FREE After Effects Basics -2D Flat Shadows in After Effects

Intro to After Effects - Learn After Effects Animation with this basic free course
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Rating: 3.6 out of 5 (679 ratings)
38,443 students
51min of on-demand video
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Get started with After Effects the right way, learn essential tools & a proper workflow
I will touch on topics like precomposing, growing bounds, effects, simple expressions and more
Learn built-in effects in After Effects


  • Have After Effects CS5, CS5.5, CS6, CC or CC2015 installed (you can use a 30-day free trial)
  • Basic understanding of the Adobe Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator) is welcome, but not mandatory


Learn 3 different techniques to create 2D long flat shadows and add them to your motion graphic compositions. We will take a look and create those popular long shadows which are very popular amongst the designers creating on the current flat design trend. You don't even need to have a project to work on - I have created a few sample animations which you can work on by downloading the attached project file.

The shadows will be dynamic, which means they will react to any movement that will be going on in your composition. I will show you how to save them as a preset for future use, how to link the shadow itself to a null object and much more handy quick tips like that.

A few benefits of this class:

  • Get started with After Effects the right way, learn essential tools & a proper workflow
  • I will touch on topics like precomposing, growing bounds, effects, simple expressions and more
  • We will use the repeater, work on shape layers, create shapes, duplicate layers etc.
  • We will be using only build-in effects
  • You will learn 3 different techniques to use
  • We will save animation presets for future use
  • Modernize your compositions - use it for any project
  • Learn to have fun inside of After Effects with a new technique

...What are you waiting for? Enroll now and let us start applying modern flat shadows to our animations!

Who this course is for:

  • People who are interested in learning After Effects
  • YouTubers, Graphic Designers, Freelancers, Videographers, motion artists
  • Students who want to learn how to create trendy looking graphics in animated compositions


Engaged and Passionate PowerPoint & After Effects instructor
Andrew Pach
  • 4.6 Instructor Rating
  • 54,712 Reviews
  • 497,915 Students
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Hi! My name is Andrzej Pach (but Andrew is easier to say ^^) and I spend my daily time with graphic design, presentations, motion & animation, typography, video editing, and online teaching. Most of my work is done in Adobe After Effects & Microsoft PowerPoint 2019 / 2021 / 365 and Camtasia so naturally, this is the software I want to teach about and share my experience with. I have completed more than 5000 graphic projects for clients, mostly including video animations like intros, outros, and transitions for various YouTube channels & marketers. On Fiverr alone (a freelancing website), I have more than 3500 reviews and 4k+ finished jobs. I would like to share with you the knowledge that I was able to "stack up" during the process. I am always willing to help people out by enhancing their brands and projects. 

  Who am I? 

I'm born in 1989, live in a small village in Poland, and graduated from my University in July 2014. A few years back, when I tried to find my "place" after getting hired to prepare a website, flyer, and business card for a local business in my area, I finally "felt it". Since then (2011) I have expanded my skills in this area by completing various graphic, website, and design-related projects. Places like the Warrior Forum, freelancing websites, and graphic contests across the web caught my interest and never let me go. I run my own company since April 2015.

  What is the next step? 

I've gathered experience by working for several years as a freelancer with a keen focus on handling creative projects ranging from very small businesses to brands and YouTube channels with over 500k subscribers. Now I’m looking forward to sharing my knowledge by creating exciting courses that are easy to follow - and most importantly - USEFUL to you. I am looking to work with forward-thinking people who seek to create something original and catchy that will reinforce their brand and follow their vibe. I’m always committed to providing value while giving away random tips to make your workflow easier, no matter what we work on. 


What are my mission and passion?

I believe in making the Web Business and Internet Media world a better place because my actions will affect (and hopefully positively shape) my followers, friends, family, and future generations. Since I live in a small village where people work in agriculture or do physical labor, I set the goal for myself to be a sort of pioneer in the web-based business field, growing myself as a designer every single day.   

You can always contact me, as I don't mind talking to anyone about how I might help your business or about what course topics I might record if you like my teaching style.      

To your success, Andrew (Andrzej in Polish) ;)

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