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After Effects CS5 Essentials

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After Effects CS5 Essentials


This After Effects CS5 course is taught by an accomplished Videographer, Editor, 3D Animator and Graphics Designer, and focuses on setting up compositions and importing files, to more complex animations, masks, text, and even 3D! During this After Effects CS5: Essentials course you’ll get an insider’s view of the features of After Effects CS5, and will be given plenty of insider tips and tricks to help you succeed. In addition, this After Effects CS5 course will teach you excellent techniques that you can use to create your own compositions. After Effects is a standard in the industry for compositing and graphics animation, so if you want to enhance your job search and stay competitive, this course is for you.

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 to create compositions, use Roto Brush and Auto Keyframes
  • Discover how to use and interpolate masks
  • Explore how to animate using the text animation engine
  • Learn to use the parenting capabilities of After Effects
  • Use the After Effects’ 3D engine

Meet the instructor:

Luisa Winters is an accomplished videographer, editor, 3D animator and graphics designer. Her compositions have been seen on broadcast TV as well as in private video productions. She has created and edited scores of video and web projects for dozens of corporate, government, and educational, commercial and private clients. An accomplished non-linear editor and instructor, Luisa has conducted training sessions and master classes for Adobe After Effects, Photoshop, Premiere Pro, Flash, Deamweaver, Captivate and Encore DVD.

This course covers the following programmes:

  • Module 01: Introduction To After Effects
  • Module 02: Animation Basics
  • Module 03: Working With Masks
  • Module 04: Animating Text
  • Module 05: Animation Assistants
  • Module 06: Parenting & Basic Expressions
  • Module 07: Basic Compositing
  • Module 08: Particles & Paint
  • Module 09: Basic Effects
  • Module 10: Introduction to The 3d Engine
  • Module 11: Rendering & Exporting

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 CS5: Essentials certificate. Anyone eligible for certification will receive a free e-certificate.

What careers can I get with this qualification?

This excellent After Effects CS5 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 : 64
1: Introduction to After Effects
1. Basic Video Concepts
2. Importing Files
3. Project Panel Overview & Arranging a Workspace
4. Creating a New Composition
5. Placing Footage in the Composition
6. Creating a Film Strip Effect with Multiple Movies
7. Timeline Panel Overview
8. Timeline Switches, Time Ruler & Work Area
9. Composition Panel Overview
2: Animation Basics
1. Exploring the Transform Properties
2. Introduction to Keyframing
3. Spatial Interpolation
4. Temporal Interpolation
5. Practicing Interpolation
6. Copying & Pasting Keyframes
7. Creating a Loop & Changing the Animation Speed
3: Working With Masks
1. Introduction to Masks
2. Animating Masks
3. Working with Mask Interpolation
4. Using Masks for Position Keyframes
5. Creating a Simple Animation Using Masks
4: Animating Text
1. An Introduction to Text in After Effects
2. Using Text Presets
3. Creating Text on a Path
4. Creating a Preset
5. Animators: Adding a Range Selector
6. Adding Properties to the Same Range Selector
7. Animating Two or More Range Selectors
8. Animators: Adding a Wiggly Selector
9. Working with Photoshop® Text
5: Animation Assistants
1. Using Motion Sketch & Smoother
2. Working with Auto-Orient & Split Layer
3. Time Remapping
4. Creating a Picture Montage
6: Parenting & Basic Expressions
1. Parenting Basics & Null Objects
2. Using Parenting in a Mechanical Crane Animation
3. Using Parenting to Create a Stacking Ruler Animation
4. Text Animation Based On the CTI Location
5. Introduction to Basic Expressions
6. Wiggle & Looping Expressions
7. Using Expressions to Animate Based On Audio Amplitude
7: Basic Compositing
1. Applying Layer Blending Modes
2. Creating a Track Matte
3. Keying & Keylight
4. Compound Effects: Gradient Wipe & Displacement Map
5. Compound Effects: Wave World & Caustics
6. Precomposing & Nesting
7. Rotoscoping with the Roto Brush
8: Particles & Paint
1. Introduction to Particle Generators
2. Creating a Chimney & Smoke Animation
3. Introduction to Paint
4. Creating an Invisible Pen Effect with Paint
9: Basic Effects
1. Creating Clouds with Fractals
2. Creating a Spinning Globe with Cc Sphere
3. Creating a Moving Background with Bezier Warp
4. Colorizing With Cc Toner
5. Animating a Stroke with a Lens Flare
10: Introduction to the 3d Engine
1. Introduction to Lights, Cameras & Camera Views
2. Creating 3d Text with Lights & Shadows
3. Animating A 3d Scene
4. A Quick Look at Vanishing Point
11: Rendering & Exporting
1. Using the Render Queue
2. Other Methods of Exporting
3. Credits
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