The After Effects Illusionist: All the Effects in One Complete Guide

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Overview

This comprehensive "cookbook" contains dozens of step-by-step recipes allowing you to harness the full power of the native plug-in effects in After Effects. Author Chad Perkins guides you through the application of each and every native plug-in effect available for use in the After Effects toolset. He also shows you how each can be used optimally in your media project, when and why it makes sense to use each, and also how to combine multiple effects.
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"...grouped into chapters that follow the same listings as the sequence the effects appear in the plug-in menu.... the book is well written and copiously populated with full colour images illustrating the concepts... a disc is provided which is packed with project files that relate to the examples in the book and allow you to jump straight to the learning without having to set up each new example to match the lesson.

Also included on the disc are three more short chapters designed to give you a mental jump start when you are running low on ideas. Suggestions about combining effects to achieve new results can often fire a spark in your mind that can lead to a new solution for a problem you are stuck on.

This book is going to remain on my desk for the foreseeable future, ready whenever i need a quick fix of inspiration or just to refresh myself about a specific effect.
If you use Adobe After Effects, then the chances are you will find something useful, informative and inspiring in this book. Highly recommended."
— Adam Taylor, Studio Manager, Character Options Ltd
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780240811451
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 1/15/2009
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Pages: 592
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Chad is an Adobe Certified Instructor and Expert in After Effects, Photoshop, Premiere and Illustrator. He is the author of The After Effects Illusionist (Focal Press) and How to Cheat in After Effects (Focal Press)

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Table of Contents

Introduction; 3D Channel Effects; Audio Effects; Blur and Sharpen Effects; Channel Effects; Color Correction Effects; Distort Effects; Expression Controls Effects; Generate Effects; Keying Effects; Matte Effects; Noise and Grain Effects; Paint Effects; Perspective Effects; Simulation Effects; Stylize Effects; Text Effects; Time Effects; Transition Effects; Utility Effects; Conclusion; CD-ROM Chapters: Using Multiple Effects Together; Enhancing Illusion with Maps; Where Do I Go From Here?

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  • Posted February 23, 2009

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    The After Effects Illusionist by Chad Perkins.

    The idea behind this book is a simple one. To describe, with examples, what every native effect that ships in Adobe After Effects is capable of doing and to help inspire by showing creative ways to use them.

    I use After Effects daily as part of my job as a commercials editor, and i know how difficult it can be to find the time to sit down and experiment with all the variables in all the effects. I have favourites that i call upon all the time, and there are a lot that i have never tried, for whatever reason. And this is exactly the reason Chad Perkins has written this book.

    It is grouped into chapters that follow the same listings as the sequence the effects appear in the plug-in menu. The book is well written and copiously populated with full colour images illustrating the concepts. As is common with books of this size, a disc is provided which is packed with project files that relate to the examples in the book and allow you to jump straight to the learning without having to set up each new example to match the lesson.

    Also included on the disc are three more short chapters designed to give you a mental jump start when you are running low on ideas. Suggestions about combining effects to achieve new results can often fire a spark in your mind that can lead to a new solution for a problem you are stuck on.

    My only gripe is that the book only touches upon the third-party plug-ins that ship with After Effects. The decision for this is explained on a pdf, and whilst i can understand the reasoning, i would have preferred to see at least the Cycore effects get a fuller treatment. However, that does always leave the door open for a follow-up edition specific to the third-party effects. (hint hint!)

    This book is going to remain on my desk for the foreseeable future, ready whenever i need a quick fix of inspiration or just to refresh myself about a specific effect.
    If you use Adobe After Effects, then the chances are you will find something useful, informative and inspiring in this book. Highly recommended.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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