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After Effects 7 PRO Essentials

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After Effects 7 PRO Essentials


This excellent After Effects 7 Pro: Essentials course will teach you the basics of the industry-standard tool for motion graphics and special effects design and production. The course has been created and is taught by an expert instructor, Steve Holmes, an award-winning British designer and animator. As you can imagine, he has an abundance of insider knowledge to share with you, and will provide an excellent education in After Effects. The course focuses on ways to control keyframes, use parenting and time remapping, understand and use powerful masking and blending modes, create mattes, and use adjustment layers to add complex, yet simple, impact to your animations.

Our learning material is available to students 24/7 anywhere in the world, so it’s extremely convenient. These intensive online courses are open to everyone, as long as you have an interest in the topic! We provide world-class learning led by IAP, so you can be assured that the material is high quality, accurate and up-to-date.

What skills will I gain?

  • Get a full introduction to the project, clip, comp windows, palettes, timeline, and Graph Editor
  • Learn how to control keyframes, use parenting and time remapping, plus understand how to make the most of powerful masking and blending modes
  • Discover how to create striking motion graphics and animate text in amazing ways

Meet the Instructors:

Steve Holmes is the creative director of the award-winning Energi Design, in San Francisco, California. With a history rich in design and typography for motion, broadcast and web design, Steve’s experience and the Energi portfolio are highly regarded in the design industry both in Europe and the US.

For over a decade, he has spoken at major design and animation conferences worldwide, and has a long-standing history as one of Total Training’s top presenters, sharing his knowledge of After Effects, Illustrator and Photoshop with the world.

Course Outline:

Section 01: Interface, Footage & Animation Essentials

  • Module 01: The Grand Tour
  • Module 02: The Project Panel & Workspaces
  • Module 03: The New & Powerful Comp Panel
  • Module 04: The Timeline & Previewing
  • Module 05: Importing & Organizing Footage
  • Module 06: Video Standards & The Clip Panel

Section 02: Masking, Mattes, Effects & Text Animation

  • Module 01: Parenting, Nesting & Time Remapping
  • Module 02: Incredibly Cool Masking
  • Module 03: Introduction To Effects & Presets
  • Module 04: Mattes & Layer Blending Modes
  • Module 05: Track Mattes, Adjustment Layers &  Effects
  • Module 06: Creating & Formatting Type
  • Module 07: Basic Text Animation & Presets
  • Module 08: Output & Export
  • Module 09: Preferences

How will I be assessed?

  • You will have one assignment. Pass mark is 65%.
  • You will only need to pay £19 for assessment.
  • You will receive the results within 72 hours of submittal, and will be sent a certificate in 7-14 days.

What Certification am I going to receive?

Those who successfully pass this course will be awarded a After Effects 7 Pro: Essentials certificate. Anyone eligible for certification will receive a free e-certificate.

What are requirements?

  • You must be 16 or over
  • You should have a basic understanding of English, Maths and ICT
  • You will need a computer or tablet with internet connection (or access to one)

What careers can I get with this qualification?

With this qualification, you are able to fulfil various roles, such as:

  • Graphic Design
  • Video Editing
  • Videography
  • Digital Media
  • Digital Marketing
  • Print Production
  • Multimedia Developer

PLEASE NOTE: We do not provide any software with this course.

