Adobe After Effects Certification - ACE

Level: Advanced

Duration: 2 hours

Cost: £175 / £75 if booked with a course

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Adobe Certification: Opening Doors of Opportunity
Becoming an Adobe Certified Expert (ACE) gives you a clear and focused way to tell the world about your expertise and communicate your proficiency in leading products from Adobe. Achieving the ACE status gives you advanced skills recognised and respected by employers. By proving your expertise with Adobe solutions, you demonstrate your commitment to advancing your skills and taking on greater challenges.

Adobe Certified Expert (ACE): After Effects
Adobe software sets the worlds standard in powerful digital design tools. And while users enjoy creative freedom and precise control in bringing high-impact digital communications to life, students who certify proficiency in Adobe software enjoy the added opportunity to prove their expertise.

Ideal Candidates
After Effects CC exam audience are users with two or more years’ experience creating motion graphics as well as understanding/familiarity with After Effects. You should understand the basics of good design and typography, be able to execute a storyboard or design from a senior designer and render a ready-for-distribution video, be familiar with Photoshop, Bridge, and Adobe Media Encoder and CINEMA 4D Lite

Stand Out From the Crowd
The ACE certification proves your efficiency and expertise at an advanced level. Adobe’s ACE certifications are based on research about digital communication skills required by industry, government, and education. The exam objectives reflect the expertise needed to be successful communicators in today’s digital world. This industry-recognised certification program ensures that you are acquiring the knowledge and abilities valued in today’s workplace.

Exam Preparation
The following are typical tasks that you should already be able to perform:

– Understands the delivery requirements of the job
– Importing and correctly interpret footage sources
– Import CINEMA 4D projects
– Create composition; arrange and animate layers
– Create an efficient composition hierarchy with precomps
– Preview and navigate compositions
– Comfortable using each tool in the Tools panel
– Motion track and stabilise footage
– Work in 3D space inside After Effects
– Render compositions; understand Render Queue

Exam topics may include:

Browsing, Importing, and Interpreting Footage
– Browsing and importing from Bridge
– Importing footage
– Importing projects
– Using the Interpret Footage dialog

Managing Projects and Compositions
– Using workspaces
– Organising the project panel
– Creating a composition
– Using Grids and Guides and other alignment tools
– Synchronizing settings across multiple machines

Working With Layers in the Timeline
– Using the Footage panel
– Adding layers to a composition
– Sorting layers and stacking order
– Moving, aligning, and trimming layers
– Time stretching and time remapping
– Frame blending
– Sequence Layers keyframe assistant
– Audio and layers
– Layer quality issues

Animating Layer Properties
– Interactively transform layers in the Comp panel
– Scrubbing parameter values in the timeline
– Animating transform properties
– Anchor point
– Understanding keyframe interpolation
– Graph Editor
– Motion blur
– Keyframe assistants and panels
– Targeting, revealing, and searching for properties

Caching and Previewing
– Standard and RAM previewing
– Using the work area
– Understanding RAM and disk cache

Creating Transparency and Blending
– Understanding Alpha channels
– Masking
– Track mattes
– Keying
– Blending modes
– Stencils
– Other transparency mode options

Working With Effects and Layer Styles
– Searching for and applying effects
– Previewing and applying animation presets
– Creating animation presets
– Modifying effect properties
– Using adjustment layers
– Working with compound effects
– Applying layer styles

Working in 3D Space
– Moving and rotating layers in 3D space
– 3D views
– Working with 3D cameras
– Working with 3D lights
– Layer material options
– 3D renderers
– Fast previews
– CINEWARE and CINEMA 4D Lite

Creating and Animating Text
– Creating text layers
– Creating text animators
– Creating cascading animation
– Text on a path
– Per-character 3D
– Randomising text animations
– Text animation presets

Working With Shape Layers
– Creating a shape layer
– Multiple shapes and shape groups
– Shape operators
– Advanced strokes

Using the Paint, Roto Brush, and Puppet Tools
– Paint tools
– Roto Brush & Refine Edge tools
– Puppet tools

Stabilising and Tracking Footage
– Warp Stabilizer VFX
– Point Stabiliser
– Point Tracker
– 3D Camera Tracker
– Mocha Tracking and integration

Parenting, Nesting, and Precomposing
– Parenting
– Parenting with null objects
– Nesting compositions
– Navigating composition hierarchy
– Precomposing
– Edit this, Look at that (ETLAT)
– Render order
– Continuous rasterisation
– Collapse transformations

Working With Colour
– Colour depth
– Using colour profiles and lookup tables
– Broadcast safe colours
– Colour Finesse plug-in

Using Scripts, Plug-ins, and Basic Expressions
– Installing and applying scripts
– Format plug-ins
– Basic expressions
– Essential expressions
– Expression controllers
– Property linking

Rendering and Exporting
– The Render Queue
– Render Settings
– Output Modules
– Using render templates
– Adobe Media Encoder
– Issues that affect image quality
– Other issues

Group Bookings

If you make a booking for three or more people to take the same exam, you can receive a 15% discount from the overall cost. 

Education and Non-profit Organisations

If you are working for a non-profit organisation or an educational establishment, you can receive a 15% discount from the overall cost. 

Training Credits

Training credits do not apply for certification exams.

Early Bird

If you book this exam at least three months in advance, you can claim 15% discount from the original price.

Students and Freelancers

We know how difficult it can be to try and self-fund a course – that’s why we introduced a 15% discount to all students and those who work as freelancers.