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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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, EnergyIndex