Getting Started with Animation & Video Post-Production
Learn about After Effects’ capabilities for creating GIFs, animating logos, and importing layered files from Illustrator and Photoshop. Get started in this one-day workshop, or dive right into our intensive After Effects Level 1.
This hands-on After Effects class is designed to get you the essentials of the user interface, the timeline, video, layer animation, easing in and out, fade-ins, and much much more.
Prior experience with Photoshop is recommended.
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Customize your own schedule (choose dates at checkout), or choose a preset certificate track by expanding the dates below.
Importing a Layered File with all its Layers Intact
Using Title Safety to ensure TV viewers can see the text
Working with Keyframes
Animating in the Class Names
Previewing in real time
Sliding Over the Entire Class List
Animating the Icons
Animating the “In a Day” Title
Adding Motion Blur
Trimming Off Extra Time
Outputting to GIF
Exporting from After Effects
Making the Animated GIF in Photoshop
Reducing the Number of Frames
Noble Logo Animation: Anchor Points & Animating with Overshoot
Converting an Illustrator file from CMYK to RGB
Animating the black square to overshoot its final size
Changing where the rectangles scale from by moving layer anchor points
Setting layer in points using the In column
Keeping vector layers sharp as they scale up
Noble Logo: Masking Layers & Parenting
Hiding the letters before they animate using masks
Moving the entire logo away from the rising letters using parenting
Noble Logo: Rotation, Fade-Outs, & Rendering
Adding anticipation keyframes before a major animation
Animating the Rotation property
Adding a fade to white using a solid color layer
How to find missing project files
Optional Bonus: Preparing an Illustrator File for Animation
Resizing artboards & vector graphics
Setting up layers to individually animate elements in After Effects
Bonus: HBO Intro Sequence
Importing Flattened Files & Adding Easing
Importing a layered PSD as a merged file
Isolating HBO logo, Feature & Presentation text using masks
Creating fade-ins & fade-outs
Adding automatic easing to slow down portions of the animation
Working with Numerous Layers
Familiarizing ourselves with the Photoshop layout: layers extending outside canvas bounds, guides
Scaling up each tile using a single null object and Parenting
Randomizing the order in which the photos animate in
Orchestrating the exit animation so the tiles fall down in diagonal groups
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
Use Photoshop and After Effects together to create animated GIFs.
Animate and edit real-world graphics.
Animate vector objects with verve.
Get Started in After Effects at Noble Desktop
This After Effects course will have you using professional techniques as you create animated GIFs, logos, transitions, and more. Learn these skills with hands-on exercises in small classes led by a leading motion graphics instructor.
“Noble Desktop is a great place to take courses and learn a significant amount in a day. I've taken several classes (Photoshop, InDesign, After Effects ) and will continue to return.”
Marketing Consultant, BrainKap Communications
“I've already messed around with After Effects to create little animations, so I didn't expect to learn a whole lot new in a six hour workshop. Totally wrong; I feel so much more empowered to create more complicated animation projects.”
“This class is perfect if you're looking for an easy, but in depth introduction to After Effects.”
Video Producer, BuzzFeed
“A learning experience that is personal and that actually WORKS, I feel equipped with the right skills I can use on my own!”
Learned core After Effects tools and techniques in the one-day course
“After Effects In a Day is a great beginner class to learn simple animation basics. Great variety of exercises in the training book. Kalika is a fun and entertaining instructor and she shared some of her own work which is amazing and inspiring!”
Victoria learned After Effects essentials in our In a Day course
“After Effects in a Day was awesome. We started by watching, then doing. I like that the approach was exercise-based, as opposed to going through every single tool and interface (like some other trainings I’ve been to). It’s my preferred way to learn, and I came away learning more than I anticipated!”
Graphic Designer + Creative Services Manager, Penguin Random House
Enjoyed Noble's teaching method in the After Effects in a Day course
“After Effects in a Day was awesome. We started by watching, then doing. I like that the approach was exercise-based, as opposed to going through every single tool and interface (like some other trainings I've been to). It’s my preferred way to learn, and I came away learning more than I anticipated!” Lisa Keller, Graphic Designer + Creative Services Manager
Students learning After Effects in class at Noble Desktop
Learn After Effects in a Day
This class is designed to get you up and running quickly with the fundamentals of the application. You’ll dive in and learn enough to start using the program on your own. If you only have one day to spare, this is the class for you.
Each 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.