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Creating Motion Graphics with After Effects: Essential and Advanced Techniques, 4th Edition 4th Edition

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"I can't think of anyone more qualified to show you how to get the most out of After Effects than Trish and Chris Meyer."--Steve Kilisky, senior product manager, Adobe After Effects
"Overall, these books are fantastic and as far as I'm concerned they should come in the box with After Effects." --Adrian Thompson, CGFocus.com, on the Meyer's three After Effects titles

About the Author

Trish and Chris Meyer are principals in Crish Design (formerly known as CyberMotion), an award-winning motion graphic design studio. The Meyers are authors of the well-known reference book Creating Motion Graphics with After Effects, considered the bible in its field, as well as the best-selling introductory After Effects/motion graphics book, After Effects Apprentice. They teach motion graphics at numerous events around the country. Crish Design has done work for NBC, ABC, HBO, Fox, TLC, New Line, and Paramount, plus corporations ranging from Apple to Xerox.
Trish and Chris Meyer are principals in Crish Design (formerly known as CyberMotion), an award-winning motion graphic design studio. The Meyers are authors of the well-known reference book Creating Motion Graphics with After Effects, considered the bible in its field, as well as the best-selling introductory After Effects/motion graphics book, After Effects Apprentice. They teach motion graphics at numerous events around the country. Crish Design has done work for NBC, ABC, HBO, Fox, TLC, New Line, and Paramount, plus corporations ranging from Apple to Xerox.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 704 pages
  • Publisher: Focal Press; 4th edition (October 29, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0240810104
  • ISBN-13: 978-0240810102
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.5 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #365,237 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Combining both editions of their prior works in this all-new updated version for CS3, Trish and Chris have outdone themselves yet again in this splendid, comprehensive AE motion graphics masterpiece.

Packed with all-new examples and much tighter, more professional editing than earlier works, this latest from the Meyers is their best work yet. The bonus chapters on DVD are a generous addition, as are all the extras and clean layout of the book.

Compared to their earlier books, this one flows even better, with an astounding array of new content and step by step tutorial content that can easily help you boost your After Effects compositing skills quickly.

This book absolutely "sparkles" with professionalism and depth. It's one of the top 5 software books I've read, of hundreds. It really is quite a masterpiece, and can help accelerate your AE production skills immensely.
Another plus is all the detailed, advanced subtleties and professional "tricks of the trade" that haven't been revealed until now, in this volume.

Trish and Chris, you folks have set the bar higher for how to "do it right" for stunningly powerful software books, and I was really impressed with it, from reading through it today. I'm looking forward to working through the tutorial examples to help boost my AE skills even further, and salute your professionalism and depth of expertise, explained in crystal clear examples throughout this "must have" AE reference work.

Great job! Everyone should go buy this book now - it's the best in class for AE books (and I've read 'em all). Wonderful work on this. A++++

Regards,

Ken Calhoun
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This is the fourth edition of the Motion Graphics with After Effects book by Chris & Trish Meyer. It has been updated and revised for Adobe After Effects CS3 and contains many new sections on your favorite software features including The Graph Editor, layer styles, puppet tools, vanishing point, pixel motion and color management. The DVD is packed with bonus chapters and project files. This new edition is quite extensive, as is the software it covers, and the authors have concentrated on teaching their readers how After Effects "thinks" as well as sharing many tips and shortcuts to increase productivity.

The first few chapters get you acquainted with the user interface and introduce the production process for creating a project or "composition". Then you begin to learn the basics such as animation layers, 2D Bezier motion paths and transformation keyframes. As you would expect, keyframes are the basis of animation in After Effects and the authors concentrate on several Keyframe Assistants such as Motion Sketch, Exponential Scale, Smoother and Wiggler.

With the basics under your belt, the authors move on to more advanced animation techniques such as editing and sequencing layers, removing layers, hot keying and managing multiple layer comps. However, it isn't enough to just create layers and keyframes. You want your animation to be as realistic as possible. The authors teach many techniques for this such as motion blur for smoother motion and blending modes for combining layers. Masking and transparency is the next subject to tackle. The authors teach several techniques for creating and working with masks and stencils to add transparent areas in your animation.
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Advanced After Effects Motion Graphics is for the editor with some AE miles under their belt. It is not really a beginner book, but does start you off slowly with great step by step instruction. However, you will eventually need this book but buy it together with the Meyers' After Effects Apprentice which starts you off in the AE wourld. Any of the Meyers books are just what you need to learn AE. Highly recommended!!
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This book has been traveling back and forth from my bed side to my computer desk for the last 3 weeks. In tandem with another book ("The After Effects Illusionist"), I've literally become an expert in After Effects, and recently used it produce an incredible 3-minute product demo that has gotten positive feedback from people like the former President of Sony Entertainment (now on the board of directors), the creators of DVR recording (white label manufacturer for all DVR - they own the patent), and several venture capitalists. This book helped me make that happen. I knew very little about After Effects prior to reading it, and it turned me from a beginner into an expert!
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I have bought all of Chris and Trish Meyer's books and they are the best, bar none! You will not be disappointed with this book, and I can safely recommend it for beginners and veterans alike. The printing is superior, the graphics are well done, the instructions are well explained, and the photos are numerous and helpful. Many tips and shortcuts are dispersed throughout the book and the disk contains many extra lessons.

If you are only going to buy one book on After Effects, this is definitely the one to buy!
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Winter is coming to Chicago. Lots of evenings at home ahead, while the temperatures drop and snow falls outside. Good time to (at last) learn how to use he After Effects program included with Creative Suite 3 (CS3). Since Adobe no longer includes anything that could be considered as an actual user's manual, a person hoping to learn the program on his or her own needs to turn to the web where there is a lot of good, but disconnected, material or a book.

"Creating Motion Graphics with After Effects: Essential and Advanced Techniques, 4th Edition" is an absolute gem. In 671 densely packed pages, husband and wife team Chris and Trish Meyer walk you through After Effects from start to finish. It is quite a trip.

There isn't much warm-up, no cuddly language describing the history of After Effects or silly jokes: the Meyers dive right into the interface and never stop. The approach is one power users and, particularly, power learners will appreciate. The book moves at a very fast pace and assumes you are very familiar with your computer, operating system and at least passingly familiar with other pieces of the Adobe Creative Suite. The authors suggest that those wanting a "more structured, tutorial=oriented approach" look at their other book, "After Effects Apprentice.

"Creating Motion Graphics" is essentially a textbook intended for teaching. The chapters are arranged logically and move very quickly. From an introduction to the interface, you are plunked into the After Effects concept of a "composition", the essential working environment and then into basic animation. There are few wasted words in this book. The examples - and there are many of them - are well thought out and all the material you need is provided on the accompanying CD.
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