Series: Lynda Weinman's Hands-On Training
Paperback: 648 pages
Publisher: Peachpit Press (July 30, 2002)
Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 1 x 9.2 inches
Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
Best Sellers Rank: #3,424,906 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #78 in Books > Computers & Technology > Digital Audio, Video & Photography > Adobe > Adobe After Effects #1499 in Books > Computers & Technology > Digital Audio, Video & Photography > Video Production #2641 in Books > Arts & Photography > Other Media > Film & Video
As a very experienced Final Cut Pro editor, I realized my need to master Adobe After FX to fill in where FCP can't create what I need it to. I've looked at several books, and for a beginner, this book must be the best. With a very clear illustration, CD exercise files, and explanations for every step, it's hard to get lost in the program with this book by your side. I've almost finished the book in less than two weeks and I am already creating motion graphics that would have blown me away 2 weeks ago. For the beginner that wants to learn ALL the basics, you can't go wrong with this book.
Want a straight-forward, lesson oriented, explain-why-you-are-doing-it-this-way-with-the-alternatives-listed method to learn After Effects 5.5? I am experienced with Photoshop and Premiere but new to After Effects. This book is thorough but very easy. It includes ALL the steps so even I can't get lost. The book grounded me in all the basics. When my son returned from snowboarding with video, I used it to produce a wonderfully professional 20 second introduction from scratch and imported it into Premiere. Much better than the Adobe book that came with the program. CD-ROM is included with book.
This is a wonderful introduction to After Effects, a complex application. The author is a born pedagogue and assumes no knowledge of compositing on behalf of the reader. The exercises are excellent, although the detailed re-iteration of each simple task in each lesson can become frustrating, this is a small gripe. You will find your way around this program and its complex interface very easily after reading this book, which is quite an achievement for the author.If you are not new to digital compositing this book may be too basic, otherwise its a must have.
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