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

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Outline & Course Information

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Duration & Times: 2 Days – 8:30AM-3:00PM EST

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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.

Required Technical Set-Up:
• Primary computer connected to a second monitor OR second computer to view instructor live
• Reliable High-speed internet connection
• Web Browser: Google Chrome Preferred (Alternative: Microsoft Edge)
• 3-Button Computer mouse
• Audio Speaker/Microphone (built-in to computer or external)

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, 2021, 2022).

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
Collaborating in After Effects
Finding resources for using After Effects

2. Creating a Basic Animation Using Effects and Presets
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 with the Pen tool
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
Viewing render times for layers
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
Adjusting the opacity
Adding a shadow
Creating a vignette

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 Certified Instructors that are Senior Consultants
  • Official Curriculum Courseware & Personal Use of Class Recording for Limited Time
  • Certificate of Completion
  • Remote Access to ThinkB!G Class Computer with Software licenses & Class Files Pre-Installed for Use During Training--No Installs or Downloads
  • Instructor's Real-Time View of ThinkB!G Class Computer Screen for Immediate Live Interactive Support
  • If Certification Training is Selected, It May Include a Test Prep Tool, Testing Voucher with Free Retake, and Proctor Fee (if taken with ThinkB!G Virtually)
  • Note: IT Support is Available to Pre-Flight Virtual Class Set Up Before & During Training
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!

 

Virtual Online Live Training (VOLT™) Access from Anywhere, or Onsite at Your Location

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Dates to Register

Course Location Start Date End Date Time
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ThinkB!G - Online Live

Monday, Dec 05, 2022 Tuesday, Dec 06, 2022 8:30 am - 3:00 pm Register
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Monday, Jan 09, 2023 Tuesday, Jan 10, 2023 8:30 am - 3:00 pm Register
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Monday, Feb 13, 2023 Tuesday, Feb 14, 2023 8:30 am - 3:00 pm Register
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Monday, Apr 10, 2023 Tuesday, Apr 11, 2023 8:30 am - 3:00 pm Register
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Monday, May 08, 2023 Tuesday, May 09, 2023 8:30 am - 3:00 pm Register
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Monday, Jun 12, 2023 Tuesday, Jun 13, 2023 8:30 am - 3:00 pm Register
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Monday, Jul 17, 2023 Tuesday, Jul 18, 2023 8:30 am - 3:00 pm Register
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Monday, Nov 13, 2023 Tuesday, Nov 14, 2023 8:30 am - 3:00 pm Register
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ThinkB!G - Online Live

Monday, Dec 18, 2023 Tuesday, Dec 19, 2023 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. Registration is transferable to another student. Please contact your class organizer or manager if you need to cancel. 
Reviews

Average Review: 4.85 out of 5 - 20 Reviews

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A Great Introduction To After Effects!
A great introduction to what After Effects can do. -DMA, Christopher (Adobe After Effects CC Introduction Live Hands-On Instructor-Led Training Class)
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Push Your Skills To The Next Level!
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 ThinkBig. The environment is great, and the instructors are top-notch!-Amanda, DOD (Adobe After Effects CC Introduction Live Hands-On Instructor-Led Training Class)
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This is a Great Experience For Me!
This is a great experience for me since this is my first time going to a ThinkBig Class. Thank you! -DOD, Michael (Adobe After Effects CC Introduction Live Hands-On Instructor-Led Training Class)
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I Always Enjoy These Courses!
Always enjoy these courses. I have done Photoshop, Illustrator, and now After Effects. -DINFOS, William (Adobe After Effects CC Introduction Live Hands-On Instructor-Led Training Class)
Sharp & Co
I Learned A Lot More Than On My Own!
Everything went well. Learned a lot more than on my own. Nice to have files to follow along with the instructor. -Sharp And Co, Maria (Adobe After Effects CC Introduction Live Hands-On Instructor-Led Training Class)
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I Learned So Much!
I learned so much in the last two days and it was just the intro! The instructor was very helpful! -DINFOS, Karen (Adobe After Effects CC Introduction Live Hands-On Instructor-Led Training Class)
Ambi Skincare
I Loved The Class And The Instructor!
Once again, I loved the class and the instructor. I will be coming back, for sure!-AMBI, Victoria (Adobe After Effects CC Introduction Live Hands-On Instructor-Led Training Class)
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I Like The Range Of Different Programs!
I like the range of different programs. I can dabble in Illustrator or After Effects or develop my skills even more in Premiere. I'll be signing up for another one soon! -DINFOS. Matt (Adobe After Effects CC Introduction Live Hands-On Instructor-Led Training Class)
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I will be able to apply my new knowledge to projects
"The class was informative and I will be able to apply my new knowledge to projects. Having a background in Photoshop will be beneficial." - Eric, UMD (Intro to Adobe After Effects Course)
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This is a great course.
"This is a great course. Be prepared for a fast-paced, challenging course that gives you more information than you can teach yourself in a short and efficient amount of time." - Colby, DMA (Adobe After Effects Training - Introduction)
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I enjoy coming here
"I enjoy coming here, I learn a lot of useful skills that I use in both my job in the military and for other projects." - Jessica, DINFOS (Adobe After Effects Training - Intro)
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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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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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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)