Series: On The Spot
Paperback: 288 pages
Publisher: Focal Press; 1 edition (May 2004)
Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 9.2 x 0.8 inches
Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
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I've been using After Effects since version 2, which is probably the last time I picked up the manual. Unfortunately Jean-Jacques Rousseau's quote suits me perfectly: "Men will always prefer a worse way of knowing to a better way of learning." Skimming this book pointed out shortcuts and reminded me how to use features I tiptoe around. It filled in my After Effects knowledge painlessly. This veteran finds it handy.
This book is a gem for After Effects users. After Effects' features go so deep no one can remember every shortcut, filter or technique! That's where this book comes in. Keep it in your suite, it is a quick reference guide to almost every helpful bit of information you'd need. Some tips are simple, some take you deeper into filters you didn't know had greater depth. From navigating the interface to optimizing your render que. This book will improve the look of your work and the speed at which you do it! Did you know After Effects can call your cell phone when a render is done? It's in there! A must for any compositing or graphics suite.
Don't be fooled, there are a lot of great tips and tricks here even if you've been working with After Effects for years. I just open it up and read a bit here and there while waiting for a render and always find some gems.
What a little treasure this is! TONS of great tips and tricks. The B&W pages and lack of DVD-ROM keep the price right! Easy to pick up and absorb when you have a few spare minutes (great for bathroom reading), and keep it handy by your workstation for a bit of reading during renders. Some of the tips I knew, but had forgotten and fell out of using, others were new to me! Great value!
After reading other books on how to use After Effects, this is the only book I found that gave really great how-to tips and tricks that I can easily apply to future projects. I didn't have time to read another huge manual, but flipping through chapters in this book was a breeze. I highly recommend this to anyone using After Effects, whether you are a novice user or a pro, everyone can benefit!
This book is a great help I found other after effects books overwhelming but this one is really helpful and gives information in a really simple way.
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