Adobe After Effects CC Introduction Live Hands-On Instructor-Led Training Class

Baltimore, Maryland, Virginia, Washington D.C., Virtually Online Live & On-Site at Your Location

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Course Information & Why You Should Attend

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Duration & Times: 2 Days – 8:30AM-3:00PM ET / 5:30AM-12:00PM PT (30 Minute Complimentary Lunch)

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Course Description: ThinkBIG’s Introduction to After Effects course will introduce you to the fundamental concepts and features to master the program. Adobe After Effects Creative Cloud provides a comprehensive set of 2D and 3D tools for compositing, animation, and effects that motion-graphics professionals, visual effects artists, web designers, and film and video professionals need. After Effects is widely used for digital post-production of film, video, DVD, and the web.

Prerequisites: Students must have a good working knowledge of computers, operating systems, using a mouse, keyboard, standard menus and commands. Students must be able to open, save, and close applications and files, as well as navigate to other folders.

Job Roles That Use After Effects:
Animators
Film and Video Professionals
Motion-Graphics Professionals
Visual Effects Artists
Web Designers

Projects That Use After Effects:
Animation
Video Compositing
Motion Graphics Design
Digital Post-Production
Visual and Audio Effects

Adobe After Effects CC Introduction Course Outline

This Adobe Creative Cloud CC Hands-On Training Course covers all previous versions of CC apps (CS6, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2015.5, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020).

1. Getting to know the Workflow
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
Rendering and exporting your composition
Customizing workspaces
Controlling the brightness of the user interface
Finding resources for using After Effects

2. Creating a Basic Animation Using Effects and Presets
Importing footage using Adobe Bridge
Creating a new composition
Working with imported Illustrator layers
Applying effects to a layer
Applying an animation preset
Precomposing layers for a new animation
Previewing the effects
Adding transparency
Rendering the composition

3. Animating Text
About text layers
Installing a font using Adobe Fonts
Creating and formatting point text
Animating with scale keyframes
Using a text animation preset
Animating imported Photoshop text
Animating type tracking
Animating text opacity
Animating an image to replace text
Using a text animator group
Animating a layer’s position
Adding motion blur

4. Working with Shape Layers
Creating the composition
Adding a shape layer
Creating a self-animating shape
Duplicating a shape
Creating custom shapes
Positioning layers with snapping
Animating a shape
Animating using parenting
Using nulls to connect points
Previewing the composition

5. Animating a Multimedia Presentation
Adjusting anchor points
Parenting layers
Precomposing layers
Keyframing a motion path
Animating additional elements
Applying an effect
Animating precomposed layers
Animating the background
Adding an audio track

6. Animating Layers
Simulating lighting changes
Duplicating an animation using the pick whip
Using a track matte to confine animation
Animating using the Corner Pin effect
Simulating a darkening sky
Retiming the composition

7. 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
Adding a reflection
Creating a vignette
Adjusting the timing
Trimming the work area

Disclaimer: All course objectives and outlines are used as a guideline and are subject to change to ensure the latest information is covered to support real world use of the technology.

Software Versions: ThinkB!G open enrollment classes are taught on the most current version of software whenever possible. To request a specific version, please Contact Us or call us at 301-362-2250.

What You Get
  • Hands-On Official Authorized Training & Certification
  • Training Delivered from Instructors that are Senior Consultants Certified by Adobe (ACI), Apple (ACT), & Microsoft (MCT)
  • Official Curriculum Courseware & Personal Use of Class Recording for Limited Time
  • Certificate of Completion
  • Computer with Software & Class Files (In Person Only)
  • Continental Breakfast Every Day (In Person Only)
  • Catered Gourmet Deli Lunch Every Day (In Person Only)
  • Unlimited Snacks and Refreshments (In Person Only)
  • Notebook & Pen (In Person Only)
  • Free Parking (In Person Only)
Pricing

Public Enrollment Training

Commercial Price Per Person 2-Day Class: $795
GSA/Government Price Per Person 2-Day Class: $640.81
Non-Profit/Education Price Per Person 2-Day Class: $745

Dates to Register!

 

Custom Private Training – Onsite at Your Location, Online Live, or at ThinkB!G

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Dates to Register

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After Effects - Intro (Online Live ONLY)
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ThinkB!G - Online Live ONLY (NOT Self-Paced)

Monday, Aug 31, 2020 Tuesday, Sep 01, 2020 8:30 am - 3:00 pm Register
After Effects BootCamp / ACA Training and Certification Pack (Online Live ONLY)
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ThinkB!G - Online Live ONLY (NOT Self-Paced)

Monday, Aug 31, 2020 Thursday, Sep 03, 2020 8:30 am - 3:00 pm Register
After Effects - Intro (Online Live ONLY)
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ThinkB!G - Online Live ONLY (NOT Self-Paced)

Monday, Nov 02, 2020 Tuesday, Nov 03, 2020 8:30 am - 3:00 pm Register
After Effects BootCamp / ACA Training and Certification Pack (Online Live ONLY)
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ThinkB!G - Online Live ONLY (NOT Self-Paced)

Monday, Nov 02, 2020 Thursday, Nov 05, 2020 8:30 am - 3:00 pm Register
After Effects - Intro (Online Live ONLY)
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ThinkB!G - Online Live ONLY (NOT Self-Paced)

Monday, Dec 07, 2020 Tuesday, Dec 08, 2020 8:30 am - 3:00 pm Register
After Effects BootCamp / ACA Training and Certification Pack (Online Live ONLY)
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ThinkB!G - Online Live ONLY (NOT Self-Paced)

Monday, Dec 07, 2020 Thursday, Dec 10, 2020 8:30 am - 3:00 pm Register

Certification

An Adobe Certified Associate (ACA) Exam is Available for After Effects!

