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After Effects Training Course in London

Learn After Effects from After Effects video editors in classroom based training course in London

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  • Classroom based course
  • eNotes included
  • Hands on training
  • Free online support after course

After Effects course overview

This course explains how to create modern video effects for web and film using Adobe After Effects. After completing this course you would be able to create motion graphic effects in After Effects yourself.
The complete course is hands-on based. Few practical After Effects projects at the end of the course will ensure that you can create visual effects for film and web.

Goal oriented approach

The aim of this course is to teach Adobe After Effects from beginner to advanced level and also create projects for your portfolio. If you have a project or an idea that you wanted to create using Adobe After Effects then present that idea during the course and our trainers will help you to work on your own project.

Learn from After Effects designers

DotPeak’s consultants have been creating After Effects based effects for different businesses. Those consultants write and teach our After Effects training courses, so their experience directly informs course content.

Who is this After Effects training for?

This course is for you if you are interested in creating visual effects using After Effects.
Our training courses are classroom based, instructor-led and help you learn advanced Adobe After Effects techniques.

Requirements for After Effects training

This course is for complete beginners but some previous experience of any design related software would be helpful.

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’