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Saving Assets with Adobe Generator
By Brie Gyncild, Andrew Faulkner
Sep 16, 2014
This excerpt from Adobe After Effects CC Classroom in a Book (2014 release) shows you how Adobe Generator can easily generate a JPEG, PNG, or GIF image from the contents of a layer or layer group in a Photoshop file.
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 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.
Using the New Warp Stabilizer in Adobe After Effects CS6
By Adobe Creative Team
Apr 23, 2012
In this excerpt from Adobe After Effects CS6 Classroom in a Book, you will learn how to use the Warp Stabilizer to stabilize a handheld camera shot and to track one object to another in an image so that their motion is synchronized. Then you will use corner-pinning to track an object with perspective. Finally, you will explore some of the high-end digital effects available in After Effects CS6: a particle system generator and the Timewarp effect.
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.
Using 3D Features 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 add lights, effects, reflections, and other elements to a composition. In doing so, you’ll learn how to use additional 3D features available in Adobe After Effects.
Using the Roto Brush tool 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 use the new Roto Brush tool in After Effects CS5, which is much faster than conventional rotoscoping, and for movies with complex backgrounds, much easier than keying.
Working with Masks 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 a mask using the Pen tool, edit a mask, feather a mask edge, create a vignette, and more.
How to Optimize Projects in Adobe After Effects CS5
By Mark Christiansen
Nov 10, 2010
This chapter examines how image data flows through an After Effects project in close detail. It's full of the kind of information that will help you make the most of After Effects.
Top Five Features in Adobe After Effects CS5
By Mark Christiansen
Jul 19, 2010
Mark Christiansen, author of Adobe After Effects CS5 Visual Effects and Compositing Studio Techniques (September, 2010), points out his favorite changes in the latest version of the program.
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.
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 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.
Flash Essentials for After Effects Users
By Richard Harrington
Jun 17, 2009
Flash baffles After Effects users as often as it makes them feel comfortable. This chapter from Rich Harrington introduces you to Flash’s interface and core animation techniques.
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.
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.
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.
Keyframe Interpolation in Adobe After Effects CS4
By Antony Bolante
Mar 9, 2009
This chapter explains how you can assign various interpolation methods to keyframes to impart nuance and variation to your animations using the Timeline panel’s Graph Editor.
Getting Started and Getting to Know the Workflow of Adobe After Effects CS4
By Adobe Creative Team
Mar 2, 2009
Learn the how to get started and the basic workflow of Adobe After Effects CS4, including how to create a project and import footage, create compositions and arrange layers, navigate the Adobe After Effects interface and more.
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.

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