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Adobe After Effects 201

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Wednesday 24th - Friday 26th July 2019
09:30 – 17:00
Cloth Hall Court, City Campus, Leeds Beckett University
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This is the second course I've taken at NTI & I've enjoyed both of them so much. Mike is incredibly knowledgeable & really enjoys teaching these courses.  I feel more confident in my skills, organisation & competency of the program after this course. 

Attendee review, 22 March 2019

Adobe After Effects is an industry-standard tool for professionals working in 2D and 3D motion graphics, visual effects and compositing. It offers a powerful, flexible and affordable toolset to help you deliver creative motion content for film, video, web and mobile.

This course will give you a deeper understanding of the core features of the software, as well as covering more advanced tools and functionality. The course will give you the toolset to create professional eye-catching work across a wide range of projects.

Topics will include advanced animation techniques, advanced masking and transparency control, keying and roto, in-depth type animation, shape layers, colour and tonal correction, effects, time-remapping, working in 3D space, understanding and using expressions, stabilisation and tracking - and more.

On completion of this course you will:

  • Have a deeper understanding and greater control of the core features of After Effects.
  • Understand more of the tools and techniques available within the software.
  • Be able to deliver more sophisticated motion graphics, animation and video content.

Suitable for

The course is suitable for users who want to increase their understanding of After Effects and use its more advanced features.

This course is for you if you are an experienced user of After Effects and:

  • You understand the basics of After Effects but want to gain an in-depth understanding of the advanced features to enable you to deliver high-quality animation quickly and effectively.
  • You want to use After Effects to produce eye-catching animation to ensure your work stands out.
  • You want to master this industry-standard package to give you an edge over the competition.

If you are new to After Effects, why not start with our Adobe After Effects 101 course?


This course is for experienced users of After Effects or for delegates who have already attended our Adobe After Effects 101 course.



(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  **** 


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 Animation control
  • Keyframes in depth.
  • The graph editor.
Plus Icon Advanced masking and transparency
  • Mask control.
  • Mattes, stencils and the T.
  • Keying and roto.
Plus Icon Advanced type animation
  • Understanding the type animation system.
  • Selectors, shapes and properties.
Plus Icon Shape layers in depth
  • Shape layer hierarchy.
  • Shape layer modifiers and animation.
  • Shapes, masks and position.
Plus Icon Time manipulation
  • Time-remapping and control.
Plus Icon Deeper into effects
  • Selected effects in-depth.
  • Particles.
  • Mask-based effects.
  • Compound effects.
Plus Icon Working with hierarchies
  • Precomposing.
  • Render order.
Plus Icon Audio
  • Working with audio tracks.
Plus Icon Working in 3D space
  • 3D layers.
  • 3D camera animation.
  • Lights and shadows.
  • Raytrace and Cineware overview.
Plus Icon Working with expressions
  • Understanding expressions.
  • Essential expressions.
  • Expression resources.
Plus Icon Stabilisation and tracking
  • Stabilisation and point tracking.
  • 3D camera tracking.
  • An introduction to planar tracking in Mocha.
Plus Icon Rendering output and integration
  • Rendering and output.

What will I learn?

  • Advanced animation techniques and the graph editor.
  • Advanced masking and transparency.
  • Advanced type animation.
  • The power of shape layers.
  • Time-remapping techniques.
  • A deeper into effects.
  • Paint and puppet.
  • How to work with audio.
  • Precomposing and render order.
  • How to work in 3D space.
  • How to work with expressions.
  • Image stabilisation and tracking.
  • Rendering, output and integration.

Attending the course

We are open from 09:00. 

Refreshments will be available and lunch will be provided.

All the materials you will need will be provided.

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.


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.

I found the course really helpful and it has given me a great foundation to start creating motion graphics and animation confidently. I'd definitely come back to learn other applications. 

Attendee review, 30 November 2018

Mike was incredibly helpful and took the time to help us with our individual queries.

Attendee review, 30 November 2018

Fantastic course and Mike was brilliant, couldn't have been more helpful.

Attendee review, 30 November 2018

Great atmosphere and learning environment.

24 May 2018

Very enjoyable. Mike was knowledgeable and a pleasure to learn from.  

Attendee review, 24 May 2018

Mike was excellent and would definitely recommend. 

Attendee review, 17 January 2018

Mike is lovely and friendly. Made it feel accessible. 

Attendee review, 17 January 2018

Really good tutor - helpful, very enthusiastic, approachable, could answer any questions!

Attendee review, 2 June 2017

The course was extremely informative. Mike was great, really wanted to help and he definitely knew his stuff. Highly recommend, this is the 3rd course I've been on at NTI and all have been really useful. Thank you.

Attendee review, 2 June 2017

Great tutor, nice welcome every morning from reception staff

Attendee Review, 2 March 2016

Amazing, had a great 3 days. Mike was really professional and made the course fun and exciting

Attendee Review, 2 March 2016

Mike did a great job

Dean Rose, 2 March 2016