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This is the only book on the market to focus exclusively on the creation of visual effects for After Effects users, and is a one-stop resource for anyone who wants in-depth explanations that demystify the realm of visual effects and how they were created, thanks to veteran author Mark Christiansen's friendly and accessible style.

A thoroughly packed, informative read, this masterful guide focuses on explaining the essential concepts, features, and techniques that are key to creating seamless movie-quality visual effects. Users who are comfortable with After Effects will find a helpful review of the fundamentals - managing footage, viewing and editing layers, animating type, and more - so they can learn how to work smarter and more efficiently. Readers of all levels will learn core techniques for effects compositing including color matching, keying, rotoscoping, motion tracking, emulating the camera, and concluding with using expressions in After Effects, written by contributor and expert Dan Ebberts. An incredibly useful appendix on scripting in After Effects is included as well, written by Adobe engineer Jeff Almasol. The final section of the book delves into creative explorations, demonstrating professional effects that are commonly seen in films and games which readers can re-create.

Readers will also find comprehensive coverage of all that's new and makes this version of Adobe's effects programa must-have update, including the revolutionary new Roto Brush, all new effects such as the New Refine Matte effect, new support for Color Look-Up Tables, workflows that take advantage of the all-new 64-bit support, inclusion of third-party tools for additional creativity, and much more.

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This official guide to Adobe's After Effects CS5 provides clear instructions and step-by-step examples for performing common tasks in visual effects generation and compositing for film production. Intended for intermediate audiences, the work jumps right in with discussions of compositing methodologies in After Effects, the Timeline, and project work flow optimization. The second section of the work addresses subjects such as color correction and keying, Rotoscoping and paint, camera effects and optics, and HDR, and a final set of chapters explores creative examples such as light improvements, changing scene backgrounds, and environments and the addition of explosions and pyrotechnics. Chapters include full-color illustrations, screenshots and sidebars, and an accompanying DVD-ROM provides additional resources including application demos and sample work files. Christiansen is an experienced creative director with extensive major Hollywood film experience. Annotation ©2012 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

About the Author

Mark Christiansen has created visual effects and animations for feature films, network television, computer games, and an array of high technology companies. Recent clients include Adobe Systems Inc., Evil Eye Pictures, The Orphanage, History Channel, and HBO as well as Seagate, Sun, Intel and Medtronic. Feature credits include Avatar, The Day After Tomorrow, Pirates of the Caribbean 3, and films by Robert Rodriguez. He is the author of the previous editions of Adobe After Effects Professional Studio Techniques.

Table of Contents


Section I     Working Foundations                   

Chapter 1   Composite in After Effects           

Chapter 2   The Timeline                               

Chapter 3   Mattes, Masks, and Modes          

Chapter 4   Optimizing Projects                     

Section II    Effects Compositing Essentials     

Chapter 5   Color Correction                         

Chapter 6   Color Keying                               

Chapter 7   Rotoscoping and Paint                

Chapter 8   Effective Motion Tracking            

Chapter 9   The Camera and Optics                       

Chapter 10 Expressions                                

Chapter 11 HDR Compositing and Color Management     

Section III  Creative Explorations                   

Chapter 12 Light                                          

Chapter 13  Climate: Air, Water, Smoke, Clouds    

Chapter 14 Pyrotechnics: Fire, Explosions, Energy  Index          

Product Details

Christiansen, Mark
Adobe Press
Interactive multimedia
Interactive Media
Computers-Reference - General
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Studio Techniques
Publication Date:
September 2010
Grade Level:
9.08 x 7.34 x 0.875 in 998 gr

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