Adobe After Effects Level I

at Manhattan Edit Workshop - Chelsea

Course Details
$1,295 6 seats left
Start Date:

Mon, Sep 21, 10:00am - Sep 23, 6:00pm Eastern Time (3 sessions)

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Chelsea, Manhattan
119 W 23rd St Ste 700
Btw 6th & 7th Avenues
New York, New York 10011
Purchase Options
Class Level: Beginner
Age Requirements: 16 and older
Average Class Size: 6

Flexible Reschedule Policy: This provider has flexible, free rescheduling for any-in person workshop. Please see the cancellation policy for more details

What you'll learn in this after effects class:

This three-day introductory class introduces you to the essentials for this powerful application for motion graphics and visual effects. 

Topics include traditional after effects workflow, basic animation with effects and presets, introductory text animation, basic keying and 3D, rending and output.

Prerequisite: Basic Mac OS X knowledge.

Audience: Producers, editors, assistant editors and motion graphics artists interested in the basics of Adobe After Effects

Adobe After Effects Level I - Course Outline – (3 Days)

Fundamentals of Motion Graphics

• RGB Color Model

• Frame size

• Resolution

• Pixel aspect ratio

• Alpha channels

• Frame rate

• Time code

• Interpreting footage

Getting to Know the Workflow

• How After Effects Works

• Overview of panels

• Creating a project and importing footage

• Creating a composition and arranging layers

• Adding effects and modifying layer properties

• Animating the composition

• Previewing your work

• Optimizing performance in After Effects

• Customizing workspaces

• Controlling the brightness of the user interface

• Finding resources for using After Effects

Creating a Basic Animation Using Effects and Presets

• Importing footage using Adobe Bridge

• Importing video clips

• Importing stills

• Importing a sequence of stills (interpreting)

• Importing multilayered photoshop and illustrator files

• Creating a new composition

• Applying effects to a layer

• Changing parameters globally

• Creating keyframes

• Keyframe interpolation: auto, continuous, and bezier interpolation

• Temporal and spatial Interpolation

• Roving in time for spatial properties

• Creating and applying an animation preset

• Previewing your work

Working With Masks

• About masks

• Creating a mask with the Pen tool

• Editing a mask

• Feathering the edges of a mask

• Replacing the content of the mask

• Mask interpolation

• Using masks from Illustrator and Photoshop

• Masks for spatial keyframes

Animating Text

• About text layers

• Creating and formatting point text vs. paragraph text

• Using a text animation preset

• Text on a path

• Animating imported Photoshop text

• Animating text using a path animation preset

• Using a text animator

• Adding properties

• Adding a range selector

• Using a text animator group

Working with Shape Layers

• Adding a shape layer

• Creating custom shapes

• Creating stars

• Default properties of shape layers

• Add properties

• Creating Groups

• Stack your shapes & properties

• Using Brainstorm to experiment

Other Effects
• The smoother

• The wiggler

• Auto orient

• Splitting a layer

• Adjustment layers

• The effects and presets panel

Distorting Objects with the Puppet Tools

• About the Puppet tools

• Adding Deform pins

• Defining areas of overlap

• Stiffening an area

• Animating pin positions

• Recording animation

Rendering and Output

• Creating templates for the Render Queue

• Exporting using the Render Queue

• Rendering movies with Adobe Media Encoder

School Notes:

Once you have signed up for this class, please email [email protected] if you are signing up for personal improvement or for business and if the company will be paying for your tuition.

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Refund Policy

Note: This provider has a temporary cancellation policy for COVID-19 related cancellations which is as follows:

Cancellations made 3 or more days in advance will receive a full credit for a rescheduled date with this provider   


Original cancellation policy (non-COVID-19):

Rescheduling policy: Bookings transferred by the customer more than 14 business days before the commencement date of the course will incur no transfer fee. Bookings rescheduled by the customer within 0 to 14 business days of the commencement date of the course will incur a $150 transfer fee. All transferred courses must be completed within 3 months of the commencement date of the original class.

Cancellation/exclusion policy: Any student who cancels at least 7 days before the class should receive a 100% refund. If they cancel 0 - 6 days before the course, they should be charged a registration fee of 10% of the total course cost or $100, whichever amount would be less.

In the event that a customer cancels a booking for which a transfer has taken place, this will incur a minimum 50% cancellation fee.

Exclusion of a student by the school may occur if the student displays behavior deemed inappropriate and/or disruptive to other students and/or the school. Student will receive 1 (one) written warning regarding behavior. If the behavior in question is repeated, the student will be removed from the class with a written explanation of their exclusion. In the event that a student is removed due to the above-mentioned repetitive and/or disruptive behavior, no tuition fees will be refunded.

Note: Any transfers and cancellations require written notification to [email protected]


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Hello, Do you get a workbook with this course? and are retakes allowed? Overall, what is included in comparison to similar workshops at other institutions?
Answer from Josh A. Verified Educator
You do receive a book with the class. We can allow a retake if you are completely unsatisfied, but only under specific circumstances and only after a certain amount of time has passed since you initially took the class. Depending on what other institution you are comparing us to. I will say that our instructors are also working freelancers and will bring much more up to date and real-world information to the classes since they aren't just instructors reading from a book.

Reviews of Classes at Manhattan Edit Workshop (89)

(89 Reviews)
Adobe After Effects Level I
Reviewed by Anonymous on 7/11/2019
Mark's great! you get a great foundation on learning after effects!
Adobe After Effects Level I
Reviewed by Jessica K. on 6/14/2018
This is exactly what I needed to get a jump start on the basics of After Effects. Mark was a fantastic instructor!
Adobe After Effects Level I
Reviewed by Jordan H. on 7/5/2016
I like Mark's style very much. His sense of humor about the complexity of the process added a lot and made everyone feel comfortable. He was very good about repeating the material so that everyone could accomplish the assignments. He managed to cover a lot of ground while giving just enough detail to make us feel comfortable with a lot of different tools. It was nice to learn the program without ever becoming intimidated by it.
Adobe After Effects Level I
Reviewed by Kristine T. on 10/14/2015
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