See Latest Exam Available!

Exam Objectives Include:

Working in the Visual Effects and Motion Graphics Industry
Project Setup and Interface
Organizing Video Projects
Creating and Modifying Visual Elements
Publishing Digital Media

What is an Adobe Certified Associate? (ACA)

The ACA certification validates basic, entry-level skills in digital communication, creation, and design using Adobe tools.

Register for our Adobe Certified Associate (ACA) Training & Certification Pack:

If you choose the Certification Pack option in the pricing dropdown upon checkout, this Includes:

✓ After Effects Intro–Advanced (4 Day Class, In-Person or Online)

✓ Online Test Prep Tool (Simulates actual test & provides targeted learning based on your assessed needs)

✓ Exam Voucher with 1 Free Retake (In-Person, scheduled at your convenience)

✓ Testing Proctor Fee (Only included if you take your test at ThinkB!G’s office in Columbia, MD)

Custom Private Training

We offer this course as Custom Private Training or Project Based Training®!

If you have a team of individuals, you can receive bulk discounts by doing your own Private training session & cover your specific learning objectives! We can have the Private Training at ThinkB!G in Columbia, Maryland, Virtually Online Live (Available for Most Courses), or Onsite at Your Location.

What's Included?

  • Custom Outline to include Targeted Topics Based on Your Learning Needs
  • Hands-On Official Authorized Training & Certification
  • Training Delivered from Instructors that are Senior Consultants Certified by Adobe (ACI), Apple (ACT), & Microsoft (MCT)
  • Official Curriculum Courseware
  • Certificate of Completion
  • Computer (Apple Mac or Windows PC) with Software & Class Files (In Person Only at ThinkB!G)
  • Continental Breakfast Every Day (In Person Only at ThinkB!G)
  • Catered Gourmet Deli Lunch Every Day (In Person Only at ThinkB!G)
  • Unlimited Snacks and Refreshments (In Person Only at ThinkB!G)
  • Notebook & Pen (In Person Only)
  • Free Parking (In Person Only at ThinkB!G)

Submit details and a formal training quote will be sent to you!

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Policies

Payment Policy for Public Enrollment Classes

Payment and/or Purchase Order is required 16 Business Days (Monday-Friday) prior to first date of training class.

 

Payment Policy for Private & Project Based Training® Classes

Payment and/or Purchase Order is required 16 Business Days (Monday-Friday) prior to first date of training service.  Pricing provided is firm fixed price based on number of students.  Client is responsible for entire amount regardless of change in number of registrations.

 

Cancellation/Rescheduling Policy for Public Enrollment Classes

  • Classes may be canceled if less than 4 students are registered. We will notify you of cancellations no later than 16 business days prior to class.
  • Canceling/Rescheduling more than 16 business days prior to class: You are eligible for a refund or free reschedule. Registration is transferable to another student for the same class & date.
  • Canceling/Rescheduling less than 16 business days prior to class: No refund. No Reschedule. Registration is transferable to another student for the same class & date.
  • No Shows without contact: No refund. No Reschedule.

Cancellation/Rescheduling Policy for Custom/Private and On-Site Training Classes

  • No penalty if cancellation/reschedule is 16 Business Days (Monday-Friday) prior to the first date of class.
  • 50% penalty will be incurred if cancellation/reschedule is less than 16 Business Days (Monday-Friday) prior to the first date of class. This fee is to cover instructor expenses, travel, and course materials purchased.

Cancellation/Rescheduling Policy for Individual Students in Custom/Private Training Classes

  • Individual students registered in a private class, who cancel or do not show, are not eligible for a partial refund or reschedule. Please contact your class organizer or manager if you need to cancel.
Reviews

