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Adobe After Effects CS6 Studio Techniques for Editors: Approachable VFX for Non-Specialists

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Too often, editors are afraid of using After Effects, because they don't aim for the more manageable and appropriate things you can do in AE. Mark Christiansen, author of Adobe After Effects CS6 Visual Effects and Compositing Studio Techniques, shows how powerful After Effects can be when you use it to handle even commonplace tasks.
Ready for More? Going Further with After Effects

Ready for More? Going Further with After Effects

In Adobe After Effects CS6 Visual Effects and Compositing Studio Techniques, I break the process of learning to composite into three basic parts:

  • Section I: Working Foundations. Technical knowledge about video in general and After Effects in particular.
  • Section II: Effects Compositing Essentials. Fundamental techniques that are the building blocks of most VFX shots: color matching, keying, rotoscoping, and motion tracking (as well as camera matching, expressions, and HDR color for advanced readers).
  • Section III: Creative Explorations. Recipes to create specific types of shots: color looks; smoke, fire, and other pyrotechnic effects; changes in weather, atmospheric haze, heat distortion, and more.

All three sections will help you to raise your game as an editor. Even veteran After Effects artists have told me that they learned new tips in section I; section II features the techniques I've touched on in this article, as well as many others; and section III hosts the how-to steps and approaches for bread-and-butter visual effects scenarios.