First thing is to acquaint yourself with the software.
Watch the short links below from Video Copilot‘s excellent Basic Training Videos.

Go to Video Copilot and do the following tutorials in After Effects Basic Training:

(Best to watch in this order)

CH 1. Introduction Also see Adobe’s Basic Interface, and AE Workflow Overview and Get to Know After Effects

CH 3. Animation Also see Adobe’s Understanding Animation, and Keyframe animation in AE and Working with Compostions

CH 8 – Titles – Part 1 and  Part 2 – Don’t worry too much at first about the camera

Might be better to start with Adobe’s Create and animate Text Tutorials

CH 9 – Expressions

CH 10 – Rendering

THEN WATCH Sometime for Project two

CH 2 – EFFECTS

CH 4 – KEYING AND TRANSPARENCY

CH 5 – MOTION TRACKING

CH 6 – TIME REMAPPING

CH 7 – 3D INTEGRATION

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