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Adobe After Effects Cs5 Visual Effects and Compositing Studio Techniques [With DVD] (Studio Techniques)by Mark Christiansen
Synopses & Reviews
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.
Note from the publisher:
FREE Adobe After Effects CS5.5 updates are available for this title. Simply register your product at www.peachpit.com/register and you will receive the updates when they become available.
Book News Annotation:
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 (booknews.com)
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
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