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Those creative professionals seeking the fastest, easiest, most comprehensive way to learn Adobe After Effects CS5 choose Adobe After Effects CS5 Classroom in a Book from the Adobe Creative Team at Adobe Press. The 14 project-based lessons in this book show readers step-by-step the key techniques for working in After Effects CS5 and how to work efficiently and deliver in the widest possible range of media types. In addition to learning the key elements of the After Effects interface, this completely revised CS5 edition covers 64-bit performance; new Mocha, Color Finesse 3, and Digieffects FreeForm plug-ins; Roto Brush; AVC-Intra and expanded RED camera support; and more.
“The Classroom in a Book series is by far the best training material on the market. Everything you need to master the software is included: clear explanations of each lesson, step-by-step instructions, and the project files for the students.” –Barbara Binder, Adobe Certified Instructor, Rocky Mountain Training
Classroom in a Book®, the best-selling series of hands-on software training workbooks, helps you learn the features of Adobe software quickly and easily. Classroom in a Book offers what no other book or training program does–an official training series from Adobe Systems Incorporated, developed with the support of Adobe product experts.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
After Effects Deconstructed,
This review is from: Adobe After Effects CS5 Classroom in a Book (Paperback)This book won't explain the program in detail, however it WILL get you up to speed with 14 lessons encompassing the most widely-used features of After Effects. The included CD offers lesson files and examples of finished projects-a great way of viewing the result you're aiming for. Everything about the book is well organized and the chapters start off with the basics (such as animating text and shape layers), leading up to the Roto Brush tool and advanced editing techniques.
I went through several of the lessons in order to get a feel for the book's accuracy, learning curve, and program features. I did find a few areas in the book that could have benefitted from an additional diagram or two (e.g. Restore Frame Size from the Render Queue panel was never found, though the book described it, assuming that it was easy enough to find. Not so.)
As someone familiar with many Adobe products, I found that After Effects has a much higher learning curve. I ventured to the... Read more
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
It Empowers You to say, "I CAN DO THIS!",
This review is from: Adobe After Effects CS5 Classroom in a Book (Paperback)I've been enamored with After Effects since 1993 when it's founder, CoSA had it, before it went to Aldus and inevitably Adobe, over a very short period of time. I've studied it; I've even rubbed elbows with some of the planet's foremost After Effects experts but like Premier and Soundbooth, I've never mastered any of them as I have InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, and others. Now a deadline is breathing down our necks so we are in crash learning mode for all three apps. We go way back with Classroom in a Book (Photoshop 5, maybe)? As a book series, it has had a few bumps in the road, mostly at the turn of the century, but of late (Creative Suites and beyond), they've been terrific. I've reviewed five Classroom in a Book (CIB) volumes for CS5, so far, in our quest to master the Master Collection. They've all gotten five stars from me (or disallowed fractions there of). December 27, 2010, I published a lengthy review of Premier Pro CS5. It was my favorite, so far. I compose these... Read more
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
A clear and thorough introduction to the basics of After Effects CS5, including its newest features,
This review is from: Adobe After Effects CS5 Classroom in a Book (Paperback)While some software guides focused on a new product simply add a few new sections to reflect upgrades, this book has been thoroughly rewritten and could easily stand alone as a solid introduction to After Effects. As you would expect in a guide published by Adobe, this "official training workbook" has been revised completely to reflect what's new in Adobe After Effects CS5. It begins with the basics, but includes chapters on the new rotobrush, on color correction with the new Synthetic Aperture Color Finesse 3 plugin, on building 3d objects within After Effects, and on using mocha to track motion. So this would be a nice refresher for those who haven't used After Effects in a while, and a great introduction for those who are just starting out with After Effects now. For a more thorough introduction to some of the basic features of... Read more
1 GETTING TO KNOW THE WORKFLOW
2 CREATING A BASIC ANIMATION USING EFFECTS AND PRESETS
3 ANIMATING TEXT
4 WORKING WITH SHAPE LAYERS
5 ANIMATING A MULTIMEDIA PRESENTATION
6 ANIMATING LAYERS
7 WORKING WITH MASKS
8 DISTORTING OBJECTS WITH THE PUPPET TOOLS
10 PERFORMING COLOR CORRECTION
11 BUILDING 3D OBJECTS
12 USING 3D FEATURES
13 ADVANCED EDITING TECHNIQUES
14 RENDERING AND OUTPUTTING
Appendix: Color Management in After Effects CS5
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