After Effects Apprentice / Edition 2

After Effects Apprentice / Edition 2

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by Chris and Trish Meyer
     
 

If you’re new to After Effects and want to get up to speed quickly, After Effects Apprentice was created just for you. With 11 core lessons plus a hip final project that pulls it all together, you’ll learn how to tap this program’s vast potential —whether you want to create motion graphics for network television, corporate communications, or

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Overview

If you’re new to After Effects and want to get up to speed quickly, After Effects Apprentice was created just for you. With 11 core lessons plus a hip final project that pulls it all together, you’ll learn how to tap this program’s vast potential —whether you want to create motion graphics for network television, corporate communications, or your own work.

Fully updated to cover After Effects CS4, this book presents a professional perspective on the most important features a motion graphics artist needs to learn in order to use this program effectively. You’ll learn to creatively combine layers, animate eye-catching titles, manipulate 3D space, key and stabilize a shot to place it in a new environment, and use effects to generate excitement or enhance the realism of a scene.

Easy to follow step-by-step instructions take you through each technique, including projects that encourage you to express your own creativity. You’ll learn more than just the tools; you’ll learn skills that you can immediately put to work in your own productions.

New to the 2nd edition: * All instructions, screen shots, Guided Tour video training movies, and project files updated for After Effects CS4. CS3 and CS4 features have been integrated throughout, including the pervasive use of Shape layers, Layer Styles, and Brainstorm
• More integration with other Adobe applications, including using After Effects with Illustrator, Photoshop (including new Vanishing Point and 3d Layer exercises) and Flash CS4
• Redesigned first and last lessons, including an all-new final project that walks through the creation of a widescreen broadcast TV promo
• Free bonus chapters on the DVD from other books on Photoshop, Cinema 4D, Flash, and broadcast design
• Coupon for 15% off stock footage from Artbeats on DVD

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780240811369
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
01/20/2009
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
492,884
Product dimensions:
8.40(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction

Getting Started

Pre-Roll: Exploring the After Effects landscape 1

Lesson 1 Basic Animation: Building your first animation while you learn a typical After Effects workflow 14

Lesson 2 Advanced Animation: Manipulating keyframes to create more refined animations 36

Lesson 3 Layer Control: Learning how to trim layers and enhance them using Blending Modes and effects 62

Lesson 4 Creating Transparency: Using masks, mattes, and stencils to cut out portions of a layer 88

Lesson 5 Type and Music: Animating text and working with music are essential to motion graphics design 114

Lesson 6 Parenting and Nesting: Grouping layers to make them easier to coordinate 142

Lesson 7 Expressions and Time Games: Using expressions and playing with time 168

Lesson 8 3D Space: Adding a new dimension to your animations 192

Lesson 9 Track and Key: Tackling several essential skills for creating special effects 220

Lesson 10 Paint and Puppet: Exploring Paint, the Puppet Tools, and Brainstorm 242

Lesson 11 Shape Layers: Creating and animating vector-based shapes 262

Lesson 12 Final Project: Using 3D space plus effects to create a show's opening title 280

App Rendering Unleashing your creations on the world 308

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