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Complete 3D Animation Masterclass: Create Animated Shorts

From Beginner to Advanced: Maya, Photoshop, After Effects & Audacity

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What you'll learn

  • Master Maya's user interface and navigation tools for an efficient workflow.
  • Learn about different Maya file types and their significance in 3D projects.
  • Create 3D objects using primitive modeling and understand grouping and duplication techniques.
  • Gain proficiency in applying materials to your models for a realistic look.
  • Develop a strong foundation in 3D modeling using polygons.
  • Understand subdivision and smooth preview techniques for realistic shapes.
  • Explore modeling workflows for organic and hard-surface objects.
  • Master UV layouts and projections for accurate texturing.
  • Source and utilize photo-based textures for realism.
  • Create render-based textures compatible with Arnold for top-notch results.
  • Master glass and transparent material effects for captivating scenes.
  • Build a reference board for cohesive and aesthetically pleasing textures.
  • Master hierarchy-based rigging techniques to animate characters seamlessly.
  • Utilize constraints for object interactions and smooth animation.
  • Learn the 12 principles of animation to bring your characters to life.
  • Produce polished animations with playblasts and post-production effects.
  • Learn joint placement and orientation for efficient rigging.
  • Create a proxy rig and set up FK and IK systems for smooth animation.
  • Master weight painting techniques to achieve realistic character movement.
  • Finalize the rig for a seamless and versatile animation workflow.
  • Animate character walk cycles with essential key poses.
  • Storyboard the shot and assemble the scene for effective animation.
  • Utilize blocking, breakdowns, and in-betweens for refined character movement.
  • Polish animations and create compelling playblasts for feedback.
  • Understand the core pillars of the 3D pipeline and its significance in 3D production.
  • Explore Photoshop's role in texturing and compositing within the 3D pipeline.
  • Create Maya project folders and manage files for effective organization.
  • Learn about specular materials and workflows to achieve realistic surfaces.
  • Conceptualize lighting setups for mood and aesthetics.
  • Set up AOVs and render layers for post-processing control.
  • Compose scenes and apply post-processing effects for stunning visuals.
  • Source and create sound effects, and integrate them into your animation for a complete experience.
  • Set up your computer with essential software like Maya, Photoshop, After Effects, and Audacity.
  • Understand hardware requirements and optional peripherals for optimal 3D creation.
  • Explore various licensing options for Maya to find the best fit for your needs.
  • Get familiar with Adobe products and their roles in the 3D creation process.
  • Build an impressive portfolio showcasing your 3D creations.
  • Understand different pathways for your 3D career and choose the best fit.
  • Implement the assets and techniques learned to excel in your 3D journey.
  • Explore further courses to enhance your skills and stay updated in the industry.


  • No Prior Experience Required: This course is suitable for complete beginners in the field of 3D animation. No prior experience is necessary, and the course will take learners from foundational concepts to advanced techniques.
  • Basic Computer Literacy: Learners should have a fundamental understanding of using a computer, including navigating the operating system, using a keyboard and mouse, managing files and folders, and basic internet browsing
  • Language Proficiency: Learners should have a basic understanding of English, as the course content and instructions are primarily presented in English.
  • Personal Computer: Learners should have access to a personal computer or laptop that meets the minimum system requirements for running the software effectively. This typically includes a decent processor, sufficient RAM, and a dedicated graphics card.
  • Software Familiarity: Prior experience with software applications like Maya, Photoshop, and After Effects is helpful. While the course covers software setup and usage basics, having some familiarity with similar tools will accelerate the learning process.
  • Access to Software: Learners who do not already have access to Maya, Photoshop, After Effects, and Audacity can use trial versions or explore free alternatives during the course.
  • Artistic Flair: A creative mindset and artistic inclination will enhance the learning experience. While not mandatory, having an eye for aesthetics and design will help learners produce visually appealing 3D creations.
  • Creative Drive: An eagerness to explore new ideas and experiment with different animation styles will enhance the learner's experience and lead to more innovative creations.
  • Passion for 3D: Enthusiasm and a genuine interest in 3D art and animation will drive learners to excel in the course. A passion for the subject matter will keep them engaged and motivated throughout the learning journey.
  • Willingness to Learn: This course is designed for individuals who are eager to learn and invest time and effort in improving their 3D skills. A positive attitude towards learning and growth is essential for success.
  • Openness to Feedback: Learners should be open to receiving constructive feedback on their projects, as it is an essential part of the learning and improvement process.

