Adobe After Effects 6.5 Magic


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Adobe® After Effects® 6.5 Magic
By James Rankin, Anna Ullrich, Jason Croatto, Danielle Hietmuller
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Publisher: Peachpit Press
Pub Date: May 23, 2005
ISBN: 0-321-26723-0
Pages: 272
 



Table of Contents  | Index
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Animation Presets, an advanced Clone tool, scripting support, and a powerful new color correction system are just a few of the reasons you're chomping at the bit to get down to work with After Effects 6.5. In these pages, a master of the medium allows you to do just that, presenting a series of projects that explore every aspect of Adobe's animation and effects powerhouse. By focusing on the areas that can be troublesome for professional users--whether because they present thorny issues or because they draw on completely new features--this volume provides the focused, practical instruction you need to maximize your After Effects productivity. Each lesson provides need-to-know tips, proven techniques, and best practices for a variety of After Effects 6.5 functions: from importing and managing footage to viewing and editing layers, animating type, and more. The companion CD includes QuickTime instructional movies, source code, and files for all of the book's projects.



book cover
Adobe® After Effects® 6.5 Magic
By James Rankin, Anna Ullrich, Jason Croatto, Danielle Hietmuller
...............................................
Publisher: Peachpit Press
Pub Date: May 23, 2005
ISBN: 0-321-26723-0
Pages: 272
 



Table of Contents  | Index

   Copyright
   About the Authors
   About the Contributors
   Introduction
      How this book was written
      Who this book is for
      About this book and companion DVD
   Chapter 1.  Spinning Squares
      It Works Like This
      Preparing to Work
      Building the Intro
      Building the Color Sequences
      Creating the End Tag
      Completing the Finished Spot
      Now Try This
   Chapter 2.  Falling Squares
      It Works Like This
      Preparing to Work
      Building the Transitions
      Building Backdrops
      Building the Sections
      Finishing Touches
      Now Try This
   Chapter 3.  Wall of Squares
      It Works Like This
      Preparing to Work
      Building the Background
      The Other Backgrounds
      Building More Elements
      Building the Sections
      The Big Finale
      Now Try This
   Chapter 4.  Designing Title Effects
      It Works Like This
      Preparing to Work
      Creating the Title
      Dividing the Title
      Animating the Masks
      Creating the Title Blur
      Adding Flashes of Light
      Animating the Flare Brightness
      Creating the Comets
      Stretching the Title
      Now Try This
   Chapter 5.  Dancing Type
      It Works Like This
      Preparing to Work
      Setting Up the Composition
      Animating the Background
      Creating the QUICKSTEP Logo
      Creating the Dancing Figure
      Pulling It All Together
      Now Try This
   Chapter 6.  Auto-Scaling Type
      It Works Like This
      Preparing to Work
      Setting Up the Composition
      Creating the Text
      Scaling by Letter
      Creating the Fade-In Effect
      Building the First Background Layer
      Building the Second Background Layer
      Animating the Black End of the Ramp
      Creating a Surface Reflection
      Now Try This
   Chapter 7.  Animated Columns
      It Works Like This
      Preparing to Work
      Building the Car Sequence
      Building the Layers
      Building the Columns
      Branding the Project
      Now Try This
   Chapter 8.  Animating with Illustrator
      It Works Like This
      Preparing to Work
      Setting Up the Composition
      Setting Up Illustrator
      Creating the Letters' Paths
      Adding Stars for Each Letter
      Now Try This
   Chapter 9.  Corporate Open
      It Works Like This
      Preparing to Work
      Creating the Background
      Scrolling Text
      Building the Gold Bar
      Adding the Logo Layer
      Applying the Sparks
      Creating a Flickering Light
      Now Try This
   Chapter 10.  Unscrambling Type
      It Works Like This
      Preparing to Work
      Creating the Words
      Positioning the Text in 3D
      Randomizing the Text
      Staggering the Text
      Making 3D Look Easy
      Adding an Atmospheric Background
      Creating the Text Lights
      Now Try This
   Chapter 11.  Raining Slogans
      It Works Like This
      Preparing to Work
      Creating the First Slogan
      Raining Letters into Place
      Flying through Text in 3D Space
      Clarifying the Text
      Adding the Slogans
      Flipping Venetian Blinds
      Sliding In the Phone Number
      Now Try This
   Chapter 12.  Sonic Promo
      It Works Like This
      Preparing to Work
      Creating the First Speaker
      Animating with Audio
      Making a Pulsing Background
      Animating Illustrator Layers
      Putting the Beats Together
      Now Try This
   Chapter 13.  Sci-Fi Storm
      It Works Like This
      Preparing to Work
      Creating Clouds
      Creating a Lightning Storm
      Creating a Planet
      Creating an Orbiting Title
      Assembling a Steel Box
      Animating the Steel Box
      Now Try This
   Chapter 14.  Station ID
      It Works Like This
      Preparing to Work
      Creating the Background
      Adding the Scrolling Text
      Creating an Aperture
      Adding the News Channel
      Adding Text to the Channel
      Now Try This
   Chapter 15.  Fog of Text
      It Works Like This
      Preparing to Work
      Creating Layers of Text
      Animating the Text
      Making a Woman Invisible
      Now Try This
   Chapter 16.  Fast and Easy Lighting
      It Works Like This
      Preparing to Work
      Creating the Motion Background
      Extruding the Main Title
      Creating a Spotlight
      Now Try This
   Chapter 17.  Heartbeat Car Commercial
      It Works Like This
      Preparing to Work
      Creating the Heartbeat
      Building the Heart Monitor
      Building the Movie Sequence
      Putting It All Together
      Now Try This
   Chapter 18.  Exotic Sketch-a-Car
      It Works Like This
      Preparing to Work
      Sketching the Car
      Capturing a Still
      Animating the Sketch
      Adding the Three Movies
      Creating a Grid
      Adding the Background Car
      Now Try This
   Chapter 19.  Tracking Reflections
      It Works Like This
      Preparing to Work
      Creating the First Reflection
      Creating the Second Reflection
      Parenting the Third Reflection
      Housekeeping
      Now Try This
   Chapter 20.  Designer's Corner
      It Works Like This
      Preparing to Work
      Assembling the Background Sequence
      Getting the Big Picture
      Adding the TV Picture
      Revealing the Photo
      Now Try This
   Chapter 21.  Animated Filmstrip
      It Works Like This
      Preparing to Work
      Creating the Filmstrip
      Adding More Film Frames
      Creating the Master Comp
      Animating the Filmstrip
      Now Try This
   Chapter 22.  Video Cubes
      It Works Like This
      Preparing to Work
      Creating the Cube
      Imploding the Cube
      Exploding the Cube
      Spinning the Box
      Adding Reading Material
      Adding the Command Line
      Revealing the Logo in Stripes
      Now Try This
   Index