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  • Paperback: 296 pages
  • Publisher: Focal Press; 1 edition (3 Jun. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0240810317
  • ISBN-13: 978-0240810317
  • Product Dimensions: 24.5 x 18.7 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 971,666 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"the definitive guide for Flash designers and artists. Not only does he cover the nuts and bolts of combining these programs in practical and efficient ways, but the examples he uses are wonderfully designed. This is a book I will keep within easy reach in my studio."
-Chris Georgenes, Mudbubble LLC, animator and author of "How to Cheat in Flash CS3"

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Chris Jackson is an author, computer graphics designer, and tenured professor at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). He teaches a variety of graduate-level courses and professional workshops focusing on 2D computer animation, 3D digital imaging, instructional multimedia, and motion graphics. He is a multimedia consultant for Fortune 500 companies and national museums. Chris' professional design work has received over 25 distinguished national and international awards for online communication. He has presented his research and professional work at Adobe MAX, ACM SIGGRAPH, UCDA Design Education Summit, and the Society for Technical Communications (STC). Chris is the author of Flash + After Effects and Flash Cinematic Techniques: Animating and Building Interactive Stories, and co-author of Flash 3D: Animation, Interactivity, and Games.
Chris Jackson is an author, computer graphics designer, and tenured professor at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). He teaches a variety of graduate-level courses and professional workshops focusing on 2D computer animation, 3D digital imaging, instructional multimedia, and motion graphics. He is a multimedia consultant for Fortune 500 companies and national museums. Chris' professional design work has received over 25 distinguished national and international awards for online communication. He has presented his research and professional work at Adobe MAX, ACM SIGGRAPH, UCDA Design Education Summit, and the Society for Technical Communications (STC). Chris is the author of Flash + After Effects and Flash Cinematic Techniques: Animating and Building Interactive Stories, and co-author of Flash 3D: Animation, Interactivity, and Games.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mr. A. J. Howe on 1 Aug. 2008
Format: Paperback
Flash + After Effects: Flash Creativity Unleashed
I found this book easy to comprehend and work with.
All of the tutorial projects worked, and it was very pleasing to see the
end results
I am a amateur hobbyist who likes to delve in Flash and After Effects,
and this book has took me to another level, hence the five stars.
I look forward to the authors next book!
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This book looks good but the kindle version doesn't come with any downloadable files to support the book. The paperback comes with a DVD ROM of files. This is not made clear.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Great book! Very helpful and easy to follow. 18 Mar. 2008
By J. Bulmahn - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book is excellent and I highly recommend it for all animators! There are many tips, examples, and workflows that show exactly how to bridge Flash and After Effects. There is a nice balance of web and video examples and how to properly prep and animate assets for each. I found the chapters on character animation and visual effects most helpful. The examples clearly show how to get the most out of parenting, puppet tools and fractals. I found the examples fun and inspiring. Unlike many books out there, the artwork and examples are well thought out and look great! The book is also well written. All examples were very easy to follow. I commend the author for this wonderful book!
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
An excellent guide to animation in two media! 9 April 2008
By Nancy Beiman - Published on Amazon.com
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Chris Jackson is an excellent teacher. His classes in After Effects at the Rochester Institute of Technology featured notes that were far easier to understand than standard books on After Effects and Flash, and I always hoped he'd write a book incorporating some of the lessons taught in his classes.
He has, and it's a winner. Most computer animation books are heavy going, but this one is easy and fun to read. There is no waste, no padding, no jargon, just solid information. It is easier to animate 'parented' puppets in After Effects and export in Flash than to work in Flash alone--the enjoyable exercises on the enclosed DVD will have you up and animating your own characters in no time at all.
I can recommend this book to anyone who is interested in hand drawn computer animation.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Fantastic book on After Effects 19 Aug. 2008
By Rob Huddleston - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book is a great introduction to After Effects and Flash. If you have experience with Flash, it will have you creating stunning motion graphics in After Effects in no time.
Chris Jackson's writing style is light and eminently readable. He doesn't get bogged down in a lot of exposition, but instead introduces the concepts needed and then gets right down to step-by-step instructions. His examples are well-thought-out and, rare for books like this, they are actually realistic.
I had never used After Effects before, but this book got me going and up-to-speed much faster than I thought I would. I would highly recommend the book to anyone who wants to get started with After Effects and motion graphics.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Flash + After Effects Offers Good Hands-On Tutorials 28 Jun. 2009
By David Salahi - Published on Amazon.com
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I recently enjoyed working through the exercises in Chris Jackson's book Flash + AfterEffects and I learned a lot about After Effects. I'm a beginner in After Effects and somewhere between a beginner and intermediate in Flash so I learned more about After Effects than Flash. Someone with less experience in Flash than me would probably learn more about it than I did. However, the book does assume "a working knowledge of the Flash workspace and an understanding of animation concepts and basic ActionScript." To give a better idea of my After Effects background: I had previously worked through most of the Adobe After Effects CS4 Classroom in a Book exercises and had viewed and practiced numerous AE tutorials on lynda.com and had very limited experience using AE on real projects. I think it would be helpful to have some basic After Effects experience before coming to this book. The book's back cover indicates a target user level of "intermediate to advanced Flash designers."

