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.

Created by: Phil Ebiner

Produced in 2018

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

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Overall Score : 96 / 100

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Course Description

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!

Who this course is for:
  • anyone that wants to learn how to make fun motion graphics videos
  • anyone with no knowledge or very limited knowledge of After Effects
  • anyone that knows Adobe Illustrator and wants to add motion to their designs

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Instructor Details

Phil Ebiner

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Since 2012 have been teaching people like you everything I know. Through my online learning business, Video School Online, I create courses that teach you how to creatively share your story through photography, video, design, and marketing.
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I've always tried to live life presently and to the fullest. Some of the things I love to do in my spare time include mountain biking, nerding out on personal finance, traveling to new places, watching sports (huge baseball fan here!), and sharing meals with friends and family. Most days you can find me spending quality time with my lovely wife, twin boys (and soon to be girl), and dog Ashby.
In 2011, I graduated with my Bachelor of Arts in Film and



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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.

By Pe 0 on

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.

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 sectionPhil 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

I really like it even though it's only one graphic that was animated. Would be nice to have 2 different kinds of graphics or 2 exercises using different methods. Anyways, I enjoyed the class. I Iike how Phil's voice and tone is easy to follow, it's very clear.

Although the course is a little fast-paced, it is very easy to follow. I was able to make the animation very well. I learned a lot of information that I plan to use in the future.

Fun and easy to learn flat animation tutorial. Good work Phil!

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. I didn't really know how to approach a 2D object in AE, but after taking this course, I feel like I can now look at a 2D object and see each part as it's own separate piece to be animated. Thumbs up!

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 ms experimentado, el curso puede sentirse muy sencillo, en mi caso fue as porque esperaba un poco ms de profundidad en los ejercicios y el ejercicio del curso es sencillo, pero para alguien que recin comienza es muy bueno.Recomendado!

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.

By H G on

I am beginner to After effects .Instructor had it straight and clear to the point.Its a little bit fast to persons new to After effects like me,rewind will help us .Try it and you will love it ...

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

Loved the pace of the class, and the techniques I learned. A great follow-up class to both of Phil's first two classes in the series. The overall duration of the class was great too. I would highly recommend this course to anyone just starting out with After Effects. This course also really provides a nice solid foundation for advancing with After Effects. Thank you!