3D & Animation


Adobe After Effects: Flat Animation Buildup

Jump right into animating motion graphics in Adobe After Effects with this quick-start guide to creating 2D animations.

4.50 (181 reviews)


1 hour


Feb 2021

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What you will learn

design an object in Adobe Illustrator

prepare designs in Adobe Illustrator for animating in After Effects

animate with the flat buildup style

export from After Effects


You want to learn how to make fun, hip, and stylish motion graphics in After Effects, right?

This is the third part in my 3-part Dive Into After Effects series. Check out parts 1 & 2 if you haven't already done so. 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. In this course, we'll create our own flat animation buildup - a popular style of animations you see in commercials, television shows, and movies today.

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 really enjoyed this course! I'm fairly new to After Effects (minus some light video editing), but I felt like I learned a lot. - Katherine Vargas

Very easy to follow, at this time I did the course with the material given from author, and was simple and got a great animation with AE!  - Renato Nakazima

Phill made what is simple... look simple. Great course, great support, easy to follow, I'm really happy with it. - Bartolomeu Jacq

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?

In this 45-minute course, you'll learn how to beautifully introduce objects in your After Effects projects. Knowing how to animate the small details of your objects will dramatically improve your After Effects skills. Follow me as I animate the build-up of a polaroid camera graphic.

This class is perfect for video creators, designers, and everyone who wants to learn After Effects in an non-intimidating way. If you're just starting out, we recommend taking the Dive into After Effects: Understanding the Basics & Working with Keyframes courses first. By the end of this class, you'll know how to seamlessly animate object buildups for your own video projects.

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!




Adobe After Effects: Flat Animation Buildup
Adobe After Effects: Flat Animation Buildup
Adobe After Effects: Flat Animation Buildup
Adobe After Effects: Flat Animation Buildup


Course Introduction

Course Project - What is this course all about?

Flat Animation Buildup - Design & Animate

Introduction to this Section

Designing your Object in Adobe Illustrator

Preparing the Illustrator File for After Effects

Animating in After Effects

How to Quickly Reverse an Animation in After Effects

Conclusion to this Section

Course Conclusion

Exporting & Posting a Class Project

Thank You & What's Next?

Bonus Lecture: Get Any of Phil's Course for Up to 90% Off


Hemaseh4 November 2019

Helpful and to the point. The only thing that could help me more was adding a quick zoom to show where was clicked and a bit better emphasises on hot keys.

Pe23 November 2018

I like this online course and can recommand it, because it makes a lot of fun and is learning the easy way. The instructor gives good explanations, the outline of this course is focused on the essential techniques without unimportant details.

Alfred31 October 2018

Caso práctico, sencillo y vistoso. Permite tomar contacto con after fx. Ameno y bien explicado. Duración adecuada.

Xintian10 August 2018

For a newbie like me, it is pretty amazing that I can make such an amazing animation in such short period of time. Follow the video I can make my own flat animation icon, which is great, thanks Phil. Improvement: - Sometime the icon/option on the screen are too small, and you need to look it closely to follow the step correctly. - How to trim the composition section Phil points out the shortcut for Mac, but didn't mention shortcut for windows which is "alt + ]" - How to export H. 264 format (which is missing on current Ae) I saw Phil reply on Q&A, but detail steps would be helpful

Rodrigo7 May 2018

Its an excellent course i think its a very good way to start learning After Effects in few steps and focused in motion graphics of course its a beginner course and if you expect a more complex course you have to see other courses... I think for me that im a little bit more experienced After Effects user fell like i want some more content and the exercise its very simple... but for someone who are a beginner ist a great course. Good Course I will recommend it! // Es un excelente curso para aprender After Effects en pocas lecciones, el curso esta enfocado a motion graphics y es un curso orientado a usuarios nuevos del programa, si eres un poco más experimentado, el curso puede sentirse muy sencillo, en mi caso fue así porque esperaba un poco más de profundidad en los ejercicios y el ejercicio del curso es sencillo, pero para alguien que recién comienza es muy bueno. Recomendado!

Thomas1 April 2018

Der Kurs ist im Großen und Ganzen recht in Ordnung. Ich hätte mir etwas mehr Tiefgang gewünscht, zum Beispiel wie der optimale Workflow mit der CC Library ist oder Infos zu "Create Shape Layer". Die meiste Kurszeit wird für die Animation verwendet. Wie man Dinge skaliert, dreht und den Ankerpunkt justiert, war nicht der Grund, warum ich diesen Kurs gebucht habe. Da ich diesen Kurs zu einem günstigen Angebot erhalten habe und der Dozent strukturiert arbeitet und motiviert ist, 4 Sterne.

Carmen13 March 2018

I´m very new to After Effects and this was a nice short example that I can use for my own projects. Thanks a lot!

Samuel13 November 2017

Ha sido un curso breve pero muy completo. Con un ritmo muy bien llevado y unas explicaciones detalladas para no perderte en ningún momento.

Candycrave7 October 2017

Short, simple, sweet course! I only wish we had more examples of types of animations we could do, and maybe slower explanations. I'm a beginner in After Effects, and found myself pausing frequently to see where the instructor clicked.

Diego25 July 2017

It goes straight to the point, fast but very interesting. This course is short and very easy to watch while having a lot of information. I honestly loved it.

Jeremy2 June 2017

Good, I have basic illustrator skills so this matches...and I can complete this course in a few hours.....so many times these courses are general and require a huge time commitment....this one is direct and achievable for a quick win

Jared30 January 2017

Easy to follow along with great explanations. I was able to create my animation in about an hour and was super happy with the outcome.

James10 October 2016

This another brilliant course by Phil! He tutors in a way that is very easy to follow and you are never left behind. He also provides very useful project files just in case you can't be bothered to design your object (like me!). Although a short course, he teaches you all the basic tools you need to get started with more advanced flat design animations. Thank you very much Phil!

Steven3 March 2016

After watching this course, I knew how to animate a flat polaroid camera, but I didn't know why I was making the choices I was asked to make. Why did the teacher sometimes move just the keyframes and other times move the entire layer? Why did the teacher "freehand" the spacing of the keyframes, especially the sequences of keyframes involving multiple layers? Is that rough sequencing (as opposed to precise sequencing) part of the 'flat' style or just a time saving measure? Why did the teacher use a drop shadow in a flat art style piece? Are drop shadows ok to use in flat art, or should they be avoided? There are many more 'why' questions that I would have liked to know the answer to. Overall though, this was a good course. It did what it set out to do. However, without knowing why most of the choices were being made, the skills shown here are difficult to apply with confidence to other projects.

Markus27 February 2016

Very nice quick course containing and explaining all the essentials for flat animation, from building your elements in Illustrator, bringing them into After Effects and quick and hassle-free animation. Also very well presented and narrated! :-) Very helpful and enjoyable course!


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