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Adobe After Effects CS5 Classroom in a Book Kindle Edition

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  • File Size: 8927 KB
  • Print Length: 400 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 5 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
  • Publisher: Adobe Press; 1 edition (June 8, 2010)
  • Publication Date: June 8, 2010
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003V4ATGC
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Ariane Colenbrander on August 29, 2010
Format: Paperback
This book won't explain the program in detail, however it WILL get you up to speed with 14 lessons encompassing the most widely-used features of After Effects. The included CD offers lesson files and examples of finished projects-a great way of viewing the result you're aiming for. Everything about the book is well organized and the chapters start off with the basics (such as animating text and shape layers), leading up to the Roto Brush tool and advanced editing techniques.

I went through several of the lessons in order to get a feel for the book's accuracy, learning curve, and program features. I did find a few areas in the book that could have benefitted from an additional diagram or two (e.g. Restore Frame Size from the Render Queue panel was never found, though the book described it, assuming that it was easy enough to find. Not so.)

As someone familiar with many Adobe products, I found that After Effects has a much higher learning curve. I ventured to the web on many occasions in order to search a particular term or file extension being described in the book in order to learn and not blindly follow along.

I would recommend a basic appendix at the end of the book in order to give beginners new to the program a head start. While the book's preface mentions that the book is not meant to replace program documentation, it wouldn't have been too difficult to have added a few pages of useful information.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Brian M. Stoppee on December 28, 2010
Format: Paperback
I've been enamored with After Effects since 1993 when it's founder, CoSA had it, before it went to Aldus and inevitably Adobe, over a very short period of time. I've studied it; I've even rubbed elbows with some of the planet's foremost After Effects experts but like Premier and Soundbooth, I've never mastered any of them as I have InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, and others. Now a deadline is breathing down our necks so we are in crash learning mode for all three apps. We go way back with Classroom in a Book (Photoshop 5, maybe)? As a book series, it has had a few bumps in the road, mostly at the turn of the century, but of late (Creative Suites and beyond), they've been terrific. I've reviewed five Classroom in a Book (CIB) volumes for CS5, so far, in our quest to master the Master Collection. They've all gotten five stars from me (or disallowed fractions there of). December 27, 2010, I published a lengthy review of Premier Pro CS5. It was my favorite, so far. I compose these things as I learn, so I wrote this first paragraph on After Effects (AE) CS5 as I crack it open, later in the same day.

First, now that I have a handle on Premier, the AE interface seems like I'm right at home. AE, like many other Adobe apps, is all about layers. I go back to Photoshop 2.0 and Illustrator before it. As much as I like the way AE has a similar user interface (UI) to Premier, learning about a layers panel, which differs from Adobe apps, which I'm familiar with, is a bit troubling (but that's not the fault of CIB, of course). I mention that with good reason: the first lesson of the book builds my confidence about my AE abilities. I'm on some familiar territory and in some new spaces but CIB makes it all feel doable.
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Format: Paperback
While some software guides focused on a new product simply add a few new sections to reflect upgrades, this book has been thoroughly rewritten and could easily stand alone as a solid introduction to After Effects. As you would expect in a guide published by Adobe, this "official training workbook" has been revised completely to reflect what's new in Adobe After Effects CS5. It begins with the basics, but includes chapters on the new rotobrush, on color correction with the new Synthetic Aperture Color Finesse 3 plugin, on building 3d objects within After Effects, and on using mocha to track motion. So this would be a nice refresher for those who haven't used After Effects in a while, and a great introduction for those who are just starting out with After Effects now. For a more thorough introduction to some of the basic features of After Effects, it would be good to supplement this with After Effects Apprentice.

I like that the book opens up by having you complete some actual animations before it really gets into the technical details of how to set up a workspace and the like. They do a nice job throughout of balancing introductions to the magic of After Effects with delivery of the nitty gritty details you have to know to make it work properly. They also do a very good job introducing the reader to "best practices" - ways of doing things that keep your workspace clean and well organized, and make it easy to find what you need.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Christopher J. Benz on January 26, 2011
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This training book, to my mind, achieves exactly what it sets out to and does it well. It's an alternative for users who don't want to plow through a software manual and want to just start using the program. It's a 'learn by do' approach. For practically minded or creative people, this is a great way to get started with After Effects. The projects are really only B or C grade from an artistic point of view, but they're stimulating enough and it's really about the possibilities and seeing how you achieve things that your imagination can conjure. To make really cool stuff you need to visit the websites of advanced designers's tutorial [...]

This book is beautifully laid out, very clear and logical and fun to work through, even for those familiar with the program - a lot has been added in the last few editions.

So anyway, on to the eBook lesson file issue that is causing such controversy on Amazon. This solution is good for all Classroom in a Book editions of CS5 programs. I'm assured by the publisher PeachPit that ALL of the CS5 Classroom in a Book eBook editions ship with links to the lesson files which can be easily downloaded from the publisher website.

Here's how you do it.

Buy the eBook. Then, on your chosen reader, scroll to the END of the eBook and scroll back a few pages. Very close to the end you will find a section in caps titled WHERE ARE THE LESSON FILES?

Very clear instructions follow about how to go to the publishers website (PeachPit) and download the full files associated with that particular text.

Granted, it would've been clearer to list these instructions at the beginning of the book rather than the end.
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