2 great new After Effects CS3 books
After Effects Classroom in a Book from AdobePress: 473 pages with a CD with lesson materials and extras. Chapters cover basics and more plus new features, 14 chapters in all. Included is a great chapter on 3D layers, cameras and lights, as well and the new Puppet tools. Let’s not forget, this book is one of the building blocks for taking the Adobe Certified Expert test (ACE) exam.
After Effects Apprentice by Trish and Chris Meyer (Focal Press): Trish and Chris have done it again, this their 3rd AE book focuses on the the "newbie." Teaching the core features of AE through a series of practical hands-on exercises….CD included of course. I have always liked Trish and Chris’ approach to teaching complex lessons…they talk to you, not at you. This new book has large illustrations, and plenty of them and each lesson is color coded. It is a great book even if your not new to AE.
Don’t forget their 2 other AE books:
Creating Motioin Graphics and After Effects in Production, they have become the bibles for anyone serious about After Effects.
All these books and more are available online or at your local bookstore.