Learn After Effects: A Comprehensive Course for Beginners
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Learn After Effects: A Comprehensive Course for Beginners

Learn After Effects with no experience! Start working in motion graphics and animation with an always updated course.
4.5 (4 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
229 students enrolled
Created by Nick Henry
Last updated 11/2016
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  • 4 hours on-demand video
  • 1 Supplemental Resource
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Be more creative and design beginner motion graphics and understand concepts of After Effects
  • You'll be able to navigate things like keyframes and begin your journey as a motion designer
  • Start improving your skill set to save money as an entrepreneur or find a new career
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  • Laptop or Desktop computer
  • Trial (or full) version of Adobe Creative Cloud
  • Perseverance for learning

Do You Want to Learn After Effects to Jumpstart Your Motion Graphics Skills? 

If you find yourself looking online for tutorials and other ways to learn After Effects, this course is going to compile all of the beginner's criteria and be delivered to you in a simple manner. The videos are short, to the point, and will teach you all the basics and best ways to learn After Effects efficiently!

Would You Consider Yourself an After Effects Motion Graphics Newbie?

Motion graphics are a huge part of video and will take your creative skills to the next level! Learning After Effects motion graphics are top notch and not to mention an industry leading software. Best of all, it works well with all the other programs in the Creative Cloud suite. Using Photoshop? After Effects pairs well together to integrate graphics, text, and even items like lower thirds.

Have You Wanted to Learn After Effects, but the Software was Intimidating?

We;ll work with the fundamentals and get the "why" behind much of the animation and the course material. You'll even work with projects in the course and the project files are included. Learning motion graphics will help learn After Effects in a way sure to boost your skill level and make you more likely to be hired if you work with video.

Start Learning After Effects and Stop Thinking About It!

You'll receive continually updated material in this Learn After Effects: A Comprehensive Course for Beginner course and you'll learn the best way to stay up-to-date with your software. Once you learn the basics, you'll understand why to learn After Effects for the most powerful visual effects software one can use.

Here's a look at some of the what you'll find in Learn After Effects: A Comprehensive Course for Beginners:

  • Critical preferences for an efficient workflow
  • "Quick Tips" along the way to help your understanding and faster projects
  • Free Third Party Plug-Ins and Software to monitor and get the best from After Effects
  • Extensive visual effects sections
  • Working with After Effects and other programs like Photoshop, Premiere Pro, and Illustrator
  • Basic Color Correction
  • Starting in 3D Compositions
  • Exporting your projects in multiple formats/resolutions at once!

To learn After Effects, you have to be consistent. Moving along in the software and always pursuing trying to master it. Although you can't learn absolutely everything there is to know with After Effects (because even 20 courses wouldn't show it all), be confident that once you start, you'll never want to stop!

This is only the beginning of mastering After Effects as a beginner. You'll be receiving updates along the way that will reinforce the fundamentals and help you to learn even more about using After Effects as a professional.

If you aren't confident that you can learn After Effects with this course, rest assured that Udemy offers a 30-day money back guarantee. And, no hard feelings! I want to teach and help people understand. If it doesn't work for you, I hope someone else can show you After Effects.

Who is the target audience?
  • Video Creators / Videographers / Video Editors
  • Motion Graphic Designers (or the urge to be one)
  • Entrepreneurs that want to learn a new skill
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Curriculum For This Course
71 Lectures
Quick Introduction and What You Can Expect in The Course
2 Lectures 03:05

Download Your Free Trial of After Effects:

Manage other aspects of your account here:

Download Your Free Trial of After Effects
Critical Preferences for Initial Setup
7 Lectures 17:39

Help > Updates to check for latest version


Up-To-Date Software

Media & Disk Cache

Difference Between Disk Cache and Conformed Media Cache

Auto-Save & Memory Settings

General Preference Settings

Here's my setup of After Effects:

  • 3 Hard Drives
    • (1) Dropbox
    • (1) Media Cache
    • (1) Main HDD w/Program Files -- stored on SSD
  • NVIDIA 970?
  • 32 GB RAM (expandable)

**You'll need a supported graphics card if you want to use GPU (faster) rendering. No sweat if you don't have it; your workflow will just be different. What to look for if you get a new graphics card (supported by Adobe)

Example Setup of Hardware
Important Window Panels & Workspaces
3 Lectures 06:07
Creating a Workspace

Creative Cloud Libraries

In an After Effects project when you start adding multiple effects or using a lot of footage, the software (or hardware) could be limiting your playback. Use this panel to adjust the resolution for what you see when previewing files.

