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Adobe After Effects 101

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Event Details

6 December 2021 - 7 December 2021
09:30 – 17:00
Live online, facilitated by Mike Abbott.
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Mike was really helpful and approachable, and was always open to questions.

Attendee review, 11 November 2020

Adobe After Effects is an industry standard for professionals working in 2D and 3D motion graphics, visual effects, and compositing. It offers a powerful and flexible toolset, enabling you to create animation and video content for any end use - from film and TV, though to web and social media.

This two day course offers an introduction to the essential tools, techniques and operation of After Effects. Topics include: worklow overview, interface and navigation, keyframe animation, working with transparency, basic shape layers, applying and using effects, type animation presets, and basic rendering.

This course is designed to provide a solid foundation in the basic operation of the software, and an introduction to it's most used features, tools and effects.

Suitable for

We recommend this course, if:

  • You are working, or about to work, with video and would like to produce creative and memorable content that includes motion graphics, object animation, dynamic animated typography, visual effects or multi-layered (composited) video.
  • You are working with video and would like to expand your capabilities beyond the basic effects and animation tools in your editing software.
  • You would like to widen your skills and explore the creative possibilities of this industry-standard motion graphics, visual effects and compositing software.


No previous After Effects or video experience is required.

Delegates should be comfortable performing basic operations with the computer operating system of their choice - Mac OS or Windows, such as working with file open and save dialogs, creating folders and other common tasks.



(The price is inclusive and as an education provider we do not charge VAT)

****  Please note our courses close 7 days prior to the start date  ****     


Book this course together with Adobe Premiere Pro 101 as part of the Adobe Video Editing 101 Masterclass for £670 – saving £50.

We offer a 10% discount to Leeds and Bradford Chamber of Commerce members. To claim your discount please call 0113 812 1725 and quote your Chamber membership number.

Additional dates

To keep you posted we will post upcoming additional dates for this course here. If you would like to enquire about future dates, please feel free to contact us.


We can design our courses to meet your specific business objectives, developing a tailored plan to deliver the results you're looking for.

Course Outline

Plus Icon Welcome to After Effects
  • What is AE?
  • The After Effects workflow
  • Interface and navigation
    Plus Icon An Introductory After Effects Project
    • Covering the basics of asset and project management, compositions, timeline management, keyframing and keyframe types, applying effects, adding audio, and rendering with Adobe Media Encoder.
    Plus Icon Working with Compositions
    • Creating and modifying compositions
    • Comps from layered files
    • Working with multiple compositions
    Plus Icon More Animation Control
    • Anchor point essentials
    • Hold and roving keyframes
    • Motion sketch and orient to path
    • Basic speed control in the graph editor
    Plus Icon Layer Control
    • Move, trim, split and sequence
    • Layer and footage windows
    • Blending modes
    • Audio layers and markers
    Plus Icon Working with Transparency
    • Masking with shapes and pen
    • Basic mask animation
    • Alpha and luma mattes
    Plus Icon Basic Shape Layers
    • Creating 'single shape' shape layers
    • Animating shape properties and appearance
    Plus Icon Working with Text
    • Basic type formatting
    • Source text animation
    • Text on a path
    • Text animation presets
    Plus Icon Getting Started with Effects
    • Applying and animating effects
    • Masking effects
    • Solids and effects
    • Using effects presets

    What will I learn?

    On completion of this course you will be able to:

    • Understand the workflow and essential tools and techniques of After Effects.
    • Create a basic motion graphics animation and render this as video in a common format.
    • Use essential keyboard shortcuts to increase your efficiency.

    Attending the course

    We are online from 09:15 using the video conferencing software eyeson.

    Training Facilities

    We’re based in the centre of Leeds at Cloth Hall Court, and we have cutting-edge facilities including the Development Studio for desktop, web and mobile platforms. The studio draws on academics with extensive high-level industrial experience in advanced programming techniques and world-class creative digital content essential to success in the creative digital industries.

