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Adobe After Effects and Animation: Beginners

Adobe After Effects and Animation: Beginners (Online Short Course)

London College of Communication
Taught by
Francesco de Manincor


Adobe After Effects is one of the principal platforms used in the motion graphics and animation sectors. Used primarily for creating motion graphics and visual effects, countless film and TV opening sequences and trailers were made using this software.

This three day course is designed for people wanting to understand the basic parameters of this industry standard, the program contains a series of engaging tutor demonstrations and practical exercises that give you the chance to apply your learning to live projects.

Topics Covered

  • Exploring the interface
  • Compositions and settings
  • Importing artwork
  • Working with layers
  • Exploring the timeline
  • Creating basic animation
  • Keyframes, interpolation and easing
  • Applying effects
  • Pre-composing
  • Basic Text in After Effects
  • Solids
  • Masks
  • Preferences and key settings
  • Rendering and exporting

Course Outcomes
By the end of this course you should be able to:

  • Understand the After Effects interface and main concepts
  • Work with comps and pre-comps
  • Use keyframes to animate an object's main parameters
  • Understand and use easing and keyframe interpolation
  • Use effects to create animation
  • Apply basic animation to text
  • Use solids and masks to create animation
  • Optimise preferences
  • Render and export an After Effects project into different video formats

Who Should Attend
Aspiring video artists, filmmakers and graphic designers looking to gain an understanding of Adobe After Effects

Beginner: You do not need any prior knowledge of Adobe After Effects.Experience using CC platforms such as Photoshop or Illustrator will be to your advantage, but not necessary.

Online Delivery - if this course is taught online, it will be delivered in 2 parts

  • 10am – 12.30pm 
  • 2.30pm – 5pm 

Please be advised that this course will be taught using the Adobe Creative Cloud. If you do not already have Adobe Creative Cloud, please sign up for a free 7 day trial of Adobe Creative Cloud. For courses longer than 7 days a monthly subscription of £16.24/month is available.

Follow Up Courses
After you have completed this course you may want to continue your Adobe education with Adobe After Effects And Animation: Intermediate or explore filmmaking with DSLR Filmmaking: An Introduction.

Customised Training
We also offer bespoke Adobe courses and animation courses for groups, individuals and businesses. To find out more, visit our Customised Training page or view Gardiner & Theobald, UK: Digital Adobe Training case study.

Related Courses
We offer a wide range of Adobe courses for Adobe Creative Suite - find out more on our Digital Skills page.

Please note that Online courses are closed to all new bookings 48 hours prior to the course starting.

Tutor Description

Francesco de Manincor is a character designer, animator and illustrator with a broad experience in visual storytelling, from storyboarding to animation. After studying Fine Arts and Art Direction, and working in comics, illustration and visual communication in his native Italy, Francesco moved to London and for the past 15 years has worked on commercial projects and taught digital media, design and animation, creating visual content, illustrations and concept art, editing videos, motion graphics, and designing characters for print and product applications.

Francesco likes to start by exploring ideas drawing on paper, to then complete production and post-production using digital tools, for the unbounded possibilities that these offer. He believes that it's all about realising our vision, about storytelling, to captivate and engage the viewer and create that little bit of magic.

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