Introduction to 2D Animation in After Effects

A course by Laura Dajana Kroschewski , Graphic Designer

Graphic Designer. Frankfurt, Germany.
Joined September 2021

Learn to bring charming characters and emotive scenes to life using fundamental animation techniques

  • German with subtitles in English
  • 63% positive reviews (8)
  • 301 students

Learn to bring charming characters and emotive scenes to life using fundamental animation techniques

Want to bring your illustrations to life but need a little help getting started? In this online course, graphic designer and digital artist Laura Kroschewski teaches you to transform your drawings into short 2D animations. The aim of her ironic and charming pieces is to put a smile on the face of anyone who sees them. With Laura as your guide, learn to build characters and give them unique personalities that make them simply unforgettable.

Get ready to animate your art! Laura starts with an introduction to digital illustration and shows you her own process for developing compelling little shorts. Following her expert advice, create a template for your sketches before exploring Adobe After Effects to help you tell your story how it deserves to be told, using keyframes and stop motion. By the end of the course, you'll have all the tools to add movement to your designs and release their full storytelling potential!

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What will you learn in this online course?

15 lessons & 20 downloads

The characters
7 minutes, 58 seconds
6 minutes, 59 seconds
The plot
11 minutes, 34 seconds
First contours
14 minutes, 1 second
Color and shading
19 minutes, 46 seconds
German with subtitles in English
  • 63% positive reviews (8)
  • 301 students
  • 15 lessons (2h 23m)
  • 20 additional resources (11 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Available on the app
  • Audio: German
  • German, Spanish, English, Portuguese, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Level: Beginner
  • Unlimited access forever

What is this course's project?

Use stop-motion and keyframe techniques to create a 2D animation of around 15 seconds that tells the exciting story of two characters or personified objects.

Who is this online course for?

Anyone looking for an introduction to 2D animation interested in shorts and digital illustration, whether a professional or an avid fan.

Requirements and materials

No previous knowledge is required to take this course.

You need a pencil, some paper, a graphics tablet or an iPad, and an illustration software that works with layers (Laura uses Adobe Photoshop) as well as After Effects.

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.


301 Students
8 Reviews
63% Positive ratings

Laura Dajana Kroschewski

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Graphic Designer

Laura Kroschewski is a graphic designer and digital artist specialized in illustration and 2D animation. As a student of graphic design, she developed her personal style in which her colorful characters, personified objects, and playful critters take center stage. Through defined lines and block colors, she succeeds in filling her animations with expressive body language. She began as a freelancer while still studying and currently enjoys the creative freedom that comes with working on commissioned pieces.

She also shares her work on her Instagram page, where she has more than 52K followers. Her creations, which are mostly digital, range from short animations and GIFs to posters, caricatures, and commercial book illustrations. She also designed the decoration for a public children's park and even a mural for Frankfurt's busiest train station. Her clients include brands like Samsung, Coca-Cola, Adobe, Bose, Amazon Prime Video, Tod’s, and L’Oréal.


  • U1


    • About me
    • Inspiration
  • U2

    The story

    • The characters
    • Personality
    • The plot
  • U3

    The illustration

    • First contours
    • Motion sequences in single images
    • Color and shading
    • Preparing files for After Effects
  • U4

    The animation

    • Introduction to After Effects
    • Keyframes and stop motion
    • Animation of the main part
    • More tips for After Effects
  • U5

    Sound, render and export

    • Sound
    • Render and Export
  • FP

    Final project

    • Introduction to 2D Animation in After Effects

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Introduction to 2D Animation in After Effects. 3D, and Animation course by Laura Dajana Kroschewski

Introduction to 2D Animation in After Effects

A course by Laura Dajana Kroschewski
Graphic Designer. Frankfurt, Germany.
Joined September 2021
  • 63% positive reviews (8)
  • 301 students