Online instructor-led training

After Effects Intro

Sep 13-Sep 27,


About the event

Course Details


In our 3-session Adobe After Effects Intro course, participants will get in-depth training on the industry standard tool for creating motion graphics, broadcast television and Hollywood-style effects. Participants will create compositions utilizing assets from a wide array of sources including video, Photoshop Files, Illustrator files, as well as other file types. Participants will gain both a foundation for further After Effects learning and a better understanding of the program, its capabilities, and how to best employ it in your work!


This class is appropriate for novice to intermediate level users. 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




  • About the After Effects work area
  • Creating a project and importing footage
  • Creating a composition and arranging layers
  • About layers
  • Adding effects and modifying layer properties
  • Animating the composition
  • About the Tools panel
  • About timecode and duration
  • About the Timeline panel
  • Previewing your work
  • Optimizing performance in After Effects
  • Rendering and exporting your composition
  • Customizing workspaces
  • Controlling the brightness of the user interface
  • Finding resources for using After Effects
  • Importing footage using Adobe Bridge
  • Creating a new composition
  • Working with imported Illustrator layers
  • Applying effects to a layer
  • Applying and controlling effects
  • Applying an animation preset
  • Previewing the effects
  • Adding transparency
  • Rendering the composition
  • About text layers
  • Installing a font using Typekit
  • Creating and formatting point text
  • Using a text animation preset
  • Animating with scale keyframes
  • Animating using parenting
  • Animating imported Photoshop text
  • About parent and child layers
  • Animating type tracking
  • Animating text opacity
  • Using a text animator group
  • About text animator groups
  • Animating a layer’s position
  • Timing layer animations
  • Adding motion blur
  • Creating the composition
  • Adding a shape layer
  • Creating a self-animating shape
  • Duplicating a shape
  • Creating custom shapes
  • Positioning layers with snapping
  • Animating a shape
  • Creating nulls from paths
  • Previewing the composition
  • Animating layers to match audio
  • Using Creative Cloud Libraries in After Effects
  • Adjusting anchor points
  • Parenting layers
  • Precomposing layers
  • Keyframing a motion path
  • Animating additional elements
  • Applying an effect
  • About solid-color layers
  • Animating precomposed layers
  • Animating the background
  • Adding an audio track
  • Supported audio file formats
  • Editing audio files in Adobe Audition
  • Preparing layered Photoshop files
  • About Photoshop layer styles
  • Simulating lighting changes
  • About expressions
  • Duplicating an animation using the pick whip
  • Animating movement in the scenery
  • Adjusting the layers and creating a track matte
  • About track mattes and traveling mattes
  • Animating the shadows
  • Adding a lens flare effect
  • Adding a video animation
  • Rendering the animation
  • Retiming the composition
  • About masks
  • Creating a mask with the Pen tool
  • Editing a mask
  • About mask modes
  • Creating a Bezier mask
  • Feathering the edges of a mask
  • Replacing the content of the mask
  • Zooming and panning by touch
  • Adding a reflection
  • Creating a vignette
  • Using the Rectangle and Ellipse tools
  • Adjusting the timing
  • Tips for creating masks
  • Trimming the work area
  • About the Puppet tools
  • Adding Deform pins
  • Defining areas of overlap
  • Stiffening an area
  • Squash and stretch
  • Animating pin positions
  • Recording animation
  • Extra Credit: Act it out with Adobe Character Animator
  • Previewing your project on a video monitor
  • Adjusting color balance with levels
  • Adjusting color balance with Color Finesse 3
  • Replacing the background
  • Color-correcting using Auto Levels
  • Motion tracking the clouds
  • Replacing the sky in the second clip
  • Color grading
  • Extra credit: Cloning an object in a scene
  • Preparing a master composition
  • Setting up a template
  • Creating an image slider
  • Fading a background image
  • Adding text properties to the Essential Graphics panel
  • Exporting the template
  • Extra credit: Using a Motion Graphics template in Adobe Premiere Pro
  • Stabilizing a shot
  • Bicubic scaling
  • Warp Stabilizer VFX settings
  • Removing motion blur
  • Using single-point motion tracking
  • Moving and resizing the track points
  • Checking for drift
  • Using multipoint tracking
  • mocha for After Effects
  • Creating a particle simulation
  • Understanding Particle Systems II properties
  • About high dynamic range (HDR) footage
  • Creating templates for the Render Queue
  • About compression
  • Exporting using the Render Queue
  • Preparing movies for mobile devices
  • Rendering movies with Adobe Media Encoder
  • Preparing a movie for broadcast output

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.