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after effects and photoshop: animation and production effects for dv and film
After Effects and Photoshop: Animation and Production Effects for DV and Film
by Jeff Foster  ISBN:0782143172
Sybex © 2004 (352 pages)

This hands-on project guide is devoted to demonstrating how you can use two of the most indispensable content creation tools--After Effects and Photoshop--together to produce animations and effects on the desktop.

Table of Contents
After Effects and Photoshop—Animation and Production Effects for DV and Film
Part I - Connecting Photoshop, ImageReady, and After Effects
Chapter 1 - Basic ImageReady Animation, Tweening, and Layer Styles
Chapter 2 - Photoshop Layers and After Effects
Chapter 3 - 3-D Layers from Photoshop Layers
Part II - Applying Animation Concepts
Chapter 4 - Cause and Effect
Chapter 5 - Exaggeration Equals Characterization
Part III - Clean-Up, Mattes, and Objects
Chapter 6 - Blue-Screen Garbage Mattes
Chapter 7 - Rotoscoping Techniques with Photoshop
Chapter 8 - Matte and Keying Plug-ins
Chapter 9 - Static Matte "Painting" in Photoshop
Chapter 10 - Motion Matte "Painting" in Photoshop
Chapter 11 - Making Movies from Stills
Part IV - Advanced Movie Magic
Chapter 12 - Scale and Speed
Chapter 13 - Color, Light, and Focus
Chapter 14 - Atmosphere, Film, and Noise Effects
Chapter 15 - Motion Titling Effects
Chapter 16 - Custom Scene Transitions
Appendix - Adobe Photoshop and After Effects Resources
List of Figures
List of Tables
List of Sidebars

If you're in the business of motion graphics or desktop digital video production, you know that Adobe's After Effects and Photoshop are two of the most indispensable content creation tools. More integrated than ever before, the world's number-one compositing and image-editing programs can be used in tandem to create quality work at a relatively low cost. But it takes years of experience to figure out how to get the most out of this remarkable duo.

With After Effects and Photoshop: Animation and Production Effects for DV and Film, graphics guru Jeff Foster has created the first book devoted to showing how you can use these two programs together to produce animations and effects on the desktop. This practical guide focuses exclusively on techniques commonly used in the field as well as cutting-edge production tricks. These hands-on projects will demystify cool Hollywood effects and help you solve your daily challenges. And they’ll inspire you to think more artistically when approaching your creations.

Inside, you'll discover pro techniques for motion graphics and video production, including how to:

  • Add depth and realism to your animations by mimicking real motion;
  • Use exaggerated movements to enhance characterization;
  • Apply 3-D animation to 2-D images;
  • Remove background fodder with blue-screen garbage mattes;
  • Employ rotoscoping techniques for frame-by-frame retouching;
  • Construct realistic composites and scene locations using matte painting techniques;
  • Make movies from stills by simulating 3-D camera motion;
  • Utilize perspective, speed, and scale to create believable moving objects;
  • Produce realistic special effects such as noise, clouds, and smoke;
  • Practice imaginative motion titling effects that grab people’s attention;
  • Develop professional scene transitions using 3-D layer animations;
  • And much more!

About the Author

Jeff Foster has authored and contributed to several Adobe how-to books, including the Photoshop Web Magic series and Special Edition: Using Photoshop series. He has appeared regularly as a member of the Instructor Dream Team at PhotoshopWorld and as a featured speaker at Macworld User Conferences and the National Association of Broadcasters convention. He is an instructor at Westwood College and provides consulting, training, and design services for corporate clients.

Foster has been creating traditional and digital images, photography, illustration, motion graphics, and special effects for digital video and film for more than two decades. His clients include Sanyo, McDonnell Douglas, FOX Television, Universal Studios, and Disney.