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Adobe After Effects 201

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09:30 – 17:00
Live online, facilitated by Mike Abbott.
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Mike was amazing, he took the time to ensure everyone understood. He really engaged everyone and the course was super fun! Thanks Mike!

Attendee review, 26 July 2019

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 three-day course introduces more advanced tools and functionality of the software, as well as giving you a deeper understanding of the core functionality. Topics include: advanced animation techniques, looping and time manipulation, type animation and shape layers in depth, working in 3D space, understanding and using expressions, tracking - and more.

This course will expand your After Effects toolset and knowledge, enabling you to deliver a wider range of creative projects, and do so more efficiently.

Suitable for

We recommend this course, if:

  • You already have a basic working knowledge of After Effects.
  • You would like to expand your knowledge of the After Effects toolset and techniques, enabling you to produce creative and compelling content in motion graphics, typography, visual effects and compositing.
  • You would like to increase your understanding of After Effects to leverage more of it's power and work more efficiently.


Delegates should have completed our After Effects 101 course, or be familiar with the tools and techniques covered in that 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  **** 


Book this course together with Adobe Premiere Pro 201 as part of the Adobe Video Editing 201 Masterclass for £855 – 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 Graphs, Looping and Time
  • The graph editor
  • Looping
  • Time manipulation
Plus Icon Working with Hierarchies
  • Parenting and nulls
  • Nesting, precomposing and render order
  • Master properties
Plus Icon Text Animation in Depth
  • Understanding the text animation system
  • Selectors, shapes and properties
  • Animating text to audio
Plus Icon Shape Layers in Depth
  • Shape layer hierarchy
  • Paint attributes, path operations and animation
  • Shape to motion path
Plus Icon An Introduction to Expressions
  • Core concepts
  • Basic expressions
  • Expression resources
Plus Icon Stabilisation and Tracking
  • Stabilisation
  • Point tracking
  • 3D camera tracking
Plus Icon Working in 3D Space
  • An overview of 3D in After Effects
  • Cameras, lights and classic 3D layers
  • The C4D renderer and extruded layers
Plus Icon Deeper into Effects
  • Exploring selected effects
  • Synthetics and compound effects
  • Adjustment layers
Plus Icon Rendering and Integration
  • Rendering options
  • MOGRT's and dynamic link

What will I learn?

On completion of this course you will:

  • Have an understanding of some of the more advanced tools and techniques in After Effects.
  • Have a deeper understanding of the core tools and techniques.
  • Be able to deliver more sophisticated motion graphics, animation and video content, more efficiently.

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 Broadcasting Place, 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.

The course kept me engaged and was the best one i have ever been on!

Attendee review, 26 July 2019

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

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

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