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Adjusting the Layers and Creating a Track Matte in Adobe After Effects CC
By Adobe Creative Team
May 15, 2013
Learn how to precompose layers, create the track matte, and add motion blur in Adobe After Effects CC.
Adobe After Effects 6.5 Project: Wall of Squares
By Anna Ullrich, James Rankin
Oct 14, 2005
This sample project for Adobe After Effects 6.5 focuses on animating 3D objects on a checkerboard background to creating stunning animations.
Adobe After Effects CS4: Optimize the Pipeline
By Mark Christiansen
Apr 9, 2009
This chapter examines how image data flows through an After Effects project in detail. That may not sound gripping until you realize how much your creativity is hampered by remaining ignorant of this stuff.
Adobe After Effects CS6 Studio Techniques for Editors: Approachable VFX for Non-Specialists
By Mark Christiansen
Nov 1, 2012
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.
Adobe® After Effects® CS5 Classroom in a Book: Adding Deform Pins
By Adobe Creative Team
Apr 17, 2010
Deform pins are the main component of the Puppet effect. This excerpt from Adobe® After Effects® CS5 Classroom in a Book shows you how to add deform pins.
After Effects CS4 for Windows and Macintosh: Compositions
By Antony Bolante
Mar 19, 2009
This chapter also describes the fundamental process of layering footage in compositions, and in so doing, lays the groundwork for the rest of the book, which focuses largely on how to manipulate those layers.
After Effects CS4: How to Use All Those Panels
By Antony Bolante
Sep 23, 2008
When you first start working with After Effects CS4, all those many panels and tools onscreen can be really intimidating. Antony Bolante provides a quick panoramic overview of the main panels, pointing out the uses for each, to help you get familiar with the interface quickly.
After Effects Essentials for Flash Users
By Richard Harrington
Jun 18, 2009
For a Flash user, the core principles of After Effects will seem similar. Elements are stacked from top to bottom in a timeline and then animated with keyframes. From there, the similarities pretty much end. Rich Harrington investigates the differences.
After Effects: Is it for You?
By Antony Bolante
Mar 16, 2001
You've heard of After Effects and what it can do for you, but you may be hesitant to start using it. Do you need it? Is it worth it? Antony Bolante offers his advice to you.
An Interview with Visual Effects Creator Mark Christiansen
By Mark Christiansen
Aug 12, 2005
Visual effects creator Mark Christiansen talks about magic, cotton balls, and animating splatting brains in 3D.
Animating Layers in After Effects CS3
By Adobe Creative Team
Nov 13, 2008
Animation is all about making changes over time to an object or image's position, opacity, scale, and other properties. In this step-by-step exercise, the Adobe Creative Team explores some of the fun possibilities for animating a Photoshop file in After Effects CS3.
Animating Text in Adobe After Effects 7.0
By Adobe Creative Team
May 4, 2006
After Effects offers many ways to animate text. You can animate text layers by manually creating keyframes in the Timeline panel, by using animation presets, or by using expressions. You can even animate individual characters or words in a text layer. This lesson takes you through several different animation techniques, including some that are unique to text, while you design the opening title credits for an animated documentary called The Pond.
Building 3D Objects in Adobe After Effects CS5
By Adobe Creative Team
Dec 10, 2010
This excerpt from Adobe After Effects CS5 Classroom in a Book shows you how to create and control basic 3D layers.
Climate: Air, Water, Smoke, Clouds in After Effects 7.0
By Mark Christiansen
Nov 12, 2008
If you think of a color key as an edge matte surrounded by two holdout mattes (one for the core, one for the background), how do you combine these mattes in Keylight? Mark Christiansen explains.
Color Correction in Adobe After Effects CS3
By Mark Christiansen
Nov 12, 2008
Mark Christiansen demonstrates that color matching in After Effects is a skill that you can practice and refine, even if you have no feel for adjusting images - and even if you tend to think of yourself as colorblind.
Color Keying in After Effects CS3
By Mark Christiansen
Nov 19, 2008
Are your matte edges crunchy, chewy, contrasty, solid, sizzling? Do these terms even mean anything to you? They will by the time Mark Christiansen finishes showing you how to work with After Effects CS3 color keying.
Controlling the View in the Footage Panel in After Effects CS4
By Antony Bolante
Oct 8, 2008
The Footage panel in After Effects CS4 provides a myriad of features for adjusting how you view your footage. Antony Bolante discusses helpful options such as grids, guides, rulers, magnification, and more.
Creating Transparent Video with Adobe After Effects CS4
By Marcus Geduld, Richard Harrington
May 19, 2009
Transparency plays a key role in the success of animation and interactivity. By embedding transparency into graphic elements, you can composite together different elements created at different times, allowing for true flexibility.
Distorting Objects with the Puppet Tools in After Effects CS3
By Adobe Creative Team
Nov 14, 2008
Pull, squash, stretch, and otherwise deform objects onscreen using the After Effect CS3 Puppet tools. Whether you're creating realistic animations, fantastic scenarios, or modern art, the Adobe Creative Team shows you how the Puppet tools can expand your creative freedom.
Five Best New Features of Adobe® After Effects® CS5
By Robert A. Birnholz, Ian Robinson
Jun 15, 2010
Rob Birnholz and Ian Robinson, contributing authors to Motion Graphics with Adobe Creative Suite 5 Studio Techniques, take a break to discuss their top five favorite new features of Adobe After Effects CS5. Whether you use After Effects for hard-core compositing or you’re a designer looking to push your projects to the next level, there’s something new for everyone.

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