After Effects masterclass

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At a glance

  • Central LondonOnline, Instructor-led
  • 9.30am–4.30pm
  • Workbook & supportSupport
  • Lunch & refreshmentsVideo recording of course
  • 4 days
  • Accelerated learning
  • Business: £799679+VAT
  • Individual / charity: £679577+VAT (£814.80692.40)
  • Adobe CC2023

Course dates


  • 11–14 March 2024
  • 15–18 April 2024
  • 20–23 May 2024
  • 24–27 June 2024
  • 29 July–01 August 2024
  • 02–05 September 2024
  • 07–10 October 2024
  • 11–14 November 2024
  • 16–19 December 2024


If you're looking to go from an After Effects newbie to an advanced user, the masterclass After Effects training course is for you.

It's important to build on the foundations, so you'll begin by understanding the After Effects interface, before getting hands on with animation, layers, effects and more. After this you'll be more than ready to step up to the more advanced features like how to animate text layers, keying and working with 3D.

This course will be delivered through our Accelerated learning approach, allowing you to learn more information, easier and more efficiently than standard training approaches.

Target Audience

This course is for designers, marketers, developers or anyone looking to take their motion graphics and visual effects skills to an advanced level.  

Upon completion, you'll be able to:

  • Navigate the After Effects interface and understand the both the core and specialist features
  • Implement basic and intermediate level animations to your video content
  • Master layer control, how to manage effects within layers and even adjustment within your layers
  • Export your files efficiently, add to the render and Adobe media encoder queues
  • Animate text layers, vector paths and master masks and shapes
  • Utilise 3D layers, the 3D axis and integration with cinema 4D
  • Integrate with other Adobe tools and be able to implement project management best practices within After Effects

Accelerated learning

Our Accelerated learning approach at Certitec is unique within the Adobe training industry. Our focus is not on what you learn, but how you learn. Referred to as ‘Accelerated Learning’, this process allows you to digest a significant amount of information more quickly, and more easily than through other methods.

Accelerated learning

  • Establish a firm understanding on the learning process before embarking
  • Overcoming any learned helplessness by reframing what will be learnt upon completion
  • Sessions no longer than 60 minutes each to maximise how we learn 
  • The use of course workbooks to strengthen memory retention (classroom)
  • Finding a balance between new and recap learning
  • Kinaesthetic (‘hands-on’) techniques
  • Video of entire course upon completion (remote)

Find out more about our Accelerated learning process.


What to expect from this course

The first two days of After Effects training are focused on getting you up to speed with the interface and progressing through the starter level features e.g. basic animation, layer control, effects and more. Days three and four are targeted towards the more advanced features and you'll create animated text layers, masks and shapes, work with 3D and more. 

Our Adobe certified training team will be with you all the way, helping you go from a beginner to an advanced After Effects user.

You’ll leave the training course with an advanced motion graphics and visual effects skill level.

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Day one – Gaining After Effects motion concepts

User interface and animation

  • What is a project file and what is in it?
  • Tools and panels
  • Creating a composition
  • Importing media into a project

Basic animation

  • Adding layers to a composition
  • Navigating the timeline
  • Transform properties of layers
  • Keyframing layer properties
  • RAM preview

Intermediate animation

  • In-depth keyframe manipulation & interpolation
  • Graph editor
  • Motion sketch/smoother
  • Auto-orient/motion blur
  • Roving keyframes
  • Anchor point/pan behind tool

Layer control

  • Trim-move-stack-split
  • Sequence layers
  • Looping footage
  • Image sequences
  • Frame rate vs time stretch
  • Blending modes
  • Effects and solids 
  • Blending modes
  • Layer styles
  • Masks

Day two – Building on acquired knowledge


  • Opacity
  • Masks
  • Shape
  • Feather
  • Expansion
  • Masking with the pen tool
  • Track mattes


  • Effects and presets panel
  • Applying effects to layers
  • Modifying effects using the effects control panel
  • Animating effects
  • Changing order of effects
  • Using adjustment layers

The text tool

  • Using the text tool
  • Animating text
  • Text animation presets

Render order

  • How After Effects puts it together
  • Exporting files
  • Add to render queue
  • Add to Adobe Media Encoder queue

Day three – Enhancing motion processes

Animating text layers

  • Animating text along a path
  • Text animators
  • Animating individual characters
  • Range selectors
  • Advanced range selector features
  • Wiggly selector

Nesting and dependancies

  • Precomps
  • Editing precomps
  • Locking panels
  • Using null objects

Animation and keyframes

  • Different types of keyframe
  • Velocity
  • Keyframe shortcuts
  • Keyframe graph editor
  • Proportional adjustment
  • Snapping to keyframes
  • Keyframe assistants
  • Easy ease
  • Time revers keyframes
  • Animation and behaviour presets
  • Keyframe interpolation

Masks and shapes

  • Creating masks
  • Importing masks from Illustrator
  • Animating masks
  • Shape layers
  • Shape layer modifiers
  • Repeater

Path animation

  • Animating along a vector path
  • Auto orient to the path
  • Creating a path from a nomination path
  • Stroke a path
  • Scribble in a path
  • Other path effects

Day four – Further motion development and consolidation

Generator effects

  • Radio waves
  • Particle effects

More on effects

  • Production bundle effects round-up
  • Compound effects


  • Using keylight
  • Using the roto brush
  • Simple wire removal

Time and tracking

  • Time re-mapping
  • Time warp
  • Motion tracking
  • Tracking faces
  • Perspective corner pinning
  • 3D camera tracking

Working with 3D

  • Understanding 3D
  • 3D Layers
  • The 3D axis
  • Cameras
  • Lights
  • The unified camera tool
  • Integration with Cinema 4D

Adobe and NLE integration

  • Integration with Premiere Pro
  • Working with Photoshop
  • Working with Illustrator

Project management

  • Collect files
  • Consolidate footage
  • Remove unused footage
  • Reduce project
  • Advanced ‘Rendering-render farm concept’

Classroom trainint

Advantages of classroom training

Classroom training has many advantages over other formats of training since in-person interaction and communication plays an extremely important part to absorbing information. 