The book occupies an interesting niche in that it educates the reader on a workflow involving both products. Most books focus on only a single product and you're left to figure out your own workflow for real projects. This book shows how Adobe's two Creative Suite applications can be used very effectively together. The book will be useful for designers that are targeting either the internet or broadcast/DVD video. One might question why it would be necessary or useful to use After Effects together with Flash when Flash has the ability to do so many of effects on its own. Author Chris Jackson points out "... After Effects takes their project[s] to the next level in 2D animation. It provides Flash animators with an assortment of visual effects that are rather difficult or next to impossible to achieve in Flash." I agree. After Effects offers the animator a wealth of sophisticated animation tools and presets that are not available within Flash. And, of course, AE is a natural for output to broadcast video or DVD but Flash also has things to offer to the AE specialist.

Of course, outputting to the web carries a different set of considerations than outputting to video -which the book does address. For example, when outputting to video, one needs to consider the action-safe and title-safe regions but those aren't relevant for video on the web. File size for video is not usually much of a problem but for the internet it's crucial. The book's examples address the relevant issues thoughtfully and offer approaches that leverage each program's strengths to end up with final products that are appropriate for their target platforms.

One great example of the ability of After Effects to do things that would be extremely time-consuming in Flash is in Chapter 5: Type in Motion. The "Download Text" example in that chapter shows the use of the After Effects text scale properties to very quickly animate the appearance of text onto the screen in a variety of ways. By adjusting just a few parameters in the text's Animators and Range Selectors a set of quite different and interesting effects can be accomplished with very little effort. To accomplish the same things in Flash would require a great deal of time spent animating individual text characters. And, when done, changing to a different sort of effect would probably require a good deal more effort. In AE, very different effects can be had by just tweaking a few parameters.

Flash + After Effects, like Adobe's Classroom in a Book series, comes with a DVD that includes source footage and other assets to use while you follow along with the exercises. Like the CiaB books, this is a book that is designed as a workbook. Just reading the text won't be helpful. You need work through the exercises to get anything out of the book. As such, it's an excellent way to learn. And, if you follow the author's recommendation to experiment with the examples, you'll really extend and solidify your understanding.

In general, I found the text to be well-written and well thought out. For the most part, the tutorials were easy to follow and included a variety of topics designed to increase the reader's repertoire while exposing the reader to as many of the two programs' features as possible.

I liked this book a lot and, as I mentioned earlier, learned a lot from its fun and interesting tutorials. However, I did encounter some problems due to the fact that the book was written for CS3 while I was running CS4. Most of the time I was able to figure out the differences and work around the problems. But incompatibilities or differences did arise repeatedly which made the going a little slower and, at times, somewhat confusing. I hope that Focal Press will release a version of the book updated for CS4.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Very Good Book for Using Flash and After Effects! 18 July 2008
By C. Hill - Published on Amazon.com
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I was pleasantly surprised by this book and the included media!

Chris Jackson has hit on the right amount of technical detail and practical content to make this book easy enough for a beginner to follow, while still keeping it interesting for intermediate users. My 11 year old son and I used this book and went through the projects together. We enjoyed it very much!

Highly recommended!
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