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Adobe After Effects CC Level 2

Animation and Video Post-Production

Adobe After Effects is a powerful tool for motion graphics, character animation and visual effects. In this intermediate/advanced course, we’ll dive deeper into motion graphic animations, transform and mask animation, and the graph editors. In addition, we’ll cover animating transitions, simple character animation, expressions, effective greenscreen removal, motion tracking (both point-based and planar), using scripts, animation presets, shape layers, integrating hand-drawn elements, animating UI's, 3D text, and much more.

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

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.

  • 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

Upcoming Classes

Price: $975 Click for Discounts

  • 18 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
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
  • Using Illustrator to create masks in After Effects
  • Repositioning & resizing masks
  • Animating stripes to arrive sequentially
  • Using parenting to make 2 layers move together
  • Drawing masks using After Effects’ vector shape tools
  • Importing 1 project into another
  • Editing Comps together to form a master edit
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

Section 2
Superman Text Animation


  • Editing and marking audio
  • Creating a basic animatic
  • Modifying Photoshop text to be editable in AE
  • Using Bridge to browse for text animation presets
  • Choosing and Modifying Text Animation Presets
  • Using the Linear Wipe effect
  • Copying an effect and its settings to another layer
  • The “reverse parenting” technique, to animate from 1 layout to another
  • Adding Motion Blur
  • Creating motion paths for Position
  • Editing sound effects
  • Working with layered Illustrator files
  • Importing a pre-render
  • Adjusting animation timing
Section 3
Text Animation: Masking Layers & Using Scripts


  • Using scripts to automate tasks
  • Using static alpha mattes on moving layers
  • Creating an animation that overshoots its final position
  • Scattering masked pieces & animating them to recombinev
  • Using a guide layer as a positioning reference
  • Moving lines of text with multiple words using null objects
  • Splitting layers to “unparent” a child layer
  • Adding realistic oscillating overshoot keyframes
  • Syncing the text color changes
  • Adding anticipation keyframes
  • Incorporating pre-animated comps into a larger project
  • Keeping vector layers in nested comps sharp
  • Animating the URL on a per-character basis
  • Animated transitions
Section 4
Snazzy Website Demo


  • Creating a dynamic, moving background using layered effects and particles
  • Setting up 2D artwork in AE’s 3D space
  • Nesting one 3D comp within another
  • Animating lens-flares
  • Using cameras and depth-of-field
  • Working with motion paths and Auto-Bezier keyframes
  • Working with Proxies

Section 5
Color Keying (Greenscreen Removal), Color Correction, and Effects


  • Greenscreen removal using Keylight effect
  • One-point motion tracking to remove a logo from live actor's clothing
Cell-phone Screen Replacement


  • The basics of using MochaAE for planar motion tracking
  • Rotoscoping the fingers back in, using masks
  • Integrating a basic UI that “responds” to our actor’s finger/hand movements
Section 6
T-mobile Promo: Motion Graphics


  • Animating transitions into and out of live footage
  • Logo animation
  • Animating panning shots using 3D camera setup
  • Animating lower 3rds
  • Stop-motion-style animation technique for lifestyle photography and motion graphics
  • Integrating shots from other projects (from Section 4)
  • Color-correction/effects to unify the promo