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In this After Effects CS3: Advanced series, you’ll explore the 3D environment to understand better how to work with 3D cameras and add realistic lighting and shadows. Plus, test drive tools that you may have never ventured to try before, such as painting and keying. Ko wraps up the course with a closer look at the all-new Puppetry and Shapes tools.

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 material, 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?

  • Job seekers
  • Graduates
  • Students
  • Graphic designers
  • Designers
  • Illustrators
  • Artists
  • Bloggers

Course outline

This course is comprised of the following topics:

Part – 01

  • Module 01: Understanding the 3D Environment
  • Module 02: Introducing 3D Cameras
  • Module 03: Lights & Material Options
  • Module 04: Advanced Expressions
  • Module 05: Motion Tracking
  • Module 06: Painting with After Effects

Part – 02

  • Module 01: Puppetry in After Effects
  • Module 02: Creating Shape Layers
  • Module 03: Advanced Text Elements
  • Module 04: Advanced Keying
  • Module 05: Exploring Popular Effects

Course Duration:

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.

Method of Assessment:

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 CS3: Advanced.

Entry Requirement:

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

Career Path:

Take this course and learn how to work with the 3D cameras. Understand the best methods to add diverse realistic looking lighting filters and shadows. Learn the different features of the cameras in a practical manner where you will be able to test all the different features of this camera. A career with bright prospects await you with the completion of this course. According to www.payscale.uk, 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
  • Illustrator – £20,315 per annum
  • Motion Graphic Designer – £27,037 per annum
  • Visual Designer – £29,338 per annum
  • Post Production Manager, Television, Video, or Motion Picture – £30,252 per annum

Presenter Information:

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.


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Course Curriculum

Free Introduction
After Effects CS3 Advanced FREE 00:00:55
Part 01
1. Introducing OpenGL® 00:00:00
2. Stepping into the Third Dimension 00:00:00
3. Rotating a 3D Layer 00:00:00
4. Using Camera Views 00:00:00
5. Understanding Coordinates 00:00:00
6. Introducing Camera Tools 00:00:00
7. Using View Layouts 00:00:00
8. Switching Access Modes 00:00:00
9. Using Parenting & Layering 00:00:00
1. Adding a Camera & Setting Presets 00:00:00
2. Understanding the Camera Objects 00:00:00
3. Animating the Camera 00:00:00
4. Working with Depth of Field 00:00:00
5. Animating Focal Distance 00:00:00
1. Setting Up the 3D Environment 00:00:00
2. Building a Paper Submarine 00:00:00
3. Animating 3D Elements 00:00:00
4. Introducing Lights 00:00:00
5. Lighting & Shadows 00:00:00
6. Modifying Material Options 00:00:00
7. Working with Vanishing Point 00:00:00
1. Introducing More Expressions 00:00:00
2. Targeting Parameters 00:00:00
3. Linking Points of Interest 00:00:00
4. Driving Expressions Using Parameters 00:00:00
5. Driving Expressions Using Keyframe Data 00:00:00
6. Applying Effects 00:00:00
7. Applying Slider Effects 00:00:00
8. Using the Random Expression 00:00:00
9. Copying & Pasting Existing Expressions 00:00:00
10. Working with Parenting & Expressions 00:00:00
11. Working with Scripts 00:00:00
1. Introducing Motion Tracking 00:00:00
2. Tracking a Single Object 00:00:00
3. Targeting Tracking Data 00:00:00
4. Offsetting Trackers 00:00:00
5. Using the Motion Stabilizer 00:00:00
6. Tracking with Effects 00:00:00
7. Pinning Corners 00:00:00
8. Applying a 4-Point Track 00:00:00
1. Introducing Paint Tools 00:00:00
2. Exploring Strokes & Brushes 00:00:00
3. Adjusting Paint in the Timeline 00:00:00
4. Animating Paint Strokes 00:00:00
5. Animating Strokes with Hold Keyframes 00:00:00
6. Animating the Brush Properties 00:00:00
7. Working with Photoshop® Animations 00:00:00
8. Painting on RGB & Alpha Channels 00:00:00
9. Linking Paths & Paint Shapes 00:00:00
10. Controlling a Shape Path with a Paint Path 00:00:00
11. Erasing Paint 00:00:00
12. Creating a Write-On Effect 00:00:00
13. Final Comments & Credits 00:00:00
Part 02
1. Introducing Puppet Pins 00:00:00
2. Adjusting the Mesh 00:00:00
3. Adjusting the Mesh Priority: Part 1 00:00:00
4. Adjusting the Mesh Priority: Part 2 00:00:00
5. Redrawing the Mesh 00:00:00
6. Masking with Puppet Pins 00:00:00
7. Starching Areas 00:00:00
8. Using Motion Sketch 00:00:00
9. Sketching the Mesh 00:00:00
10. Using Forward Kinematics 00:00:00
11. Using Puppetry in Inverse Kinematics 00:00:00
12. Exploring Parenting in Inverse Kinematics 00:00:00
13. Setting Animation with Inverse Kinematics 00:00:00
1. Using Layers from Illustrator® 00:00:00
2. Using Paths from Illustrator 00:00:00
3. Introducing Shape Primitives 00:00:00
4. Exploring Further with Shape Primitives 00:00:00
5. Creating Shapes with the Pen Tool 00:00:00
6. Manipulating the Entire Image 00:00:00
7. Working with Subdivided Splines 00:00:00
8. Adding Gradients to Shapes 00:00:00
9. Bringing the Shape Layers Together 00:00:00
1. Introducing Advanced Text 00:00:00
2. Using the Range Selector 00:00:00
3. Using the Wiggly Selector 00:00:00
4. Animating Range Selectors 00:00:00
5. Changing Selector Properties 00:00:00
6. Animating a Blur & Fire Effect 00:00:00
7. Introducing 3D Transformations 00:00:00
8. Applying Lights & Cameras to 3D Text 00:00:00
9. Working with Advanced Color Depth 00:00:00
1. Exploring Basic Keying Effects 00:00:00
2. Using Color Sampling Effects 00:00:00
3. Applying the Keylight Filter 00:00:00
4. Adjusting the Key 00:00:00
5. Adjusting the Image 00:00:00
6. Saving Your Key 00:00:00
7. Cropping with Keylight 00:00:00
8. Compositing with Keys 00:00:00
9. Rotoscoping with Masks 00:00:00
10. Tracking with Masks 00:00:00
11. Rotoscoping with Paint Tools 00:00:00
1. Using a 4-Color Gradient 00:00:00
2. Creating Shattered Text 00:00:00
3. Final Comments & Credits 00:00:00

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