Adobe After Effects 7 Pro: Professional Features

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Overview Discover the world of animation with After Effects 7 Pro: Professional Features. Hosted by Steve Holmes, these training videos …


Discover the world of animation with After Effects 7 Pro: Professional Features. Hosted by Steve Holmes, these training videos focus on new features and explore After Effects’ incredible 3D world, with lights, cameras, motion, and expressions for realistic animation. Learn powerful techniques for keying, rotoscoping, and motion tracking for incredible effects and compositing. Advance your skills to the next level with an in-depth and practical look at the effects, techniques, tips, and tricks used for high-end productions.

Learning with Study 365 has many advantages. The course material is delivered straight to you and can be adapted to fit in with your lifestyle. It is created by experts within the industry, meaning you are receiving accurate information, which is up-to-date and easy to understand.

This course is comprised of professional learning materials, all delivered through a system that you will have access to 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for 365 days (12 months).

  • Who is it for?
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• Job seekers
• Graduates
• Students
• Graphic designers
• Video editors
• Videographers
• Web developers
• Web designers

This bundle is comprised of the following modules:

Part 1- Advanced Text, Mastering 3D & Expressions

  • Module 01: Type  Überanimation
  • Module 02: Welcome to 3D
  • Module 03: Creating & Controlling  3D Cameras
  • Module 04: 3D Objects, Lights & Materials
  • Module 05: Intro to Expressions
  • Module 06: A World of Controlled Randomness
  • Module 07: Expression Dessert
  • Module 08: Tips & Tricks for Incredible 3D Expressions

Part 2 – Keying, Rotoscoping, Color Adjustment & Tracking

  • Module 01: Cool  Keying Workflow
  • Module 02: Color Adjustment & Compositing Techniques
  • Module 03: All About Rotoscoping
  • Module 04: Dynamic Motion Tracking

From the day you purchase the course, you will have 12 months access to the online study platform. As the course is self-paced you can decide how fast or slow the training goes, and are able to complete the course in stages, revisiting the training at any time.

At the end of the course, you will have one assignment to be submitted (you need a mark of 65% to pass) and you can submit the assignment at any time. You will only need to pay £19 for assessment and certification when you submit the assignment. You will receive the results within 72 hours of submittal, and will be sent a certificate in 7-14 days if you have successfully passed.

Successful candidates will be awarded a certificate for After Effects 7 Pro: Professional Features.

Learners must be age 16 or over and should have a basic understanding of the English Language, numeracy, literacy, and ICT.

This course will take you on an amazing journey which will help you to learn the art of animation successfully. Learn the features of this tool and work with lights, cameras, motion, and expressions for realistic animation. You will also learn the techniques which are used for keying, rotoscoping, and motion tracking for the more incredible effects. A career with bright prospects await you with the completion of this course. According to, some of the key job positions along with the average UK salary per annum you can go for after completing this course will be as follows.

  • Graphic designers - £21,956 per annum
  • Video Editor - £23,994 per annum
  • Videographer - £23,073 per annum
  • Digital Media Specialist - £25,947 per annum
  • Digital Marketing Specialist - £25,354 per annum
  • Production Manager, Print - £29,158 per annum
  • Multimedia Developer - £22,380 per annum

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.


