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.
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.
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
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
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”
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
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
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
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
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!”
“So experienced!! Every time I had a roadblock, Kalika immediately knew what step I missed or what I did wrong. A true wealth of knowledge. I learned way more than I thought I would in 3 days.
I would highly recommend to other designers and my co workers!”
Senior Product Designer, Stash Invest
“If you're thinking that there's nothing you could possibly learn from this class, think again. Kalika does such a wonderful job of teaching, cheering you on and engaging the class that I looked forward to the next class before the current one had already ended.”
“In Kalika's After Effects class you'll learn a lot more than this Adobe app. With sensitivity and attention to detail, Kalika charmingly drops her own hard learned lessons of working as a professional graphic animator into every lesson at every opportunity. You can see the effort Kalika puts in to the lessons and during the class so students gain the most out of this course.”
“I came in with some ideas of what I could do with After-Effects but left the class totally blown away by all the things I can do now.”
“The class was very informative and helped me take After Effects to the next level.”
“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!”
Learned advanced After Effects skills in the Level 2 class
“Kalika Kharkar Sharma is an excellent teacher and helped complicated material become digestible.”
Blue State Digital
Attended the After Effects Level 2 class
“The demos bring a daunting textbook to life and break everything down to manageable steps.”
Sr. Photo Editor, ESPN
“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!”
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.”
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!
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.
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.