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

25 Aug
7 Oct

Birmingham / Bromsgrove training centre

25 Aug
7 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 and create more complex animations such as this short car crash movie template.
  • More sophisticated 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

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.

In-class or online

Our centres are open for in-class training, with full safety measures implemented. Where numbers allow, you’ll sit at a desk without anyone sitting next to you.

All courses are available in our popular live online format.

How will I learn?

After Effects training is hands-on and practical.

Our trainers teach the necessary theory then demonstrate techniques step-by-step. You then practice the techniques taught on a computer running After Effects. You’ll have plenty of opportunities to ask questions.

Windows or Mac

After Effects works almost identically on the Windows and Mac platforms.

Our centres offer both Windows and Mac computers for delegates to use, so you can choose to carry out exercises on the platform you’re familiar with.

After Effects training guide and certificate

Course delegates receive:

  • A practical After Effects training guide, to refer to during the course and use as a refresher after. This is provided in PDF format for you to view on-screen or print.
  • An e-certificate confirming successful completion of an Adobe‑accredited Advanced After Effects 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 2022. 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 by:

  • Bank transfer. Please call 01527 834783 for our bank details.
  • Card. All major credit and debit cards accepted. Payment can be made securely online or over the phone. Card payments are processed by Stripe. Armada doesn’t record or store your card details.

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

Purchase orders

We accept purchase orders from UK-registered companies or public sector organisations.

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 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

Advanced After Effects training courses are hosted by:

Marek Mularczyk

Marek Mularczyk Autodesk Certified Instructor

Marek is a long-established Adobe Certified Instructor.

Adobe applications which Marek has expert knowledge of include InDesign, Photoshop, Lightroom, Animate and Acrobat. He is an Adobe Certified Expert in all of these applications, and he uses them regularly in his professional work.

Marek is the author of a range of published books and video training DVDs including The Complete Photoshop CC, The Complete Lightroom CC and Unleash the power of Photoshop.

Based on delegate feedback collected by Adobe in 2015, Marek was ranked in the top 10 Adobe Certified Instructors in the world!

Prior to focusing on training, Marek worked as a professional photographer for over 12 years. Photography remains his passion, and in his spare time he travels Europe in search of that perfect picture.

Mark Gatter

Mark Gatter Autodesk Certified Instructor

Mark is an Adobe Certified Instructor (ACI) with expert knowledge of Adobe’s key creative applications – InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, After Effects, Premiere Pro and Acrobat. He also has expert knowledge of Maxon Cinema 4D.

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.

Alistair Dabbs

Alistair Dabbs Autodesk Certified Instructor

Alistair is a highly-experienced trainer with expert knowledge of various Adobe creative applications including InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, After Effects and Premiere Pro. He has held Adobe Certified Instructor (ACI) status for almost 20 years, delivering courses in both English and French.

Alistair has worked in a wide range of publishing roles including prepress production, graphic design and editorial production. He has delivered workshops and chaired debates at IT industry conferences.

When not training, Alistair works as a journalist and technical writer, writing on topics including digital imaging, computer arts, fintech, data security, AI and VR. He is a regular contributor to various computer and graphic arts magazines including The Register and Ars Technica, and is the author/co-author of several published books, including the best-selling Digital Designer’s Bible.

Wolf Winter

Wolf Winter Autodesk Certified Instructor

For over 30 years, Wolf has worked as a professional Visual Effects Artist, specialising in Motion Graphics, 2D and 3D animations and compositing, mainly in the film and broadcast television industries.

Wolf has worked as a professional trainer and university lecturer for over 15 years, equipping hundreds of people with skills to bring their ideas to life.

He trains people to a professional level in a range of industry-standard applications, including Autodesk 3ds Max and Maya, Adobe After Effects, Premiere Pro and Audition, and Maxon Cinema 4D.

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

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 isolate colour corrections


  • Luma Mattes – easily 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 in three different ways, using models created in Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator


  • 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 – use this powerful plug-in to solve difficult tracks, perform screen replacements and remove unwanted objects
  • Content-aware fill – one of the best tools available in Photoshop now lives in After Effects too. Learn to seamlessly remove objects from video footage by combining masks and tracking


  • Creating 3D layers
  • 3D extrusions – material options and adding depth to 3D objects
  • Adding lights and creating shadows


Live online training

Live online training

Online training lets you participate in a live 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 the other delegates participating in the course…
    Live online training - see your trainer and the other course delegates
  • Watch our trainer demonstrate techniques in After Effects.
  • Interact by speaking, using chat, or raising your ‘virtual hand’ if you need assistance.
  • Share your screen with our trainer, and allow them to take control to explain something.

Like our in-class courses, online Advanced After Effects courses…

  • Are presented by Adobe Certified Instructors.
  • Give you plenty of opportunity to carry out assisted, practical exercises using After Effects.
  • Offer 30 days’ email support from your trainer.

All you need is an Internet-connected computer with…

  • After Effects installed. If you don’t have access to After Effects, we can usually send you a link to fully-functional trial software to download and install.
  • A webcam and audio capability. If your computer running After Effects doesn’t have these, you can use a second device, such as another computer or tablet. See Hardware recommendations for live online training for further details.

If there’s anything you’re not sure about we’ll do our best to help you. We won’t, however, be able to assist with your After Effects installation.

We provide everything else…

  • Links to download the files, resources, etc. you’ll use in your course.
  • A training guide. For most courses, you can choose from a printed copy that we post to you, or a PDF.

In the week before your course, we’ll send you an email containing everything you need to prepare for and participate in the training. Then, a couple of days before your course, we’ll give you a courtesy call to make sure you have everything in place and answer any questions you may have.

Please note that we are not able to record scheduled online courses for privacy reasons.

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


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.

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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

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