    Trainer & Reviews

    Mike Abbott

    Mike Abbot

    Mike is a highly experienced designer, visual creative and software trainer. In addition to his training work he runs his own studio focused on digital imagery for advertising and marketing communication, serving clients in the UK, Europe and USA.

    He has a broad and deep skill set across design, photographic based imagery, 3D CGI, video and motion graphics. Mike has over 15 years’ experience as a trainer and is an Adobe Certified Instructor in Photoshop, Illustrator, Premiere Pro and After Effects. He is also an Adobe Video Specialist.

    Course Reviews

    Mike is brilliant! I learned so much in two days, including a solution for another piece of Adobe software that I've needed for a long time.
    His pace was perfect for absorbing a huge amount of information in such a short time and he always checked to make sure everyone was up to speed, so no one got left behind at any point.

    Attendee review, 11 November 2020

    Great course. Really well put together. Mike was great at thoroughly and clearly describing the processes and methodically working through the After Effect interface. Very well organised by NTI . Thank you

    Attendee review, 11 November 2020

    Mike demonstrates a super clear understanding of the subject and works well with those learning from all backgrounds. The training packed in a lot and even as an experienced Designer I gained lots of new and useful things from the course.

    Attendee review, 8 September 2020

    Very helpful and informative - Mike made sure we understood each element and was patient and friendly.

    Attendee review, 8 September 2020

    Great course, great teacher! Information was delivered clearly and made very easy to follow with the screen sharing. All the links to the chat worked fine, and the resources to download were also very helpful. 

    Attendee review, 8 September 2020

    Mike has been a great tutor! Knowledgeable & friendly and always willing to go back and explain in more detail. 

    Attendee review, 23 January 2020

    Mike was extremely helpful and the Macs were of a high standard.  

    Attendee review, 23 January 2020

    The facilities were great and the tutor even better. 

    Attendee review, 23 January 2020

    Great introduction to After Effects, very knowledgeable and friendly tutor. 

    Attendee review, 11 October 2019

    Course and tutor were excellent, i would recommend as they have a high impact of learning. 

    Attendee review, 11 October 2019

    The course tutor was extremely knowledgeable and approachable if help was required at any time! 

    Attendee review, 11 October 2019

    The course was really interesting. I've come away not only knowing how to use the programme, but confident i can use it. 

    Attendee review, 11 October 2019

    Mike is a first class tutor, patient and is good at explaining things.  

    Attendee review, 11 October 2019

    Mike is a great, enthusiastic tutor. All the course materials were useful, he does a great job.

    Attendee review, 6 August 2019

    I would highly recommend this course and the venue, Mike is an excellent tutor!

    Attendee review, 14 June 2019

    Very good intro to After Effects, easy to follow and friendly tutor/staff.

    Attendee review, 8 March 2019

    Overall great experience. Very informative and a very knowledgeable tutor. 

    Attendee review, 8 March 2019

    Mike Abbott was amazing, very easy to understand, easy to follow and very helpful. 

    Attendee review, 8 March 2019

    Great facilities and an excellent course.

    Attendee review, 15 February 2019

    Really enjoyed it, just need to attend the 201 course now!

    Attendee review, 15 February 2019

    Very impressed!

    Attendee review, 15 February 2019

    Food was brilliant, facilities are really good. I learnt loads!

    Attendee review, 15 February 2019

    Had an amazing time on the After Effects 101 course learning Motion Graphics and Animation skills. Such a thorough and enjoyable couple of days, my mind is blown with the amount of possibilities the software gives and can't wait to get stuck in at work! Thank you Mike!

    Attendee review, 17 August 2018

    Another great course! Really helpful and good to get my head around the basics, without being overly complicated... Mike is a fantastic tutor.

    Attendee review, 19 October 2018

    Mike was fantastic, great chance to learn real workflows that make life easier. 

    Attendee review, 17 August 2018

    Mike was very approachable, patient and friendly.

    Attendee review, 17 August 2018

    Mike was clear, concise and very patient with all the class. Very knowledgeable with industry background. 

