After Effects training in-class or online
Introduction to After Effects training

2 days
In centre:
£395+ VAT
Live online:
£295+ VAT


Dates and booking

Live online training


Birmingham / Bromsgrove training centres


Bristol training centre


Milton Keynes training centre


Reading training centre

Key details

Key details

After Effects training course for beginners, teaching key techniques for creating motion graphics and visual effects to show on websites and use in apps.

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.

Been furloughed? You can still participate in training without this affecting your furloughed status, as confirmed on

In-class or online

In-class courses are now available to book again. We’re taking comprehensive measures to ensure your health and well-being – fewer people in-class, you won’t sit next to another person, comprehensive cleaning. To read more, see Covid-19 measures.

You can participate in this course online, from your place of work or home, at a discounted price. To read about how this works, see Live online training.

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 After Effects training.

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

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.

After Effects 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. For further details, see Support.


No prior After Effects knowledge is necessary.

After Effects version

Training is based primarily on After Effects 2020. 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

We offer:

On-request After Effects training available

Introduction to 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 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 Introduction to 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 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

Welcome to After Effects

  • What is Adobe After Effects…?
  • Tour of the interface
  • Setting preferences

Getting started

  • Creating a new project/composition
  • Creating a new composition from footage

Animation techniques

  • Keyframing
  • Temporal and spatial keyframes
  • Motion paths
  • Orientation
  • Anchor point essentials
  • Rove across time
  • Toggle hold
  • Exponential scale
  • The Graph Editor
  • Motion sketch
  • Roving and hold

Layer control

  • Arrange, organise and navigate layers
  • Fun with shape layers


  • Examples of effects
  • Applying effects
  • Masks and mask animations


  • The different types of tracking
  • Track camera
  • Track motion
  • Perspective corner pin

Working with transparency

  • Track mattes and stencils
  • Green screens

Type and type animation

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


  • Track mattes
  • Layer styles, expressions and presets
  • Basic sky replacement
  • 2D tracking
  • Creative steps
  • Masking
  • 3D tracking
  • Colour grading and looks
  • “Fake” 3D text
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 Introduction to 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

Book classroom-based courses in:

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.

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.

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.

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.


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.


“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

“Superb course. Thanks very much!”

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!”

Heather L

“Brilliant course, very easy to follow. Will definitely recommend to other designers =) Thank you”

Michelle M

“The 2 day training on After Effects was excellent. I would highly recommend. Chris was brilliant at explaining everything and we covered a lot over the 2 days. The booklet handout we got looks extremely helpful to refer back to at a later date, and I think will help a lot in terms of refreshing my memory. We managed to take the project and footage home with us to work on.
Really looking forward to using this software in practise now!
I went in with knowledge to other adobe software but my only knowledge on After Effects was what I taught myself from YouTube which was extremely basic. I think this training is really good at understanding why you're doing what you're doing, in addition to learning how to do it. Thanks Chris, and Armada!”

Beth O

“Really good course, well delivered, comprehensive content and useful, practical exercises.”

Sue T

“The training was good and informative in a relaxed and friendly environment. The trainer was extremely knowledgeable and helpful. Overall a good course for learning the basics of after effects.”


“The course was really well designed, taking me through lots of different projects, using a lot of different techniques. It really helps if you are already familiar with Adobe packages but not essential. Chris is very patient and really good at explaining how to apply the different effects and animations in a clear and concise way. I would highly recommend to anyone wanting to learn another skill.”

Julie F

“Great Course!”

Kay G

“Adobe After Effects is a really complex programme with seemingly endless possibilities, but after running through loads of practical applications on this 2 day course I feel ready to take on the challenge! Chris is a very patient and enthusiastic tutor and I would like to return sometime for the advanced course. The buffet lunch was also very tasty : )”

Emma S

“I went on a 2 day After Effects course which I would highly recommend. I am a complete novice and found it very helpful in understanding the basic principles of how it all worked. I now feel equipped to starting my own projects and applying everything that I have learnt. My tutor Chris was extremely helpful, professional and highly knowledgeable.”

Caroline B

“Fantastic course, Chris is a lovely and friendly instructor with a nice and slow and steady approach for new learners and flexible with demo requests for more experienced users.
Was a great day with just two people which meant we both got to ask plenty of questions and go through things we specifically needed to know or wanted to learn.
Would definitely recommend Armada. Elliot was a lovely training Coordinator and was a great welcoming host.”

Georgina P

“Good tutorials showing how to use different features of After Effects. Enjoyed the three days of learning and took away a lot of skills.”

