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Adobe After Effects CS3 Professional Classroom in a Book Paperback – August 3, 2007

ISBN-13: 978-0321499790 ISBN-10: 0321499794 Edition: 1st

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  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Adobe Press; 1 edition (August 3, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321499794
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321499790
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.6 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,070,828 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I would advise them to review this and other how-to books in the series, until they do so, don't buy it.
Chuck B
I'm a beginner in this theme and the lections and the descriptions are very clear and gave me a really good background to start my work with after effects.
M. Zoltan
I think a DVD lesson would have been better so that there would have been nothing left out of the details.
P. Studdard

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By P. Studdard on October 15, 2007
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I have only begun working on the 1st 2 lessons. I have done the 1st one several times. It isn't that the book doens't have good information its just that it is often difficult to follow exactly what the writers are telling you to do. The lessons themselves are pretty basic and helpful. I just wish they could be a bit more specific so that I am not having to figure out what layers or project selection I am supposed to make. I have had the same problem with both lesson 1 and 2. I think a DVD lesson would have been better so that there would have been nothing left out of the details. Once you figure out what the writer wants you to select, the book isn't bad.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jerry Saperstein HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 25, 2008
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I am totally unfamiliar with Adobe After Effects and based upon the title and experience with other Adobe Classroom in a Book titles, thought this would bring me gently into the After Effects universe.

Wrong. Totally wrong.

Rather than provide an overview of what After Effects does or is capable of, the book states "Adobe After Effects CS3 Professional provides a comprehensive set of 2D and 3D tools for compositing, animation and effects that motion-graphics professionals, visual effects artists, web designers and film and video professionals need. After Effects is widely used for digital post-production of film, video, DVD, and the web. You can compositer layers in various ways, apply and combine sophisticated visual and audio effects, and animate both objects and effects." That's it. That's the whole introduction to After Effects. Hardly illuminating and certainly not helpful to the neophyte.

The authors promises to teach the newcomer fundamental concepts and features - and it dispenses with that mission in a few inadequate pages.

Then it is on to learning the new features of After Effects CS3, which is what this book is all about.

But even that is not done well. Take for example these informative sentences: "You can pucker a shape by pulling the path's vertices inward while curving segments outward." There are no explanatory illustrations.

The lessons are nothing more than instruction lists with little explanation of what you are doing or why. The back cover declares "The fastest, easiest, most comprehensive way to learn Adobe After Effects CS3 Professional". I don't think so. Not by a long shot.

Overall, a disappointment and not the way for a beginner to learn about the capabilities of After Effects.

Jerry
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By digitalartist on October 6, 2008
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I had to buy this book for school.It's full of lessons you follow along with, using art and graphics provided on a CD. As far as reference or help with your own projects, forget it. Your better off googling your question. If following along is all you need then, it's a nice book. The puppet stuff is OK. That helped a bit in learing it.
I had a question about nesting, they said it was pg 19. They just tell you what it is, not how to do it. ( Creativecow.com had a video explaining it)
I would not recommend this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jewell Williams on March 23, 2013
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This is a easy read and I was able to learn a great deal. It was well written, easy to follow, and I would recommend the CIB books from Adobe for any of there products. Lots of tips tricks and advanced skills learned.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By James M. Forrest on November 20, 2009
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I found the book hard to understand and somewhat disjointed unlike Adobe Premiere CS3 in a book which is excellent. But the author of this book leave much to be desired. Hard to follow and leaves out important info.
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By beachgal on March 12, 2014
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I have been using this book to learn After Effects and I find it has been very useful. The book came in great condition and I am very pleased with this purchase.
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This book is very well put together. The writing is clear and the instructions well documented. I'm very happy with the purchase.
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By BEXCEO on October 28, 2011
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Great book! it can help to any beginner who wish to learn basics and some advanced features of making videos
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