This is the only book in the After Effects market to focus
exclusively on the creation of visual effects, and is a one-stop
resource for anyone who wants in-depth explanations that demystify
the realm of visual effects and how they were created, thanks to
veteran author Mark Christiansen's friendly and accessible style. A
thoroughly packed, informative read, this masterful guide focuses
on explaining the essential concepts, features, and techniques that
are key to creating seamless movie-quality visual effects. Users
who are comfortable with After Effects will find a helpful review
of After Effects fundamentals—managing footage, viewing and
editing layers, animating type, and more—so they can learn
how to work smarter and more efficiently. Readers of all levels
will learn core techniques for effects compositing including color
matching, keying, rotoscoping, motion tracking, emulating the
camera, and concluding with using expressions in After Effects,
written by contributor and expert Dan Ebberts. The final section of
the book delves into creative explorations, demonstrating
professional effects that readers might want to re-create.
Readers will also find comprehensive coverage of all that's new and makes this version of Adobe’s effects program such a boon to video pros of all stripes: searchable timelines and projects, Photoshop 3D layers import, the Cartoon effect, Imagineer Systems’ Mocha for Adobe After Effects, improved workflow for mobile devices, and more.
Throughout the book, beautiful full-color examples demonstrate what's possible, while the companion DVD offers demos of After Effects CS4, sample footage, and software plug-ins.