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Adobe After Effects CC Level 2

Advanced After Effects Training in NYC

Adobe After Effects is a powerful tool for motion graphics, character animation and visual effects.

Learn Advanced After Effects Techniques

In this intermediate/advanced After Effects course, we’ll master text animations and create transitions between multiple layouts. Through several hands-on real-world projects integrating graphic elements with audio, video and photo elements, we'll master motion graphics workflow: the process motion graphics animators take, to create projects from design to final delivery.

In addition, we'll cover scripts to speed up your animation process, creating looping animations, working with mattes and masks, effective greenscreen removal, digital cell-phone screen replacement, rotoscoping live-action, morphing shape layers, integrating hand-drawn elements, JavaScript to automate animations in After Effects, animating UI's, working in After Effects 3D space, and much more.

Motion Graphics Certificate Program

Take our After Effects Level 1, Premiere Bootcamp, and Motion Graphics Portfolio Development courses along with this course and earn a Certificate in Motion Graphics.

Prerequisites: It is strongly recommended that you have taken our After Effects Level 1 course, or have equivalent working experience with the software.

  • 18 Hours
  • Mac or PC provided
  • Book included
  • Free retake

Register for a class

$975 Discounts Policies

594 Broadway, NYC or Live Online

What You’ll Learn

  • Integrate live footage with still-images & animated graphics
  • Create a simple character animation
  • Sync a text animation to audio with fluid transitions
  • Learn to master the latest motion graphics techniques
  • Track the movement of objects
  • Learn effective green screen removal
  • Set up and and animate Lower Thirds
  • Learn advanced compositing techniques
  • Create a dynamic background using layered effects and particles
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Adobe After Effects CC Level 2 Class Syllabus

What You’ll Learn

Section 1
Vacation Stripes: Title Sequence with Custom Eases


  • Editing audio length & volume
  • Separately animating the X & Y Position properties
  • Customizing an ease using the Graph Editor & Keyframe Velocity
  • Using Alpha Mattes to hide/show text as it animates
Vacation Stripes: Working with Masks from Illustrator


  • Using Illustrator to create masks in After Effects
  • Repositioning & resizing masks
  • Animating the five stripes to arrive sequentially
Vacation Stripes: Drawing Simple Masks in After Effects


  • Using parenting to make the 12 noon text move with its container rectangle
  • Drawing masks using After Effects’ vector shape tools

Section 2
Superman: Simple Character Animation Using Masks


  • Converting an expression to keyframes for realistic hair animation
  • Using the Pen tool to create custom-shaped masks
  • Pre-composing to change layer size & animate multiple layers
  • Making the hero’s eyes blink using hold keyframes
Superman: Guide Layers, Text Presets, & Reverse Parenting


  • Rendering an animatic using import settings
  • Using a guide layer as an animation reference
  • Converting PSD layers to editable text & adding a text animation preset
  • Animating shapes
  • Adding an overshoot
  • Transitioning between layouts with reverse parenting
Superman: Shape Motion Paths & Audio


  • Syncing audio & adding text presets
  • Adding a property to a preset
  • Creating a shape layer
  • Creating a position motion path
Superman: More Transitions, Effects, & Camera Move


  • Using the Hue & Saturation effect to change colors
  • Adding a “camera move”
Section 3
Text Animation: Masking Layers & Using Scripts


  • Using scripts to automate tasks in After Effects
  • Hiding/showing moving layers using static alpha mattes
  • Creating an animation that overshoots its final position
  • More Illustrator masks in After Effects
  • Scattering the masked pieces & animating them to recombine
Text Animation: Creating a Transition Between Layouts


  • Using a guide layer as a positioning reference
  • Moving the lines of text with multiple words using null objects
  • Moving the lines away from the expanding chart using the guide layer
  • Splitting layers to “unparent” a child layer
Text Animation: Rotating Layers in 3D


  • Rotating each 3D line of text & graphic on its y-axis
  • How After Effects’ 3D camera influences layer perspective
  • Adding realistic oscillating overshoot keyframes
  • Syncing the text color changes with their graphic’s spin
  • Adding anticipation keyframes before a major animation
  • Stacking the graphics to form a solid color square
Text Animation: Animating Text Character-by-Character


  • Incorporating pre-animated comps into a larger project
  • Keeping vector layers in nested comps sharp
  • Animating the URL on a per-character basis
  • Transitioning from the gold square to reveal the logo
Section 4
T-Mobile Commercial: Motion Tracking to Remove a Logo


