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XChange Training Location London

Use After Effects for motion graphics with Cinematic titles Animations Visual Effects Rotoscoping Motion tracking

Adobe After Effects CC Introduction Masterclass 4 Days - London

Key Course Details:


Introduction to Advanced


- 10am to 5pm


£750 + vat

Go from being a novice to mastering the advanced tasks in the leading special-effects program. Join us as we show you how to take charge and become an After Effects power user. Create advanced animations, work with 3D, and much more as you learn how to add sparkle to your visuals.

We will guide you on everything from getting started by creating simple animations all the way up to writing advanced expressions and controlling 3D lighting. With our help, you will become confident in using the program's advanced features to apply special effects and produce motion graphics that truly stand out.

Go from being a novice to mastering the advanced tasks in the leading special-effects program. Join us as we show you how to take charge and become an After Effects power user. Create advanced animations, work with 3D, and much more as you learn how to add sparkle to your visuals.

We will guide you on everything from getting started by creating simple animations all the way up to writing advanced expressions and controlling 3D lighting. With our help, you will become confident in using the program's advanced features to apply special effects and produce motion graphics that truly stand out.

  • After Effects Masterclass 4 Days

    Course Details

    This 4-day Introduction Masterclass course helps you learn about the tools and features available for power users of Adobe After Effects CC. We will show you how this industry-leading program takes visual effects and motion graphics to a new level. You will use the program's powerful tools to add a slick, professional look to all your movie projects. Together, we will study the After Effects environment and give you the abilities you need to become a special-effects expert. Our tips are sure to enhance the quality and creativity of your visual output.

    Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

    • Navigate the After Effects environment
    • Understand keyframe manipulation and interpolation
    • Work with layers, masks, and mattes
    • Apply special effects
    • Add titles and text
    • Use colour effectively
    • Write expressions and use expression controllers
    • Create advanced animations
    • Move cameras and lighting in 3D
    • Track motion
    • Warp and re-map time
    • Export your files

    Our goals are for you to be able to apply a wide range of visual effects, to understand both basic and advanced features of After Effects, and to become a confident power user.

    This course can be taken in a single 5-day block or split into a 2-day block (Introduction) and then a separate 3-day block (Advanced) taken at a later date.

    Course Target Audience and delegate prerequisites:

    This course is intended for anyone new to the field of video and motion graphics who wants to learn about applying special effects.

    You will need basic PC or Mac skills, including a solid understanding of a computer's operating system (Windows or Mac OS). You will also need to know how to launch a program, create and save files, and copy files from CDs and other media.

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  • Full Course Outline

    The following is a general outline. The range of topics covered during your training is dependent upon student level, time available and preferences of your course booking.

    User Interface and Animation
    • What is a project file and what is in it?
    • Tools and Panels: how to navigate around the application
    • Workspaces: selecting, saving, setting
    Introduction to Animation
    • Transform properties of layers
    • Keyframing: making element move
    • Importing Photoshop and Illustrator files
    Intermediate Animation
    • In depth Keyframe manipulation and interpolation
    • Graph Editor
    • Motion Sketch/Smoother
    • Auto-Orient/Motion
    • Blur, Roving
    • Keyframes
    • Anchor Point/Pan Behind Tool
    • Panning a large graphic: technique
    • Hold Keyframes
    Control of Layers
    • Trim-move-stack-split (keyboard shortcuts)
    • Quality, SlipTool
    • Sequence Layers
    • Solo Switches
    • Looping Footage
    • Image Sequences
    • Frame Rate vs. Time Stretch
    • Blending Modes
    • Effects and Solids with Blending Modes
    • Effects and Presets Panel: animation presets
    • 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
    • Randomizing
    • Applying and 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
    • Prerender Keyframes
    • Different types of Keyframe
    • Velocity
    • Keyframe shortcuts
    • Keyframe graph editor
    Type, Draw, Paint
    • All About Alphas
    • Working with Photoshop
    • Dots, Pixels and 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 and 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 and IRE Issues
    • Working with D1/DV NTSC
    • Working with Widescreen
    • Pre-rendering and Proxies
    • Advanced Rendering-Render Farm Concept
    • What’s Your Preference?
    • The Secret Preferences
  • Location Details

    This course is provided at the XChange Training London training centre based at:

    5 St John’s Lane
    EC1M 4BH

    St John’s Lane is located in the heart of Clerkenwell close to the junction of Farringdon and Clerkenwell Road. Farringdon tube & train station is just a few minutes away and the training centre can also be accessed from Chancery Lane and Barbican tubes in about 10 minutes. There is also easy direct access by bus from Waterloo (243) and West End (55) with nearby stops.

    Daily course times run between 10am and 4:30pm with an hour break for lunch and both mid morning and mid-afternoon refreshment breaks. We recommend arrival at 9.45am for registration on the first day of the course.

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  • After Effects Masterclass 4 Days - Upcoming London Course Dates

    Next 15 Jul - 18 Jul £750 + vat
    Next 16 Sep - 19 Sep £750 + vat
    Next 11 Nov - 14 Nov £750 + vat

    After Effects Masterclass 4 Days - Split Date Options

    After Effects Introduction

    15 Jul - 16 Jul
    16 Sep - 17 Sep
    11 Nov - 12 Nov

    After Effects Advanced

    17 Jul - 18 Jul
    18 Sep - 19 Sep
    13 Nov - 14 Nov
  • Client Reviews

    "Great course - in depth knowledge of the software. The instructor had a great attitude and it was a friendly environment to learn in. Great experience overall, thank you."

    Pablo Segovia, After Effects - 5 Day Masterclass

    "The course was fantastic. I have learnt so much in just 2 days, so I would recommend the course to anyone."

    Arron Voice, Long Road, After Effects - 2 Day Introduction

    "Really great course content taught in a friendly informal environment. The instructor was patient and knowledgeable so I'm really happy with the course."

    Callum Aldcroft, Asda, After Effects - 2 Day Introduction

    "Great amount of content covered without being too overwhelming. Support from the instructor was excellent."

    Helen Robertson, Brothers & Sisters, After Effects - 2 Day Introduction

    "Good instructor, fun and informative. "

    Nolan Ward, Carbon Creative, After Effects - 2 Day Introduction

    "A very good syllabus that covered the basics needed for After Effects with links to other Creative Cloud packages."

    Lori Smith, IKM Consulting, After Effects - Two Day Introdcution

    "Good course with a very knowledgeable instructor. I have a come away with a solid knowlege of After Effects."

    Darren Mael, Billington Cartmell, After Effects - 2 Day Introduction

    "Very detailed and informative. The overall experience was very good and I would definitely attend another class."

    Shane Pennington-Cooper, Shop Direct, After Effects - 2 Day Introduction

    "Engaging and informative in a nice environment. Will come again!"

    Simon Crossley, Great Places Housing Group, After Effects - 2 Day Introduction

    "Excellent course, the instructor provided detailed exercises to complete tasks, making them memorable. I would recommend to the our wider organisation."

    Trish Palmer, IKM Visual Solutions, Adobe After Effects - Two Day Introduction