Advanced After Effects training

1 day
In centre:
£225+ VAT
Live online:
£please call+ VAT


Dates and booking

Birmingham / Bromsgrove training centres

14 Aug
27 Nov

Bristol training centre

9 Oct

Milton Keynes training centre

14 Oct
Key details

Key details

Advanced After Effects training course for existing users, teaching you techniques to make your motion graphics stand out from the rest.

Sessions include:

  • Advanced workflows to enhance your post-production work, including visual effects, colour correction, grading and exporting.
  • Advanced techniques such as 3D tracking, colour correction and grading.
  • Keying techniques, such as Luma Mattes and Spill Suppression.
  • Animation – deeper modes of expression.

Whilst we have a standard syllabus for this course, as far as possible we tailor the training to focus on the techniques of interest to the delegates in attendance. Our trainer discusses this with the group at the start of the course.

At the end of the course, we run an open session looking at topics requested by delegates, answering any questions you have and looking at areas you’re having problems with.

Upcoming course dates

Birmingham / Bromsgrove
Milton Keynes
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Accredited After Effects training

Armada is an Adobe Authorised Training Centre (AATC), accredited by Adobe to provide Advanced After Effects training.

Courses are hosted by Chris Nelthorpe, an Adobe Certified Instructor (ACI) and an Adobe Certified Expert in After Effects.

Training guide and certificate

Course delegates receive:

  • A comprehensive training guide for Advanced After Effects, to refer to throughout the course, and to use as a refresher afterwards.
  • An e-certificate confirming successful completion of an Adobe‑accredited Advanced After Effects training course. Click here to see an example of the certificate you receive.

After course support

Following Advanced After Effects training, delegates are entitled to 30 days’ email support from their After Effects trainer to help with any post-course issues. For further details, see Support.


Delegates should be familiar with the fundamentals of After Effects, i.e. have attended Introduction to After Effects training or have equivalent knowledge.

After Effects version

Training is based primarily on After Effects 2020. The techniques taught are relevant to all recent releases of After Effects.

Advanced After Effects training is suitable for both Windows and Mac users.

Our guarantees to you

We offer:

On-request After Effects training available

Advanced After Effects training is available on-request, i.e. one-to-one training or a ‘closed course’ for your group, hosted at one of our centres, your venue or online.

On-request After Effects training can be tailored to take into account any existing knowledge you have, and the work you’re going to be doing. Please contact us for a quote.

General information

General information

Course times



Payment for After Effects training can be made bank transfer or card.

We accept purchase orders from UK-registered companies.

If you’re self-funding your training, you can pay in staged payments, interest-free, over 12 months.

For further details, see training course payment options.

Cancellations and transfers

If a booking on a scheduled Advanced After Effects course is cancelled giving less than 10 working days’ notice, a cancellation fee is payable. View cancellation terms.

If a delegate requests a transfer to a different scheduled Advanced After Effects course giving less than 10 working days’ notice, a transfer fee is payable. View transfer terms.

Terms and conditions

Training course bookings are subject to our terms and conditions.

Expert trainer

Expert trainer

Chris Nelthorpe

Chris Nelthorpe Autodesk Certified Instructor

Chris is an Adobe Certified Instructor (ACI) and an Adobe Certified Expert (ACE) in both After Effects and Premiere Pro. He is also an expert user of Adobe Audition. He uses all three applications extensively in his professional work as an Editor, Motion Graphics Designer, Visual Effects Artist and Sound Designer.

Chris has worked on documentaries, short films, fashion shoots, corporate videos and features, editing over a hundred show reels for clients including Forces TV and British Forces Broadcasting Service (BFBS).

Course content

Course content

Advanced workflow

  • Move a Premiere Pro sequence or whole Project into After Effects for complete post-production work, including visual effects, colour correction, grading and exporting.


  • 3D tracking – learn to get the most out of the built-in 3D Cameras Tracker effect. Exclude objects and people from the tracker and specify regions to track using masks
  • Mocha for After Effects – use this powerful plug-in to solve difficult tracks, perform screen replacements, remove unwanted objects, and learn to use Mocha as your “roto assistant”.
  • Cineware – add 3D models to a tracked scene using Cinema 4D Lite and the Cineware plug-in.

