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Creative After Effects 7: Workflow Techniques for Animation, Visual Effects and Motion Graphics Paperback – 10 Aug 2006

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  • Paperback: 584 pages
  • Publisher: Focal Press; 1 edition (10 Aug. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0240519922
  • ISBN-13: 978-0240519920
  • Product Dimensions: 24.9 x 19.4 x 3.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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Of all the After Effects books I looked at whilst trying to learn it, I found Angie's was the most user-friendly and creative.
Chris Cunningham, director of music videos, commercials and video art

.a worthwhile investment for animators and artists who want to focus on creating their designs and not get bogged down in technical jargon.
Steve Kilisky, Senior Product Manager, After Effects, Adobe Systems Inc.

...one of my favorite demo artists in the industry. Her tutorials are always compelling, well-designed, and worthwhile.
Brian Maffit, Total Training

Angie is an outstanding guru of After Effects...sitting at one of Angie's seminars brings gasps of awe from seasoned and beginner audiences alike.... you will enjoy this book immensely.
John Keedwell, GBCT, GTC. British Cinematographer

About the Author

A freelance animator and digital filmmaker, Angie produces animations, motion graphics, and visual effects for production companies and broadcasters including the BBC and Channel 4 television in the UK.. An Adobe Certified Expert, and Apple Solutions Expert, she is active on the training circuit; providing corporate training for Adobe and Apple, and seminars at key industry events like NAB, SIGGRAPH, and IBC.

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This could have been the best AE self teaching book, but it has so many typographical errors that it gets so hard to follow, not to mention that some of the files allegedly included on the dvd are missing, so at some points you need to create your own files in order to being able to move forward to the lessons, I don't doubt for one second that the author is very proficient with this software, she really makes an effort trying to explain the reason behind any instruction she gives. But it's clear that she was the only one who really cared for the publishing of the book as is obvious no proof reader was hired to make it come flawless, quite the opposite, it is far from it.
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My colleagues and I run a little animation studio - Renga Media - down in Brighton, UK, and we use Adobe's venerable compositing app After Effects on a daily basis as part of our production workflow. Freelance visual artist Angie Taylor's books are essential reading for anyone - experienced or otherwise- planning on exploring what AE (After Effects...) has to offer the visual artist working with motion graphics, special effects and animation. Angie Taylor has been writing about After Effects for some years now, and this book - updated to coincide with the summer 2006 release of Version 7 of AE - makes the whole process of learning about and working with motion graphics so very much simpler...

Case in point: we recently hired a computer artist to do some digital matte work for us, and after a while she expressed interest in adding moving elements to her shots; in this case, she wanted to add dramatic CG-generated clouds to a shot of a futuristic city. Not having time to go through the whole of After Effects with her personally, I lent her our well-thumbed office copy of this book, and, within two days she'd learned enough of the basic processes to not only put her shot together, but move straight on to more complex set-ups. She's now one of our rising-star compositors.

The main reason behind the book's accessibilty is that Ms. Taylor's writing is not in the least bit dull - in fact, it's rather relaxed and entertaining, making the step-by-step procedure of learning AE's capabilities an absolute breeze... a traditional dusty reference textbook, this ain't. The individual chapters, which cover very basic animation through to the more complex processes of mattes and keying, are well laid out with nice, clear visual references.
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An exceptional book from an exceptional graphic artist. Well-defined graphics and text throughout. A great way to establish a genuine Adobe AE workflow, simply. The book is obviously focused on the Mac user, but PC users are also accommodated. Be it in a little, but confusing way.

Considering that "used" AE 7.0 (or otherwise) is so cheap now, this is well worth the purchase and Highly recommended.
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[...], but this book is so filled with typographical errors as to make it a real chore to try to follow the lessons. Too bad a proofreader wasn't hired to check this manuscript before it was published. Otherwise it could have been an instructive manual for After Effects.
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This book is so filled with typos and the accompanying dvd has so many support files missing that it is really discouraging, i really struggled to understand what the author meant to say or instruct that actually learned a few workarounds for a few things, i guess that's a good thing but not when you spend 8 hours in a 2 hour lesson. Obviously absolutely nobody proof read this book before going to printing, nor they checked the dvd either. Just don't waste your money, try AE apprentice from the Chris and Trish Meyer, waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay better book and carefully published.
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