Changing Resolution for Playback & Previews
Project Panel and Importing Footage
6 Lectures 13:13

It's very important that you organize and create a file structure. Typically (and most basically) you can work with these folders:

  • Images
  • Audio
  • Video
  • Compositions

You can use label groups to add different color for different project elements:

  • Audio
  • Video
  • Images
  • Etc.

This is similar to having your project organized. If you use the same colors in every project, you'll eventually get attached to the colors you use most often. (i.e. red=audio, green=images, etc.)

Organization Structure with Folders & Label Colors

Importing Folders to the Project Panel

You can either click on the composition icon or drag and drop the footage. The best part about dragging the footage is that After Effects will automagically create the composition with the same settings as the footage/element.

Creating a Composition with the Correct Settings

Interpreting Footage

Click on the 8 bpc link to change to the correct settings.

Changing Project Settings from Project Panel

Effects & Presets > Distort > Detail-preserving Upscale

Preview 03:01
Common (and not so common) Tools
8 Lectures 24:08
Selection, Hand, & Zoom

Rotation & Anchor Point

Shape Tools

Pen Tool

Adding / Editing Type

View more about these tools on Adobe's website:

Brush, Clone Stamp, and Eraser

The rotobrush is a more advanced technique. In this beginner's course, I'll show you what it does.

Brief Rotobrush Overview

Brief Puppet Pin Overview
Keyframing - Understanding and Manipulating
4 Lectures 12:50
Adding Keyframes

After adding keyframes, by selecting all of them and using the Alt/Option key, you can change the distance proportionally to keep the proper spacing.

Editing Multiple Keyframes

Moving Keyframes Proportionally | MP Quick Tip

Easy Ease Keyframes
Things in the Timeline
8 Lectures 21:49

Using the graph editor is similar to adding easy ease. This will allow you to make even smoother animations.

Graph Editor

Shortcuts to automatically enable and set Time Remapping keyframes --

Windows: Ctrl + Alt + T
Mac: Cmd + Option + T

Working With Time Remapping

Time-Reverse Layer & Time Stretch

MP: Quick Tip - Shy Mode

Project Flowchart

If you need to replace something already added to your timeline, you can use Alt/Option and drag to put into your timeline.

Replace Asset in Timeline |MP Quick Tip

Track Matte
Simple Animations (Project Files Included)
3 Lectures 35:01

Typography is one of the best ways to visually stimulate a video. After Effects is the perfect program for setting up these types of animations.

Basic Text Animation

Sometimes referred to as title cards, lower thirds will help add personality and great effects for just a little bit of time (depending on how complex they are!)

Preview 12:04

Logo Intro
Learning the Rendering Process
2 Lectures 14:32
  • File > Export > Add to Media Encoder Queue
  • Composition > Add to Media Encoder Queue
Adding Compositions to the Rendering Queue

Sometimes you might want to use the After Effects render engine, but you can also use Adobe Media Encoder to start the encoding process while you work on other compositions.

Using Adobe Media Encoder for Multi-tasking
Plugins / Software
3 Lectures 09:49

TechPower GPU-Z

These are resources that you might want to use later on in your After Effects learning, but I wanted to provide them for you in case you decide to use them!

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About the Instructor
Nick Henry
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Creative Professional: Video Maker & Purpose Seeker

A Little About Me

My name's Nick and I'm just an average guy from Indiana trying to make a difference. I'm an entrepreneur that uses my family as fuel for creating media. Being creative helps me have less stress and a more fulfilling lifestyle.

I'm passionate about filming video, using awesomeness like motion graphics, and using software to take ideas from my head into reality. It's one of coolest things to do -- especially when you love what you do.

Professional Experience (and education)
For some of my expertise, I'm simply self-taught, but I've learned the correct way to do things once I found out that DIY is not always the best so to speak.

I work with clients to help their business grow using my design skills and creative knowledge. This has been a venture in itself.

From an educational standpoint, I have a degree in Computer Information Systems, but have used limited skills from what I learned attending college. Most of what I teach/use today is from my pursuit of purpose in life.

My Technical Knowledge

I'm a quick learner for just about any subject, but I've focused the most in technical areas including HTML, CSS, Adobe Creative Cloud, and Wordpress.

If you want to learn efficiency, that's what I teach! This is coming from someone who watches tutorials and listens to podcasts at twice the speed.

Don't stop being awesome,