  • Splitting the interview clip
  • Adding solids for the mattes that will cover the logo
  • eathering the mask to soften its edges
  • Hiding the crocodile
  • Using the tracker to hide the logo
  • Refining the color of the patch using the Levels effect
  • Turning the video black & white
T-Mobile Commercial: Greenscreen Removal


  • Keying the backgrounds
  • Color correcting the scene to black & white
  • Creating a matte for the phone screen

Section 5
T-Mobile Commercial: 4-Point Tracking in mocha AE


  • Using mocha AE for planar tracking
  • Drawing the outer & planar surfaces
  • Doing the tracking & refining frames with misalignment
  • Compositing the T-Mobile screen
  • Luma mattes vs. alpha mattes
  • Using After Effects to manually track frames mocha AE has difficulty tracking
T-Mobile Commercial: Rotoscoping


  • Copying the rotoscoping path from Illustrator
  • Arranging the mask & the final result side-by-side
  • Setting keyframes for a mask path
  • Aligning the path every two frames and then every frame
  • Fine-tuning the mask path
T-Mobile Commercial: Animating the Exclamation Mark!


  • Revealing the exclamation mark’s stick
  • Revealing the dot & keeping its stroke width consistent
  • Adding & copying an expression
Section 6
T-Mobile Commercial: Animating the Logo & Backgrounds


  • Expanding the T-Mobile logo by animating its Z Position
  • Importing PNG sequences & using them as repeating tiling backgrounds
  • Stop motion exclamation rotation! (using hold keyframes)
  • Stop motion live footage: time remapping with hold keyframes
T-Mobile Commercial: Wipe Transitions & Shape Layer Fun


  • Animating the plane that will initiate a transition
  • Syncing a Linear Wipe transition with the plane’s flight
  • Cloning & animating a shape layer using the Repeater
  • Enhancing a 3D layer’s depth of field with a blur effect
  • Using a shape layer to initiate a Radial Wipe transition
T-Mobile Commercial: Lower Thirds & Final Transitions


  • Making the lower thirds appear & disappear using the Pan Behind tool
  • Animating the transition pattern & staggering its pieces
  • Freezing on the last frame
  • Transitioning to the end card
  • Animating the end card
  • Rendering
  • Integrate video footage with graphics using masks.

  • Create a text animation to audio, with fluid transitions.

  • Master the latest motion graphics techniques.

  • Integrate live footage with animated graphics

  • Create a dynamic background using layered effects and particles

Learn Advanced Motion Graphics, Animation, & Visual Effects in After Effects

Go beyond the basics in this advanced After Effects course where you’ll work on animating transitions, character animation, expressions, green screen removal, motion tracking (both point-based and planar), using scripts, animation presets, shape layers, integrating hand-drawn elements, animating UIs, 3D text, and much more. Learn these skills with hands-on exercises in small classes led by a leading motion graphics instructor.

  • “Great class and workflow! I feel more confident in my ability with AfterEffects and the instructor was interactive and really wants you to learn the program!”

    Liberty Mayo

  • “After Effects Level 2 is a near perfect course. The marketing for it is on point; you touch on everything from animation to green screen removal to rotoscoping. Can’t think of another class that covers this much in such a short amount of time. Bravo Noble Desktop!”

    Benjamin Nazario

    Learned advanced After Effects skills in the Level 2 class

  • “Kalika Kharkar Sharma is an excellent teacher and helped complicated material become digestible.”

    Sydney Meyers

    Attended the After Effects Level 2 class

  • “The demos bring a daunting textbook to life and break everything down to manageable steps.”

    Don Jolovich

  • “Kalika is an extremely inspiring teacher. Very enthusiastic and a pleasure to learn from. Will take another class with her when I have a chance!”

    Traian Stanescu

    Learned advanced motion graphics, character animation and visual effects in After Effects Level 2

  • “I wish I could take a new Noble class every day; I would be an expert in no time.”

    Robert Booth

    Learned advanced After Effects skills

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 industry professional

Custom After Effects Workbook Included

You get a custom workbook with step-by-step exercises that will guide you through creating travel promotional videos, character animations, a T-mobile ad, and more! Take it home with you—it’s like having a refresher course right on your desk.

Every After Effects class comes with a custom workbook

Create Advanced Motion Graphics

In this intermediate/advanced After Effects course you’ll dive deeper into learning this powerful tool for motion graphics, character animation, and visual effects. You’ll create motion graphic animations, animated transitions, simple character animation, effective greenscreen removal, and much more.

Intermediate and advanced motion graphics project

Register for Adobe After Effects CC Level 2

$975 Discounts Policies

594 Broadway, NYC or Live Online