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After Effects in a Day

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.

  • Small Classes
  • Computer Provided
  • Book included
  • Free Retake

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  • 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 Greiss

    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!”

    Lisa Keller

    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!”

    Jane Crager

    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.”

    Brian Kaplan

  • “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.”

    Wen Lung

  • “This class is perfect if you're looking for an easy, but in depth introduction to After Effects.”

    Danny Menendez

  • “"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."”

    michael cracco

  • “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. ”

    Alanna Kellogg

  • “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

  • “A wonderful introduction! I feel more comfortable playing around with After Effects on my own. ”

    Catherine Gonzalez

  • “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!”

    Kelly Vail

  • “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!”

    Nicholas Moy

  • “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.”

    Jeff Faerber

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Are there prerequisites for this class?

    • Basic working knowledge of Adobe Photoshop is recommended. If you have never used Photoshop, consider taking either our Photoshop in a Day or Photoshop Bootcamp class.
    • 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.

    Payment Plan

    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

Learn Motion Graphics, Animations & Visual Effects in After Effects

Adobe After Effects
  • Use After Effects, the industry-standard program for motion graphics and animations, to create sophisticated animations and graphics, beyond the scope of a basic editing program.
  • Create title sequences for films.
  • Create sophisticated animated GIFs for emails.
  • Create Motion Graphics or Animations based on any or all of the following: layered Illustrator or Photoshop files, photos, JPG and PNG files, video clips, and/or audio.
  • For social media marketing–motion graphics in a Facebook feed, an animated Snapchat.
Motion Graphics & Animation
  • 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.
  • In digital animation and video editing, a keyframe refers to a marker on a timeline that indicates the beginning or end of a transition.
  • Each keyframe has a value which has to do with specific attributes or properties.
  • You can have keyframes for Position, Scale, Opacity, Rotation, and Effects.
  • To create animation, there needs to be a minimum of 2 keyframes of unequal value on one property or attribute.