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Adobe After Effects CS4: Essentials

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Overview After watching this After Effects CS4: Essentials training, you’ll know all about creating basic animations, text animation, tracking and …

Overview

After watching this After Effects CS4: Essentials training, you’ll know all about creating basic animations, text animation, tracking and stabilizing, basic keying and compositing, and basic 3D animation. Plus, you’ll get an insider’s view of some of the new features of After Effects CS4. Whether you are new to After Effects or brushing up on a technique, this series is just what you need to get up to speed fast.

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).

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

This course is comprised of the following topics:

  • Module 01: What's New in Adobe After Effects CS4
  • Module 02: Introduction to After Effects
  • Module 03: Animation Basics
  • Module 04: Working with Masks
  • Module 05: Animating Text
  • Module 06: Animation Help
  • Module 07: Parenting & Basic Expressions
  • Module 08: Basic Compositing
  • Module 09: Stabilizing & Tracking
  • Module 10: Particles & paint
  • Module 11: Introduction to the 3D Engine
  • Module 12: Shape Layers & the Puppet Tools
  • Module 13: Rendering & Exporting 

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 CS4: Essentials.

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

By completing this course in a successful manner learn all you need to know about animation. Create animations, 3D animations, learn about tracking and stabilizing and text animation. Learn and develop new skills and knowledge of using the different features of After Effects CS4. 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

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.

Course Curriculum

Free Introduction
After Effects CS4 Essentials FREE 00:03:22
1: WHAT’S NEW IN ADOBE AFTER EFFECTS CS4
1. Working with Photoshop® 3D Layers
2. Using Dynamic Link to Remove Noise in Soundbooth®
3. The New Timeline Search Feature & Pre-comp Flow Chart
4. Introducing the Cartoon Effect
2: INTRODUCTION TO AFTER EFFECTS
1. Basic Video Concepts
2. Importing Files
3. Project Panel Overview
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
3: ANIMATION BASICS
1. Exploring the Transform Properties
2. Introduction to Keyframing
3. Interpolating Keyframes
4. Practicing Interpolation
5. Copying & Pasting Keyframes
6. Creating a Loop
4: WORKING WITH MASKS
1. Introduction to Masks
2. Animating Masks
3. Working with Mask Interpolation
4. Rotoscoping
5. Using Masks for Position Keyframes
6. Creating a Simple Animation Using Masks
5: 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: Range Selector
6. Animators: Add Property
7. Animators: Two or More Range Selectors
8. Animators: Adding a Wiggly Selector
9. Working with Text from Photoshop
6: ANIMATION HELP
1. Using Motion Sketch & the Smoother
2. Using the Wiggler
3. Working with Auto-Orient & Split Layer
4. Time Remapping
5. Animating Stills Using the Anchor Point
7: PARENTING & BASIC EXPRESSIONS
1. Parenting Basics & Null Objects
2. Animated Man Exercise
3. Stacking Ruler Exercise
4. Text Animation Exercise
5. Introduction to Basic Expressions
6. Applying Expressions for Wiggle & Loop
7. Using Expressions with Audio Files
8: 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. Pre-composing & Nesting
9: STABILIZING & TRACKING
1. Stabilizing a Shot
2. Tracking a Point
3. The Tracker Panel & Motion Tracker Options
4. Corner Pin Tracking
5. Mocha for After Effects
10: PARTICLES & PAINT
1. Introduction to Particle Playground
2. Breathing Tiger Exercise
3. Introduction to Paint
4. Creating an Invisible Pen Effect
11: INTRODUCTION TO THE 3D ENGINE
1. Introduction to Camera Angles & Monitor Views
2. Creating 3D Text with Lights & Shadows
3. Setting Up a 3D Scene
4. Animating a 3D Scene
5. Working with Vanishing Point
12: SHAPE LAYERS & THE PUPPET TOOLS
1. Creating a Shape Layer
2. Animating Shapes with Repeater & Brainstorm
3. Using the Puppet Pin & Puppet Starch Tools
4. Using the Puppet Overlap Tool
5. Animating with the Puppet Tools
13: RENDERING & EXPORTING
1. Using the Render Queue
2. Working with Adobe Clip Notes
3. Exporting for Flash®
4. Credits

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