Colour correction and grading

  • Lumetri colour – use the familiar colour effect in your compositions to correct and grade shots between Premiere Pro and After Effects.
  • Colour Finesse 3 – use this powerful, dedicated plug-in to colour correct and grade shots and add looks to your compositions.
  • Secondary corrections – perform secondary corrections with both tools and utilise the power of masks to completely isolate colour corrections.


  • Luma Mattes – replace blown-out skies and augment difficult green screen shots using luma mattes.
  • Spill Suppression – learn advanced techniques to remove spill and protect the original footage.


  • Deeper modes of expression – learn to combine expressions with existing keyframed animations and begin to write and save your own.
Discounts and bundles

Discounts and bundles

To make your After Effects training as affordable as possible, we offer:

After Effects training bundle


for £545 + VAT, saving £75 + VAT.

The bundle price is applied automatically when you book these two courses.

Training discounts

Multiple places

If you book multiple course places, we can offer you:

  • 10% discount if you book two places.
  • 15% discount if you book three or four places.
  • 20% discount if you book five or more places.

This can be for several people attending one course, one person attending several courses, or a combination.

These discounts are available for both classroom-based courses and remote training.


We offer a 10% discount on scheduled After Effects course places to:

  • Students, teachers and lecturers.
  • People who work for a registered charity.
  • ISTC members.

These discounts are available for both classroom-based courses and remote training.

Please call us if you qualify for a discount. Evidence of your status that entitles you to a discount may be requested.

Terms and exclusions

Only one of the above discounts can be applied to any booking.

The above discounts are not available for training bundles or on-request course bookings (one-to-one training or a ‘closed course’ for your group).

Price guarantee

When you book training with Armada, we want you to be certain that you’re not paying over-the-odds. So, if you book a place on any scheduled (public) course and then find the same course at a lower price elsewhere, we will match that price.

To qualify for the price match:

  • The course you find must be comparable. By this we mean it must:
    • Cover the same subject.
    • Be the same duration or longer.
    • Hold the same accreditations as our course, i.e. it must be provided by an Adobe Authorised Training Centre (AATC).
    • For classroom-based courses, be in the same region, i.e. within 50 miles of our centre.
    • For remote training, be a live course, i.e. not pre-prepared e-learning content.
  • The lower price must be advertised on the other company’s website.

To claim a price match, just call any time before attending your course and tell us where you saw the price.

Complementary services

Complementary services

We offer a range of services to support your Adobe After Effects development.

Bureau service

If you have a peak workload, or require assistance with a specific project, Armada has highly experienced After Effects specialists who can carry out project work for you. We’ll be happy to quote for any project you’re looking to outsource.

Clients for whom our specialists have recently completed projects include Honda, Raytheon, Forces TV, British Forces Broadcasting Service and Giallo Films.

Video production

We can produce professional-standard features to incorporate into your video projects, such as:

  • Motion graphics: we can produce titles to bookend your projects, and infographics to illustrate charts and figures that help to tell the story you require.
  • Visual effects: we can significantly alter locations and weather.

Background music

We can advise on the use and choice of a wide range of library music which we can edit to fit your project exactly, or we can compose and create a bespoke soundtrack for your project.


Our consultants can provide expert advice on best practice and approach for your e-learning development. We can advise on:

  • Lighting for specific effects setups, such as green screen photography.
  • Purchasing post-production hardware and software so that you get the best out of your existing kit and future-proof your new purchases.
  • Workflow and organisation of media.
  • Timeframes and working with clients.


“Fantastic course which I enjoyed very much. I found Chris very approachable and gained great knowledge of the software!”

Kyle P

“Excellent training centre with very friendly staff and Chris the instructor was very thorough with his teaching. Would recommend Armada to anyone looking for software training.”

Rudolf B

“Attended the Advanced After Effects course delivered by Chris Nelthorpe and was delighted with the experience and professionalism he demonstrated throughout the course. Learnt a number of new techniques as well as refining some I'd be finding hacky ways to make work. Would fully recommend Armada training and hope to attend another course in the future.”

Ben H

“Attended an advanced After Effects training here and definitely recommend it. Chris Nelthorpe was a great tutor and I learnt a lot of things that will really help me out on future projects, such as keying, tracking, mocha, expressions and character animation. Thanks!”

Dean C

“Course is well structured and delivered in a good, clear way. Helps to understand the basics and take this further into the advanced.”

Bradley P

Remote training is available for our most popular courses. For a limited time, we’re offering discounts off the usual course price. See Live online training.