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After Effects CS3 Advanced

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After Effects CS3 Advanced


During this excellent After Effects CS3: Advanced course learners will explore the 3D environment to understand better how to work with 3D cameras and add realistic lighting and shadows. In addition, gain practice using amazing After Effects tools that you might never have tried before, like painting and keying. Take your After Effects skills to the next level, and learn to use the new puppetry and shapes tools. This course is suitable for anyone who has basic editing and compositing skills using After Effects, and covers the advanced features of After Effects.

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 will I learn?

  • Now that you’ve mastered the 2D features found in the After Effects Essentials series, you’re ready to understand the possibilities of 3D within After Effects
  • Explore the advanced features and expressions to take full advantage of the Javascript within After Effects
  • Learn how to combine painting, motion tracking, text and keying, so that you can approach any animation or composites in After Effects with confidence that you can get it done
  • Animating the 3D layers with a 3D camera can add dynamic, organic looks to your composite. The key to making this work is to understand how to manipulate the various parts of each 3D element
  • The puppetry tools help you deform layers in ways that you had never considered before. With an auto-tracing feature you can quickly start animating with this active tool

Meet the instructors:

Ko Maruyama has been working in the field of motion graphics for over twelve years. He has worked as a Visual Effects artist on several Emmy nominated advertising campaigns, music videos and promotional campaigns. He was most recently the Visual Effects Supervisor behind the motion graphics-based multi-media Snickers campaign starring the Black Eyed Peas which released simultaneously on television in print and online.

Ko has been on the motion graphics faculty of the Pasadena Art Center College of design for four years in the Digital Media Department. He’s also taught for Moviola, Video Symphony and several private firms.

He is a contributing writer for the online giant Digital Media Networks, has been published in several magazines, including STUDIO|monthly and featured in Millimeter and Post Magazine. He has several Emmy nominations, BDA/Promax Gold Awards and other international recognitions for his works.

Ko is on the board of Motion Graphics Los Angeles, a monthly forum for local artists and a central debut venue for new software in the industry. MGLA is the oldest, continuously meeting After Effects community in the country. He is also a member of Siggraph and the Director’s Guild in Los Angeles.

This course covers the following programmes:

Part 1

  • Module 1: Understanding the 3d Environment
  • Module 2: Introducing 3d Cameras
  • Module 3: Lights & Material Options
  • Module 4: Advanced Expressions
  • Module 5: Motion Tracking
  • Module 6: Painting With After Effects

Part 2

  • Module 1: Puppetry In After Effects
  • Module 2: Creating Shape Layers
  • Module 3: Advanced Text Elements
  • Module 4: Advanced Keying
  • Module 5: Exploring Popular Effects

What are the 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)

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 will I receive?

Those who successfully pass this course will be awarded a After Effects CS3: Advanced certificate. Anyone eligible for certification will receive a free e-certificate.

What careers can I get with this qualification?

This excellent After Effects CS3 course will qualify you to be a Video Producer. The average salary of a Video Producer in the UK is £26,978, and this will go up with experience ( With this course you could enter any of the following industries:

  • Video Producer
  • Video Editor
  • Videography
  • Editor
  • Motion Graphics Producer

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 : 98
Section 1
1. Introducing OpenGL®
2. Stepping into the Third Dimension
3. Rotating a 3D Layer
4. Using Camera Views
5. Understanding Coordinates
6. Introducing Camera Tools
7. Using View Layouts
8. Switching Access Modes
9. Using Parenting & Layering
1. Adding a Camera & Setting Presets
2. Understanding the Camera Objects
3. Animating the Camera
4. Working with Depth of Field
5. Animating Focal Distance
1. Setting Up the 3D Environment
2. Building a Paper Submarine
3. Animating 3D Elements
4. Introducing Lights
5. Lighting & Shadows
6. Modifying Material Options
7. Working with Vanishing Point
1. Introducing More Expressions
2. Targeting Parameters
3. Linking Points of Interest
4. Driving Expressions Using Parameters
5. Driving Expressions Using Keyframe Data
6. Applying Effects
7. Applying Slider Effects
8. Using the Random Expression
9. Copying & Pasting Existing Expressions
10. Working with Parenting & Expressions
11. Working with Scripts
1. Introducing Motion Tracking
2. Tracking a Single Object
3. Targeting Tracking Data
4. Offsetting Trackers
5. Using the Motion Stabilizer
6. Tracking with Effects
7. Pinning Corners
8. Applying a 4-Point Track
1. Introducing Paint Tools
2. Exploring Strokes & Brushes
3. Adjusting Paint in the Timeline
4. Animating Paint Strokes
5. Animating Strokes with Hold Keyframes
6. Animating the Brush Properties
7. Working with Photoshop® Animations
8. Painting on RGB & Alpha Channels
9. Linking Paths & Paint Shapes
10. Controlling a Shape Path with a Paint Path
11. Erasing Paint
12. Creating a Write-On Effect
13. Final Comments & Credits
Section 2
1. Introducing Puppet Pins
2. Adjusting the Mesh
3. Adjusting the Mesh Priority: Part 1
4. Adjusting the Mesh Priority: Part 2
5. Redrawing the Mesh
6. Masking with Puppet Pins
7. Starching Areas
8. Using Motion Sketch
9. Sketching the Mesh
10. Using Forward Kinematics
11. Using Puppetry in Inverse Kinematics
12. Exploring Parenting in Inverse Kinematics
13. Setting Animation with Inverse Kinematics
1. Using Layers from Illustrator®
2. Using Paths from Illustrator
3. Introducing Shape Primitives
4. Exploring Further with Shape Primitives
5. Creating Shapes with the Pen Tool
6. Manipulating the Entire Image
7. Working with Subdivided Splines
8. Adding Gradients to Shapes
9. Bringing the Shape Layers Together
1. Introducing Advanced Text
2. Using the Range Selector
3. Using the Wiggly Selector
4. Animating Range Selectors
5. Changing Selector Properties
6. Animating a Blur & Fire Effect
7. Introducing 3D Transformations
8. Applying Lights & Cameras to 3D Text
9. Working with Advanced Color Depth
1. Exploring Basic Keying Effects
2. Using Color Sampling Effects
3. Applying the Keylight Filter
4. Adjusting the Key
5. Adjusting the Image
6. Saving Your Key
7. Cropping with Keylight
8. Compositing with Keys
9. Rotoscoping with Masks
10. Tracking with Masks
11. Rotoscoping with Paint Tools
1. Using a 4-Color Gradient
2. Creating Shattered Text
3. Final Comments & Credits
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