Adobe After Effects CS5 Visual Effects and Compositing Studio Techniques

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This is the only book on the market to focus exclusively on the creation of visual effects for After Effects users, and is a one-stop resource for anyone who wants in-depth explanations that demystify the realm of visual effects and how they were created, thanks to veteran author Mark Christiansen's friendly and accessible style.

A thoroughly packed, informative read, this masterful guide focuses on explaining the essential concepts, features, and techniques that are key to ...

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Overview

This is the only book on the market to focus exclusively on the creation of visual effects for After Effects users, and is a one-stop resource for anyone who wants in-depth explanations that demystify the realm of visual effects and how they were created, thanks to veteran author Mark Christiansen's friendly and accessible style.

A thoroughly packed, informative read, this masterful guide focuses on explaining the essential concepts, features, and techniques that are key to creating seamless movie-quality visual effects. Users who are comfortable with After Effects will find a helpful review of the fundamentals - managing footage, viewing and editing layers, animating type, and more - so they can learn how to work smarter and more efficiently. Readers of all levels will learn core techniques for effects compositing including color matching, keying, rotoscoping, motion tracking, emulating the camera, and concluding with using expressions in After Effects, written by contributor and expert Dan Ebberts. An incredibly useful appendix on scripting in After Effects is included as well, written by Adobe engineer Jeff Almasol. The final section of the book delves into creative explorations, demonstrating professional effects that are commonly seen in films and games which readers can re-create.

Readers will also find comprehensive coverage of all that's new and makes this version of Adobe's effects programa must-have update, including the revolutionary new Roto Brush, all new effects such as the New Refine Matte effect, new support for Color Look-Up Tables, workflows that take advantage of the all-new 64-bit support, inclusion of third-party tools for additional creativity, and much more.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780321719621
  • Publisher: Adobe Press
  • Publication date: 10/15/2010
  • Series: Studio Techniques Series
  • Pages: 475
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Mark Christiansen has created visual effects and animations for feature films, network television, computer games, and an array of high technology companies. Recent clients include Adobe Systems Inc., Evil Eye Pictures, The Orphanage, History Channel, and HBO as well as Seagate, Sun, Intel and Medtronic. Feature credits include Avatar, The Day After Tomorrow, Pirates of the Caribbean 3, and films by Robert Rodriguez. He is the author of the previous editions of Adobe After Effects Professional Studio Techniques.
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Table of Contents

Foreword

Introduction

Section I Working Foundations 1

Chapter 1 Composite in After Effects 3

Organization 11

Take Control of Settings 18

View Panels and Previews 26

Effects: Plug-ins and Animation Presets 33

Output and the Render Queue 34

Assemble the Shot 37

Chapter 2 The Timeline 39

Organization 40

Keyframes and the Graph Editor 46

Timeline Panel Shortcuts 56

Spatial Offsets 59

Motion Blur 62

Timing and Retiming 66

So Why the Bouncing Ball Again? 74

Chapter 3 Selections: The Key to Compositing 75

Methods to Combine Layers 76

Optics and Edges 82

Transparency: Alpha Channels and Edge Multiplication 85

Mask Modes 88

Combine Selections 92

Animated Masks 96

Composite With or Without Selections: Blending Modes 97

Track Mattes 104

Right Tool for the Job 106

Chapter 4 Optimize Projects 107

Nested Comps, Multiple Projects 108

Adjustment and Guide Layers 118

Faster! Control the Render Pipeline 121

Optimize a Project 127

Conclusion 131

Section II Effects Compositing Essentials 133

Chapter 5 Color Correction 135

Color Correction for Image Optimization 137

Levels: Histograms and Channels 145

Curves: Ganuna and Contrast 148

Hue/Saturation: Color and Intensity 155

Color Look Development 156

Color Matching 159

Conclusion 172

Chapter 6 Color Keying 173

Procedural Mattes 174

Linear Keyers and Hi-Con Mattes 177

Color Keying: Greenscreen, Bluescreen 182

Keylight for Color Keying 191

Fine Tuning and Problem solving 197

Shoot for the Perfect Matte 205

Conclusion 209

Chapter 7 Rotoscoping and paint 209

Roto Brush 211

The Articulated Matte 216

Relined Mattes 222

Deformation 226

Paint and Cloning 221

Alternatives 236

Chapter 8 Effective Motion Tracking 237

Point Tracker 239

Track a Scene 248

Smooth a Camera Move 251

Planar Tracker: mocha-AE 255

Track Roto/Paint 261

3D Tracking 263

Chapter 9 The Camera and Optics 267

Cameras: Virtual and Real 269

3D 280

Camera and Story 286

Depth of Focus 293

Grain 298

Lens Optics and Looks 303

Conclusion 312

Chapter 10 Expressions 313

What Expressions Are 314

Creating Expressions 316

The Language of Expressions 318

Linking an Effect Parameter to a Property 318

Using a Layer's Index 320

Looping Keyframes 322

Using Markers 324

Time Remapping Expressions 327

Layer Space Transforms 331

Color Sampling and Conversion 340

Extra Credit 341

Conclusion 346

Chapter 11 Advanced Color Options and HDR 347

Dynamic Range: Bit Depth and Film 349

Color Realism: Linear HDRI 361

Color Fidelity: Management, Depth, LUTs 371

Conclusion 384

Section III Creative Explorations 385

Chapter 12 Light 387

Source and Direction 388

Color Looks 392

Source, Reflection, and Shadow 396

Multipass 3D Compositing 406

Chapter 13 Climate and the Environment 413

Particulate Matter 414

Sky Replacement 418

Fog, Smoke, and Mist 420

Billowing Smoke 423

Wind and Ambience 426

Precipitation 430

Chapter 14 Pyrotechnics: Heat, Fire, Explosions 435

Firearms 436

Energy Effects 441

Heat Distortion 445

Fire 448

Explosions 453

In a Blaze of Glory 454

Index 455

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  • Posted June 15, 2011

    A big Zero for a new user..Highly skilled only

    I cannot beleive what a waste this book was for someone trying to learn some moderate level skills for AE. Many complicated, confusing chapters with no meaningful thread. The book I received had a three time broken spine...obviously, it had been returned to BN many times. The fifty buck price is a super rip off...unless your a very advanced AE user.

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