Introduction to After Effects training

2 days £395+ VAT


Dates and booking

Birmingham / Bromsgrove training centres

12 Mar — 13 Mar
21 May — 22 May
13 Aug — 14 Aug
22 Oct — 23 Oct

Milton Keynes training centre

12 Apr — 13 Apr
6 Sep — 7 Sep
5 Nov — 6 Nov

Reading training centre

15 Feb — 16 Feb
7 Jun — 8 Jun
1 Nov — 2 Nov

Sheffield training centre

19 Feb — 20 Feb
18 Jun — 19 Jun
15 Oct — 16 Oct
Key details

Key details

After Effects training course for beginners, teaching key techniques for creating motion graphics and visual effects.

Adobe After Effects is the leading professional software for motion graphics, video compositing and visual effects. Used across all forms of video and screen based media, After Effects offers a powerful set of tools to deliver stunning visual results.

Introduction to After Effects training covers key tools and features, including tracking, keying, 3D space and shape layers.

It is ideal for newcomers to After Effects, and those with limited After Effects experience.

Accredited After Effects training

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

Expert trainers

Our After Effects trainer is an Adobe Certified Instructor (ACI), and an After Effects expert. He uses the application extensively in his work as a professional editor and motion graphics/visual effects artist.

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.

There is plenty of time to ask questions, and you can take away all the files you create.

Training guide and certificate

Course delegates receive:

  • A comprehensive training guide for 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 After Effects training course. Click here to see an example of the certificate you receive.

After course support

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


No prior After Effects knowledge is necessary.

After Effects version

Training is based primarily on After Effects CC 2018. The techniques taught are relevant to all recent releases of After Effects.

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

Our guarantees to you

Our price guarantee is your assurance that you’re getting the best value for money.

Our training guarantee ensures that you learn the concepts and skills you need.

On-request After Effects training available

As well as our scheduled courses, Introduction to 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, or your venue.

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

General information

General information

Course times



Payment for After Effects training can be made bank transfer or card. View training course payment options.

We accept purchase orders from UK-registered companies.


See Accommodation local to our training centres.


If a company or delegate cancels an After Effects training course booking giving less than 10 working days’ notice, a cancellation fee is payable. View cancellation terms.


Course content

Course content

Welcome to After Effects

  • What is After Effects?
  • Project structure
  • Interface and palettes
  • Workspaces

Introducing animation

  • Essential techniques
  • Your first After Effects project

Animation techniques

  • Keyframes – temporal & spatial
  • Motion paths
  • Easy ease
  • Anchor point essentials
  • Motion Sketch
  • Orientating and motion blur
  • Roving and hold
  • Separate dimensions

Layer control

  • Move, trim and slip
  • Split and sequence
  • Looping footage
  • Image sequences
  • Frame rate and time stretch
  • Blending modes, effects and solids
  • 3D layers

Effects overview

  • Finding and applying effects
  • Effects animation and animation presets
  • Adjustment layers
  • Colour correction and grading
  • Masks, mask animation, the pen tool


  • Object and scene tracking
  • Null objects
  • Sign replacement
  • 3D integration

Working with transparency

  • Track mattes and stencils
  • Green screen removal
  • First vertex and path effects
  • Multiple masks and opacity
  • Rotobezier

Type and type animation

  • Working with type
  • Text on a path
  • Basic text animation
  • Text animation presets
  • Layer styles

Parenting and nesting

  • Introducing parenting
  • Nesting, pre-composing
  • Render order

Introducing expressions

  • Essential expressions and time remapping
  • Connecting with expressions


  • Render settings and the render queue
  • Export options
  • Dynamic link
Discounts and bundles

Discounts and bundles

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

  • A range of training discounts on our scheduled (public) After Effects training courses.
  • Bundle prices if you attend Introduction to After Effects along with other courses.
  • A price guarantee that you won’t get After Effects training for less.

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.


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.
  • Delegates self-funding their training for career progression purposes.

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 course for your group).

Bundle prices

After Effects training bundle. Book:

for £545 + VAT, saving £75 + VAT.

Three-course Adobe Creative Cloud bundle. Book:

  • Introduction to After Effects (2 days), and
  • Two other introductory-level courses in Adobe Creative Cloud applications, such as Premiere Pro and Photoshop.

and save £200 + VAT.

Four-course Adobe Creative Cloud bundle. Book:

  • Introduction to After Effects (2 days), and
  • Three other introductory-level courses in Adobe Creative Cloud applications.

and save £275 + VAT.

Bundle discounts are calculated automatically when you book online.

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).
    • Be in the same region, i.e. within 50 miles of our centre.
  • 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.

“Very useful course.”

Anna H

“Just completed After Effects with Chris - really enjoyable and easy to follow course. Learnt a great deal which I hope to use in my job. First class tutor - highly recommended. Thanks Chris!”

John E

“Interesting examples, good demonstrations of how to get effects happening.”

Chris H

“Helpful and interesting.”

Dan B

“I had a brilliant time on the Introduction to After Effects course, Chris the tutor explained the course really clearly and was extremely helpful. I'm hoping I can go on the next course for the Advanced training. Thank you!”

Jennifer N

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Frazer P

“Brilliant introduction to After Effects. Chris (the trainer) really takes you at a pace that suits you - and focuses on the material that most interests you. Plenty of practical hands on exercises too; to test that you haven't just been nodding along.”

Dylan S

“Chris has been a great teacher, very patient and knowledgeable and this has made me want to come back for more courses with Armada and especially Chris.”

Jack L

“A great overview of After Effects. I'll definitely be putting some of the skills I've learned into action!”

Simon D

“Organised & Formatted really well to introduce the main features of After Effects.”

Daniel B

“I thought the session was excellent. Everyone got a lot out of it and we will be able to elevate our audio visual studio output as a result.”

Ed H

“Very thorough, worked through projects and talked through technical elements.”

Jonathan S

“Comprehensive overview.”

Victoria K

“I would recommend this course as it has taught me everything I need to know to go away and create what I need to make, informative videos and promotional videos etc.”

Ben E

“Great course, great tutor. Well done!”

Simon C

“Excellent Adobe After Effects training - Chris was very helpful and made the course interesting and useful”

Marie P

“I had a brilliant time on the Introduction to After Effects course, Chris the tutor explained the course really clearly and was extremely helpful. I'm hoping I can go on the next course for the Advanced training. Thank you!”

Jennifer N

“This is the 4th course I have attended with Armada and all of them have taught me new skills and were extremely valuable and I have been able to practice the skills I have learnt in the working environment. Will hopefully join you for more courses soon! Very well taught! Thanks!”

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