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Adobe After Effects CC Level 2

Advanced Animation, Video Post-Production, and Visual Effects

Adobe After Effects is a powerful tool for motion graphics, character animation and visual effects. In this intermediate/advanced After Effects 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:

  • 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

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

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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

Why Train With Noble?

27 Years of Experience

Noble Desktop has been teaching computer graphics and web development since 1991. In all those years we have perfected the craft of teaching. If students get hung up on any issue, we tweak the class to make it work better. Every instructor uses the same time-tested curriculum we have developed. Ask around: Noble Desktop has a stellar reputation for exceptional computer graphics training.

Our Teaching Method is Better

We don't ask you to simply "follow along," copying what the instructor does. Instead we ask you to focus 100% attention on the lesson at hand. Only after the lesson do you then put into practice what you have learned by working on a computer with our step-by-step workbooks. This "learn, then practice" method results in the student learning and retaining much more than traditional "follow along" classes.

We Wrote the Book Ourselves

Most of our classes include a custom training workbook written by our top instructors. Take it home with you: with step-by-step exercises and power-user keyboard shortcut guides, it’s like having a refresher course right on your desk. We wrote the book ourselves because we couldn't find any book that was good enough. Now our books are being used by other schools and training centers worldwide.

We Provide Computers, Mac or PC

Since when did training centers expect you to "bring a laptop"? Noble Desktop has always had classrooms full of computers, Mac and PC. Each computer is loaded with software and has a 19-inch monitor. The next time you are asked to "bring a laptop," ask why you aren't being provided a computer. Noble Desktop always has up-to-date equipment in our state-of-the-art classrooms.

Not Just Anyone Can Teach

All our instructors are working professionals who bring on-the-job experience to the classroom. But we don't just let anyone teach a course. How many experts do you know who can't teach? We've learned to audition and test our instructors. Only after they have been through our screening process will they be put in front of students. And they are required to use our time-tested curriculum, assuring a positive learning experience for all our students. Read our instructor bios.

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We’re the only school to offer an unconditional money-back guarantee. If within the first half of the class you don’t absolutely love it, we’ll give you a full refund. Please note any request needs to be made before the halfway point of any class.

We Are NY State-Licensed, and Adobe Authorized

When looking at a computer training school, check to see if they are NY State-licensed. Any school in New York should be licensed by law. Noble Desktop follows state-issued guidelines for curriculum development and teacher licensing. Adobe Authorized means our instructors have passed the rigorous Adobe Certification Exam, and that we follow Adobe's quality-control standards.

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