Adobe After Effects CS3: Introduction

2 Day Course
Hands On
Official Adobe Curriculum
Code MT006

This course has been retired in favour of the CS4 and CS5 versions.

Modules

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STARTING A PROJECT (7 topics)

  • The Composition window
  • Using the Project window
  • Working with layers over time
  • Animating layers independently
  • Designing backgrounds from scratch
  • Using Bezier motion paths
  • Applying effects to layers

IMPORTING FOOTAGE (6 topics)

  • Importing layers from Photoshop
  • Precomposing footage
  • Using alpha channels
  • Looping video footage
  • Drafting a project
  • Interpreting footage

WORKING WITH LAYERS (8 topics)

  • Different layer masking techniques
  • Creating animated Bezier mattes
  • Exposing elements of your last project
  • Trimming and moving layers
  • Changing playback speed
  • Changing playback direction
  • Working with Shape Layers
  • Using Brainstorm to experiment and refine designs

WORKING WITH TEXT (4 topics)

  • Customising text presets
  • Animating text
  • Antialiased text
  • Using text layers

WORKING WITH KEY FRAMES (3 topics)

  • Animating graphic elements
  • Precisely controlling animations
  • Using markers to synchronise actions

PARENT/CHILD RELATIONSHIPS (2 topics)

  • Working with the z-axis
  • Trimming layers

INTRODUCTION TO USING MATTES (10 topics)

  • Using colour keys to create simple mattes
  • Making layers react interactively
  • Using Free Transform Mode
  • Working with multiple effects
  • Using paths in After Effects
  • Using the align palette
  • Using adjustment layers
  • Previewing in RAM
  • Using the Keylight keyer
  • Using Rotobezier masks

COMPILING YOUR PROJECT (2 topics)

  • Optimising project settings
  • Rendering the composition

FILTERS AND TRANSITIONS (12 topics)

  • An in-depth look at After Effects filters including:
  • Levels
  • Creating drop shadows
  • Perspective filters
  • Using texturise
  • Setting mattes
  • Bevelling the Alpha channel
  • Bevelling edges of rectangular objects
  • An in-depth look at transitions
  • Using the Comp window
  • Creating text effects
  • Animating text

MORE ABOUT KEY FRAMES (5 topics)

  • Further principles of key framing
  • Copying and pasting key frames
  • Key frame assistants
  • Time reverse key framing
  • Simultaneously editing multiple key frames

COMPILING YOUR PROJECT (6 topics)

  • Using the pen tool to edit the value graph
  • Issues involved in interpolation methods
  • Precise control over velocity
  • Controlling speed of change
  • Nesting complex compositions
  • Mixing interpolation methods

LINEAR AND BEZIER INTERPOLATION (3 topics)

  • Previewing in wire frame
  • Using audio effects
  • Importing a project from Adobe Premiere

WORKING IN 3D (1 topic)

  • An introduction to working in 3D

FINAL RENDERING AND EXPORTING (5 topics)

  • Creating custom rendering templates
  • Faster rendering techniques
  • Efficient use of RAM
  • Setting field rendering order
  • Creating PDF video files

SAVING YOUR WORK FOR VIDEO, MULTIMEDIA, (1 topic)

  • Using Device Central

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