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Adobe After Effects Training Course

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After Effects Training Course Synopsis

Are you ready to create gorgeous visual effects and motion graphics that separate your work from the pack? Learn to create impressive, dynamic designs for commercial video and motion picture production, for the web, or for use in presentations and elearning material.

Prerequisites for this After Effects Training Course

This class is appropriate for novice users of After Effects. Experience with Photoshop or attendance of our Photoshop class will be necessary in order to get the most out of this class. We also recommend that you have the Adobe After Effects software before starting the class. You can purchase the software or obtain a trial version of it from the Adobe web site.

What You Will Learn in This After Effects Training Course

  • Basic Animation and Effects
  • Keyframes and Layers
  • Working with text
  • Parenting and Nesting
  • Transparency
  • Track and Key
  • Using Paint and Vector Paint
  • Expressions and Time
  • Advanced Motion techniques

After Effects Training Course Length and Time

This class is 3 days long. Class time is 9:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. Breaks are scheduled throughout the day and lunch is typically scheduled 12-1. Students provide their own lunch.

After Effects Enrollment

Please see our Enrollment Page ( for our enrollment form.

Locations for this Training Course

We have training centers in Atlanta, Houston, Chicago, Denver, San Diego and Washington DC. We also offer classes at a network of rental facilities. We offer private onsite training and instructor-led, live online training. If coming to a rental facility, please double-check the location of your class with our office to make sure you get to the right location.

Goals for this Training Course

Sterling Ledet and Associates realizes the importance of education and we take pride in being able to offer you classes that are more custom fit to your needs. Call us at (877) 819-2665 if you have any special questions or e-mail us at

LESSON 1 - Getting to know your workflow

  • Creating a project and importing footage
  • Creating a composition and arranging layers
  • Adding effects and modifying layer properties
  • Animating the composition
  • Previewing your work
  • Optimizing performance in After Effects
  • Rendering and exporting your composition
  • Customizing workspaces
  • Controlling the brightness of the user interface
  • Finding resources for using After Effects
  • Review questions and answers

LESSON 2 - Creating a basic animation using After Effects and Presets

  • Importing footage using Adobe Bridge
  • Creating a new composition
  • Working with imported Illustrator layers
  • Applying effects to a layer
  • Applying an animation preset
  • Previewing the effects
  • Adding transparency
  • Rendering the composition
  • Review questions and answers

LESSON 3 - Animating text

  • About text layers
  • Creating and formatting point text
  • Using a text animation preset
  • Animating with scale keyframes
  • Animating using parenting
  • Animating imported Photoshop text
  • Animating text using a path animation preset
  • Animating type tracking
  • Animating text opacity
  • Using a text animator group
  • Cleaning up the path animation
  • Animating a nontext layer along a motion path
  • Adding motion blur
  • Review questions and answers

LESSON 4 - Working with shape layers

  • Adding a shape layer
  • Creating custom shapes
  • Creating stars
  • Positioning layers with snapping
  • Incorporating video and audio layers
  • Applying a Cartoon effect
  • Adding a title bar
  • Using Brainstorm to experiment
  • Review questions and answers

LESSON 5 - Animating a multimedia presentation

  • Animating the scenery using parenting
  • Adjusting an anchor point
  • Masking video using vector shapes
  • Keyframing a motion path
  • Animating additional elements
  • Applying an effect
  • Creating an animated slide show
  • Adding an audio track
  • Zooming in for a final close-up
  • Review questions and answers

LESSON 6 - Animating Layers

  • Simulating lighting changes
  • Duplicating an animation using the pick whip
  • Animating movement in the scenery
  • Adjusting the layers and creating a track matte
  • Animating the shadows
  • Adding a lens flare effect
  • Animating the clock
  • Retiming the composition
  • Review questions and answers

LESSON 7 - Working with masks

  • About masks
  • Creating a mask with the Pen tool
  • Editing a mask
  • Feathering the edges of a mask
  • Replacing the content of the mask
  • Adding a reflection
  • Creating a vignette
  • Adjusting the color
  • Review questions and answers

LESSON 8 - Distorting objects with the Puppet tools

  • About the Puppet tools
  • Adding Deform pins
  • Defining areas of overlap
  • Stiffening an area
  • Animating pin positions
  • Recording animation
  • Review questions and answers

LESSON 9 - Using the Roto Brush Tool

  • About rotoscoping
  • Creating a segmentation boundary
  • Fine-tuning the matte
  • Freezing your Roto Brush tool results
  • Changing the background
  • Adding animated text
  • Outputting your project
  • Review questions and answers

LESSON 10 - Performing Color Correction

  • Adjusting color balance
  • Replacing the background
  • Removing unwanted elements
  • Correcting a range of colors
  • Warming colors with the Photo Filter effect
  • Review questions and answers

LESSON 11 - Using 3D Features

  • Creating 3D Text
  • Using 3D Views
  • Importing a background
  • Adding 3D Lights
  • Adding a camera
  • Repositioning layers
  • Adding a text layer
  • Working with Cinema 4D Lite
  • Review questions and answers

LESSON 12 - Working with 3D Camera Tracking

  • About the 3D Camera Tracker effect
  • Tracking the footage
  • Creating a ground plane, a camera, and the initial text
  • Creating realistic shadows
  • Adding ambient light
  • Creating additional text elements
  • Locking a layer to a plane with a null object
  • Animating the text
  • Adjusting the camera‚Äôs depth of field
  • Rendering the composition
  • Review questions and answers

LESSON 13 - Advanced editing techniques

  • Using Warp Stabilizer VFX
  • Using single-point motion tracking
  • Using multipoint tracking
  • Creating a particle simulation
  • Retiming playback using the Timewarp effect
  • Review questions and answers

LESSON 14 - Rendering and outputting

  • Creating templates for the Render Queue
  • Exporting using the Render Queue
  • Rendering movies with Adobe Media Encoder
  • Review questions and answers


Our goal is to make sure your class meets your objectives, not ours. Therefore, all of our outlines are treated as guides to help steer the workshop. This outline does not guarantee that all the topics listed will be covered in the time allowed. The amount of material covered is based on the skill level of the student audience. We may change or alter course topics to best suit the classroom situation.

Upcoming Classes


Wed. Jul 11, 2018

Wed. Aug 08, 2018

Online $1299
Chicago, IL $1299
Dublin, OH $1595

Wed. Aug 15, 2018

Wed. Sep 12, 2018