    Attendee review, 12 July 2018

    Very engaging and moved at a good pace that everyone seemed to manage. Mike is extremely knowledgeable and helpful! 

    Attendee review, 12 July 2018

    I've really enjoyed the course, it was thorough and very interesting, thanks!

    Attendee review, 29 June 2018

    Excellent course & tutor!

    Attendee review, 4 May 2018

    Mike was a great teacher. He explained everything clearly, including the theory behind things, which made it all make sense. Overall a great 2 day course, which I will definitely be back for others!

    Attendee review, 04 May 2018

    I have really enjoyed the course. Mike is a fantastic teacher. The facilities at NTI were great.

    Attendee review, 04 May 2018

    I really enjoyed the course, learn’t so much, brain overload. It was so detailed which was brilliant, it has given me so many ideas there is so much I can now apply in my job. 

    Kelly Jennings, 23 February 2018

    All of it was great, the course was very useful and i learnt so much!

    Attendee review, 23 February 2018

    Mike was brilliant, friendly and helpful!

    Attendee review, 15 December 2017

    The course was structured/assumed everybody would have the same basic knowledge (or lack of) but Mike didn't use language/treat anyone like they were complete simpletons which was nice.

    Matt McGough, 27 October 2017

    Had a really fun two days, I've always wanted to learn After Effects but was so intimidated. Mike made it very achievable and the course itself was very affordable. 

    Attendee review, 8 September 2017

    Very pleased with the course, building and friendly staff!

    Aidan Rawnsley, 8 September 2017

    Really good course, delivered by really knowledgeable course leader. 

    Mike Kelly, 8 September 2017

    Mike was a very good teacher, he was engaging and very knowledgeable. 

    Dan Tulip, 27 June 2017

    Mike has a fantastic way of teaching. He is approachable and creates a great learning environment for everyone no matter what level of knowledge you come in with.  

    Attendee review, 27 June 2017

    Challenging however Mike communicated the concepts in a clear, easy to understand way. He was knowledgeable and had an approachable manner. 

    Attendee review, 7 April 2017

    Really good , thanks very much - very pleased with what i learnt. 

    Attendee review, 7 April 2017

    Everything was fantastic!

    Attendee review, 27 January 2017

    I thought the course was fantastic and I’ll be recommending the NTI to any colleagues looking for training courses. 

    Tiffany Mazza, 27 January 2017


    Attendee review, 27January 2017

    All excellent. Tutor was enthusiastic and knowledgeable and taught in an easy going manner.  

    Richard Micallef , 28 October 2016

    Great course and venue!

    Attendee review, 28 October 2016

    Fantastic course and fantastic tutor!

    Attendee Review, 31 August 2016

    I have found this course very useful and helpful and would consider NTI as a first choice if they cover the course subject.

    Attendee Review, 31st August 2016

    The facilities, course management & structure has been incredible - Mike has been a wonderful tutor and I would definitely recommend him & NTI

    Tom Walters, 23 April 2016

    The tutor was knowledgeable and presented the course very well.

    Attendee Review, 23 April 2016

    The tutor Mike was very good and the course itself was very informative. The venue at NTI was excellent.

    Steven Burnham, 23 April 2016

    Really enjoyed. Thank you!

    Attendee Review, 9 February 2016

    Mike was great. This course has allowed me to become familiar with the interface which I will move on to develop in future learning.

    Attendee Review, 17 July 2015

    Fantastic facilities, catered for my dietary needs. Trainer was very knowledgeable and keen to answer questions related to my own workflow.

    Attendee Review, 28 April 2015

    Good tutor, good content, good venue - that's why I came back!

    Attendee Review, 28 April 2015

    Thanks for the excellent After Effects course last Thursday and Friday. The facilities were fantastic and Mike's knowledge and enthusiasm on the subject was inspiring! Hopefully I’ll be able to attend a more advanced AE course in the near future.

    Attendee Review, 27 February 2015

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