Stephen R

“After having a crash course in After Effects many years ago, I was a little apprehensive about taking the course as I remember it being quite overwhelming. However, Chris was a fantastic tutor who explained everything thoroughly and took the time to go through any queries. I'd highly recommend this course and happy to finally have a good understanding of the software and how to apply this moving forward. Thank you!”

Claire K

“Very practical and useful course taught by a real professional. Defiantly would do another course with Armada Training.”

Richard W

“Excellent Adobe After Effects course with Chris. Essential working methods were explained at a good pace, plus tutorials were supplied for working on in own time.”

Robert P

“Great, informative and thorough course covering beginner to intermediate AE skills. Very friendly and knowledgeable trainer, moving at a pace that suits you. Great learning facilities with all materials provided. Overall very worthwhile and productive course. Would recommend!”

Ryan P

“From basics to more intermediate tutorials, the course was well received by all skill leveled participants. The environment was comfortable and the tutor was extremely friendly, patient & extremely experienced in AE.”

Hannah R

“Great course and training for beginners in After Effects programme. Chris was a great teacher and very helpful.”

Brendon B

“Very helpful introduction the After Effects. The course is very well structured and informative.”

Stephanie C

“A+ Very informative and helpful”

Lucy J

“I attended the introduction to After Effects. The course is great, it covers a wide variety of techniques and really help add to what I know with sit down tutorials. Chris the instructor delivers the material practically which is perfect for how I learn. Would highly recommend.”

Nathan A

“Absolutely fab course! Learned so much and Chris made everything clear and easy to follow.”

Bec A

“Great course! Learnt so much that will be really helpful in my day-to-day work! Thanks Chris!”

Oliver C

“I attended the Introduction to After Effects course. Chris was very good, explaining everything clearly and breaking down what is an extensive application into very manageable chunks with real life applications. I left knowing what After effects is capable of and with the confidence to use it. A great and worthwhile experience.”

Dominic G

“Really well organised prior and during the course. Chris was a great tutor, judged the ability of our group in order to make the course relevant and made sure everyone understood each process as we went. Great software! Look forward to experimenting with the new knowledge gained on this course.”

Poppy E

“One of the best Adobe training courses I have been on. Chris was extremely knowledgeable and I really enjoyed his teaching methods. Would highly recommend.”

Daryl P

“Great course, friendly atmosphere, knowledgeable and approachable tutor. Thanks.”

Amy W

“Great, informative and thorough course covering beginner to intermediate After Effects skills. Very friendly and knowledgeable trainer, moving at a pace that suits you. Great learning facilities with all materials provided. Overall very worthwhile and productive course. Would recommend!”

Ryan P

“Super duper....really tailored to my needs. Thanks Chris.”

Michael W

“Easy to follow course which allowed me to acquire a basic knowledge of the software.”

Jessica M

“The after effects course for beginners was very complete and easy to follow. Plus for the catering and meal in an Italian restaurant in Bristol.”

Sofia M

“Good course to give a basic overview of the after effects software and how to implement it into my creative at work. Chris was very helpful and helped me understand errors along the way. Highly recommended.”

Nathan B

“I had no clue about Adobe After Effects when I came to this course and I have now left with a lot of knowledge that I can take back to my company and help expand it. I am very grateful.”

Olivia D

“Just finished a brilliant Introduction to After Effects course with Chris Nelthorpe at Armada. I would fully recommend Armada training and I've already booked onto the Advanced Course. I really enjoyed the practical learning and Chris the trainer knew his stuff, I came away with some great knowledge. Thanks Armada.”

Rob W

“Just completed the two day Introduction to Adobe After Effects Course. Really enjoyed it and was suitable for none designers who wanted to use it for home projects as well as professional graphic designers looking to up skill like myself. Our trainer was excellent and made the course fun and enjoyable whilst making sure we got as much out of the course as possible. Will definitely use Armada Training again for future courses. Worth every penny.”

Steve W

“Just finished a brilliant Introduction To After Effects course with Chris Nelthorpe at Armada. I would fully recommend Armada training and I've already booked onto the Advanced Course. I really enjoyed the practical learning and Chris the trainer knew his stuff, I came away with some great knowledge. Thanks Armada.”

Robert W

“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

“Just finished a 2 day course with Chris. Learned so much and Chris was so good really helpful and patient.”

Hari P

“I was worried doing the course digitally would pose some issues, however Chris was very clear and there was a good connection at all times - it was great to be able to learn so much over the two days from the comfort of my own home.”

Megan C