Average Review: 4.55 out of 5

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This was a wonderful class.
"This was a wonderful class. In the past I would get so frustrated trying to troubleshoot AE on my own. Being able to ask questions and have our instructor right in front of us made it fun and informative instead of tiring." - Danielle, Johns Hopkins (Intro to Adobe After Effects)
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I definitely plan to take more courses with Think BIG!
"I learned a lot of skills in this course that I will be able to apply to my job immediately. I had no prior experience with After Effects and was able to keep up with the course. The instructor covered a lot of information, so there was plenty to learn and practice even if you already have some experience with AE. The location itself was fantastic, and I definitely plan to take more courses with Think BIG!" - Shannon, Independent (Adobe After Effects Intro)
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Learned A Lot More Than Expected!
"Instructor was so organized, and I learned a lot more than I expected!" Jae Eun L. - Columbia Association (After Effects Project Based Training®)
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First-Class Training Experience!
"[The Instructor] presented complicated information in a way that was easy to follow. Quality instruction, first-class training experience." - Cindy B. - Columbia Association (After Effects Project Based Training®)
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Skills I Will Take Back To The Office
"The ability to make shapes and text appear in fun and exciting ways are actually skills I will take back to the office with me and use in the future. This was extremely helpful." - Maddie H., Special Olympics MD (Adobe After Effects Course)
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Outstanding!
“The Adobe After Effects training I received at Think BIG was outstanding! Our instructor was highly knowledgeable and made the course very enjoyable. It was time and money well spent.” –Mark T., KeyW (Adobe After Effects Intro)
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Think BIG is great!
"Think BIG is great! Great facility, great staff, great teachers." -JoAnne W., KeyW (Intro to Adobe After Effects)
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Instructors Provide Real-World Examples To Apply to Work Projects
"The staff is very friendly and courteous and the instructors provide real-world examples that can quickly be applied to work projects." -Amanda W. - KeyW (After Effects Training)
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Everything Was Excellent!
"My experience at Think BIG has always been amazing. The entire staff is very accommodating and the instructors are excellent. Everything from the registration process through the actual course was excellent!" -Jacki D., LCB Solutions (Adobe After Effects Training)
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After Effects Course Was Fantastic!!!
“This After Effects course was fantastic!!! I plan on using this newly acquired knowledge in my future projects.” – John M. - USDA (After Effects Training)
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The Course Was A Consistent Whirlwind of Relevant Eye Opening Information
“Our instructor was an amazing teacher, her knowledge depth is truly huge. The After Effects course was a consistent whirlwind of relevant, eye opening information.” – Michael M., Sherwood Chrysler Jeep Dodge of Salisbury (Adobe After Effects Class)
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Instructor Had An Answer To Every Question
"The instructor made the topic easier to understand. I felt much more comfortable with After Effects once the course was done. The instructor was completely thorough when explaining each lesson and had an answer to every question." - Frederick P., BEA (Adobe After Effects Training)
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Entire Experience Was Top Notch
"The entire experience of educational training from Think BIG was top notch, beginning to end. Everything from registration to lunch, to the class itself is top-notch." - Alex B. - TBI Online (Adobe After Effects Intro Training Course)
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I always have a wonderful learning experience at Think BIG
"Awesome custom training. It was a great way to continue learning the software beyond the core material covered in the intro and advanced courses. Good for experienced professionals looking to push their skills to the next level. I always have a wonderful learning experience at Think BIG. The environment is great and the instructors are top notch!" - Amanda M. - DOD (Customized After Effects Training)
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Now I Can Truly Get The Most Out of the Software
"I received a comprehensive overview of After Effects, with subjects including how to create compositions and pre-compositions, how to add and animate media using various effect tools, how to adjust presets, and a brief overview of Cinema 4D. Even though I had some very basic knowledge of After Effects, this course made it so I can truly get the most out of the software. There are many tools in After Effects, and I was given a thorough run down of each one, and even the shortcuts for these features. This course will help me create more polished looking and professional graphics at my place of work." - Jessica W. - JMU (Adobe After Effects Training Online)
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One of the BEST Places I've Taken Class
"Staff here are/were VERY!!!! friendly and helpful… My teacher is/was the BEST…. Seriously! Great attitude, fun not boring…. had no problem answering ANY question… good at teaching… Just GREAT! Nothing more to say… this has been one of the BEST places I've taken class.. I will be back!" - Gerald S. - Federal Reserve Board (Adobe After Effects Intro Course)
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Instructor was Knowledgable, Friendly & Engaging
"Instructor was knowledgable, friendly, and engaging. Unlike many other Adobe training classes that I've taken from other providers, my eyes were not glazing over. That might have something to do with the product in question, but regardless, I thought it was very worthwhile. Most importantly, I now feel quite comfortable with After Effects, which prior to this training seemed quite intimidating." - David J. - Energy Information Administration (After Effects Classes)
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Amazing Training Experience
"I had an amazing training experience and I'm confident I can use the After Effects software on my own - and actually know what I'm doing!" - Sasha L., Kaiser Permanente (Adobe After Effects Training Course)
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Another Superb Experience
"Once again another superb experience here at Think BIG. I had an incredible instructor, with a never ending knowledge base of the Adobe software package." - Matthew M. - DOD (Adobe After Effects Intro)
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Taught by a Working Professional
"The facility is great, the screen that shows the instructor's window is huge and visible from anywhere in the room, and my instructor was very knowledgeable. It helps that he is a working professional in the field, so he knows what tools and pieces of information are important. If you want to be taught by a working professional, Think Big is the spot. I loved my After Effects class - I'm looking to blow them away at work with my new skill set." - Bemnet Y. - USA Today (Adobe After Effects Training)