- Paperback: 280 pages
- Publisher: Focal Press (August 28, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0240520580
- ISBN-13: 978-0240520582
- Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.8 x 9.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 51 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,573,756 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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If you have ever stared at a blank stage wondering how to make your ideas into reality, this is how it's done. I consider each example a best practice of how to use Flash CS Professional.
Justin Everett-Church, Sr. Product Manager Flash Player, Adobe Systems
Chris Georgenes' gorgeously designed book contains many short, practical tutorials that both Flash animators and web designers will want to thumb through to learn the tricks of the trade, so they can really impress their clients."
Stefan Gruenwedel, Sr. Editor, Developer Center, Adobe Systems
This is a not-to-be-missed chance to get secrets from one of the foremost authorities on Flash animation. His techniques for animating characters are essential for anyone dreaming of creating a cartoon or animated feature.
Craig Goodman, Executive Editor, Developer Center, Adobe Systems
This is a must-have Flash book. Whether you consider yourself more a Flash designer or developer, you'll want to run home and try out the concepts and techniques in this beautifully presented book.
Tim Statler, Flash developer, Adobe Systems
A valuable resource loaded with helpful tips and hints for Flash users at all skill levels. It is filled with practical how-to examples for artists and animators, presented in a clear step-by-step manner with illustrations documenting each step along the way.
Jim Ver Hague, Professor Emeritus, Computer Graphics Design, Rochester Institute of Technology
..a must have book if you are a Flash designer/animator.
About the Author
Chris Georgenes is a full-time freelance artist, animator, and all-around designer for the web, CD-ROM, and television. His clients include Macromedia, LucasArts, Universal Records, Hasbro, Ogilvy, Yahoo! and AOL, to name a few. He maintains www.mudbubble.com as his online portfolio and www.keyframer.com as his Flash tutorial website. He is also a course author and instructor for sessions.edu.
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I got this book to help me get going with Flash. I am going to keep this book for as long as it takes me to absorb every bit of advice and training it has in its pages!
It is written clearly, step-by-step, and (as Jackie Watson said) like you are looking over the shoulder of a Flash pro.
I showed it to my teacher, and she said "wow, I forgot about some of these techniques" and promptly incorporated some into her lesson for the day.
Need I say more? That right there is a HUGE compliment to the author!
Think of this book as a companion - not necessarily a tech manual, yet not quite a workbook either.
What a wonderful piece of work! I'll be keeping an eye out for more of his books!
As someone who makes his living with Flash, I have been waiting for a book like this.
Nesting symbols to speed up lip-syncing? Genius!I could go on and on, but suffice to say that this book has already helped me with one job, and I know it will come in handy for many more.
Plus, it comes with a cd-rom that has the .fla files of his examples, so a person can see the way to construct more intricate shots in Flash.
Good job, Chris!
I owe you a beer if I ever meet you!
It's not dry and headache-inducing like most Flash books, this book has what you could call an organic flow. I wish every Flash book had the flow this one does. It's examples are to the point and the chapter on Flash to Video was incredibly helpful, with an overview of NTSC color range, aspect ratio, and lots of other info. Page for page, this book's got more bang for the buck than anything else I've read on the subject.
The book's 100% in color, which is always a plus. You read a book with black and white illustrations of the screen you're used to looking at in color and it just doesn't translate as well, which comes down to basic pattern recognition in the brain, so any software book in color deserves bonus points for clarity.
I've seen a few (very few) bad reviews on here, complaining that the book wasn't simple enough. That just seems dumb since (A) the book never claimed to be a guide for the absolute beginner, and (B) it's not a hard book to follow even if you are a beginner, which I myself am. If you're new to Flash and trying to teach yourself from books make sure you have something written on a basic level as a reference guide. "Teach Yourself Visually Flash" is handy for the absolute beginner.
Also it is an example of what I call an "over-illustrated" book, it has lots of artwork on each page, often far more than necessary, and is printed in full color on glossy paper. Again, some people may like this sort of thing, I found it annoying.
Finally, its tutorials tend to be extremely short. Most fill a single two-page spread, and few carry on longer than that. I would have preferred a little more depth.
That said, the book does seem to include some useful tips, and I will probably get back to it when I've mastered Flash a bit more--but I still wish I'd bought a more-detailed volume.
Personally speaking, I liked so much this book, because contains a lot of best practices and outstanding tricks in Flash animation, tricks that will help you to get impressive results in your animations by using subtle Flash techniques.
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Great examples, step by step, and even a killer Disc of sample source files...Read more