After Effects

Introduction to advanced level Adobe After Effects course in London taught by motion graphics experts. Learn After Effects, prepare for Adobe ACA exam and create practical projects for your portfolio

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Animator career programme

Upcoming dates

There are no open public schedule dates for After Effects course. We can offer you a private training or arrange a public course for you. Contact us here and we can make arrangements for your course.

Delivery Formats

This course can be attended face to face in an open classrooms, live online virtual classroom remotely from home or office, private one-to-one and on-site for your team at your office.

Course Outline

After Effects course overview

Adobe After Effects is a digital motion graphics and compositing software published by Adobe Systems, used in the post-production process of filmmaking and television production. Its main uses are the origination of 2D and 2.5D animation, visual effects compositing and finishing (image adjustment, color correction etc.)

In this course, we will cover Animation, Refining Polygonal Models, Creating Materials, Applying Textures and Rendering using Maya.

Few practical Adobe After Effects based projects at the end of the course will ensure that you can apply Adobe After Effects on your motion graphics projects.

This short Adobe After Effects course is hands-on, instructor-led and classroom based. This training can be taken as a part-time evening course or even on the weekends. A list of all upcoming public After Effects training course is given on training dragon website. Each course is restricted to a maximum of ten delegates to ensure an excellent training experience.

Who is After Effects training for?

This course is for you if you would like to take full advantage of the best software for all things in motion graphics and compositing.

Prerequisites for After Effects course

There are no prerequisites to take this course.

What will I get?

  • Training from professional After Effects experts:

    Training Dragon consultants have been creating professional After Effects motion graphics for many years. Those consultants write and teach our After Effects training courses, so their experience directly informs course content.

  • Real-time Practice and Projects:

    Our After Effects courses are designed to get you started in After Effects. We work on industry related projects and tasks in this After Effects course.

  • Course Material:

    After Effects electronic notes are included in this course.

  • Course Completion Certificate:

    After completing this training your will receive After Effects course completion certificate.

  • Support and Careers Advice:

    After the course if you have any problems or questions regarding After Effects  do not hesitate to contact us. Training Dragon’s trainers are expert in their fields and if you need any help with you career choice, please speak to one of our trainers.

After Effects Course Contents

After Effects User Interface and Animation

  • what’s a project file & what’s in it?
  • tools & panels
  • workspaces

Basic Animation

  • transform properties of layers
  • keyframing: making element move
  • importing Photoshop & Illustrator files

Intermediate Animation

  • in depth Keyframe manipulation & interpolation
  • graph editor
  • Motion Sketch/Smoother
  • Auto-Orient/Motion
  • blur
  • roving
  • Keyframes,
  • Anchor Point/Pan Behind Tool
  • panning a large graphic: technique
  • hold Keyframes

Layer Control

  • keyboard shortcuts
  • quality
  • SlipTool,
  • sequence layers
  • Solo Switches
  • looping footage
  • image sequences
  • Frame Rate vs. Time Stretch
  • blending Modes
  • effects & Solids with Blending Modes
  • effects & Presets Panel
  • adjustment layers


  • Masks
  • Shape
  • Feather
  • Expansion
  • Masking with the Pen Tool
  • Bezier curves,
  • Mask Shape Interpolation
  • Mask modes,
  • Mattes and Stencils
  • Mask shapes

  • Type and Titles*
  • simple Rules of Titling
  • basic text
  • text animators/range selectors
  • Randomising
  • applying & saving text animation presets
  • per character animators


  • precomps
  • editing Precomps,
  • locking panels
  • render Order
  • how After Effects put it all together

Exporting Files

  • render Queue
  • export As/Same Frame As
  • pre-render


  • different types of Keyframe
  • velocity
  • Keyframe shortcuts
  • Keyframe graph editor

Type Draw, Paint

  • all About Alphas
  • working with Photoshop
  • dots, pixels & Inches
  • working with Illustrator
  • plugging in Type

The Matrix

  • Particle Playground

More On Effects

  • production Bundle Effects Round-Up
  • compound Effects

Animation Assistants

  • additional Assistants
  • motion Fun
  • express Yourself
  • animation & behaviour presets


  • using Keylight

Time and Tracking

  • time Remapping
  • time Games
  • on Stable Ground
  • motion tracking
  • time warp


  • writing a simple expression
  • linking expressions to motion track

Working with 3D

  • cameras
  • lights
  • 3D layers

NLE Integration

  • integration 101
  • integration with Nonlinear Editing Systems

Format Issues and Rendering

  • video issues
  • playing the field
  • 3:2 pulldown
  • luminance & IRE issues
  • working with D1/DV NTSC
  • working with widescreen
  • pre-rendering & proxies
  • advanced ‘Rendering-Render Farm Concept’
  • what’s Your Preference?
  • The ‘Secret Preferences’

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Looking for a
2-12 months


Animator career programme

Our Trainers

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How many maximum people are on my course? 

To make sure that personal attention is provided to everyone in the class, we keep our classroom size very small. There are maximum 8 delegates in all our classrooms.
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