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Dive into Adobe After Effects 1: Learn the Basics

A project-based course that guides you through creating a title card of your favorite brand in Adobe After Effects.

4.20 (210 reviews)


1 hour


Feb 2021

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What you will learn

navigate through the After Effects program

open new compositions with the right settings

add and edit text, shape, photos, and other elements to a composition


You want to start using After Effects, right?

If you've never opened (or opened and immediately closed) After Effects, you're in the right place.

This is the first part in my 3-part Dive Into After Effects series. I created this series to make learning how to use After Effects as easy as possible. 

You learn by doing.

In the Dive Into After Effects series, you'll follow along and work on your own project while learning. 

What makes me qualified to teach you?

My name is Phil. I am a professional motion graphics artist and video creator. Plus, I'm the creator of some of the world's most popular After Effects courses - with over 150,000 students and thousands of 5-star reviews like these ones from this course:

I am new to after Effects and this course is so easy to follow. Good Job! - Sequin Frederick

Excellent course for a beginner like me! A step by step guide. - Fairuz Nabilah

I enjoyed this course and found it very helpful to explain the basics. Phil went through things clearly and through the videos I was able to catch some of the skills that i have been struggling with. I would recommend this for anyone starting After Effects - June Beveridge

My Promise to You

I'll be here for you every step of the way. If you have any questions about the course content or anything related to this topic, you can always post a question in the course or send me a direct message. 

I want to make this the best course on learning After Effects for beginners. So if there is any way I can improve this course, just tell me and I'll make it happen.

What's this course all about?

After Effects is an amazing program that can help you create motion graphics, visual effects, and titles that make your videos better, but it can be intimidating to try out. In this 45-minute course, you'll learn the basics of using After Effects: understand the program layout, learn how to use the tools, get comfortable with using the timeline. We'll cover everything from opening up After Effects for the first time, importing assets, and creating your very first composition.

This class is perfect for video creators, designers, and everyone who wants to learn After Effects in an un-intimidating way. No prior knowledge or experience is required! By the end of the class, you'll have the basic knowledge to start creating projects and dive even further into the world of After Effects.

Course Assignment

Create a title card within After Effects. This assignment will teach you how to create a new composition, use the basic After Effects tools, arrange layers in your sequence, and use layer properties to change the scale, position, transparency, and rotation of your objects.

With our 30-day 100% money back guarantee, there is nothing holding you back from jumping in right now and trying the course out.

Go ahead and click the enroll button, and I'll see you in lesson 1!




Dive into Adobe After Effects 1: Learn the Basics
Dive into Adobe After Effects 1: Learn the Basics
Dive into Adobe After Effects 1: Learn the Basics
Dive into Adobe After Effects 1: Learn the Basics


Introduction to the Course

Opening After Effects for the First Time

The Basics of After Effects

Creating a New Composition

Important Message About Udemy Reviews

How to Import Files into After Effects

The Tools You Need to Know

Adding Text to Our Project

Adding Shapes to our Project

Adjusting Layers with Scale, Rotation, Opacity


How to Export Video from After Effects

Thank You & What's Next

Bonus Lecture: What's Next for You?


Sheena20 March 2020

Very good overview on using all the tools, good reminder for people who haven't picked it up in a while. There seems to be a clip in Section 3 part 10 that shouldn't be there teaching you to export the video you haven't even made yet, might want to delete this.

Ali14 January 2020

Pretty Basic course. Instructor explained the tool pretty well. Same things could be explained in shorter period of time.

Pritish18 June 2018

This is course is just fo Basic, if anyone newbie in after effect want to learn all Ae in and out then take both After effect 1 & 2 course. I wish this course must contain more content in it.

Preeya25 April 2018

Not particularly happy with this course. It's not that it wasn't taught well, but rather for $10.99 for about a 1 hour course, you aren't getting much bang for your buck. I would expect at least 3 hours worth of content for what I'm paying. I would be happy if the Dive into Adobe After Effects 1 & 2 were bundled together for this price.

Shawn28 October 2017

A good basic overview of After Effects, I would consider taking more After Effects courses from Phil.

Suman21 October 2017

I enjoy your courses. I have taken your other courses too and till now you have been able to satisfy my expectations.

Paul20 October 2017

Very early in the course but so far, so good. Seems to be thorough and clear in explaining the basics of Adobe After Effects. The pace seems to be good as well. Looking forward to continuing the course and learning this software.

Kayra15 October 2017

It's so usefull. It's going slow and very deeply but dont worry it is not boring at all. I was not be able to open the AdobeFX cause I thought it was a hard thing but with this course it is becoming enjoyable and fun.

Wendy7 July 2017

I really liked the style of the course with short good understandable professional made lessons but I think there should be more content and I didn't get how the export video fits into the other content.

Colleen21 January 2017

Great intro. Although I knew a lot of this as I'm an avid user of Photoshop and Illustrator, it was good review. Definitely great for someone who is not a regular Adobe products user and needs the down and dirty quick overview.

rich4 October 2016

this has been a very clear and understanding cores i give 4 starts for being a bit slow but this is a very good beginner cores as in if you have never used Adobe software im new to After Effects but not Adobe like Primer pro alittel slow but i know its a beginner cores going into this

Brandon29 June 2016

EDIT 8-Jul-16: [wow, sorry, udemy reviews don't support line breaks]I felt bad leaving a below-avg review based on speculation about the course's $/video hour rate, so I crunched the #s on After FX courses on Udemy. I've also been looking for a reason to try a new data scraping tool (ie, i'm not normally this obsessive). ***** I scraped all of the courses on Udemy that mention 'After Effects' in the title, then removed all courses w/ fewer than 15 reviews from the dataset, leaving 10 instructors w/ 37 courses. ***** As of today: *****$/video hour of video for Dive into After FX 1 and 2: $20***** average/median $/video hour rate of other highly-reviewed after FX courses: $6.67 / $5.71***** average/median $/hour rate of other highly-reviewed after FX courses NOT COUNTING free courses: $8.22 / $5.71***** So it's clear that these 'Dive Into' courses are by far the most expensive After FX courses on a $/video hour basis.***** However, when looking @ $/video hour rates for each instructor in this set, Phil Ebiner (the Dive Into instructor) is #5/10, meaning that on average, his prices are in-line with others. This is largely due to 2 things: his having the largest # of free courses w/ high review counts (tied w/ 3 total free courses) available w/in the topic area, and his having 13 total courses, or 1/3rd of the data points, which raises the average/median of the group considerably (sort of artificially obscuring his above-market rates). ***** FWIW, Phil seems like a great instructor, and I appreciate the # of free courses he offers. But when considering THIS course, my initial review still stands: it's not enough bang-for-the-buck. **********Original Review************ I'm really disappointed at the length of this course. I've only taken programming courses on udemy, so maybe my expectations are distorted, but it felt like After Effects hadn't even warmed up before this was over.

June28 June 2016

I enjoyed this course and found it very helpful to explain the basics. Phil went through things clearly and through the videos I was able to catch some of the skills that i have been struggling with. I would recommend this for anyone starting After Effects

Sarit31 May 2016

There are too many things that he didn't explain and although it's a basic course, it's just too basic to pay that amount for the course, moreover, the exporting video seemed to be a video he made for his YouTube channel that is obviously for free (and that video was harder to understand). He did explain thing clearly and not too fast which was good. Overall, I don't feel that more knowledgeable.

Milan20 October 2015

I've been using After Effects for some time now but still learned a few new things. Perfect pace, everything well explained, be back for more!


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