Adobe After Effects Course: Beginners

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Learn motion graphics & visual effects in this Adobe After Effects training course. Adobe After Effects is one of seven Adobe Creative Cloud courses we offer in Sydney.

Create cinematic film titles, intros and transitions. Animate a logo or text. With Adobe After Effects, the industry-standard motion graphics and visual effects software, you can take any idea and make it move. Adobe says: “There's nothing you can't create with After Effects. Animators, designers and compositors use After Effects to create motion graphics and visual effects for film, TV, video and the web.” Seeing what our students have made after completing this course, we agree.

This Adobe After Effects training course provides practical exercises for all the foundation techniques and features for animating images, text and shapes. You will receive a comprehensive step-by-step set of notes and work with a group of example files that are yours to take home with you. We recommend that you have access to After Effects outside of class to practice, review/revise and experiment with what you have covered in this course.

Please note that we currently offer two types of courses – classroom and live online via zoom platform. If you choose our live online option, we will send you a kit including all necessary items will to your doorstep after enrolment.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this course you will be able to:

  • Use After Effects efficiently and effectively
  • Plan and execute special effects tasks
  • Integrate special effects into video production.

Course content


  • Interface
  • Layer Operations
  • Applying Visual Effects
  • Best Practice When Creating Shapes
  • How to Create, Format and Edit Text
  • Best Practice for Working with Layers and Keyframes

The Composition Workflow

  • Part 1: Design & Layout
  • Part 2: Animating – Creating a Full Motion Graphics Video
  • Part 3 Polish Timing Layer’s – Creating a Full Motion Graphics Video, Render AAE Comp to Distribution Format (Rendering)


  • Masking with Shape Layers
  • Using Masks on Text Layers
  • Custom Shapes Using Solid Layers and Masks

Beyond the Basics

  • Track Mattes – Alternate Text Reveal
  • Pre-Comps Animation Methods
  • Motion path manipulations
  • Using the Graph Editor
  • Understanding Interpolation Types
  • Using Keyframe properties Ease In/Out – Creating Newtonian Type Movement
  • Importing Stills/Video footage – Transform Techniques
  • Masks and Track Matte on images & video
  • The Source Text Property
  • Text Animation to a Path – Properties and Techniques
  • Transforming Masks & Paths into a Keyframed Motion Paths
  • The Trim Path – Overview and Practice
  • Using the Layer’s Parent Method
  • The Null Object & Grouping Layers' Animation

Further Learning

  • What Are Presets – Animations in a can!
  • Transform your Animation with Blur
  • Shape Layers – Under the Hood
  • Creating Per Character Animation
  • Animator Properties Combined
  • Ramp Up/Down Text Animation
  • 3D Per Character Animation
  • Grouping Alignment and Animator’s Anchor Point
  • Wiggling Characters

This is a crash training course in Adobe After Effects so the facilitator will aim to fit in as much content as possible, however they might not be able to cover some of the above in time. If you have a specific aspect of the program you are interested in learning, then please let the tutor know.

Please bring to class.

  • A USB stick (minimum 32GB) or portable hard drive (minimum 500GB) for storing your data
  • Pen and paper or device to take notes

Other information

  • All Adobe Creative Cloud training courses at Sydney Community College require a basic computer competency as pre-requisite. We expect that you can confidently and quickly navigate the computer directory and locate files with ease. Adobe applications are professional-level software, and an inability to use a computer confidently will restrict you from progressing in the class. If you are unsure about your computer competency, please contact Customer Service so that we can arrange a call to discuss.
  • This course runs in our computer lab, fitted with 27-inch Apple iMac systems with the latest Adobe apps installed. Adobe After Effects functions the same on both Windows and Macintosh computers except for minor differences with keyboard usage.


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$599 Limited GST free / $479.20 / $539.10
Enrol in any two Adobe classes and receive 15% off both enrolments. Enrolment may be for different people. Enrolment must be in the same transaction. Cannot be combined with other discounts.

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Course testimonials:

  • said: The Adobe AfterEffects software is notoriously complicated, thankfully the tutor is exceedingly thorough and patient in his steps to help us master it. Instructions were clear, color handouts were voluminous and comprehensive, classroom facilities great. At age 63, was thrilled I kept up (most of the time) with the young ones!

  • said: I learned a lot! The teacher provided step-by-step notes, answered our questions, offered tips and supported us individually when necessary. He was always very attentious and kind.

  • said: 5 STARS

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