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Getting started with After Effects

Lesson Plan Published 11/11/13 Last updated on 3/2/20

Adobe After Effects is specifically designed to produce graphics and visual effects that allows for greater control and options than a video-software editor. In this activity, students are introduced to Adobe After Effects workspace and learn what kinds of visual effects it is designed to produce.

File Updates:

  • Files updated on September 25, 2017 to Adobe After Effects CC 2017.1 (April 2017) release.
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    • After Effects

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    Age Levels
    1-2 Hours
    ISTE Standards
    Students: Computational Trainer

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    Cyrill Jane Bantilan

    Posted on 6/19/20 5:29:05 PM Permalink

    ​This is nice. Thank you.


    Posted on 2/19/20 12:55:27 PM Permalink


    Mick Perkins

    Posted on 1/10/20 8:06:59 PM Permalink

    ​Thanks for the upload well done

    Bobby Barnett

    Posted on 10/24/19 6:36:22 AM Permalink

    I was very disappointed. I am working with my students using After Effects and was delighted to see a lesson plan being supplied, but, I am not sure what you would call these, but they are not lesson plans. They are resources, quick how-to charts? Not sure what. Someone needs to sit down with whoever is creating these and show them what a proper lesson plan looks like.​

    Catherine Zhai

    Posted on 10/23/19 8:41:46 PM Permalink

    ​Great, thanks!

    rowland yohanna

    Posted on 10/18/19 12:22:57 PM Permalink

    Very Useful! Thank you.​

    Gabriel Ochoa Rojas

    Posted on 8/21/19 9:24:17 PM Permalink

    ​Thanks a lot.


    Posted on 8/4/19 11:30:55 PM Permalink


    sajjad hossain

    Posted on 8/1/19 1:06:35 PM Permalink

    ​Just WOW coerce

    Mick Perkins

    Posted on 7/26/19 10:12:57 PM Permalink

    Love this​ great - will assist my students with answers to many questions

    great work thanks for the share

    Martina Budimir

    Posted on 6/21/19 7:41:24 AM Permalink

    ​Thank you!!

    Shelley Brown

    Posted on 6/14/19 1:34:23 PM Permalink

    ​Thank you!!

    Cortez William

    Posted on 5/19/19 5:24:36 AM Permalink

    ​This is a great resource. The visual effects will be improve their graphics design. Thank you!

    David Badgley

    Posted on 4/14/19 11:51:56 AM Permalink

    ​Thanks for the great resources.

    Kristen Baldridge

    Posted on 2/21/19 2:36:32 AM Permalink


    If you open the lesson plan .pdf there is a link to the asset files on the first page.

    Hope this helps,


    nathan hale

    Posted on 2/13/19 6:47:08 PM Permalink

    ​Is there a way to get the assets files?

    James Tyler

    Posted on 1/31/19 1:48:36 PM Permalink

    ​Super resource, thank you!

    jeremy depuydt

    Posted on 11/1/18 9:10:47 PM Permalink

    ​Hi, great intro !

    I'm looking for the corresponding tutorial (this "Create" visual).

    There is no explanation on how to make it in the Zip file.

    Do you know where can I find it please?