After Effects Advanced Training

0800 156 0777

Learn the more advanced aspects of After Effects

The Advanced After Effects Course, is a great next step if you have already attended the beginners After Effects course and want to learn the more advanced features for producing motion graphics and visual effects. You will go through topics such as masking, keyframes, shapes, path animation, working with effects, 3D, tracking plus lots more.

This 2 day Instructor led Advanced After Effects Class runs at our York Centres and can also be held as a closed course at your preferred location for a team of people.

If you would like to discuss your training requirements with our helpful training advisor's please contact us on 0800 156 0777

£495.00ex vat

The After Effects Advanced course covers all the basic skills needed in the post production of professional quality video content.

After Effects Advanced - Course Topics

Animating text layers

  • Animating text along a path
  • Text Animators
  • Animating individual characters
  • Range selectors
  • Advanced Range Selector features

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


  • Radio Waves
  • Particle Effects
  • 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

Using Photoshop and Illustrator

  • Working with Photoshop
  • Working with Illustrator

Project Management

  • Collect Files
  • Consolidate Footage
  • Remove Unused Footage
  • Reducing your project


Our scheduled courses are designed to ensure you have a professional and productive experience.  With 20 years practice we have had plenty of time to get it right, but we are always open to new suggestions as well.

Reasons to choose Highlander for your professional training

  • A proven track record - Highlander has been established for 20 years.
  • High quality instruction - Our instructors are certified by Adobe, Google and CompTIA.
  • We make sure you are happy - Our satisfaction guarantee ensures you leave with a smile.
  • Follow on support - We give you 12 months post course support.

What you get on a Highlander Course

Start and finish times

Our courses start at 9.30am and typically run until 4pm. The finish time is based primarily on how much information people can retain in a day without being overwhelmed, and can vary slightly depending on individual class size and ability.


For our classroom courses, each delegate is provided with use of a computer, setup with the latest version of the software they are learning. Our York centre has a mix of Mac and PC's, so if you have a preference please advise us when booking. If delegates prefer to work in their own environment and would rather bring their own laptop that is equally fine.

For Live Online courses we provide full setup instructions, but you will require a machine running a copy of the software being taught. Additionally a reliable internet connection is a neccessary requirement to complete the course online.


At our centre hot drinks and water is provided throughout the day together with a selection of biscuits and sweets.  

There is a scheduled 15 minute break mid morning and again mid afternoon.


There is a one hour break for lunch to allow delegates some time "off the screen".  For those attending face to face, we are located on the well known Bishy Road in York, with a wide range of popular cafe's just a few metres from the front door. The street regularly features in national newspapers and has been described by Wall Street Journal as "an enclave of gourmet delis and cafes" while The Times described it as "York's answer to Notting Hill".

Course Materials

You get 12 months access to our learning management system which contains a variety of content ranging from video tutorials and refresher exercises through to copies of course slides. Additionally post course instructor support is also available as required.

Certificate of Completion

All delegates receive a certificate of completion to show they have completed an Adobe Authorised Training Course.

Who should attend this course

This course is aimed at people looking to professionally edit and manipulate video files, adding post production effects to a high standard.

You should have already attended the beginners After Effects course or have equivalent experience