Online instructor-led training

After Effects Intermediate

Oct 4-11,


About the event

Course Details


In this course designed for videographers, graphic artists, and animators with basic Adobe After Effects experience, students will learn how to incorporate text, graphics, tracking and effects into their movies. Participants will explore advanced techniques used by professionals to create motion graphics and video effects for real-world applications, as well as, industry standard tips and tricks for color correction and special effects.


This class is appropriate for intermediate level users that know some of the basics such as color correction, keying, effects, and simple animations. Experience with Photoshop or attendance of our Adobe Photoshop Intro class is recommended in order to get the most out of this class. Bringing samples of the kinds of projects that you’d like to be able to do is helpful but not required. We also recommend that you have the software installed before starting the class. You can purchase the software or obtain a trial version of it from the Adobe web site at




  • Understanding Parenting
  • Simple Pickwhipping
  • Parenting to a null
  • Using Parenting for positioning
  • Using Parenting in Special Effects
  • Understanding Compound Effects
  • Gradient Wipe
  • Displacement Map
  • Camera Shake DeBlur
  • Understanding Layer Blending Modes in After Effects
  • Using Track Mattes
  • Understanding precomposing and nesting
  • Stencil and Silhouette
  • Preserve Transparency
  • Understanding tracking
  • Using the tracker
  • Warp Stabilizer
  • Track Motion
  • Mask Tracker
  • Using single-point motion tracking
  • Using multipoint tracking
  • Mocha overview
  • Tips for better tracking
  • Layer property Pickwhipping
  • Using expressions to animate to music
  • Adjusting the expression direction
  • Adjusting the expression parameters
  • Adjusting the rate of change
  • Adjusting the final value
  • Creating a loop using expressions
  • The wiggle expression
  • Understanding Keying
  • Shooting Techniques for easier Keying
  • Using Garbage Mattes
  • Using Keylight
  • Refining the Matte
  • About rotoscoping
  • Creating a segmentation boundary
  • Fine-tuning the matte
  • Refine Soft Matte and Hard Matte effects
  • Freezing your Roto Brush tool results
  • Changing the background
  • Adding animated text
  • Outputting your project
  • Adjusting color balance with levels
  • Replacing the background
  • Replacing the sky in the second clip
  • Color grading
  • Looks and LUTs
  • Lumetri Scopes
  • Lumetri Effect
  • Preparing layered Photoshop files as Comps
  • About Photoshop layer styles
  • Preparing Premiere files as Comps
  • About Premiere’s new Shape and Type Layer
  • Preparing layered Illustrator files as Comps
  • Building Templates for Premiere
  • Dynamic Link with Premiere
  • Dynamic Link with Audition

All Classes Taught by Industry Pros


Christine Marsh

With over two decades of experience as a producer, director, editor, animator, marketing consultant, designer, and digital media trainer, Christine is a creative professional who has worked with clients such as Johns Hopkins University, Voice of America, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. She has taught a wide range of classes and custom training sessions for colleges, professional development centers, and private clients on topics such as graphic design, web design and development, 508 compliance, marketing, interactive media, video editing, animation, motion graphics, 3D modeling & animation, virtual/augmented reality, pre-production skills, and video production techniques, i.e. cinematography, directing and producing.