Adobe After Effects: Beginners

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Learn Adobe After Effects for Motion Graphics with our Learn Adobe Animate with our Adobe & Graphic Design Training Courses in Sydney.

Create cinematic film titles, intros and transitions. Animate a logo or text. Start a fire or make it rain. With After Effects CC, the industry-standard motion graphics and visual effects software, you can take any idea and make it move. Adobe says that "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."

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

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
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.
Please bring to class
  • USB stick for storing your data (min 32GB) or a hard drive (min 500GB)
  • Pen and paper or device to take notes
Other Information
  • Please note, all Adobe courses at Sydney Community College require a basic computer competency as a pre-requisite. We expect that you are able to confidently and quickly navigate the computer directory and be able to locate files with ease. Adobe programs are professional level programs 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 is a crash course in Adobe After Effects, the course facilitator will aim to fit as much in as possible but some of the above might not be covered in time. If you have a specific aspect of the program you are interested in learning then please let the tutor know.
  • This course runs in our CBD computer lab, which is fitted with 17 inch MAC computers, all installed with updated Adobe Creative Cloud programs. Adobe Premiere Pro functions the same on both Windows and Macintosh computers except for a few minor differences with keyboard usage.

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This course has no current classes. Please join our waitlist and we will notify you when we have places available. Join Waitlist

Course testimonials:

  • 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: 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: 5 STARS

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