Adobe After Effects CS5: Essentials

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Overview In this After Effects CS5: Essentials series, you will learn tips and tricks, as well as techniques that you …


In this After Effects CS5: Essentials series, you will learn tips and tricks, as well as techniques that you can use to create your own compositions. After Effects is the standard in the industry for compositing and graphics animation; stay competitive and add this skill set to your knowledge base.

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: Introduction to After Effects
  • Module 02: Animation Basics
  • Module 03: Working with Masks
  • Module 04: Animating Texts
  • Module 05: Animating Assistants
  • Module 06: Parenting & Basic Expressions
  • Module 07: Composting
  • Module 08: Particles & Paint
  • Module 09: Basic Effects
  • Module 10: Introduction to the 3D Engine
  • Module 11: 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 CS5: Essentials.

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

Learn how to develop some creative animation graphics in your place of work and enhance your ability and skills further. 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, 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 CS5 Essentials FREE 00:07:51
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
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
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
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
1. Using Motion Sketch & Smoother
2. Working with Auto-Orient & Split Layer
3. Time Remapping
4. Creating a Picture Montage
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
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
1. Introduction to Particle Generators
2. Creating a Chimney & Smoke Animation
3. Introduction to Paint
4. Creating an Invisible Pen Effect with Paint
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
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
1. Using the Render Queue
2. Other Methods of Exporting
3. Credits

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