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Adobe After Effects Hands-On Class

What You'll Learn

Establishing the Basics

If you're looking to animate, alter and composite media in 2D and 3D space, then this is the tool for you.

Adobe After Effects CC is an industry-standard motion graphics and visual effects composer. With built-in tools and plug-ins, and a bit of creativity, you can create just about anything you can imagine. By the end of this class, you will have the knowledge and practical experience to start building your own motion graphics projects.

Class Agenda:

Part 1 - Intro to AE CC and what it can do. The interface and tools. Importing and manipulating media.
Part 2 - Basics of Animation.
Part 3 - Working with Text. Create it, Style it, Animate it.
Part 4 - Working with Effects and Layer styles. Vector art vs pixels.
Part 5 - Working with mask. Create and animate a mask to cut out pieces of video and selectively add effects. Look at track mattes and their uses.
Part 6 - Green screen. How to take footage shot on a green screen and remove the background. Also putting together image sequences into video, useful for things like time lapses.
Part 7 - Intro to 3D, functionality and limitation of After Effects vs True 3D programs like Cinema 4D, Maya and 3D StudioMax.

Equipment Needed:

Students should bring a portable drive with 4GB of free space if they'd like to take their class work and sample projects home.


Since After Effects CC is built to integrate seamlessly with the Adobe Creative Suite, having prior knowledge of Photoshop, Illustrator, or previous editions of Premiere is helpful but not necessary.

Though presented in Adobe Creative Cloud, most of what is taught will apply to earlier versions of the program.

Next Step?

If you've already taken this course and are ready to take the next-step in professional video editing and motion graphics using Adobe After Effects, then sign up for our Advanced Adobe After Effects Hands-On Class here!

Who Should Take This

Any video editor or videographer looking to enter into the world of visual effects for video. Having prior experience with a non-linear editing program will be helpful but not absolutely necessary.


Presented by Michael Scalisi 

Saturday, July 16th, 9am-5pm

$279 non-members, $249 BDA members


You can sign up for the class here! 

Saturday, July 16th