Fundamentals on After Effects

Fundamentals on After Effects

FREE online structured course about After Effects fundamentals plus a free exclusive Motion Tools plugin

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You will gain understanding of AE's most important functions, windows and controls while bringing life to this beautiful campfire illustration. The free module will prepare you for any other After Effects course and will be just enough if you want to animate your own art.

What you get

Start with a static illustration

Start with a static illustration

This lesson was created for those who have never opened Toon Boom Harmony before but want to learn it in a really quick way. You will get a brief overview of the interface and main frame-by-frame animation tools. So, after completing this lesson you will have a clear understanding of how this software works and will be able to create your unique animations.

End with an animated masterpiece

In this lesson, we will consider the animation of liquid trails. We will show you the creation stages of this animation, then we will talk a bit about special effects design and what approach to use when animating liquids. After this, we will create the animation of liquid trails starting from draft animation and finishing with сlean-up and coloring.

Course curriculum

Lesson 1 — After Effects Basics

Lesson 1 — After Effects Basics

In this lesson, you will get familiar with After Effects Interface and Shape Layers structure and, of course, create your first animation. By the end of the course, you will make a fish jump! Seems easy, isn't it?

Lesson 2 — Background Elements

By the end of this lesson, you will animate the whole bunch of branches, leaves, and bushes. And look, that fish is already jumping out of the water! Oh wait, the stars are flickering too and some of them are even falling. It already looks promising.

Lesson 3 — Main Objects

Here you will literally play with fire and make characters alive. We will cover the principles on the right guy with a guitar, and you can do whatever you want with others.

Lesson 4 — Stylization

The last step of animation would be to add some textures and glows, and voilà! Our animation is ready.

Lesson 5 — Render & GIF Optimization

Now, what's cool about making something you can't share, right? We've added a tutorial on how you can export this animation into GIF to share it with the whole world.

Bonus — Optimize Your Workflow with Motion Tools

And in our bonus lecture for more advanced users, we will explain in-depth what you can achieve with our Motion Tools plugin that you will receive for free. It will save you tons of time in your future motion journey.

What will I be capable of after the Fundamentals on After Effects course?

Take a look at the students' homeworks that were made during the course and see for yourself

What do our students say?

Meet your tutors

You will study from animators and Motion Designers from around the globe. Each of them is a professional in their own field, seasoned in production studios, freelance projects with big brands and stock footages. And right, we are also sweet.

Yaroslav Kononov

Yaroslav Kononov

School founder

The author of the first Motion Beast course, CEO of Yaroflasher studio. Yaroslav has more than 10 years of experience in motion design and animation.

Ihor Karas

Ihor Karas

Course lecturer

Cool animator and teacher. The voice of the course. We call him Reference-Man since he always acts and records himself before making character animations.

Vladimir Liubarsky

Vladimir Liubarsky

Course lecturer

Experienced graphic designer, who smoothly transferred to the animation field. He can tell a lot about the workflow, ideas generation and many other tricks of the trade.

Denys Siurin

Denys Siurin

Course support

An experienced 3D designer who transferred to Motion Design. Denys loves bringing life to simple shapes and images. He was a student of Motion Beast course, so he knows the pain of getting through.

Sergey Bolobaev

Sergey Bolobaev

Course support

Loves After Effects and everything related to it. Sergey is highly skilled in organizing processes. He will help you out throughout the education process

How much?

It’s absolutely 100% free. Just deal with it.

Fundamentals on After Effects

Fundamentals on After Effects

Enroll now for free

6 lessons are enough to make you comfortable with AE and help you animate your own artwork.

  • 6 video lessons (2.5 hours in total);
  • Our own studio plugin — Motion Tools.