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After Effects CS3 Essentials

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After Effects CS3 Essentials


This excellent After Effects CS3: Essentials course will help you to master the world of animation using After Effects CS3. This After Effects CS3 course is taught by a professional animator, and focuses on new features and essential tools including Shape Layers, the Puppet Tool and Brainstorm. During this After Effects CS3: Essentials course you’ll learn how to use many of the new effects found in After Effects CS3 as well as how to import Photoshop Layer Styles. This excellent After Effects course will teach you amazing tips and tricks, and will have you producing high end animations in no time!

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?

  • Learn how to create and animate graphics with new Shape Layers.
  • Find out how you can bring your animation to life with the new Puppet Tool.
  • Conjure up some suggested variants in your animations with the new Brainstorm user interface.
  • Discover how to master some of the new Effects in After Effects CS3.
  • Experience a streamlined workflow as you learn how to import your existing Photoshop layers.

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: Overview Of After Effects Cs3
  • Module 2: Navigating the Workspace
  • Module 3: Importing & Collecting Footage
  • Module 4: Keyframing Parameters
  • Module 5: Parenting, Nesting & Intro to Expressions

Part 2

  • Module 1: Effects & Adjustments
  • Module 2: Masks, Mattes & Modes
  • Module 3: Using the Type Tool
  • Module 4: Exporting & Outputting
  • Module 5: New Tools & Features
  • Module 6: Setting Preferences
  • Module 7: Tips, Tricks & Beginner Questions

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: Essentials 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 : 87
Section 1
1: Overview Of After Effects Cs3
1. Setting Preferences
2. Importing Illustrator® Files
3. Introducing the Shape Layer
4. Reusing Compositions
5. Animating with the Puppet Tool
6. Creating a Ramp Effect
7. Understanding Masks & Modes
8. Basic Keyframing
9. Animating a Title
10. Setting Up a Render
2: Navigating The Workspace
1. Manipulating Panels & Creating a New Workspace
2. Examining the Project Pane
3. Information & Thumbnails in the Project Pane
4. Shortcuts to Find, Delete & Create a New Folder
5. Introducing Compositions & Timelines
6. Exploring the Composition Window
7. Examining the Icons & Columns in the Timeline
8. Navigating the Timeline & Adding Markers
9. Working with Layers in the Timeline
3: Importing & Collecting Footage
1. Prepping an Image in Photoshop® or Illustrator
2. Importing Footage & Image Sequences
3. Importing as a Composition
4. Importing Layer Styles
5. Using the Edit Original Command
6. Saving as a Photoshop Document
4: Keyframing Parameters
1. Understanding Layer Parameters
2. Creating Simple Keyframes
3. Differentiating Anchor & Position
4. Selecting & Modifying Keyframes
5. Managing Temporal Speed
6. Using Hold Keyframes
5: Parenting, Nesting & Intro To Expressions
1. Linking Children to Parents
2. Creating a Precomposition
3. Keyframing Time
4. Parenting & More Parenting
5. Bringing It All Together
6. Final Comments & Credits
Section 2
1: Effects & Adjustments
1. Locating & Applying Effects
2. Using the Checkerboard Effect
3. Using the Distort & Transition Effects
4. Applying Effects to a Bitmap Image & a Shape Layer
5. Layering Priority
6. Saving an Animation Preset
7. Applying Multiple Instances of the Same Effect
8. Using a Layer to Define the Effect on Another Layer
9. Using Adjustment Layers
2: Masks, Mattes & Modes
1. Applying Masks with the Vector Tool
2. Editing & Animating Mask Properties
3. Using Auto-trace to Generate Masks
4. Using Transparency & Masks to Reveal Images
5. Understanding Path Relationships
6. Using Shape Layers
7. Using a Track Matte
8. Preserving Transparency
9. Using a Composition as a Layer
3: Using The Type Tool
1. Setting Up the Character & Paragraph Palettes
2. Adding Text
3. Modifying Character Formatting
4. Fill & Stroke Options
5. Exploring the Paragraph Options
6. Creating Text from Photoshop® Layers
7. Introducing Animation Perimeters
8. Using Text Animators
9. Range Selector Basics
10. Converting Text to Outlines
11. Replacing Fonts & Another Type Treatment Example
4: Exporting & Outputting
1. Exporting as an SWF File
2. Exporting to Clip Notes
3. Making a Movie
4. Controlling Render Settings
5: New Tools & Features
1. Introducing Shape Layers
2. Working with Shape Fills
3. Animating Shape Layers
4. Exploring Photoshop Integration
5. Using the Puppet Tool
6. Introducing 3D Type
7. Brainstorming with Effects
6: Setting Preferences
1. Setting General Preferences
2. View, Display, Import & Output Preferences
3. Appearance, Memory & Saving Preferences
4. Exploring New Preference Options
7: Tips, Tricks & Beginner Questions
1. Tips for Importing & Interpreting Footage
2. Managing Source Material
3. Making a New Composition
4. Working with Ram
5. Using the Collect Files Feature
6. Final Comments & Credits
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