Dive into Adobe After Effects 1: Learn the Basics
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Dive into Adobe After Effects 1: Learn the Basics

A project-based course that guides you through creating a title card of your favorite brand in Adobe After Effects.
4.1 (201 ratings)
Course Ratings are calculated from individual students’ ratings and a variety of other signals, like age of rating and reliability, to ensure that they reflect course quality fairly and accurately.
21,240 students enrolled
Last updated 5/2016
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This course includes
  • 1 hour on-demand video
  • 1 article
  • 1 downloadable resource
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • navigate through the After Effects program
  • open new compositions with the right settings
  • add and edit text, shape, photos, and other elements to a composition
  • To follow along, you'll need a copy of After Effects. This could be a free trial version or any other full version (Creative Cloud, CS6, CS5, CS4, etc)

You want to start using After Effects, right?

If you've never opened (or opened and immediately closed) After Effects, you're in the right place.

This is the first part in my 3-part Dive Into After Effects series. I created this series to make learning how to use After Effects as easy as possible. 

You learn by doing.

In the Dive Into After Effects series, you'll follow along and work on your own project while learning. 

What makes me qualified to teach you?

My name is Phil. I am a professional motion graphics artist and video creator. Plus, I'm the creator of some of the world's most popular After Effects courses - with over 150,000 students and thousands of 5-star reviews like these ones from this course:

I am new to after Effects and this course is so easy to follow. Good Job! - Sequin Frederick

Excellent course for a beginner like me! A step by step guide. - Fairuz Nabilah

I enjoyed this course and found it very helpful to explain the basics. Phil went through things clearly and through the videos I was able to catch some of the skills that i have been struggling with. I would recommend this for anyone starting After Effects - June Beveridge

My Promise to You

I'll be here for you every step of the way. If you have any questions about the course content or anything related to this topic, you can always post a question in the course or send me a direct message. 

I want to make this the best course on learning After Effects for beginners. So if there is any way I can improve this course, just tell me and I'll make it happen.

What's this course all about?

After Effects is an amazing program that can help you create motion graphics, visual effects, and titles that make your videos better, but it can be intimidating to try out. In this 45-minute course, you'll learn the basics of using After Effects: understand the program layout, learn how to use the tools, get comfortable with using the timeline. We'll cover everything from opening up After Effects for the first time, importing assets, and creating your very first composition.

This class is perfect for video creators, designers, and everyone who wants to learn After Effects in an un-intimidating way. No prior knowledge or experience is required! By the end of the class, you'll have the basic knowledge to start creating projects and dive even further into the world of After Effects.

Course Assignment

Create a title card within After Effects. This assignment will teach you how to create a new composition, use the basic After Effects tools, arrange layers in your sequence, and use layer properties to change the scale, position, transparency, and rotation of your objects.

With our 30-day 100% money back guarantee, there is nothing holding you back from jumping in right now and trying the course out.

Go ahead and click the enroll button, and I'll see you in lesson 1!



Who this course is for:
  • This course is for anyone who has never used After Effects. This is a very basic course for new users.
  • This course is for anyone that likes learning by doing. We'll work together to create a title card for your favorite brand (or your own brand).
Course content
Expand all 12 lectures 47:11
+ What is this course all about?
1 lecture 01:50

In this video, I'll talk about what this course is all about & why you should continue with it.

Preview 01:50
+ Introduction to the Course
1 lecture 04:07

In this lecture, we'll be opening up the After Effects application for the first time. I'll navigate around the program to show you all the things you need to know for this course including: the tool bar, the main menu, windows, and timeline.

Preview 04:07
+ The Basics of After Effects
7 lectures 34:03

In this lesson, follow me as I create a new composition & choose the right settings.

Preview 04:41

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In this lesson, you'll learn how to import files (photos, graphics, video, music, audio, etc) into After Effects.

How to Import Files into After Effects

In this lesson, you'll learn the basic tools that are important for getting started in After Effects including: shape, pen, and text tool.

The Tools You Need to Know

In this lesson, you'll learn how to add & edit text in Adobe After Effects.

Adding Text to Our Project

In this lesson, you'll learn how to add shape layers to After Effects. This includes rectangles, squares, circles, and other shapes.

Adding Shapes to our Project
Adjusting Layers with Scale, Rotation, Opacity
+ Conclusion
3 lectures 07:11

This video shows you how to export a video from After Effects, if you just want to export the movie.

How to Export Video from After Effects

Thank you for taking this course! I really appreciate it! Please enroll in the Dive into After Effects: Keyframes course to continue learning about After Effects.

Thank You & What's Next

This lecture contains some amazing discounts to other courses that you might be interested in to further your knowledge.

Bonus Lecture: What's Next for You?