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After Effects Apprentice

Real-World Skills for the Aspiring Motion Graphics Artist

A volume in DV Expert Series

Book2007

Authors:

Trish Meyer and Chris Meyer

After Effects Apprentice

Real-World Skills for the Aspiring Motion Graphics Artist

A volume in DV Expert Series

Book2007

 

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Authors:

Trish Meyer and Chris Meyer

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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 fun final project, you’ll quickly ... read full description

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    Pre-Roll: Exploring the After Effects landscape

    Pages 1-11

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

    Pages 12-33

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

    Pages 34-57

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

    Pages 58-81

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

    Pages 82-105

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

    Pages 106-133

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

    Pages 134-157

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

    Pages 158-181

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    Lesson 8 - 3D Space: Add a new dimension to your animations

    Pages 182-205

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

    Pages 206-227

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    Lesson 10 - Paint and Clone: Using Paint and Vector Paint to make your mark

    Pages 228-243

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    Lesson 11 - New Features in CS3: Exploring Brainstorm, the Puppet tool, and Shape layers

    Pages 244-265

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    Lesson 12 - Final Project: Putting your newfound skills to work in a fun project

    Pages 266-293

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    Appendix - Rendering: Unleashing your creations on the world

    Pages 294-299

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    Resources: Some of our favorites places to learn more about motion graphics and After Effects

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    Index

    Pages 301-307

About the book

Publisher's Note: Transferred to Taylor & Francis as of 2012

Description

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 fun final project, you’ll quickly get into the program and learn how to tap its potential – whether you want to create motion graphics for a network program, your company’s video, or your own independent production.

In this book, you’ll get a professional perspective on the most important features a motion graphics artist needs to learn to use this program effectively. You’ll learn to creatively edit and combine layers, animate eye-catching titles, replace a screen on a computer monitor, place a studio shot in anew environment, manipulate 3D space, 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 it in your own way. You’ll learn more than just the tools; you’ll learn skills that you can immediately put to work in your own projects.

Topics include how to:
* Animate, layer, and composite images and text.
* Manipulate keyframes to create more refined animations.
* Use masks, mattes, stencils and modes to add depth.
* Manage layers to make them easier to coordinate.
* Add 3D to your animations.
* Use tracking and keying to create special effects.
* Includes new CS3 features; Shape layers, the Puppet tool, Brainstorm, and Per-Character 3D Text.

DVD contains: All exercise source material and projects in AE7 and CS3, video guided tours, and movies of the finished projects.

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 fun final project, you’ll quickly get into the program and learn how to tap its potential – whether you want to create motion graphics for a network program, your company’s video, or your own independent production.

In this book, you’ll get a professional perspective on the most important features a motion graphics artist needs to learn to use this program effectively. You’ll learn to creatively edit and combine layers, animate eye-catching titles, replace a screen on a computer monitor, place a studio shot in anew environment, manipulate 3D space, 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 it in your own way. You’ll learn more than just the tools; you’ll learn skills that you can immediately put to work in your own projects.

Topics include how to:
* Animate, layer, and composite images and text.
* Manipulate keyframes to create more refined animations.
* Use masks, mattes, stencils and modes to add depth.
* Manage layers to make them easier to coordinate.
* Add 3D to your animations.
* Use tracking and keying to create special effects.
* Includes new CS3 features; Shape layers, the Puppet tool, Brainstorm, and Per-Character 3D Text.

DVD contains: All exercise source material and projects in AE7 and CS3, video guided tours, and movies of the finished projects.

Key Features

* Full color presentation of professional workflows
* Core motion graphic techniques in 12 engaging lessons
* Companion DVD features QuickTime movies and lesson media

* Full color presentation of professional workflows
* Core motion graphic techniques in 12 engaging lessons
* Companion DVD features QuickTime movies and lesson media

Details

ISBN

978-0-240-80938-0

Language

English

Published

2007

Copyright

Copyright © 2007 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved

Imprint

Focal Press

Authors

Trish Meyer

Chris Meyer