Portfolio Animation with After Effects

A course by Holke 79
Motion Graphics Designer. Madrid, Spain.
Joined June 2015
, Motion Graphics Designer

Learn basic animation techniques to give life and dynamism to your design portfolio

  • Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 96% positive reviews (67)
  • 2355 students

Learn basic animation techniques to give life and dynamism to your design portfolio

Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 96% positive reviews (67)
  • 2355 students
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Audio: Spanish
  • Level: Beginner
  • 17 lessons (2h 17m)
  • Available on the app
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Unlimited access forever
  • Certificate upon completion of the course

As a designer, what can you do to stand out in a world full, sometimes even saturated, with images? Your portfolio is your business card. Motion graphics designer Borja Holke, known in the industry and on social media as Holke 79, is here to show you how you can make your work shine through animation.

In this course, learn the basic techniques of After Effects to animate your graphic design content and make your portfolio more dynamic and attractive. Discover how to add organic movement to lettering, fonts, and illustrations, and get some tips for standing out from the crowd.

After introducing you to motion graphics and animation curves in After Effects, animation for typesetting, and advanced animation techniques for typesetting, Borja shows you the tricks for applying your new knowledge to a design portfolio.

About this course

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. Laying the foundations
  • U3
    U3. We get to animate in After Effects!
  • U4
    U4. Integration of our animations in mock-ups
  • U5
    U5. Extra content!
  • FP
    FP Final Project
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First, learn about Borja's experience as a motion designer and listen to him explain the importance of having a good portfolio as a way to stand out in a world of images. Then, he shows you the work and artists who have most influenced his professional career.

Next, learn about how the Adobe suite works and prepare your graphics in Photoshop and Illustrator so they can be animated in After Effects. Next, see the basic AE tools and take a look at some examples of animated portfolios to get inspired.

Now, start animating in After Effect with keyframes. Go through some different practical exercises, including animating the menu button or hamburger button, a website, logos, and a poster made up of several design elements.

In the next unit, learn how to integrate your animations into mockups to achieve that unique touch. Discover how to integrate the sign you created previously into an urban environment. Then, do the same with the animated website.

Finally, discover the key steps to exporting your animated work for sharing online. See how to optimize the quality of your GIF and MP4 files. Once finished, you will know how to use movement to present a professional-looking memorable portfolio.

What is this course's project?

Create an animation of your portfolio using simple techniques that will make your work and your unique style shine through.

Who is it for?

This course is for graphic designers who would like to create an animated portfolio but are unfamiliar with Adobe After Effects.

What you need

To take this course, you need some knowledge of Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator. Borja will explain the essential processes and tools of After Effects.

Regarding materials, you will need a computer with the previously mentioned software installed.

New to Adobe After Effects? In that case, we recommend taking Domestika Basics courses to learn how to use the software: Introduction to After Effects.


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Holke 79

A course by Holke 79

Motion Graphics Designer

Borja Holke, also known in the press and on social media as Holke 79, is a graphic designer specializing in motion design. He has more than 10 years of experience in animation and has worked with clients like Converse, Canal +, La Sexta, and the original punk rock pioneers, Green Day.

His specialties include digital composition, 2D and 3D animation, storyboard animation, styleframes, and typography for branding and advertising.


  • U1


    • Presentation
    • Influences
    • What will we do in the course?
  • U2

    Laying the foundations

    • Introduction to the Adobe suite to generate your animations
    • Preparation of your graphic works to animate them in After Effects
    • Workflow and basic skills in After Effects
    • The movement applied in great portfolios
  • U3

    We get to animate in After Effects!

    • We start to put keyframes to generate our first animation
    • UI: animating the typical hamburger menu or button
    • UI: let's bring our website design to life
    • Basic logo animation
    • Adding movement to a poster
  • U4

    Integration of our animations in mock-ups

    • Online resources and ideas and tips to generate your own mock-ups
    • Integrate your poster into the urban environment!
    • Integration of a website on a computer
  • U5

    Extra content!

    • Everything you need to know about the GIF format
    • Everything you need to know about the .mp4 format
  • FP

    Final Project

    • Portfolio Animation with After Effects

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Portfolio Animation with After Effects. A 3D, and Animation course by Holke 79

Portfolio Animation with After Effects

A course by Holke 79
Motion Graphics Designer. Madrid, Spain.
Joined June 2015
  • 96% positive reviews (67)
  • 2355 students