Applying Adobe After Effects 4.0 Techniques with CD-ROM

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Applying Adobe After Effects Studio Techniques is for the digital video specialist who says, " I saw this neat effect in a television commercial. How do I do that?" The answer is in this book. Each chapter covers a specific technique along with the appropriate screenshot for each step. Each technique not only shows how but when to use a technique. And each technique is independent of others within the book so you can zero in on a specific technique. A Technical Questions Answered section at the end of the book ...
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Overview

Applying Adobe After Effects Studio Techniques is for the digital video specialist who says, " I saw this neat effect in a television commercial. How do I do that?" The answer is in this book. Each chapter covers a specific technique along with the appropriate screenshot for each step. Each technique not only shows how but when to use a technique. And each technique is independent of others within the book so you can zero in on a specific technique. A Technical Questions Answered section at the end of the book gives expert answers to the most common questions you have about After Effects.
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Digital video artists wishing to learn or refine their use of this software are taught increasingly complex effects with this guide, which uses copious screen shots from both Macs and PCs throughout. Readers are introduced to the program and taught how to transfer files from Adobe Photoshop and other programs, then trained in text, number, web, video, background, particle playground, motion math, evolution and other effects, with self-contained chapters and exercises for each (the desired results are demonstrated on the CD-ROMs). Harlan is director of the Digital Video Professionals Association and multimedia editor for . Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780672318566
  • Publisher: Sams
  • Publication date: 12/22/2000
  • Series: Sams Professional Series
  • Edition description: BK&CD-ROM
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 8.20 (w) x 10.02 (h) x 0.97 (d)

Table of Contents

(* Denotes chapters that use the Production Bundle of After Effects).
Introduction.

I. TRANSFER MODES.

1. Creating a Corporate Presentation Opening from a Multi-Layer Photoshop File.
Importing Photoshop files as a composition. Working backwards in time. Animating Photoshop layers. Applying Photoshop Transfer Modes. Creating a dissolve transition. Turning particles into text.

2. Creating Cartoon Cel Animation from a Multi-Layer Illustrator File.
Importing Illustrator files as a composition. Fixing gradients imported from Illustrator. Animating rotating wheels. Copying settings between layers. Creating seamlessly looping scenery.

3. Adding Special Effects to a Multi-Layer Premiere File.
Importing Premiere files as a composition. Relinking lost media. Replacing effects that won't import. Applying a Luma Matte to video.

II. TEXT AND NUMBER EFFECTS.


4. Creating Floating Text on Water*.
Adding basic text inside After Effects. Applying displacement maps. Adding drop shadows.

5. Making Text Follow a Complicated Path.
Creating a path with the pen tool. Creating and animating a mask. Animating with the Path Text plug-in. Working with opened and closed masks.

6. Creating an Animated Signature.
Creating new solids. Parameter settings for the Write-on effect. Using Alpha Mattes.

7. Creating an Animated Numerical Gauge.
Applying the Numbers plug-in. Animating numbers higher than 1,000. Understanding linear acceleration graphs. Applying the Keyframe Assistant. Changing velocity controls. Adding blurs and glows.

III. WEB EFFECTS.


8. Creating an Animated Web Banner.
Setting and animating the positions of Photoshop layers. Presenting a call to action. Saving to the animated GIF format. Setting color palette, transparency, dithering, and looping options. Exporting as still images.

IV. VIDEO EFFECTS.


9. Giving Animation a Handheld Camcorder Look*.
Using the Wiggler. Creating controlled chaos. Using the Smoother. Lessening your render time.

10. Quick and Easy Promo Creation.
Applying a linear wipe transition. Using a lens flare to reveal type. Reversing video in After Effects. The best keyboard shortcut in After Effects.

V. BACKGROUND EFFECTS.


11. Making a Waving Flag from a Still Photo*.
Using the Displacement Map effect. Creating a mask. Pre-composing a layer. Using Mask Feather. Applying a displacement to only a portion of the image.

VI. PARTICLE PLAYGROUND EFFECTS.


12. Making Blood Drip from Text*.
Applying the Basic Text effect. Using the pen tool to draw a mask. Applying Particle Playground. Animating a producer point. Creating a ramp Applying a track matte to a ramp.

VII. MOTION MATH EFFECTS.


13. Down and Dirty Dynamic Logo Creation Using Audio*.
Applying stock video/animation as a texture. Creating spinning text. Assigning Transfer Modes. Creating alpha mattes. Animating a logo to the beat of the music. Applying Motion Math. Understanding the Comp Audio script. Saving a file with audio.

VIII. MISCELLANEOUS EFFECTS.


14. Creating an Animated Jigsaw Puzzle.
Slicing an image into pieces. Using the Color Key effect. Animating the movement of individual pieces. Pre-composing several sets of layers.

15. Building and Animating an Opening Iris*.
Using the Color Key effect. Using the Matte Choker effect. Using the Alpha Inverted Track Matte. Rotating on Anchor Points. Creating a portal mask. Slicing an image and animating individual pieces.

16. Creating an Animated Station.
Looping imported footage. Using Title and Action Safe borders. Using the Overlay Transfer mode. Using the Bevel Alpha effect.

17. Revealing an Image in a Smoky/Watery Haze*.
Applying Displacement Maps. Animating Alpha Mattes. Keyframing opacity for an fluid look. Copying values between layers. Animating the amount of displacement.

IX. EVOLUTION EFFECTS.


18. Casting Shadows in 3D Space with the Atomic Power Multiplane Plug-In.
Installing third-party plug-ins. Importing Illustrator files for use with Evolution. Fixing gradients imported from Illustrator. Setting up layers in 3D space. Casting shadows correctly in 3D space. Animating camera position in 3D space. Adjusting various parameter settings in the Multiplane plug-in.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2001

    Fabulous book!

    When was the last time a computer book made you giggle? The CD gives you the clips you need to experiment with the different tools, and are fun. I spent many hours giggling over the silly things I could make the clips do, and learning all the while. The most enjoyable and helpful book I own on ANY computer topic.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2001

    A Must for AE Enthusiasts!

    This is an excellent package for AE enthusiasts! The CD-Rom alone makes this a valuable investment. The instructions are streamlined and very concise. Each chapter is independent of the others. A Must-have!

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