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.
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.
“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
“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
“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
“"Super helpful! For an intro class I learned everything I needed to fool around and explore the program for myself without being frustrated looking up "how to's on Google."”
“After Effects In A Day is a fantastic introduction to After Effects and some of the basic animation possibilities. I would definitely recommend this to anyone looking to get their feet wet with After Effects. ”
Graphic Designer, EYP Architecture & Engineering
“Noble Desktop has always been my go to place. Their attention to detail, cooperation in working with scheduling and providing top notch instructors makes it a pleasure to work with them. I'll be back!”
Lori Zalbowitz Roux
Owner/Producer, Whole Story Productions
“A wonderful introduction! I feel more comfortable playing around with After Effects on my own. ”
Editorial Assistant, Colorlines
“As a broad spectrum type of class, it hit on so many key points and features of After Effects. I feel much more capable and confident now. GREAT class!”
Graphic Designer, Alpha1 Marketing
“After Effects in a Day was a great primer on a very powerful piece of software. I loved the instructor, and am excited to explore more about what AE can do!”
Production Coordinator, Nikon
“Fabulous class, taught with personality and real-world situations as examples. Would highly recommend for the graphic designer wanting to put motion into their work. ”
“After Effects in a day pretty much gets you up to speed fast. It is like a bullion cube of condensed knowledge that expands into a tasty, filling broth.”
Basic knowledge of video timeline editing and basic design skills are helpful, but not required.
Do I need to bring anything to the class?
No. We provide computers (Mac or PC) with After Effects installed. Choose your operating system at checkout.
Do you offer discounts or a payment plan for this course?
Shorter courses such as this are already affordably priced and are not eligible for discounts.
This course is not eligible for a payment plan, which is only available for programs priced at $2,495 and above. Read our Payment Plan FAQ for more details.
Can I take this course online (remote learning)?
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!
After Effects professional teaching students
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.
Each After Effects class comes with a custom workbook
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.
Students learning After Effects in class at Noble Desktop
Learn, then Practice Teaching Method
“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
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.