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Expressive Motion Graphics Animations

A course by Sebastian Baptista
Director and animator. Barcelona, Spain.
Joined May 2007
, Director and animator

Learn animation techniques to create projects in After Effects that are full of expression

  • Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 7991 students

Learn animation techniques to create projects in After Effects that are full of expression

Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 7991 students
  • 22 lessons (2h 40m)
  • 25 additional resources (5 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Available on the app
  • Audio: Spanish
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese
  • Level: Beginner
  • Unlimited access forever

Sebastián Baptista (Sebas) is a Director and Animator specialized in Motion Graphics. From 2011 to 2014 he was co-director of the study Sebas and Clim .

Throughout his career there are three elements that have influenced him constantly: The type of environment in which he moved, the experience he was acquiring and luck. But, as he says, "luck has to be helped" through learning, vocation and perseverance.Sebas managed to place himself in the elite of international animation and, in his more than 10 Years of career, he has learned a series of techniques, concepts and tricks that he will share with you in this course.

Many of the things he explains can be put into practice in animations in After Effects, but others will be useful for any type of animation or editing project.

IMPORTANT: Sebas will teach tricks and techniques of the professional use of After Effects to improve any animation in time and quality. However, prior basic knowledge is required on how to use this program before beginning the course.

What will you learn in this online course?

You will start getting to know Sebas and his most outstanding works.

Then you will go into the foundations of Animation discovering the why of things. For example, you will identify which technique works best with each idea and you will adapt some basic principles of animation to Motion Graphics.

Once you have understood the basic concepts, you will move on to the planning phase creating the sketches, storyboards and animatics to bring your own story to life. If you do not know how to draw, do not worry, you'll see other ways to do it.

Next you will learn to identify the general tempo of a story and the emotion graph.

You will also learn how to move things to express a feeling or personality, design the movement and learn to make the transition easier, faster and more practical in the world. You will also discover the technique of reduced animation (or Smear) that consists of counting more in less time.

Then, Sebas will teach you some tricks of the professional use of After Effects. It will tell you how to maintain order, how to plan the composition, and everything necessary to make it easier for you to work. It will also show useful shortcuts and learn to work with graphic curves, expressions, connect animations and create systems, you will discover the usefulness of using the guides and how to create an animated plot in minutes.

As a closing, from a more personal point of view, Sebas will give you some advice about the profession and how to give visibility to your work.

What is this course's project?

You will create an animated graphic battery in the style you want following a musical rhythm.

Projects by course students

Who is this online course for?

This course serves to improve techniques and concepts to all those people involved in the Audiovisual and / or Animation, or simply to start getting wet feet to those who do not have much experience in this moving things. For general concepts you do not need experience in any kind of software, but the practical techniques within After Effects require at least a basic knowledge of the program.

Requirements and materials

Paper, pencil, a computer and After Effects or Premiere (or any other program to assemble your final project). It is important to have previously worked with these programs.

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.

Sebastian Baptista

A course by Sebastian Baptista

Teacher Plus
Director and animator

Also known as "Sebas"; Sebastián is a Uruguayan by birth but with 8 years between Barcelona and London. He likes to tell stories with the technique that best suits him. He is addicted to series of humor and little soccer fan to be Uruguayan. He has worked for BBC, Pull & Bear, MAD in Spain or Sparkle.


  • U1


    • Presentation
    • Influences
  • U2

    Making base

    • The concept above the technique
    • The basic principles applied to Motion Graphics
    • We started to plan
  • U3

    About movement and other things

    • The tempo
    • The curves and their emotional meaning
    • Design the movement
    • The easiest transition in the world
    • Reduced animation (or Smear)
  • U4

    Geeks techniques for After Effects

    • Order and nomenclature
    • Useful shortcuts
    • 2D Metaballs
    • Basic expressions
    • Connect animations and create systems
    • Use of guides
    • Techniques to desynchronize
  • U5

    The SEBAS project

    • Explanation of the project
    • Realization of the project 1
    • Realization of the project 2
  • U6

    Some advices

    • To show it has been said
    • Things that I have learned in these years
  • FP

    Final project

    • Animation and Motion Graphics with After Effects

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