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Creating Motion Graphics with After Effects, Vol. 1 (3rd Ed., Version 6.5): Volume 1: The Essentials (DV Expert Series) [Paperback]

Trish Meyer , Chris Meyer
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9 Jan 2004 DV Expert Series
Creating Motion Graphics with After Effects reveals expert techniques for producing compelling motion graphics. Adobe After Effects is a software application used for making motion graphics ranging from animating digital images to creating film-style title sequences, sophisticated special effects, and network logos. Step-by-step tutorials demonstrate the concepts, processes, and technical details of the latest version of After Effects. A new lesson has been added to serve as an introduction and tour of the program for new users, and the book has been updated to cover the new features in the latest version of After Effects. The companion CD includes all materials needed to complete the tutorial assignments and projects, as well as a trial version of the After Effects application.

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  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Focal Press; 3 edition (9 Jan 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1578202493
  • ISBN-13: 978-1578202492
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 18.5 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,145,394 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"I can't think of anyone more qualified to show you how to get the most out of After Effects than Trish and Chris Meyer."
--Steve Kilisky, Senior Product Manager, Adobe After Effects

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The first edition of Creating Motion Graphics is popularly known as `the bible' on After Effects and this new edition features all of the high production values of the first, as well as more material suited for novice level users. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars After Effects WOW!!!! 8 Jan 2003
As a New Media Designer who occasionally invests good money in a book, for me there is always a feeling of dread when buying tutorial infested books, simply because theres always a chance vital information may be wrong, or there might be important files missing from the CD. There's a slight risk factor. So it was a severe relief when this book came through my door.(Thanks Amazon!:)) As soon as I glanced through it I learnt an array of information on After effects. Each page is chock full, well written and most importantly, completly accurate. As an average After Effects user, there is always that temptation to skip a few chapters, but starting from page one paid off as I found I learnt far more than I bargained for, shortcuts and methods I had previously overlooked. Even the CD impressed me. It features Free plug ins, tons of source material and 6 bonus tutorials. I'm really looking forward to Trish & Chris Meyer's two other books on After Effects. If you find reading books helps you learn software, and After Effects is something you want to learn then invest in this book as soon as you can.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best book to learn AE 9 Oct 2003
I spent close to an hour looking through six different AE tutorial book some time ago. This is by far the best! Good structure, in-depth, interesting projects etc etc. I've ordered vol 2 as well, which was published a few months ago. I am also very happy with other books in the "DV expert series".
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5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding 23 Nov 2002
By Jay Rogers - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a book about THINKING in After Effects. It's one of the best software tutorials I've ever read because it is written from a production point of view. It's not a catalog of features and effects, nor is it a series of technical monographs grouped by functionality and interspersed with a few screencaps (*cough* after effects 5 bible *cough*). It's grouped by things you need to accomplish in production and written simply & clearly with copious full-color screen grabs. Sidebars handle technical detail, workarounds, and asides. What Trish and Chris are doing you is guiding you through work habits they've garnered in 10 years of working with this app in a relaxed, conversational way. Thumbs Up!
Hint for reading this book: When you start each chapter, read all the sidebars and callouts first as a warmup, then go back and read everything.
17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An eye-opening, full-color reference and tutorial 8 Nov 2002
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
Now in an updated and expanded second edition which covers version 5.5, Creating Motion Graphics with After Effects Volume 1: The Essentials is an eye-opening, full-color reference and tutorial written for Adobe "After Effects" users of all skill and experience levels. "Learner friendly" step-by-step tutorials effectively teach the reader how to exploit the animation capabilities of the software from layering, to learning how to represent motion paths and velocity, to masking, track mattes, and lighting in three dimensions, and more. A superb "how-to" self-teaching and highly recommended reference for aspiring computer artists and digital video makers, Creating Motion Graphics With After Effects is accompanied with a CD-ROM containing a completed user-oriented and accessible tutorial enhanced with hundreds of movies, stills, objects and audio clips, as well as the tryout version of Adobe After Effects 5.5 for the Macintosh or Windows.
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best book available for beginners 8 Oct 2005
By S. Johnson - Published on Amazon.com
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I was a new user of After Effects, and had never used an animation program before. (I do most of my work in Photoshop and Premiere.) After buying two books from the local Borders (including Bolante's "After Effects 6.5") and browsing through a few others, I was about to (1) sign up for a class, or (2) give up. Good luck learning from most of the AE books out there; I couldn't.

So I began searching through the reviews on Amazon and came across "Vol. 1: The Essentials." It deserves the excellent reviews it's received. I'm no longer getting an ulcer trying to learn this program; the Meyers' approach is very logical, the step-by-step tutorials are fantastic, and some of the special effects included on the CD-ROM might be useful future projects.

If you're a new user, save yourself a lot of money and frustration and start with Meyers. This is the book to buy.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book 13 Oct 2002
By Erick C. - Published on Amazon.com
This is my second book for AE, i have the first edition and second edition now. It was a great book also.
At first its a little more oriented for begginers but at least they show you how they have done some promos for some places. Now, if they do some effects to a movie, change its color, or just change anything.. they tell you why they wanted to change it. They give you a CD and the book is like an instruction booklet on how to use the CD, they give you instructions step by step on how to make the animation that they did.
I recomend this book!
I have been using AE for about a year and some months with this book I still have learned some new tricks. They also give you Free plug ins from various programs like Boris, Continuum etc.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply PACKED with valuable info 22 Sep 2004
By Mr. Potato Head - Published on Amazon.com
I bought this book as a person relatively new to After Effects. Several people pointed me to "Creating Motion Graphics" and I can see why. This book is so stuffed with valuable information. Whether you're new to AE or experienced, this is a valuable training tool.

Instructions are clear and concise. You'll learn everything from the AE interface to mattes, masking, 3D camera work, and on and on... I felt like the book had paid for itself after the first chapter (and I already kind of knew my way around the program).

If you're looking for a good resource to learn After Effects, the Creating Motion Graphics series is about as good as it gets.
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