By Mark Christiansen

This can be the one publication within the After results marketplace to concentration solely at the production of visible results, and is a one-stop source for an individual who wishes in-depth motives that demystify the area of visible results and the way they have been created, due to veteran writer Mark Christiansen's pleasant and obtainable type. A completely packed, informative learn, this masterful advisor makes a speciality of explaining the fundamental suggestions, positive factors, and strategies which are key to making seamless movie-quality visible results. clients who're happy with After results will discover a useful overview of After results fundamentals—managing photos, viewing and modifying layers, animating sort, and more—so they could the way to paintings smarter and extra successfully. Readers of all degrees will research center strategies for results compositing together with colour matching, keying, rotoscoping, movement monitoring, emulating the digital camera, and concluding with utilizing expressions in After results, written by way of contributor and professional Dan Ebberts. the ultimate component of the e-book delves into inventive explorations, demonstrating expert results that readers will need to re-create. Readers also will locate finished insurance of all that is new and makes this model of Adobe’s results application this sort of boon to video professionals of all stripes: searchable timelines and tasks, Photoshop 3D layers import, the comic strip impact, Imagineer platforms’ Mocha for Adobe After results, enhanced workflow for cellular units, and extra. through the ebook, attractive full-color examples display what is attainable, whereas the spouse DVD deals demos of After results CS4, pattern photos, and software program plug-ins.

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Personally, I use less than 10% of these effects around 80–90% of the time, so my opinion is that you don’t need to understand them all in order to use the most powerful ones. And even cooler, once you thoroughly understand the core effects, you can use them together to do things with After Effects that you might have thought required third-party plug-ins. To apply an effect to a layer, my advice is to avoid the Effect menu and either context-click that layer, then use the Effect context menu, or double-click it in the Effects & Presets panel.

Some are familiar from other Adobe applications: . Title/Action Safe overlays determine the boundaries of the frame as well as its center point. View > Show Grid (Ctrl+”/Cmd+”) displays an overlay grid. View > Show Rulers (Ctrl+R/Cmd+R) displays not only pixel measurements of the viewer, but allows you to add guides as you can in Photoshop. Use Preferences > Grids & Guides to customize the Safe Margins in the Title/Action Safe overlay or the appearance of grids and guides. All of these are toggled via a single menu beneath the viewer panel (the one that looks like a crosshair).

A numbered image sequence must contain a string in the format [###] somewhere within its name. Each # sign corresponds to a digit, for padding. The Color Management tab is in effect with many still image formats. Chapter 11 tells all. Rendered files can include XMP metadata (if toggled on, as by default); this includes information that the file came from After Effects. Save Output Modules early and often using the Make Template option at the bottom of the pop-up menu. If you intend to render with the same settings even once more, it saves time.

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