Adobe After Effects Training - Fast Track Gold

Level: Beginner to Advanced

Duration: 8 days

Cost: £1,275

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Overview of the course
After Effects Fast Track – Gold is a combination of the Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced courses. It is a great way to master this powerful motion graphics application in a short period of time. With hands-on practice, our experts will teach you all the skills you need in order to start working on your own projects confidently. We will take you from knowing nothing or just a little about After Effects to a level where you can create outstanding projects on your own. This class will also prepare you for the prestigious Adobe Certified Expert (ACE) exam.

Money-Back Guarantee
If you are not truly satisfied with your Adobe After Effects training, neither are we. Let us know on the first day and we will make it right. Otherwise, we will refund 100% of your money. 

Lifetime Support
Once you have completed your After Effects course, you will have access to our email and telephone support for a lifetime. You can contact us for any questions or technical issues, related to what you’ve learned on your training course.

24-Month Free Class Retake
If you want to come back and attend this After Effects course again to refresh your skills, you have 24 months to do so. The retake is free of charge.

This course is for…
Those who are just starting off their motion graphics journey. This course will take you from zero to hero in a matter of days! Even if you have some experience in using this application, you will certainly find this class useful, as it will help you rid yourself from some of the bad habits you might have picked up over time.

You do not need any prior knowledge of the software, in order to attend this course. However, you should have a basic understanding of your computer’s operating system – such as launching an application, creating folders, saving files and copying them onto a different drive.

About the application
Adobe After Effects is one of the most powerful digital motion graphics and compositing applications out there. It is mainly used to create 2D, 2.5D, and 3D animations, title sequences, visual effects, colour correction, and compositing by filmmakers and broadcasters. With its ability to integrate seamlessly with other applications, After Effects is an invaluable tool for any motion designer.

Introduction to After Effects
  • Understanding the basics of motion graphics
  • Some useful terminology
  • Welcome screen
  • Tools and panels
Importing Assets
  • Working with layered files
  • Different file types
  • Creating compositions
Integration with Adobe’s Design Products
  • Working with Photoshop
  • Working with Illustrator
  • Importing AI/PS files and available options
Basic Animation Concepts
  • Layer transform properties
  • Timing and keyframing
  • Motion paths
  • Layer orientation
Working with Effects
  • Introduction to effects
  • Effect parameters
  • Re-ordering effects
  • Disabling effects

Working with Audio

  • Adding audio
  • Different formats
  • Previewing audio
  • Audio effects
Linking Different Layers
  • Parenting
  • Using the pick-whip
  • Pre-composing
  • Swithces and modes
Working with Masks
  • Creating a simple mask
  • Custom shape tools
  • Working with the Pen Tool
  • Handles and bezier curves
  • Mask properties
Working with Masks
  • Creating a simple mask
  • Using custom shapes
  • Working with the Pen Tool
  • Handles and bezier curves
  • Mask properties
Adjustment Layers
  • Creating and using Adjustment Layers
  • Advantages and limitations
  • Separating the foreground from the background
  • Animating masks
  • Using the Roto Brush Tool
Motion Tracking
  • Understanding how motion tracking works
  • Stabilising motion
  • Applying tracking data to another layer
Text Animation
  • Working with text layers
  • Animation presets
  • Using text animators
  • Range selectors
Animating Vector Files
  • Using the Puppet Pin Tool
  • Creating a mesh
  • Keyframing puppet pins
  • Understanding the Render Queue and its properties
  • Different file formats
  • Codecs
  • Exporting for different platforms
Advanced Animation Techniques
  • Different keyframes
  • Animation assistants
  • Easing the keyframes
  • Temporal interpolation
  • Spatial interpolation
  • Animating the Anchor Point

Shape Layers

  • Creating basic and advanced shapes
  • Animating shape layers
  • Using the repeater
Enhancing Clips
  • Understanding different layer modes
  • Creating artificial light
  • Using Fractal and Turbulent Noise effects
  • Light tricks

The Third Dimension

  • Setting up 3D scenes
  • Working with 3D layers
  • 3D properties
  • Perspective tricks

Cycore Collection Effects

  • Introduction to CC effects
  • Realistic rain and snow
  • Force Motion Blur
  • CC Ball Action
Vegas and Stroke Effects
  • Adding a stroke to a path
  • Creating glowing whips and animated lines
  • Creating flourishes
Displacement Maps
  • Understanding displacement maps
  • Using Photoshop to create a displacement map
  • Animating still images
  • What are particles?
  • Different uses of particles
  • Simple particle systems

Colour Keying

  • Understanding different types of keying
  • Using KeyLight
  • Creating a garbage matte
  • Refining a matte
  • Understanding basic and advanced expressions
  • Syntax and Array 
  • Working with more complex expressions
  • Expression controllers
  • Driving a property with audio levels
Advanced Particles
  • Creative uses of particles
  • Built-in particles
  • Third party plug-ins

Advanced 3D

  • Building 3D Models from layered files
  • Creating a 3D room
  • Cameras and Lights
  • Shining lights through glasses and windows
  • Material properties
Playing with Time
  • Time re-mapping
  • Timewarp
  • Time in graph editor
Advanced Motion Tracking
  • Understanding the Motion Tracker options
  • Using multiple trackers
  • Tracking a camera
  • Tracking with Mocha for After Effects

Working in 32bpc

  • Understanding bit depths
  • Working with super-white
  • Creating neon glows

Advanced Colour Correction

  • Key concepts
  • Matching colour
  • Matching grain
  • Removing blemishes
3D Text and Kinetic Typography
  • Extruding text in 3D
  • Lighting text
  • Working with null objects
  • Animating cameras
  • Working with Kinetic Typography
Using the Graph Editor
  • Graph editor demystified
  • Different options for refining animations
  • Different types of keyframes in graph editor

Adobe Certified Expert Exam

  • Booking an exam
  • Preparation
  • Further resources

Group Bookings

If you make a booking for three or more people to the same course, you can claim an additional 15% discount for each student from the original price of this course.

Education and Non-profit Organisations

If you are working for a non-profit organisation or an educational establishment, you can claim an additional 15% discount on all our courses.

Training Credits

Our Training Credits Scheme is the most cost-effective way to train your entire team. With this scheme, you buy training days up front and use them over one year. To see full details, visit our Training Credits Page.

Early Bird

If you book this course at least three months in advance, you can claim 15% discount from the original price.

Students and Freelancers

We know how difficult it can be to try and self-fund a course – that’s why we introduced a 15% discount to all university students and those who work as freelancers.