Key Features

Gain an accredited UK qualification

Access to excellent quality study materials

Learners will be eligible for TOTUM Discount Card

Personalized learning experience

One year’s access to the course

Support by phone, live chat, and email

Course Curriculum Total Units : 149
Section 1: Interface, Footage & Animation Essentials
1. Applying a Mask & Transforming the Properties
2. Keyframing & Easy Ease
3. Layer Effects & Motion Blur
4. Animating & Organizing Layers in the Timeline
5. Working with Video & Track Mattes
6. Inserting & Animating a Text Layer
7. Completing the Animation
1. Navigating the Interface
2. Customizing, Saving & Loading Workspaces
3. Using the New Maximize Feature
4. Opening & Closing Windows & Projects
5. Working within the Project Panel
6. Organizing Files in the Project Panel
7. Tips for Utilizing the Project Panel
8. Adjusting the Working Color Space
1. Adjusting the Composition Settings
2. Creating a Comp from Existing Footage
3. Creating a Comp from Stills
4. Working with Multiple Composition Viewers
5. Using the Zoom & Scroll Tools
6. Changing the Preview Size
7. Splitting the Composition Viewer
8. Changing the View Options
9. Selecting Composited Layers
10. Using the Snapshot Feature to Store Frames in Memory
11. .e New Color Channel Viewing Options
12. Adjusting the Viewer Resolution & Pixel Aspect Ratio
13. Exploring the Flow Chart Option
1. Importing Footage
2. Fitting an Image into the Comp Window
3. Snapping the Position of Layers in the Timeline
4. Introducing the AV Panel in the Timeline
5. Labeling, Selecting Label Color & Arranging Layers
6. Renaming Layers in the Timeline
7. Hiding Layers with the Shy Switch
8. Using the Quality & Effects Switches
9. Applying Motion Blur
10. Zooming, Viewing Switches, Modes & Duration Columns
11. Moving the Time Indicator & Applying Markers
12. Positioning & Trimming Layers Using Markers
13. Previewing Audio & Setting Up a RAM Preview
14. Setting Up a Work Area & a Region of Interest
1. Using Adobe Bridge
2. Importing Movies & Sequences with Bridge
3. Interpreting Alpha Channels
4. Importing Adobe Photoshop(R) Files
5. Interpreting a Photoshop Sequence
6. Using Edit Original & Importing Layer Effects
7. Exploring Importable Layer Effects
8. Creating a Photoshop File in After Effects
9. Importing Adobe Illustrator(R) Files
10. Using Placeholders & Proxies
11. Proxies & the Render Queue
12. Working with Camera Raw Files
13. Using a Proxy with Camera Raw Files
1. Composition Settings & Pixel Aspect Ratio
2. Fixing Interlaced Video Issues
3. Solving 3:2 Pulldown Issues
4. Making Insert & Overlay Edits
5. Working with Split Layers & Extracting a Work Area
Section 2: Masking, Mattes, Effects & Text Animation
1. Setting Up the Car Speeding Along Comp
2. Adding Wheels to the Car Comp & Rotating .em
3. Introducing Parenting, the Pick Whip & Parenting to a Null
4. Common Challenges with Parenting Elements Together
5. Working with Nested Compositions
6. Pre-Composing & Animating the Car
7. Enabling Time-Remapping vs. Time-Reverse Layer
8. Time-Remapping, Frame Blending & Time-Reverse Keyframes
9. Easing Keyframes & Time-Remapping Audio
10. Using the Graph Editor to Time-Remap Slow Motion Footage
11. Sequencing Layers & Time-Remapping a Nested Comp
12. Easing In & Adjusting the Speed in the Graph Editor
1. Introducing the Masking Tools
2. Animating a Mask to Reveal Text
3. Using Guides & Feathering Masks
4. Adding & Subtracting Masks
5. Creating a Circular Mask
6. Adjusting Masks on Photoshop® Files
7. Pasting In Masks from Illustrator®
8. Correcting & Controlling Mask Interaction
9. Time-Reversing Keyframes
10. Creating a Morph Target in Illustrator
1. .e Snow Effect
2. .e Fast Blur Effect
3. Creating & Saving Animation Presets
4. Using Fast Blur to Change the Depth of Field
5. Using the Color Emboss & Snow Effects
6. Creating a Chrome Reflection in a Pre-Comp
7. Changing the Blend Mode & Sharing Presets
1. Using Layers as Mattes for Other Layers
2. Using the Luminance of a Grayscale Image for Transparency
3. Creating & Pre-Composing an Animated Matte
4. Manipulating Transparency with Layer Blending Modes
5. Using RGB Channels for Convincing Mattes
6. Transitioning between Comps with a Stencil Alpha Matte
1. Applying a Luma Track Matte
2. Duplicating a Layer & Replacing It with a Matte
3. Looping Multiple Layers Using Apply Interpretation
4. Introducing Adjustment Layers in Photoshop
5. Using Adjustment Layers to Blur & Colorize
6. Using Layer Blending Modes
7. Bringing in Illustrator Files to Use for the Title
8. Creating a Custom Luma Matte
9. Creating a Custom Adjustment Layer
10. Animating a Mask on an Adjustment Layer & Adding a Blur
11. Animating a Blur & Adjusting Transparency
12. Adjusting the Timing of an Animation
13. Pre-Composing Layers into a Nested Composition
1. Text Effects, Panels & Workspaces
2. Creating a Type Layer
3. Selecting, Aligning & Building Type Layers
4. Populating & Scaling Type Layers
5. Formatting Text with the Character Panel
6. Changing the Stroke, Fill, Height & Width
7. Adjusting the Tracking, Leading & Kerning
8. Baseline Shift & Other Character Properties
9. Using the Paragraph Panel
10. Paragraph Panel Fly-Out Menu Options
1. Introducing the Basic Text Animation Presets
2. Applying Text Animation Presets to Animate In & Out
3. Animating Text Properties: Scale & Inter-Character Blending
4. Adjusting Rotation, Anchor Point Grouping & Alignment
5. Animating the Tracking & Adjusting the Line Anchor
6. Positioning & Animating Text on a Closed Path
7. Animating Text on an Open Path
8. Animating Text on a Spiral Path
9. Animating a Paragraph on a Path
10. Introducing Wiggler & the Wiggly Selector
11. Adjusting the Wiggly Selector Options
12. Taking a Closer Look at the Wiggler
13. Adjusting Correlation & the Temporal & Spatial Phases
14. Setting Up for Temporal & Spatial Phase Animation
15. Animating a Bullet-Time “Matrix”-Style Effect
16. Saving an Animation as a Preset
1. Exporting a Flash™ Movie for the Web
2. Previewing in a Browser & Changing Frame Rate
3. Saving a RAM Preview & Exporting Multiple Movies
4. Changing the Render Settings
5. Changing the Output Module Settings
6. Adding Multiple Output Modules
1. Looking at General Preferences
2. Setting Preferences for Nested Comps
3. Setting Preferences for Layers & Colors
4. Setting Preview Preferences
5. Setting Display Preferences
6. Setting Import & Output Preferences
7. Setting Up Grids, Guides & Labels
8. Memory, Cache & Video Preview Prefs
9. User Interface Colors & Auto-Save Prefs
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