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After Effects in a Day

Animation and Video Post-Production

Adobe After Effects is the tool of choice for many professionals in both animation and video post-production. Because it is an Adobe product it is similar to Photoshop in interface, with a whole lot more thrown in. This class is designed to get you up and running with the program in the shortest amount of time possible. It's a chance to see what After Effects can do, and to try your hand at some serious animation. This class will give you a strong working knowledge of After Effects' capabilities for creating GIFs, animating logos, importing layered files from Illustrator and Photoshop, and integrating video and sound. If you take a liking to it, you can move on and apply the cost of this to After Effects Level 1.

This training covers the basics of the user interface, the timeline, video, layer animation, easing in and out, fade-ins, and much much more.

It is strongly recommended that you have experience with Adobe Photoshop before taking this course.

Instructor Bio: Kalika Kharkar Sharma is an expert at producing animation for a wide range of clientele, from gag animations for CNBC’s “The Filthy Rich Guide” to character animations for “Sesame Street” and Nickelodeon’s “Little Bill” show; motion graphics for “Doctor Oz” and effects work for Cartoon Network’s “Team Toon.”

Currently, Kalika teaches motion graphics and traditional and digital character animation techniques at NYU and Noble Desktop, and previously taught at Pratt Institute and Rhode Island School of Design.

Kalika directs animated videos for her company Antidote LLC, and freelances as an animator, editor and motion graphics artist.

  • Create a movie title sequence.

  • Use Photoshop and After Effects together to create animated GIFs.

  • Animate and edit real-world graphics.

  • Animate vector objects with verve.

Upcoming Classes

Price: $325 Click for Discounts

  • 6 hours of Hands-On Training
  • Custom Written Workbook Included
  • Mac or PC
  • In New York City and Live Online

What You’ll Learn

Section 1
Intro to After Effects


  • The Project, Composition, & Timeline panels
  • 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
  • Adding Easing
  • 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


  • Preparing an EPS file for Animation in Illustrator
  • Importing the AI File and Setting up the Comp
  • Animating the Square Layers Entrance with the Scale property
  • Offsetting the Animation using Sequence Layers
  • Animating the “Noble Desktop” Text’s Position from below
  • Working in the Render Queue

Section 2
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
Vector Layouts


  • Animating vector shapes using the Trim Paths feature
  • Continuous rasterization
  • 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
Bonus: Welcome to NY Video Title Sequence
Intro to Working with Video Footage


  • Splitting layers
  • Color correction
Fade-Ins & Working with Text


  • Creating a fade-in by animating the Opacity property
  • Creating & animating text
  • Copying & pasting styles
Styling Text & Rendering


  • Styling the main & secondary text
  • Adding a cross-fade between the video & title text
  • Using masks to create a vignette