After Effects Training

0800 156 0777

Learn to produce and edit quality video effects

After Effects Getting Started is a 2 day training course which covers all of the basic skills needed to get up and running with Adobe After Effects. The course is run at our centre on the dates listed or is available to be taught at your own location.

During the course you will learn to work with layers in After Effects, understand keyframing, control animations, work transparency, and better understand rendering and output.  By the end of the class you will be able to competently edit your video content using After Effects and applying best practice techniques taught by an Adobe Certified Instructor.

£495.00ex vat

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

After Effects Getting Started - Course Topics

Preparing your project

  • Terminology - Resolution, Frames per second and more
  • Storyboarding
  • What assets are needed
  • What other skills are needed

After Effects user interface and animation

  • What is a project file and what is in it?
  • Workspaces
  • Tools and Panels
  • Importing Media into a Project
  • Creating a Composition

The Text Tool

  • Using the text tool
  • Formatting text
  • Editing text
  • Paragraph and Character panels
  • Create shapes from text

Creating shapes

  • Rectangle, Elipse, Polygon, Star
  • The pen tool
  • Editing shapes

The Timeline

  • Overview of the timeline
  • Switches and modes
  • Shy layers
  • Soloing
  • Reordering
  • Labels and Markers

Transform Options

  • Opacity
  • Rotation
  • Scale
  • Position
  • Anchor Point

Basic Animation

  • What is keyframing
  • Applying keyframes
  • Adjusting keyframes
  • Duplicating keyframes
  • Easing

Intermediate Animation

  • Motion sketch
  • Roving keyframes
  • Wiggler
  • Motion Blur
  • Centering / Moving the anchor point

Masking v Track Mattes

  • Creating Masks
  • Creating Track Mattes
  • Keyframing masks
  • Keyframing track mattes
  • Using with Effects

Adjusting time

  • Time reverse
  • Slowing down
  • Speeding up


  • Color Correction
  • Basic Keying
  • Simulating rainfall / snowfall
  • Presets
  • Modifying Effects using the Effects Control Panel
  • Animating Effects
  • Using Adjustment Layers

Rendering and Output

  • Dependancies
  • Add to Render Queue
  • Add to Adobe Media Encoder Queue


The After Effects Getting Started course introduces a wide range of skills aimed at those who are completely new to After Effects, teaching you best practice right from the start.

You will learn to

  • Work with the After Effects workspaces
  • Create an After Effects composition
  • Import and manage assets
  • Create and format text content
  • Create a wide range of shapes
  • Apply and edit effects
  • Use masks and track mattes
  • Parent one layer from another
  • Work with keyframes to animate content 
  • Understand how to precompose

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.


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. Older versions of software can usually be catered for on request.

If delegates prefer to work in their own environment and would rather bring their own laptop that is equally fine.


Hot drinks and bottled 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".  Our centre is 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

Course manuals / books are provided for all our standard scheduled courses and 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.

Internet Access

All the machines have full internet access and free wifi is available to use within our centres.

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 be comfortable using a computer for example to copy and paste or open files and applications, and an understanding of common video terminology is an advantage.

Comments from delegates that attended

"Great instructor with a wide knowledge of all Adobe applications."
Video and Image Producer, ZSL

"As usual extremely helpful, attentive and patient with me as we worked through the sessions."
Assistant Designer, Arcadis

"The instructor was very informative and helpful and taught at a good speed leaving no one behind"
Junior Designer, Mullenlowe Profero

"Great environment for training. The trainer was fantastic, explained everything well and at a good pace, and had lots of time for questions - really enjoyed the session."
Studio Designer, LNER

"Small group was very helpful, it was good to be able to stop and ask questions! Instructor was very helpful and patient"
Designer, Oxfam

"Andy is a great instructor and he was able to answer all the questions that i have."
Graphic Designer, City Football Group

"The trainer was very friendly and knowledgeable. Would recommend."
Designer, Mullen Lowe

"The course was good and showed me the different things I can do with after effects."
Media and Comms Officer, Great North Air Ambulance Service

"Very friendly and helpful with good knowledge"
Digital Marketing Support Specialist, AkzoNobel