Richard Harrington and Ian Robinson have recently released a new book, Motion Graphics with Adobe Creative Suite 5: Studio Techniques. Right away, I should mention that I’m not an unbiased reviewer of this book, since I was its technical editor.
Here’s a quote from me that appears on the back of the book: “Anyone who wants to know how to get the most out of Creative Suite Production Premium to plan, create, and deliver motion graphics work should read this book.”
Yep. That about says it.
This book differs from a lot of other great books in that it isn’t just about After Effects—or even just about Adobe software. Ian and Richard spend a lot of time covering Photoshop, Illustrator, Premiere Pro, and Flash, but they also cover type design, planning a project, shooting footage for use in motion graphics work, and other aspects that aren’t about a specific piece of software. I especially appreciate how often they show how to use practical, in-camera effects to create results that would be much more time-consuming to synthesize in software.
The advice from Richard and Ian is obviously from experienced professionals who know what it takes to get good results on tight deadlines and limited budgets. These pragmatic workflow tips based on experience go far beyond what we’re able to provide in our reference documents for our software.
The fine folks at Peachpit Press have made a few samples from this book available online to whet your appetite and give you an idea of the great content in this book. Here’s a quick breakdown of what’s in those samples and where you can go for more information about the subjects covered in them:
- “Repairing and Retiming Footage”:
- “Designing Backgrounds”:
- “Logo Animation”: