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Discovery Tools has the following classes available for registration or you may contact us to discuss on-site training available with our portable lab. Each student will have hands-on use of MacBook Pro for the entire workshop with Bella Pro Media Keyboard with Jog/Shuttle Wheel, and Wacom Intuos Tablet.


Seattle, WA


Seattle, WA
Guitar Center (Westlake & Mercer)
November 12 - 16, 2012
Monday - Friday
10:00 am - 5:30 pm
Course Fee: $2499

Adobe After Effects Complete
Adobe CS6 Training Series
AE Complete (5 days)

Get certified on Adobe's latest pro software!

See descriptions below



Seattle, WA
Guitar Center (Westlake & Mercer)
December 17 - 21, 2012
Monday - Friday
10:00 am - 5:30 pm
Course Fee: $2499

Adobe Photoshop
Adobe CS6 Training Series
PS Complete (5 days)

Get certified on Adobe's latest pro software!

See descriptions below



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Course Descriptions

After Effects 5-day ACE Certification Class: An intensive class on Adobe After Effects
This five-day hands-on course prepares students for passing the Adobe Certified Expert (ACE) exam. While we cannot guarantee passing this stringent exam on your first attempt we do cover the entire Classroom in a Book for After Effects and also include much more material with study guides to vastly improve your understanding of After Effects. Many third party templates and plug-ins are also utilized in this class. There is an additional 5-day lab session immediately following this class that includes many real-world examples for you to apply your new skills and receive feedback on your work. We recommend that you schedule your certification exam after these lab sessions if possible.

Note: We provide computers for the 5-day certification class but you must provide your own computer or make arrangements with us for the lab sessions.

Day 1

Chapter 1. Getting to Know the Workflow
Adding effects and modifying layer properties
Animating the composition
Previewing your work
Customizing the workspace

Chapter 2. Creating a Basic Animation Using Effects and Presets
Creating the composition
Applying an animation preset
Rendering the composition

Chapter 3. Animating Text
Creating and formatting point text
Using a text animation preset
Animating with scale keyframes
Animating imported Photoshop text
Animating text using a path animation preset
Animating type tracking
Using a text animator group
Animating a nontext layer along a motion path

Day 2

Chapter 4. Working with Shape Layers
Adding a shape layer
Creating custom shapes
Creating stars
Incorporating video and audio layers
Adding a title bar

Chapter 5. Animating a Multimedia Presentation
Animating the scenery using parenting
Masking video using vector shapes
Keyframing a motion path
Animating additional elements
Applying an effect
Creating an animated slide show
Adding an audio track
Zooming in for a final close-up
Sending the project to reviewers

Chapter 6. Animating Layers
Animating movement in the scenery
Adjusting the layers and creating a track matte
Animating the clock
Retiming the composition

Day 3

Chapter 7. Working with Masks
Editing a mask
Replacing the content of the mask
Adding a reflection

Chapter 8. Distorting Objects with the Puppet Tools
Animating pin positions

Chapter 9. Keying
Creating compositions in Device Central
Using garbage masks
Applying the Color Difference Key effect
Adding text

Day 4

Chapter 10. Performing Color Correction
Replacing the background
Keying out an area with the Color Range effect
Removing unwanted elements
Correcting a range of colors

Chapter 11. Building 3D Objects
Building a 3D object
Working with 3D text
Adding a camera

Chapter 12. Using 3D Features
Adding reflections to 3D objects
Using 3D lights
Adding effects

Day 5

Chapter 13. Advanced Editing Techniques
Using motion stabilization
Using single-point motion tracking
Using multipoint tracking
Creating a particle simulation
Retiming playback using the Timewarp effect

Chapter 14. Rendering and Outputting
Creating templates for the rendering process
Creating templates for output modules
Exporting to different output media


Lab Sessions

We have detailed handouts for the lab sessions with your required work that we choose not to publish on the web.