Advanced Adobe After Effects Course

Advanced Adobe After Effects Courses in South Africa




Lesson 1: Fundamentals of Motion Graphics

RGB Color Model

Frame Size


Pixel Aspect Ratio

Alpha Channels

Frame Rate

Time Code

Interpreting Footage


Lesson 2: Getting to Know the Workflow

How After Effects Works

Overview of panels

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

Customizing workspaces

Controlling the brightness of the user interface

Finding resources for using After Effects


Lesson 3: Creating a Basic Animation Using Effects and Presets

Importing footage using Adobe Bridge

Importing video clips

Importing stills

Importing a sequence of stills (interpreting)

Importing multilayered Photoshop and illustrator files

Creating a new composition

Applying effects to a layer

Changing parameters globally

Creating keyframes

Keyframe interpolation: auto, continuous, and Bezier interpolation

Temporal and spatial Interpolation

Roving in time for spatial properties

Creating and applying an animation preset

Previewing your work


Lesson 4: 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

Mask interpolation

Using masks from Illustrator and Photoshop

Masks for spatial keyframes


Lesson 5: Animating Text

About text layers

Creating and formatting point text vs paragraph text

Using a text animation preset

Text on a path

Animating imported Photoshop text

Animating text using a path animation preset

Using a text animators

Adding properties

Adding a range selector

Using a text animator group


Lesson 6: Working with Shape Layers

Adding a shape layer

Creating custom shapes

Creating stars

Default properties of shape layers

Add properties

Creating Groups

Stack your shapes & properties

Using Brainstorm to experiment


Lesson 7: Other Effects

Time remapping

Motion sketch

The smoother

The wiggler

Auto orient

Splitting a layer

Adjustment layers

The effects and presets panel


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


Lesson 9: Rendering and Output

Creating templates for the Render Queue

Exporting using the Render Queue

Rendering movies with Adobe Media Encoder


Lesson 10: Parenting

Understanding Parenting

Simple Pick whipping

Parenting to a null

Using Parenting for positioning

Using Parenting in Special Effects


Lesson 11: Other Effects

Time remapping

Understanding Compound Effects

Gradient Wipe

Displacement Map


Lesson 12: Transfer Controls

Understanding Layer Blending Modes and how to change those using shortcuts

Using Track Mattes

Understanding pre-composing and nesting

Stencil and Silhouette

Preserve Transparency



3 Days


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