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  • view course page for Cloth Simulation in Blender

    Learn how to simulate cloth, control its appearance, and make it interact realistically with other objects in your scene, using Blender.

    2h 0m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for Digital Product Photography with CINEMA 4D

    Learn how to create realistic product renderings for print and video advertising with CINEMA 4D.

    1h 29m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for Dynamics in CINEMA 4D

    Dynamics in CINEMA 4D Thanassis Pozantzis

    Learn how to use CINEMA 4D dynamics to create physically accurate object animations, using real-world physics like gravity, collisions, and bounces.

    3h 1m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for Cloth Simulation in 3ds Max

    Create realistic garments and fabrics, from T-shirts to tablecloths, with the Cloth system in 3ds Max.

    3h 20m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for VFX Techniques: Space Scene 01: Maya Animation and Dynamic Simulation

    Learn how to animate and render a professional-looking 3D space scene with Maya.

    3h 8m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for Creating Hair with Maya nHair

    Learn to create, style, animate, and render realistic hair with Maya nHair.

    3h 8m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for Chris Korn's Digital Character Design: Start to Finish

    Chris Korn, character designer at FUSE Animation, explains how he brings his creatures to life with CINEMA 4D and Zbrush.

    33m 52s
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  • view course page for Studio Lighting in CINEMA 4D

    Learn to light diffuse, reflective, and transparent objects in CINEMA 4D.

    1h 37m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for Creating Rigid Body Simulations in Blender

    Meet the family of rigid body simulation tools available in Blender and learn how to create realistic 3D movement and collisions.

    2h 39m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for VFX Techniques: Creating Explosions with 3D Layers

    Learn to destroy a building with a fireball, using an After Effects 3D environment, Maya dynamic simulations, and matte painted elements.

    3h 21m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for Creating Fur in Maya

    Create, render, and customize fur and hair for your 3D models in Maya.

    1h 12m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for Creating Materials in CINEMA 4D

    Add realism and character to your 3D models with materials in CINEMA 4D.

    2h 5m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for Vehicle Rigging in Maya

    Learn to rig a car model in Autodesk Maya for use in animation, games, design visualization, and visual effects.

    3h 38m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for Liquid Simulation in Maya

    Bring scenes to life by building realistic fluid simulations in Maya, including foam and bubbles, liquid being poured, and volumetric liquid in a container.

    2h 31m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for Creating Fluid Effects in Maya

    Learn to render realistic bodies of water such as ponds and oceans and underwater shots with Maya—essential skills in a visual effects artist's toolkit.

    2h 16m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for Creating Shader Networks in Maya and mental ray

    Dive deep into the Hypershade window and shader creation with Maya and the mental ray rendering engine.

    5h 28m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for Creating Simulations in MassFX and 3ds Max

    Introduces the viewer to the complete range of options available in the 3ds Max MassFX (also known as PhysX) toolset.

    3h 53m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for Production Rendering Techniques in CINEMA 4D

    Introduces advanced features of the CINEMA 4D rendering and lighting toolsets.

    2h 21m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for Rendering Using Cycles in Blender

    Learn about shading and lighting realistic 3D renders with Cycles.

    1h 28m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for Photorealistic Lighting with Maya and Nuke

    Demonstrates how to light an object onto a live-action still plate, using Maya, Nuke, and Photoshop.

    2h 24m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for Creating Simulations in Maya Dynamics

    Covers the basics of the classic dynamics engine, showing how to build a simulation with passive and active rigid bodies, add attributes like bounce and friction, integrate keyframes, and apply constraints.

    2h 11m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for Understanding Maya nCloth

    Take an in-depth look at nCloth, Maya's toolkit for simulating high-resolution mesh cloth for 3D characters and animations.

    3h 26m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for Getting Started with CAT Rigging Tools in 3ds Max

    Discover an alternative to the traditional character rigging workflow with the Character Animation Toolkit (CAT) toolset for 3ds Max, which offers quick preset character rigs as well as custom tools for creating a rig from scratch.

    2h 33m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for Maya Rendering for After Effects Composites

    Discover how to create render passes in Maya, recombine the passes in After Effects, and motion track the passes to live-action video footage that contains a moving camera or a moving character.

    3h 9m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for Digital Matte Painting: Changing a Scene From Summer to Winter

    Shows how to turn a daytime summer scene into a nighttime winter scene using Photoshop and After Effects, with illustrator David Mattingly's production-proven matte painting techniques.

    1h 48m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for Nuke 6 New Features

    Explores the new features found in the 3D digital compositor Nuke 6.

    4h 6m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for Creating Particle and Fire Effects with Maya

    Shows how to generate stunning special effects simulations in Maya, including exploding fireworks, tumbling snowflakes, and burning flames.

    3h 46m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for Photoshop CS5 Extended One-on-One: 3D Scenes

    Shows how to build, illuminate, and render realistic 3D scenes in Photoshop CS5 Extended.

    8h 51m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for Photoshop CS5 Extended One-on-One: 3D Objects

    Drawing six kinds of objects and manipulating them in 3D space.

    6h 1m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for Photoshop CS5 Extended One-on-One: 3D Fundamentals

    Create textured type and drawing objects that can be manipulated in 3D space in Photoshop.

    5h 17m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for Creating Natural Environments in Maya

    Shows how to create realistic landscapes, atmospheres, and natural light effects in Maya 2011.

    4h 18m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for Particle Effects in 3ds Max

    Create dynamic, randomly generated particle effects that can emulate snow, rain, steam, explosions, and more in 3ds Max animation projects.

    5h 53m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for CINEMA 4D: Designing a Promo

    Shows how to create a 15-second promotional video that looks and feels like a professional advertisement.

    7h 0m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for Creative Inspirations: New Deal Studios, Visual Effects

    Come along for a peek behind the magician's curtain at one of Hollywood's top visual effects houses, New Deal Studios.

    55m 39s
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  • view course page for CINEMA 4D and After Effects Integration

    Paced comfortably for beginners, this course also reveals numerous advanced tricks and techniques.

    1h 27m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for Maya Particle Effects

    Highlights some Maya features including how to reuse MEL expressions as well as how to manipulate paint effects to give particles a final look and feel.

    2h 8m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for Photoshop CS4 Extended for 3D

    Reviews the new 3D panel in Photoshop CS4, and demonstrates how to use 3D files in other applications.

    4h 35m
    Intermediate
     
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“I am in love with the After Effects program and have already started to apply some animation on our web pages. Even at this baby-steps stage, it looks awesome. You guys are the best thing that ever happened.” —Ida P.
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