Adobe After Effects CS6 Classroom in a Book

Adobe After Effects CS6 Classroom in a Book

Adobe After Effects CS6 Classroom in a Book

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Creative professionals seeking the fastest, easiest, most comprehensive way to learn Adobe After Effects CS6 choose Adobe After Effects CS6 Classroom in a Book from the Adobe Creative Team at Adobe Press. The 15 project-based lessons in this book show readers step-by-step the key techniques for working in After Effects CS6 and how to work efficiently and deliver in the widest possible range of media types.
 
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  1. 24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Getting the Lesson Files with the Kindle Edition, June 30, 2012
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    This review is from: Adobe After Effects CS6 Classroom in a Book (Paperback)
    I haven’t finished using the book yet, but I’ve seen some complaints and problems regarding accessing the required Lesson files on reviews of the Photoshop and Illustrator CS6 books in this series, so I thought I’d give a quick guide:

    1. Open the ebook in Kindle for PC.
    2. Go to the last or second to last page “Where are the Lesson Files?”
    3. Click the Peachpit link provided, a list of the 15 Lesson files in zip format should open in your browser.
    4. DO NOT use the download all option. It opens a new window and throws a weird Java error.
    5. Use the Download links on the far right side of each lesson to download each item individually.
    6. Follow the book’s instructions for using the downloaded lesson content.

    That’s it. Hope that helps.

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  2. 19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    A Beginners-Only Learning Experience, December 21, 2012
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    Brian M. Stoppee “M2 Media Studios, Inc.” (Northern Virginia (West of DC)) –
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    This review is from: Adobe After Effects CS6 Classroom in a Book (Paperback)

    Since 2005, when we heard of the forthcoming Adobe Master Collection, following the Adobe-Macromedia merger, we’ve been on a mission to master that collection. We admit to not really feeling as if we have gotten there, yet, and that’s why we devote hours every week to learn more.

    We’ve been enamored with After Effects (AE) since 1993 when it’s founder, CoSA had it, before it went to Aldus and inevitably Adobe. The learning curve for AE is a bit steep. It’s not because it’s a difficult app to learn. It’s not. If you’re already working working in Premiere Pro (Pr) you have many of the basic skills. However, AE is something of the world’s largest sweetest onion which has to be unpeeled one layer at a time and some days it feels as if we’ll never make it to the center of the thing.

    Our primary learning resource is the Classroom in a Book (CIB) series plus Learn by Video also known as Video to Brain or V2B. To that extent, since we have studied both of them for AE CS5, this CIB is a very disappointing book. This CS6 edition is pretty much the same thing as the one for CS5. A few chapters have minor revisions. The only significant difference is that the very valuable chapter on the Roto Brush Tool, which was new for CS5, has been replaced with the new CS6 feature on the 3D Camera Tracker. However, we count 24 other significant features since CS5. We cannot recommend someone spend $38 for a 22 page chapter. Therefore, we have to think of this as a beginner’s book and not a source of continuing education for existing users. That’s unfortunate.

    Nevertheless, for a beginner, this is a great book. After Effects tends to intimidate people not familiar with it. The first chapter guides the newcomer into overcoming concerns about the user interface (UI), as the second one gets you started with a simple project. In around two hours your comfort level with AE should be raised.

    The third chapter on animating text is very applicable to the use many people have for AE. Animated type is a popular use for you to get AE creations over to Premiere Pro (Pr).

    To some degree, AE is a collection of effects which the user applies to graphics. The size of the effects library is what endears professional users to it. It’s also is part of the previously mentioned intimidation factor. Historically, CIB excels in not only teaching Adobe apps, it provides some enjoyable and inspiring sample visuals. This does not disappoint in this one, and the fourth chapter is a good example of that. By the time you have created and adapted some of the lesson’s visuals you can feel like you’re on your way to not just learning AE but your mind ought to be in gear as to what you can create on your own.

    A couple decades ago, whacky music videos had visuals which moved across the screen in bits and pieces. The lessons in chapter five remind us of that. Still, it achieves the goal of mastering more AE features including an audio track.

    When you hear the AE term of “Layers” it’s easy to think, “I know all of that from Photoshop.” (or another Adobe app). Nothing could be further from the truth and chapter six dives even deeper. If you’re not familiar with what are known as a “track matte” and “traveling mattes” you will complete this chapter feeling empowered.

    Masking in any Adobe app tends to scare prospective users. If you’re among them, consider the seventh chapter as the “Get Over It” lesson set. The CIB gently guides you through the masking modes and makes everything feel doable and tosses in a little bit of Roto Brush work.

    If you’ve worked with the Puppet Tool in Photoshop (Ps), the eighth chapter will leave you right at home, as well it should. Ps pretty much adapted that feature set from AE. If the concept is a bit foreign to you, these lessons will dissolve any concerns you may have.

    The ninth chapter’s name of “Color Correction” only tells a portion of the story. We call it “Doing Photoshop Stuff.” You’ll recolor and replace a background as well as the expected corrections.

    If you’re not used to working in 3D with Photoshop and/or Illustrator, chapter ten is going to take a little extra study. Even if you’re up to speed on those apps, you’re walking down a new street with this one. You’ll need to have mastered the tenth chapter before you move onto the eleventh or you’re going to feel a bit lost. It’s worth noting that the projects for these two chapters are not all that exciting unlike what we’re used to in the CIB series. When there are more challenging lessons it’s always nice if the project you create is something really cool.

    The twelfth chapter, the new one, is about the new 3D Camera Tracker. That feature set is magic in itself. When a clip has motion and you’re trying to add a 3D element which coordinates with all the camera elements, you need your creation match that motion. AE now gives you that power. That…

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  3. 11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    For one of the most complex programs ever… this is the perfect first step!, October 22, 2012
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    N. Schale “Hound” (Kansas) –
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    This review is from: Adobe After Effects CS6 Classroom in a Book (Paperback)
    The Classroom in Book series is fantastic for taking people with no knowledge of the subject matter and getting them up and running in one quick read. I love the format of the Classroom in a Book series as they start each chapter with what you can expect to learn and approximately how long it will take. The steps are napoleon corporal clear and at the end there is a short non-intimidating quiz to review. Classroom… in a book.

    Make no mistake about it, After Effects is one of the programs that goes WAY down the rabbit hole. Seriously so much can be done with this software you will need a lot of books, tutorials, experience, and if you can get a mentor, grab two. That being said, we all start somewhere. Before jumping to video copilot or even Lynda the Classroom in a Book fro After Effect CS6 will get you up and running pretty quickly. I recommend it as a good first step into an amazing world!

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