Online instructor-led training

After Effects: Trapcode Suite Overview

June 18-19,

Thursday, Friday

About the event

Course Details


Create flowing surfaces, mountainous terrains, endless tunnels, and abstract shapes. Use paths and motion to generate beautifully complex geometric shapes, ribbons and extrusions. Use audio to generate keyframes that drive animation and effects. Duplicate and offset layers and their motion with ease. Trapcode Suite gives you the power to automate complex animation easily. Whether you are creating motion graphics or visual effects, the possibilities are endless. Plugins from the Trapcode Suite that will be covered include: Form, Mir, 3D Stroke, Shine, Starglow, Sound Keys, Tao, Lux, Echospace, and Horizon.


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




  • Create immortal particle grids and 3D particle objects
  • Build effects visually in the powerful Designer
  • Dissolve your particle objects in fluids or create complex fractal animations
  • Create MoGraphs with 3D models, text, masks, and animated OBJ sequences
  • Drive animation with sound and dissolve text and logos
  • Use After Effects 3D cameras and lights with Form
  • Create 3D objects, Fractal Surfaces, Terrains and Wireframes in After Effects with Trapcode Mir
  • Design flowing surfaces and abstract shapes for motion graphics or import 3D OBJ Models
  • Replicate and fractally distort your Mir surfaces and OBJs and display them as polygons or vertices
  • Create organic 3D Shapes and Lines from your masks with Trapcode 3D Stroke
  • Add 3D Stroke to logos, text and paths
  • Explore 3D Stroke preset shapes
  • Get pinpoint control over shapes, colors, and looping
  • Create ultra-fast, 3D light ray effects with Trapcode Shine
  • Design volumetric light rays for your text, mograph or footage
  • Simulate clean rays or fractal smokiness with depth
  • Create stylized glints and glows for motion graphics and text
  • Add Glimmer to your highlights with Presets
  • Instant audio-driven Motion Graphics in After Effects
  • Visualize audio for motion graphics and use any audio to drive animation and effects
  • Isolate audio bands for total control
  • Create 3D geometries animated along a path
  • Generate geometric shapes from masks, paths, and motion
  • Add 3D Volumetric point lights to motion graphics for a news open
  • Create 3D Volumetric spot lights for a lighthouse scene
  • Instantly clone and offset animated layers
  • Automate complex, multi-layered 3D animation with ease
  • Control layer instances without writing expressions
  • Create infinite (360 degree) backgrounds for After Effects 3D
  • Use image maps
  • Create a multicolor gradient

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.