Skip to content Skip to site navigation Skip to service navigation

Adobe After Effects Fundamentals (2-Day Class)

Class Sessions

Date Location Cost
  • Fri Aug 13, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Live Online $400

Class Code


Class Description

Adobe After Effects provides a comprehensive set of 2D and 3D tools for compositing, animation, and effects that motion-graphics professionals, visual effects artists, web designers, and film/video professionals need.

Basic computing skills: copying/pasting, right-clicking (contextual menus), finding files, switching between programs, exploring windows

After Effects is widely used for digital post-production of film, video, and the web. You can composite layers in various ways, apply and combine sophisticated visual and audio effects, and animate both objects and effects.

Topics Covered Include:
Getting comfortable with the Workflow

  • Create a project and import footage
  • Create a composition with layers
  • Add effects and modify an individual layer's properties
  • Preview your work
  • Optimize work speed and system performance in After Effects

Creating Animations Using Effects and Presets

  • Create a new composition
  • Work with layers imported from Illustrator
  • Apply effects to individual or multiple layers
  • Apply presets to make animations easier
  • Preview the effects you've just added
  • Work with transparency

Animating Text

  • Learn about text layers
  • Create and format point text
  • Use scale keyframes
  • Use parenting in animations
  • Adjust text opacity during animations
  • Animate a non-text layer along a motion path
  • Add motion blur to your composition

Working with Shape Layers

  • Add in a shape layer
  • Create your own custom shapes
  • Incorporate video and audio layers
  • Add a title bar


University IT Technology Training classes are only available to Stanford University staff, faculty, or students. A valid SUNet ID is needed in order to enroll in a class.