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Adobe After Effects training

Our Adobe After Effects training will help you create sophisticated moving images and cinematic visual effects (e.g. ground-breaking motion graphics and blockbuster visual effects) for use in theaters, living rooms, and on personal computers and mobile devices.  You can mix footage of any size and format, photographs, 3D renders, text, vector artwork, and music – and make it all come alive.

For those new to Adobe After Effects our Introduction course content covers the basics (creating motion graphics and visual effects in 2d and 3d).  More experienced users should look to our Intermediate course for the best techniques to be used with animation, layering and masks.

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Adobe After Effects CC Introduction

3 days

After Effects is digital motion graphics and compositing software that can be used in film and video post production.  This Adobe After Effects CC Introduction course will teach delegates how to create motion graphics and visual effects.  It is packed with hands-on exercises so that students can learn by doing.

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What will you learn?

At the end of this Adobe After Effects CC Introduction course, delegates will be able to:

  • Create 2D animations
  • Work with layers
  • Apply effects
  • Work with masks & mattes
  • Use colour effectively
  • Export files


Those new to After Effects looking to create and add effects to video projects, for the web, film or broadcast video.

Course Contents

Projects Undertaken

  • Social media adverts
  • Animated titles
  • Motion graphics
  • Infographics


  • Navigation
  • Keyboard shortcuts
  • Tools and panels
  • Terminology explained
  • The essential steps of animation


  • Keyframing and timing
  • Keyframe types
  • Keyframe Interpolation
  • Layer transform properties
  • Use solids
  • Switches and Modes
  • Pre-compose layers
  • Refine animations

Text Annimations

  • Animate text layers
  • Animation presets
  • Text animators
  • Range selectors


  • Apply effects
  • Edit, retime and re-order effects
  • Effect parameters
  • Colour correct videos


  • Explore mask types
  • Hide and reveal content
  • Use customs shapes & Pen tool for masks
  • Mask properties

Adjustment Layers

  • Affect multiple objects
  • Apply and edit adjustment layers
  • Mask effects with adjustment layers


  • Link layers with
  • Link layers with parenting
  • Understand the benefits of parenting

Motion Tracking

  • Track moving objects
  • Make content follow tracked objects
  • Stabilise motion


  • Add audio
  • Animate volume
  • Audio display options

3d Layers

  • Convert to 3D layers
  • Use multiple views
  • Add cameras
  • Animate in 3D

Using other Adobe programs

  • Import Photoshop and Illustrator files
  • Round-trip between programs

Puppet Pin

  • Create a mesh and pins
  • Animate pins
  • Randomise movement of pins


  • Export with the Media Encoder
  • Export with the Render Queue
  • Understand codecs and file format

Course Materials

Enliten IT will provide each delegate with a workbook and other useful reference materials where applicable.  These may be either paper based or in Adobe pdf format or a combination thereof

“Dom was brilliant and extremely patient considering I was a total newbie to After Effects.  I often had to ask him to jump back and repeat things which he was more than happy to do. The course was enjoyable and I felt a sense of achievement with each completed stage. It's also great that we have post course support.  I will definitely use Enliten again. Thank you.”

Rosie, Pantheon, Adobe After Effects Introduction


It is useful to have knowledge of using video editing applications such as Adobe Premiere or Apple Final Cut Pro, as well as graphics applications such as Adobe Photoshop or Illustrator.

Additional Information

Enliten IT reserves the right to modify course content and materials as required in the interests of continuous course improvement, at any time, without notification.

The suggested course duration is a guideline.  Course topics and duration may be modified by the instructor based upon the knowledge and skill level of the course participants.

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