so much more than I've ever imagined, but I had fun learning it too!”
“Very helpful for starting out in After Effects.”
Graphic Designer, Mathematica
“Great school!! Offers a lot of courses, in different fields like Design, Coding and Business. Amazing teachers, currently I'm taking the After Effects class and it's so exciting, it's a bit complex but a really cool program. My teacher Kalika is really nice and has a lot of experience and knowledge. She is great!! I highly recommend the school.”
“Learned a lot in a short amount of time!”
Graphic Designer, 92Y
“"If you're looking to get started with After Effects, by gawd this is the place to do it!" ”
Graphic Designer, 92Y
“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.”
You may attend this training virtually (online) at the scheduled time the course is offered (New York, Eastern Time).
How does attending “live online” work?
Students can attend this training remotely through screen sharing software (we use Zoom).
Participants can hear the instruction, ask questions, and even share their screen with the instructor.
For audio you can use your computer’s microphone/speakers or call a phone number that we’ll provide.
Classes are activity-based and taught by a live instructor, so we strongly encourage students who are local to the area to attend in person!
Learn Through Real-World Projects
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.