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Adobe After Effects and Animation: Beginners

Adobe After Effects and Animation: Beginners

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

  • Key-framing
  • Editing
  • Time-remapping
  • Using filters
  • Adjustment layers
  • Solids
  • Timelines
  • Rendering movies

Course Outcomes

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

  • Use key-frames to animate an object’s parameters such as scale, opacity, anchor point, position
  • Apply a range of filters to derive to a desired visual outcome
  • Render a movie to create a baked .mov file
  • Apply track mattes and masks

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.

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 After Effects courses and animation courses for groups, individuals and businesses. To find out more, visit our Customised Training page.

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

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.


Please bring a USB stick to save your work and a notebook and pen.

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