The After Effects Roadmap: For Beginners

The starters guide to creating stunning visual animations and motion graphics.
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  • Lectures 39
  • Length 3.5 hours
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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Published 1/2016 English

Course Description

***NEW 2016 COURSE***

This course is designed to guide you through After Effects and show you the techniques required to create create awesome titles, clean animations, and 3D effects.

This course will start you at the very beginning, covering the basic tools and how they are used, to moving and animating objects around in 3D space.

My goal is to teach you the basics of how to operate After Effects in order to be able to enhance your personal videos with lower thirds, creative titles, or visual effects.

If you are ready to start creating some awesome visual effects... go ahead and click that enroll button!!

What are the requirements?

  • Basic knowledge of Adobe programs is helpful but not mandatory

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Create engaging typography motion graphics
  • Understand the primary transformation properties in After Effects
  • How to design your workspace to easily create animations fluidly.
  • Understand the concepts behind Keyframes and how to use them.
  • Master Key features such as Easy Ease
  • Understanding for creating and customizing shapes.
  • Applying masks to images or videos
  • Understand the Use of the Camera Tool
  • Create clean animations, and 3D effects.

Who is the target audience?

  • Course Creators, YouTubers, anyone wanting to incorporate animation into videos
  • People want to become a freelancer in motion graphic design.
  • This course is not for Advanced After Effects users who already have a strong knowledge in motion graphics.

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

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Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Introduction

In this very important lesson, we will go over how to download the Adobe After Effects Free trial.


In this video I want to take a second to introduce myself so you aren't wondering who's sitting behind the computer screen.

Section 2: Getting Down the Basics

In this lesson we will start with starting a project and creating a composition.

2 pages

This is a downloadable PDF that you will be able to reference whenever you need to to remind you of the keyboard shortcuts that you should be using in After Effects. The more you use these shortcuts, the faster and more efficient you will be.


In this lesson we will go over importing assets that you will be able to manipulate in your scene.


This lesson is an extension of the previous lesson, however in this lesson I will show how to import photoshop and illustrator files.


In this lesson we will go over something very important when working in After Effects, staying organized.


In this lesson I want to teach you how to customize your After Effects layout.


In this lesson we are talking about the basic tools that After Effects provides.


In this lesson we are going over how to customize your playback experience.


There are so many tools and options on your timeline. We will go over what each of them do.


In this lesson we will go over what precomposing is and how it can be used and manipulated.

Section 3: Getting Started with Animation

In this lesson we talk about the basics of Animations. What are animations and how can we apply them?


In this lesson we explore keyframes and how they are used in creating your animations.


In this lesson we direct the Position Property and learn how we can apply it in our animations.


In this lesson we direct the Rotation Property and learn how we can apply it in our animations.


In this lesson we direct the Opacity Property and learn how we can apply it in our animations.


In this lesson we direct the Scale Property and learn how we can apply it in our animations.


In this lesson we turn keyframes into easy ease keyframes to make the look of movements feel more natural.


In this lesson we talk about how to speed up and slow down your animations.

Section 4: Working with Shapes and Solids

In this lesson we look at how to create shapes and how to use settings to create custom shapes.


In this lesson we tackle solids, one of the most simple, yet versatile layers created in After Effects.


In this lesson we see how we can use masks in a couple different situations.


After we have learned how to create masks and what they do, lets take a look at how customizable they can be.

Section 5: Mastering Text

In this lesson we get our feet wet in adding different effects to our video clips.


Of course we will probably need to create some text, so in this lesson we talk about how to create text and format that text.


Text can be animated in many different ways. In this lesson we talk about how that is done.


How to move your text in a engaging and interesting way.

Section 6: Introduction to Parenting

Using this very useful technique, you can eliminate the some tedious work.


In this lesson we look at a very interesting tool in After Effects; a tool that is widely used, a tool that you import in your project, a tool that doesn't really exist.

Section 7: Animating in 3 Dimensions

It's time to start looking into 3D. And how 3D motion works in the after effects world.


You may already be familiar with X and Y on a graph. But are you familiar with Z? You will be!


It's time to go virtual. In this lesson you can simulate a camera with multiple different setting such as lenses and depth of field.


Now that we have created a camera, let's make that thing move!

Section 8: Time To Get Down and Dirty

In this practice based lesson I am going to walk you through creating your first lower third. This lower third gives us an opportunity to practice using Scale, Position, Masks, and Opacity.


In this lesson I'm letting you be free. I am giving you an objective lower third and letting you use the knowledge we have gone over in this course to practice your skills.

Section 9: Coming to A Close

In this lesson we are starting to come to a close. We will be discussing how to render out our animations and effects a couple different ways.

What are you craving to learn next?
Section 10: Bonus
The 2 Simple Steps to Learning After Effects Fast

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Instructor Biography

Sam DeZeeuw, Digital Media Educator

Hey! I'm a video design professional and have always had a passion for teaching people what I know. The way I see it, if no one took the time to teach me, I wouldn't be where I am now. It is my turn to pay it forward. What good is knowledge if it is never shared?

Have professional experience in motion graphics in After Effects, advanced editing in Premiere Pro, and am Adobe Certified in Photoshop.

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