Adobe After Effects CC Classroom in a Book (2019 Release), First Edition

Book Description

Creative professionals seeking the fastest, easiest, most comprehensive way to learn Adobe After Effects CC (2019 release) choose Adobe After Effects CC Classroom in a Book (2019 release) from Adobe Press. The 15 project-based lessons in this book show users step-by-step the key techniques for working in After Effects. Learn how to create, manipulate, and optimize motion graphics for film, video, DVD, the web, and mobile devices. Gain hands-on experience animating text and images, customizing a wide range of effects, tracking and syncing content, rotoscoping, distorting and warping images and video, and correcting color. Create Motion Graphics templates in After Effects so colleagues can make specific edits in Premiere Pro without accidentally changing other critical settings. Learn to create 3D content with both After Effects and Maxon Cinema 4D Lite (included with the software).


The online companion files include all the necessary assets for readers to complete the projects featured in each chapter. All buyers of the book get full access to the Web Edition: A Web-based version of the complete ebook enhanced with video and multiple-choice quizzes.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover Page
  2. Title Page
  3. Copyright Page
  4. Where are the Lesson Files?
  5. Contents
  6. Getting Started
    1. About Classroom in a Book
    2. Prerequisites
    3. Installing After Effects, Bridge, and Media Encoder
    4. Activating fonts
    5. Optimizing performance
    6. Restoring default preferences
    7. Online content
    8. How to use these lessons
    9. Additional resources
    10. Adobe Authorized Training Centers
  7. 1 Getting to Know the Workflow
    1. Getting started
    2. Creating a project and importing footage
    3. Creating a composition and arranging layers
    4. Adding effects and modifying layer properties
    5. Animating the composition
    6. Previewing your work
    7. Optimizing performance in After Effects
    8. Rendering and exporting your composition
    9. Customizing workspaces
    10. Controlling the brightness of the user interface
    11. Finding resources for using After Effects
    12. Review questions
    13. Review answers
  8. 2 Creating a Basic Animation Using Effects and Presets
    1. Getting started
    2. Importing footage using Adobe Bridge
    3. Creating a new composition
    4. Working with imported Illustrator layers
    5. Applying effects to a layer
    6. Applying an animation preset
    7. Previewing the effects
    8. Adding transparency
    9. Rendering the composition
    10. Review questions
    11. Review answers
  9. 3 Animating Text
    1. Getting started
    2. About text layers
    3. Installing a font using Adobe Fonts
    4. Creating and formatting point text
    5. Using a text animation preset
    6. Animating with scale keyframes
    7. Animating using parenting
    8. Animating imported Photoshop text
    9. Animating type tracking
    10. Animating text opacity
    11. Using a text animator group
    12. Animating a layer’s position
    13. Timing layer animations
    14. Adding motion blur
    15. Review questions
    16. Review answers
  10. 4 Working with Shape Layers
    1. Getting started
    2. Creating the composition
    3. Adding a shape layer
    4. Applying a fill and stroke
    5. Creating a self-animating shape
    6. Duplicating a shape
    7. Creating custom shapes
    8. Positioning layers with snapping
    9. Snapping layers into position
    10. Animating a shape
    11. Animating fill color
    12. Creating nulls from paths
    13. Drawing curved shapes with the Pen tool
    14. Using nulls to connect points
    15. Previewing the composition
    16. Review questions
    17. Review answers
  11. 5 Animating a Multimedia Presentation
    1. Getting started
    2. Adjusting anchor points
    3. Parenting layers
    4. Precomposing layers
    5. Keyframing a motion path
    6. Animating additional elements
    7. Applying an effect
    8. Animating precomposed layers
    9. Animating the background
    10. Adding an audio track
    11. Review questions
    12. Review answers
  12. 6 Animating Layers
    1. Getting started
    2. Simulating lighting changes
    3. Duplicating an animation using the pick whip
    4. Animating movement in the scenery
    5. Adjusting the layers and creating a track matte
    6. Animating the shadows
    7. Adding a lens flare effect
    8. Adding a video animation
    9. Rendering the animation
    10. Retiming the composition
    11. Review questions
    12. Review answers
  13. 7 Working with Masks
    1. About masks
    2. Getting started
    3. Creating a mask with the Pen tool
    4. Editing a mask
    5. Feathering the edges of a mask
    6. Replacing the content of the mask
    7. Adding a reflection
    8. Creating a vignette
    9. Adjusting the timing
    10. Trimming the work area
    11. Review questions
    12. Review answers
  14. 8 Distorting Objects with the Puppet Tools
    1. Getting started
    2. About the Puppet tools
    3. Adding Position pins
    4. Adding Advanced and Bend pins
    5. Stiffening an area
    6. Animating pin positions
    7. Using the Puppet tools to animate video
    8. Recording animation
    9. Review questions
    10. Review answers
  15. 9 Using the Roto Brush Tool
    1. About rotoscoping
    2. Getting started
    3. Creating a segmentation boundary
    4. Fine-tuning the matte
    5. Freezing your Roto Brush tool results
    6. Changing the background
    7. Adding animated text
    8. Outputting your project
    9. Review questions
    10. Review answers
  16. 10 Performing Color Correction
    1. Getting started
    2. Adjusting color balance with levels
    3. Adjusting color with the Lumetri Color effect
    4. Replacing the background
    5. Color-correcting using Auto Levels
    6. Motion tracking the clouds
    7. Replacing the sky in the second clip
    8. Color grading
    9. Review questions
    10. Review answers
  17. 11 Creating Motion Graphics Templates
    1. Getting started
    2. Preparing a master composition
    3. Setting up a template
    4. Adding properties to the Essential Graphics panel
    5. Providing image options
    6. Protecting the timing of a section
    7. Exporting the template
    8. Review questions
    9. Review answers
  18. 12 Using 3D Features
    1. Getting started
    2. Creating 3D text
    3. Using 3D views
    4. Importing a background
    5. Adding 3D lights
    6. Adding a camera
    7. Extruding text in After Effects
    8. Working with Cinema 4D Lite
    9. Integrating the C4D layer in After Effects
    10. Finishing the project
    11. Review questions
    12. Review answers
  19. 13 Working with the 3D Camera Tracker
    1. About the 3D Camera Tracker effect
    2. Getting started
    3. Tracking the footage
    4. Creating a ground plane, a camera, and the initial text
    5. Creating additional text elements
    6. Locking an image to a plane with a solid layer
    7. Tidying the composition
    8. Adding a final object
    9. Creating realistic shadows
    10. Adding ambient light
    11. Adding an effect
    12. Previewing the composition
    13. Review questions
    14. Review answers
  20. 14 Advanced Editing Techniques
    1. Getting started
    2. Stabilizing a shot
    3. Using single-point motion tracking
    4. Using multipoint tracking
    5. Creating a particle simulation
    6. Retiming playback using the Timewarp effect
    7. Review questions
    8. Review answers
  21. 15 Rendering and Outputting
    1. Getting started
    2. About rendering and output
    3. Exporting using the Render Queue
    4. Creating templates for the Render Queue
    5. Rendering movies with Adobe Media Encoder
    6. Review questions
    7. Review answers
  22. Appendix: General keyboard shortcuts
  23. Appendix: Customizing keyboard shortcuts
  24. Index
  25. Production Notes
  26. Contributors

Product Information

  • Title: Adobe After Effects CC Classroom in a Book (2019 Release), First Edition
  • Author(s): Brie Gyncild, Lisa Fridsma
  • Release date: December 2018
  • Publisher(s): Adobe Press
  • ISBN: 9780135299647