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Course Curriculum

Free Introduction
After Effects 7 Pro Professional Features FREE 00:00:07
Part 1 - Advanced Text, Mastering 3D & Expressions
1. Working with the Text Panels
2. Using the Range Selector to Animate Position
3. Using the Range Selector to Animate Rotation
4. Using the Range Selector to Animate Fill Color
5. Animating Text On Screen
6. Looking at the Character O.set Animator
7. Animating the Character O.set
8. Adjusting Scale & Tracking within the Range Selector
9. Adjusting the Range Selector O.set
10. Looking at the Range Selector Advanced Shape Options
11. Easing the Shape Options & Adding a Fill Color
12. Using the Ramp Down E.ect & O.set
13. Looking at the New Blur Options for Text
14. Fading Text Using Blur & Transparency
1. 3D Position & Orientation
2. Rotating a 3D Layer
3. Viewing & Moving Objects on an Axis in 3D Space
4. Understanding the 3D Coordinate System
5. Introducing the Camera Tools
6. Changing View Layouts & Options
7. Exploring the Axis Modes
8. Parenting, Ordering & Rendering
9. Using OpenGL to Accelerate Graphic Processing
10. Fast Preview Options & OpenGL
1. Adding a 3D Camera to Your Scene
2. Working with Di.erent 3D Camera Presets
3. Point of Interest, Position & Camera Tools
4. Using the Auto-Orientation Options
5. Animating a Camera from Side to Side
6. Animating a Camera 360 Degrees
7. Using a Null Object to Animate a 3D Camera
8. Creating a 3D Camera “Fly-By” E.ect
9. Animating the Point of Interest
10. Auto-Orienting Objects Toward a Camera
11. Adjusting the Depth of Field
12. Adjusting F-Stop, Aperture & Focus Distance
1. Setting Up Your Workspace for Working with 3D
2. Building a 3D Airplane
3. Spinning the Propellor
4. Collapse Transformations
5. Animating a Pre-Composed 3D Object
6. Creating a 3D Cityscape
7. Looking at Lighting Options
8. Working with Multiple Colored Lights
9. Casting Shadows
10. Realistic Lighting: Daytime
11. Using a Layer as a Gobo
12. Realistic Lighting: Nighttime & Sunset
13. Disabling Shadows for Speci.ed Objects & Lights
14. Adjusting the Shadow Map Resolution
15. Introducing Material Options
16. Fine-Tuning the Material Options
17. Creating a Volumetric Solid Object
18. Using Layer Blending Modes to A.ect a 3D Object
1. Rotating an Object Using an Expression
2. Duplicating a Rotating Layer & O.setting Orientation
3. Tying the Point of Interest of a Camera to a Layer’s Position
4. Using the Rotation of a Layer to Drive the Scale of Another
5. Retaining Keyframe Information while Using Expressions
6. Tying Geometric Values to E.ects Using Expressions
7. Looping Keyframes Using Expressions
8. Inverting an Expression
9. Animating with the Motion Sketch & Smoother Panels
10. O.setting Duplicate Layers Based on the Same Motion Path
1. Using an Expression to Randomize Opacity
2. Using an Expression to Randomize Scale
3. Assigning a Variable to the Script
4. Using an Expression with Time-Remapping
5. Applying Expressions to E.ects
6. Using the Slider Control to Keyframe an Expression
7. Understanding Perlin Noise
8. Using the Wiggle Script
9. Wiggling along a Motion Path
10. Expressions, Split Layers & the Random Seed
11. Applying Wiggle across a Single Axis
12. Understanding & Simplifying Expressions
1. Applying the Circle Fun Expression
2. Applying Parenting to an Expression
3. The Write-On E.ect & Tracking a Child Expression
4. Looking at the Bounce & Squash Expressions
1. Creating a 3D Cube
2. Adjusting Anti-Aliased Layers
3. Inverse Kinematics
4. Forward Kinematics
5. Using the Random Seed to Build an Animation
6. Creating a Smoke E.eect
7. Transforming the Smoke into 3D
8. Adjusting the Lights to Create a Nighttime
Part 2 – Keying, Rotoscoping, Color Adjustment & Tracking
1. Creating a Garbage Matte
2. Using Linear Color Key & Spill Suppressor
3. Color Correcting a Keyed Image
4. Compositing a Keyed Image onto a New Background
5. Looking at the Multi-Cam Edit Source File
6. Setting Up a Green Screen Shot
7. Keying Solutions
8. Splitting the Layers
9. Applying the Keylight Filter
10. Re.ning the Key
11. Adding a Matte Choker & Channel Blur
12. Saving Animation Presets
13. Adding Saved Presets from Adobe Bridge
14. Fine-Tuning & Rendering
1. Using the Color Stabilizer E.ect
2. Creating a Sepia Tone & Adjusting Levels
3. Hand Colorizing a Black & White Movie
4. Introducing the Chrome Re.ections Comp
5. Creating the Chrome Re.ection E.ect
6. Adding a Blue Tone to the Chrome E.ect
7. Correcting a Color Cast with the Channel Mixer
8. Matching Colors with Hue/Saturation & Color Balance
9. Working with Colorama
10. Using the Depth Matte E.ect to Create 3D Fog
11. Using Shift Channels to Change Color Temperature
12. Creating a Convincing Composite
13. Inserting Fog Using a Linear Wipe & Fast Blur
1. Single Mask Rotoscoping
2. Setting Up for Multiple Mask Rotoscoping
3. Creating & Rotoscoping the Torso Mask
4. Creating & Rotoscoping the Arm Mask
5. Creating & Rotoscoping the Head Masks
6. Creating & Rotoscoping the Nose & Mouth Mask
7. Creating & Rotoscoping the Hand Mask
8. Creating & Rotoscoping the Thumb Mask
9. Animating Mask Opacity & Feathering Edges
10. Applying Motion Blur & Add/Subtract Modes
11. Colorizing & Blurring with an Adjustment Layer
12. Combining Multiple Rotoscoped Elements
13. Rending a Movie to be Used as a Luma Matte
1. Introducing the Motion Tracker Controls
2. Tracking the Motion of an Object within a Layer
3. Applying the Motion Track Data to Another Layer
4. Setting Up a Layer to Motion Track O. Screen
5. Tracking the Motion of an Object O. Screen
6. Using Expressions for Better Motion Tracking
7. Using a Perspective Corner Pin Tracker
8. Using E.ects with the Motion Tracker
9. Using the Motion Stabilizer

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