excerpts from recent books about After Effects
Peachpit Press publishes many books about using Adobe applications, including the Classroom in a Book (CIB) and Studio Techniques series. The CIB series is good for beginners, providing step-by-step instructions and basic overviews that provide an introduction to a creative application like After Effects. The Studio Techniques series is more for intermediate and advanced users, providing detailed instruction about techniques that the pros use to achieve high-end results.
Here are some links to a few of the notable excerpts posted recently for After Effects.
This excerpt from the After Effects Classroom in a Book gives a friendly, click-by-click introduction to After Effects workflow:
“Getting to Know the Workflow”
(Yes, this was written for After Effects CS3, but the features covered in this excellent tutorial are not significantly changed in After Effects CS4.)
This excerpt from the After Effects CS4 Classroom in a Book provides a basic introduction to animating with keyframes:
“Keyframing a Motion Path in After Effects CS4”
This excerpt from After Effects CS4 Studio Techniques gives detailed instruction for using Keylight to do color keying in After Effects:
“Using Keylight for Adobe After Effects CS4”
A couple of excerpts from the After Effects CS4 Visual QuickPro Guide give an overview of the user interface and how to view and preview items in After Effects:
“How to Use All Those Panels”
“Controlling the View in the Footage Panel in After Effects CS4” (which is an oddly narrow name for a section that talks about a lot more than the Footage panel)