Welcome to the Complete 3D Animation Masterclass: Create Animated Shorts! Whether you're a complete beginner or an aspiring animator looking to enhance your skills, this comprehensive course is designed to take you on an exciting journey from the fundamentals of 3D animation to advanced techniques. By the end of this course, you'll be equipped to confidently create your very own animated shorts from scratch!

Throughout this masterclass, we will dive deep into the world of 3D animation using industry-leading software tools such as Autodesk Maya, Photoshop, After Effects, and Audacity. Starting with the basics of Autodesk Maya, we'll explore various 3D concepts and techniques, including the powerful Hardware 2.0 and the renowned Arnold Renderer.

But that's not all – we'll also harness the potential of Photoshop for 3D texture creation, After Effects for seamless compositing, and Audacity for precise sound editing and recording. This integrative approach ensures you gain hands-on experience with the essential tools used in the animation industry today.

To make your learning experience engaging and rewarding, we've structured this course around an iterative project-based curriculum. From the inception of your 3D journey, you'll learn how to construct captivating worlds using geometric primitives. As you progress, you'll unlock the secrets of advanced 3D tools, enabling you to build realistic and visually stunning environments.

As your instructor, I'm passionate about sharing my expertise and industry insights to guide you on this creative adventure. You can trust that this course is packed with practical knowledge, allowing you to turn your imagination into captivating animations.

Join us today and embark on a transformative learning experience! By enrolling in this masterclass, you're taking the first step towards becoming a skilled 3D animator, equipped with the ability to bring your ideas to life through animated shorts.

Who this course is for:

  • Aspiring 3D Animation Enthusiasts: Embark on an exciting journey into the world of 3D animation and visual storytelling. Perfect for beginners seeking a solid foundation in the art of animation.
  • Artistic Hobbyists & Creative Minds: Unleash your creative potential with 3D modeling and animation techniques. Ideal for hobbyists and individuals eager to bring their artistic visions to life through animation.
  • Self-Learners & Storytellers: Learn at your own pace with hands-on projects and real-world examples. Perfect for self-motivated learners with a passion for storytelling and a desire to master 3D animation skills.
  • Supportive Parents & Mentors: Empower your aspiring young artists with essential 3D animation skills. Ideal for parents, mentors, and educators looking to foster creativity and imagination in their students.
  • Visual Communicators & Content Creators: Explore the world of 3D animation as a powerful tool for visual storytelling. Perfect for content creators, designers, and marketers looking to enhance their visual communication skills.
  • Game Design Enthusiasts: Dive into the realm of 3D animation for game development. Suitable for game design enthusiasts who want to bring their game characters and environments to life.
  • Filmmakers & Video Producers: Enhance your filmmaking and video production projects with captivating 3D animated elements. Perfect for filmmakers and video creators looking to add a dynamic touch to their productions.
  • Art Students & Designers: Expand your artistic repertoire with 3D animation techniques. Ideal for art students and designers eager to explore new dimensions in their creative work.
  • Educators & Instructors: Discover innovative ways to engage and educate your students with 3D animated content. Suitable for educators and instructors across various subjects seeking to enhance their teaching methods.
  • Digital Media Professionals: Elevate your digital media projects with the art of 3D animation. Perfect for professionals in the digital media industry, including graphic designers, illustrators, and digital marketers.

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Welcome to the Complete 3D Animation Masterclass: Create Animated Shorts! Whether you're a complete beginner or an aspiring animator looking to enhance your skills, this comprehensive course is designed to take you on an exciting journey from the fundamentals of 3D animation to advanced techniques. By the end of this course, you'll be equipped to confidently create your very own animated shorts from scratch!