After Effects training in-class or online
Advanced After Effects training

1 day
In centre:
£225+ VAT
Live online:
£195+ VAT


Dates and booking

Live online training

16 Apr
16 Jul
23 Jul
13 Aug
27 Aug
3 Dec
10 Dec
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Birmingham / Bromsgrove training centres

13 Aug
10 Dec

Bristol training centre

23 Jul

Milton Keynes training centre

27 Aug

Reading training centre

16 Jul

Sheffield training centre

3 Dec
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.

In-class or online

Following the announcement on 4th January that England must enter a new national lockdown, Armada cancelled all in-class courses in January, February and March. We anticipate being able to offer in-class training again from April onwards, subject to Government guidance.

We continue to offer all courses in our live online format.

Upcoming course dates

Live online training
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 Adobe Certified Instructors (ACIs). For details, see Expert trainers.

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 also 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 and public sector organisations.

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

You can cancel a booking on a scheduled training course, or transfer to a later course, without penalty providing you give us 10 working days’ notice. Any fees already paid will be refunded.

If you cancel a booking on a scheduled Advanced After Effects training course giving less than 10 working days’ notice, or request a transfer to a later course, a cancellation/transfer fee is payable. The fee charged depends on the notice period given. For details, see cancellation terms.

Different terms apply for the cancellation or postponement of an on-request course (one-to-one training or a ‘closed course’ for your group). For details, see course cancellations.

Terms and conditions

Training course bookings are subject to our terms and conditions.

Expert trainers

Expert trainers

Mark Gatter

Mark Gatter Autodesk Certified Instructor

Mark is an Adobe Certified Instructor (ACI) with expert knowledge of Adobe InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, After Effects, Premiere Pro and Acrobat.

Mark has specialised in all aspects of the digital pre-press process for over three decades, including 18 years in California, where he worked as the production manager for the biggest print shop in the north part of the state.

He began training in 1998, and he holds a teaching qualification.

He has published five books, which you’ll find on Amazon, covering topics relating to graphic design and polytunnel gardening, one of Mark’s interests when not delivering training.

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 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.
  • 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.
  • Character and animation design.
Live online training

Live online training

Live online training lets you participate in a real After Effects course from your place of work or home.

We do everything possible to make your online training experience as close as possible to actually being in the classroom. You can:

  • See and hear our trainer, and see the other delegates participating in the After Effects training…
    Live online training - see your trainer and the other course delegates
  • Interact by speaking, using chat, or raising your ‘virtual hand’ if you need assistance.
  • Share your screen with our trainer, and allow them to control it to demonstrate something.

We endeavour to provide you with the best online training experience…

  • Online Advanced After Effects courses are presented by Adobe Certified Instructors, following the same syllabus as our classroom-based courses.
  • You receive comprehensive training materials.
  • Your training is hands-on. You carry out assisted exercises using After Effects.
  • If you don’t have access to After Effects software, we’ll send you a link to fully-functional trial software that you can download and install.
  • You’re entitled to 30 days’ email support from your trainer.

When you attend live online training, you’re participating in a real course, hosted by a real trainer, in real time.

All you need is an internet-connected computer and a webcam – see Hardware recommendations for live online training. The setup is simple, but if there’s anything you’re not sure about we’re here to help.

For a limited time, we’re offering discounts for bookings on live online courses.

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 (classroom-based) or £415 + VAT (live online training), saving £75 + VAT in both cases.

The bundle price will be applied automatically when you add these two courses to your basket.

Training discounts

Multiple places

If you book multiple places on any courses, 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 live online 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 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 online 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.

“I have thoroughly enjoyed the two day After Effects course and the one day Advanced After Effects. I have learnt so much and can\'t wait to apply this knowledge to my design projects. Thank you very much.”

Samantha A

“The course was really interesting and the pace was perfect. Mark was really lovely and helpful. I would recommend this course.”

Hayley E

“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

“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

“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

“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

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

Kyle P

All courses are running live online as normal. In-class courses restarting in April. See Training during lockdown.