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After Effects in a Day

Learn how to create stunning animations, add music and sounds, and import files from Illustrator and Photoshop in this hands-on workshop at Noble Desktop. Perfect for beginners looking to master After Effects in just one day.

  • All levels
  • 18 and older
  • $425
  • 185 Madison Ave, New York, NY & Virtually Online

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  • Mon, Jul 15 at 6:00pm - 9:00pm
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Class Description


What you'll learn in this after effects class:

This hands-on After Effects class is designed to get you the essentials of the user interface, the timeline, video, layer animation, easing in and out, fade-ins, and more.

Learn to start using After Effects to animate photos, text, video, and add music/sounds. You can even import files from Illustrator (such as a logo) or Photoshop and animate their elements. Get started in this 6-hour workshop.


  • Basic knowledge of Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator are helpful, but not required. If you’ve never used Photoshop, consider taking either our Photoshop in a Day or Photoshop Bootcamp class. If you’ve never used Illustrator, consider taking either our Illustrator in a Day or Illustrator Bootcamp class.
  • Design skills are helpful, but not required.

Learn more about After Effects in a Day at Noble Desktop.


Section 1

Intro to After Effects

  • The Project, Composition, & Timeline panels
  • Importing a Layered File with all its Layers Intact
  • Using Title Safety to ensure TV viewers can see the text

Working with Keyframes

  • Animating in the Class Names
  • Previewing in real time
  • Adding Easing
  • Sliding Over the Entire Class List
  • Animating the Icons
  • Animating the “In a Day” Title
  • Adding Motion Blur
  • Trimming Off Extra Time

Outputting to GIF

  • Exporting from After Effects
  • Making the Animated GIF in Photoshop
  • Reducing the Number of Frames

Section 2

Noble Logo Animation: Anchor Points & Animating with Overshoot

  • Converting an Illustrator file from CMYK to RGB
  • Animating the black square to overshoot its final size
  • Changing where the rectangles scale from by moving layer anchor points
  • Setting layer in points using the In column
  • Keeping vector layers sharp as they scale up

Noble Logo: Masking Layers & Parenting

  • Pre-composing layers
  • Hiding the letters before they animate using masks
  • Moving the entire logo away from the rising letters using parenting

Noble Logo: Rotation, Fade-Outs, & Rendering

  • Adding anticipation keyframes before a major animation
  • Animating the Rotation property
  • Adding a fade to white using a solid color layer
  • How to find missing project files

Optional Bonus: Preparing an Illustrator File for Animation

  • Resizing artboards & vector graphics
  • Setting up layers to individually animate elements in After Effects

Bonus: HBO Intro Sequence

Importing Flattened Files & Adding Easing

  • Importing a layered PSD as a merged file
  • Isolating HBO logo, Feature & Presentation text using masks
  • Creating fade-ins & fade-outs
  • Adding automatic easing to slow down portions of the animation

Working with Numerous Layers

  • Familiarizing ourselves with the Photoshop layout: layers extending outside canvas bounds, guides
  • Scaling up each tile using a single null object and Parenting
  • Randomizing the order in which the photos animate in
  • Orchestrating the exit animation so the tiles fall down in diagonal groups

Vector Layouts

  • Animating vector shapes using the Trim Paths feature
  • Continuous rasterization
  • More null objects: animating the three pay television content descriptors

Putting It All Together & Adding Audio

  • Sequencing multiple compositions
  • Animating like an editor: overlapping shots & using blending modes
  • Adding audio to a composition

Refund Policy

  • Students may cancel up to 14 days before the class/program start date and receive a refund, less the registration fee (10% of the undiscounted course price). 
  • Cancellations within 14 days are not permitted, but students may reschedule up to three business days before the class start date.
  • For cancellations and reschedules, please email us at [email protected]"

Reviews of Classes at Noble Desktop (373)

(4.6-star rating across 373 reviews)
  • After Effects in a Day

    Anonymous review on 11/7/2019
    Amazing instructor!
  • After Effects in a Day

    Reviewed by Mary B. on 10/17/2019
    Great teacher! Learned a lot in one day.
  • After Effects in a Day

    Anonymous review on 8/3/2019
    Very good for learning with no experience or for filling in the gaps from self teaching AfterEffects. Wish there were a little more complex concepts taught other than just moving shapes around on 2D space but you can only teach so much in a day. Got a little too quick towards the end when exporting projects and learning different compressions so it felt arbitrary to even explain. But overall good class and great teacher, perfect pace for learning from scratch and if you need to learn specifically how to make gifs and logos
  • After Effects in a Day

    Anonymous review on 9/20/2018
    Kalika was wonderful! I enjoyed the course and learned a lot. My only critique is pretty specific to me personally and not a judgement on the class as a whole... I tend to learn pretty quickly and I felt a lot of the "lab" time between chapters ran long. I was able to skip ahead and finish the second project about halfway through the day, so I felt like I was doing a lot of sitting and waiting for everyone else to catch up. I was able to start lesson B (the extra lesson at the end of the book with the HBO logo) but I would have loved to learn a couple more advanced tricks and tips since I am unable to take the more involved AE courses offered at this time. Basically I felt like the course could have been a little more condensed and/or covered a bit more of the program's interface.
  • After Effects in a Day

    Anonymous review on 5/17/2018
    The class was challenging, but it was a great introduction to what's possible in After Effects!
  • After Effects in a Day

    Reviewed by Vanessa S. on 3/19/2018
    Great teacher who's passionate about what she teaches. She's also really helpful and insightful with answering questions.
  • After Effects in a Day

    Reviewed by Neela A. on 9/29/2017
    love it!
  • After Effects in a Day

    Reviewed by Sarah R. on 8/6/2019
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  • After Effects in a Day

    Reviewed by Digno M. on 12/10/2018
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  • After Effects in a Day

    Reviewed by TATIANA A. on 9/16/2018
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    Anonymous review on 9/15/2018
  • After Effects in a Day

    Reviewed by Jamie S. on 8/28/2018
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Review Summary by CourseHorse

Students who took the After Effects in a Day class appreciated the amazing instructor and the opportunity to learn a lot in just one day. The class was particularly beneficial for those with no experience in After Effects or for those who wanted to fill in the gaps from self-teaching. Overall, the class was considered good with a perfect pace for beginners and those specifically interested in making gifs and logos. Most found the class was challenging but rewarding and believe it provided a great introduction to the possibilities of After Effects. Quotes: 1. "Great teacher! Learned a lot in one day." 2. "The class was challenging, but it was a great introduction to what's possible in After Effects!"

Questions & Answers (3)

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Question from anonymous
Hi what is the minimum age to take a class? My 16 year old daughter would like to take the Adobe After Effects Course. Thanks
Answer from Georgia C. CourseHorse StaffCourseHorse Staff
Hi there! Unfortunately, the school NYS certification requires that they only offer these courses to High School graduates at this time.
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Question from Megan L.
Hello, do students need their own laptop or is a computer provided?
Answer from Kristle C. CourseHorse StaffCourseHorse Staff
Hi Megan. Computer/laptop will be provided.
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Question from Courtney C.
Do you need to bring a laptop to this class or do you work on desktop computers? Thanks!
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Hi! The school provides computers (Mac or Windows, student choice) in the classrooms.
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