Everything You Need to Know to Create Stunning Motion Graphics With After Effects

If you’ve tried developing your After Effects skills on your own, you’ve probably spent countless hours learning by trial-and-error or piecing together your own curriculum from online videos. It’s a frustrating and time-consuming process.
The good news is that you don’t have to do it the hard way anymore. After Effects is a seriously deep program, and best learned with structured, expert guidance. So in these courses, I bring you what I myself learned the hard way over more than 20 years of experience working with After Effects.

With After Effects Academy, you will...

Save Time. Learn exactly what you need to know with 5-6 hours of edited content per course.
Use After Effects to its Full Potential. Get comfortable with all aspects of the user interface so you can unlock all the possibilities of After Effects and use it like a pro.
Create with Confidence. Anyone will be able to create motion design with After Effects Academy. Follow along step-by-step to design and execute real-world projects.
Learn from Top Industry Talent. Learn by looking over the shoulder of your course instructor and award-winning motion designer Cameron Pierron.

Meet Your Instructor

Cameron Pierron | Founder of Motion Science

Hi, I’m Cameron Pierron (AKA Mr. Black), an award-winning motion designer and founder of Motion Science. I have nearly two decades of experience under my belt, creating motion design for some of the biggest brand names in the world including American Express, Sony, Xbox, Heineken, and many more.

As a self-taught designer and animator, I’ve learned the ins and outs of the After Effects program over the past 20+ years. So I created After Effects Academy to make the learning process less frustrating and more rewarding for aspiring motion designers.

My goal is to lay out concepts and techniques in terms you can understand, so you can build strong After Effects expertise to power your career in motion design.

Read my student thank-you notes.


What projects will you create in the AE courses?

These images are render samples of the real-world projects you will be creating within each of the AE courses.

AE Volume I Project

AE Volume I Project

AE Volume I Project

AE Volume II Project

AE Volume II Project

AE Volume II Project

AE Volume III Project

AE Volume III Project

AE Volume III Project

Ready to conquer After Effects? Choose your course today:

AE Volume I: The Fundamentals

After Effects newbie or skills need brushing up? Start with After Effects Vol. 1: The Fundamentals

AE Volume II: Intermediate Techniques

Familiar with After Effects but want to unleash its full power? After Effects Vol. 2: Intermediate Techniques is what you need.

AE Volume III: 3D Layers & Cameras

Ready to go beyond 2D layers and fully embrace 3D in your designs? After Effects Vol. 3: 3D Layers & Cameras was made for you.

AE Academy Vol. I


The Fundamentals

  • Preferences - Set up all the necessary preferences to get After Effects working optimally
  • Panels - Understand the project, composition, timeline, and tool panels
  • Typography - Expand your design skills with typography and use the character panel to your advantage
  • Shape Layers - Take the mystery out of shape layers and build a shape layer logo animation
  • Dynamic Workflows - Uncover the power of workflows between After Effects, Illustrator Photoshop, and Premiere
  • Masking - Grasp masking techniques and tools like bezier handles, vertex points, feathering, and modes
  • Effects - Go beyond simple compositions by adding effects that take your projects to the next level
  • Rendering - Learn how to use the render queue to output your work and show it to the world
  • Build Compositions - Follow along step-by-step with included After Effects project files

AE Academy Vol. II


Intermediate Techniques

  • The Graph Editor - Gain a solid understanding of how to use the Speed and Value Graphs in the editor
  • Expressions - Discover the versatile power of 3 very unique expressions: loop, time, and wiggle
  • Advanced Rendering - Put the After Effects and Media Encoders Renderers to work for you
  • Coloring Techniques - See how easy it is to stylize footage with simple, but highly effective color techniques
  • Keying Workflows - Unleash the power of Keylight, luma keying, keying tools, and transfer modes
  • Rotoscoping - Gain a deep understanding of this powerful tool and how to fully utilize it
  • 2D & 3D Motion Tracking - Expand your fx capabilities with 2D, 3D, face, mask, and stabilization tracking
  • Real World FX Build - In this 3-part series, build an fx shot with included After Effects project files and assets
  • Build Compositions - Follow along step-by-step with included After Effects project files

AE Academy Vol. III


3D Cameras & Layers

  • Camera Controls - Get up to speed on all the essential camera parameters you need to understand
  • 3D Render Engines - Understand the difference between the Classic and Cinema 4D render engines and work within them
  • Lights & Shadows - Expand your design skills with the power of 3D lights and shadows
  • Depth of Field - Take your visuals to the next level by adding depth of field
  • Working with 3D Precomps - Remove the challenge and frustrations of working within 3D precomps
  • Motion Paths - Create more complex AE camera motion by utilizing bezier paths
  • Primary Controllers - Discover how you can use primary controllers like nulls to easily control the 3D camera
  • Secondary Controllers - Learn how to use secondary controllers to give your 3D camera that pro touch
  • Build Compositions - Follow along step-by-step with included After Effects project files

You'll get...

Hours of high-quality video instruction.

24/7 streaming access from any device.

After Effects project files and design assets to follow along with.

The chance to create multiple real-world projects of your own.

Lifetime access to all course materials, including project files.

Free Bonuses (Vol. 2 & 3) including software discounts and extra modules.

I know just enough about After Effects to get a job done...

“I know just enough about After Effects to get a job done, but I was looking for a course that would give me a comprehensive view on all things After Effects. This was exactly that course.”


Absolutely love these courses...

“I decided to learn After Effects so that I could animate titles, opens, and lower thirds for my clients. Absolutely love these courses.”


I am very impressed...

“AE Academy Volume 1 is on one hand very easy to follow and understand, and on the other hand very comprehensive and powerful. Simple yet effective. Level up!”


Cameron really gives you a thorough explanation...

“Cameron really gives you a thorough explanation on the fundamentals of After Effects in Volume I. I'm looking forward to Volume 2 and 3!”


I've just finished these courses and they are really awesome...

“I've just finished these courses and they are really awesome! A lot of handy stuff, techniques, and inspiration.These course are an excellent starting point to dive into the motion graphics world. Recommended!”


You'll Love These After Effects Courses Because...

  • They’ll teach you real projects: the types that real-world clients actually request.
  • They include zero fluff: short & to the point, yet packed with powerful material.
  • They’re polished & put together: courses created by an accomplished motion designer...and it shows.

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