Classroom training allows you to get trained in a safe, quiet, clean environment, away from the noise and pressures of the office or home. The classroom environment provides the important “human touch,” which is often missing in technology-based training. 

You can’t beat real life interaction when asking important questions and receiving immediate feedback. 

Other benefits of classroom training include:

  • Group interaction. People learn from one another as well as from the trainer
  • Training groups can be large or small
  • Classroom training also teaches us how to interact with one another in a professional, productive, cooperative way, which is something that other forms of training often don’t provide

Remote training

Advantages of remote training

Remote training introduces a virtually no-limits training option since it's extremely flexible. You can attend a remote training session anywhere in the world and has become increasingly popular over the last few years. 

Remote training plays itself into your hands and you can harness technology to enable you to use traditional computers, tablets and even phones for complete flexibility.

You can see your trainer (webcam) and they will take you through the training session like you're actually attending a classroom training event.

Other benefits of remote training include:

  • No travel to the classroom - you can attend remote training in your pj's if you wish!
  • Training groups can be large or small and even split over multiple locations and even multiple countries at the same time
  • You have the ability to interact with your trainer by talking, electronically raising your hand and even allow for them to see your screen (if you authorise)
  • All remote training sessions are recorded - so you can play-back at anytime in the future and enhance your learning experience

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Discounts for self funders and charities

You will save 15% off the course price if you’re a non-business delegate and includes the following:

  • Self funding individual
  • Charity

Flexipay over 6 months

With the option to split the cost of your 5 day Adobe certified training course, our Flexipay payment plan allows you to develop your skills, without breaking the bank.

Post course support

After your course, we don’t leave you high-and-dry. Our technical support is provided for a lifetime

Free course retake

We understand that before booking your course, knowing that you can have a free course refresher gives you that added insurance

Adobe Creative Cloud software

You can either subscribe to the entire suite (that’s all the applications) or just one application on a monthly basis. Adobe offers a free 7-day trial for each application if you wish to try before you subscribe. 

Just visit the Adobe Creative Cloud page and see what might be the best option for you


What happens if I am unwell on the morning of my course?

This is just fine from a course perspective since you can re-arrange again (according to our course schedule) for no fee

How do I actually book my course?

Find the course you wish and then click on the ‘book now’ button and complete the form

Can I jump immediately to an Advanced course?

Delegates attending an Advanced course must already possess at least 80% of the knowledge of the (previous) Introduction course. This is so you are not out of your depth in the Advanced course and also so other delegates are not affected

What are the training times?

We start at 9.30 and finish at 4.30pm with plenty of breaks and 40 minutes for lunch

What if I fail my ACP exam?

  • Start 9.30am - Finish 3.30pm.
  • Exam 2pm

Should you not pass the first time, you can retake the exam for no charge when the course runs again in our schedule

Will I get a certificate for attending?

Yes - your Adobe authorised training centre certificate of attendance will be emailed after your training course

Will I be able to work to my own agenda in the training?

Our courses are scheduled and run with the same outline and aims. Whilst our trainers can field some ad hoc questions along the way we are unable to provide specific information on your project

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If you require an immediate response then please do not hesitate to call 0845 527 0768.

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Course dates


  • 11–14 March 2024
  • 15–18 April 2024
  • 20–23 May 2024
  • 24–27 June 2024
  • 29 July–01 August 2024
  • 02–05 September 2024
  • 07–10 October 2024
  • 11–14 November 2024
  • 16–19 December 2024

Option to split dates when booking

Private training

We can deliver this course on a private training basis

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29 reviews


recommended the course

The course was accessible to any level, gave a really detailed but followable delivery, and there's tools and tips to help continue the learning outside of the classroom

Cheryl Harries. 13th November, 2023

The course was enjoyable, it was challenging but not too intense, a really good balance. Very well facilitated which for me is very important

Ollie Sandford. 6th October, 2023

It was a great course, it gave me exactly what I needed to learn the basics of After Effects

Joseph Williamson. 4th September, 2023

Trainer was really good and it was easy to book. Well organised

Barrie Williams. 8th August, 2023

The training was clear and engaging but far too slow a pace for my preference

Thomas Nixon. 20th July, 2023

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Course cost: Deposit of £300 inc. VAT followed by 5 payments of £99.80inc. VAT each.

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Question 1 of 10

Do you understand and use timeline?


Question 2 of 10

Do you understand and use keyframes?


Question 3 of 10

Do you understand how to import and use video and audio?


Question 4 of 10

Do you understand and work with layers?


Question 5 of 10

Do you understand and work with masks?


Question 6 of 10

Do you understand and use basic tracking?


Question 7 of 10

Do you understand and work colour correction?


Question 8 of 10

Do you understand and work with colour grading?


Question 9 of 10

Do you understand and work with text?


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Do you understand and work with exporting to different media?


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