Adobe After Effects CC Classroom in a Book (2014 release)

Adobe Press
Andrew Faulkner / Brie Gyncild  
Adobe Press
Total pages
December 2014


The 14 project-based lessons in this book show students step-by-step the key techniques for working in After Effects and how to work efficiently and deliver in the widest possible range of media types.


In addition to learning the key elements of the After Effects interface, this completely revised CC (2014 release) edition covers new features, including mask tracker, detail-preserving Upscale effect, property linking, new snapping options and improvements, improved Cinema 4D integration, settings migration, bicubic sampling option in Transform effect, and more.


Students redeem a unique code provided inside the book that grants them access to the downloadable lesson files they need to work through the projects in the book, and to electronic book updates covering new features that Adobe releases for Creative Cloud customers.


Instructor Notes for this title will be available soon on the Pearson Higher Ed site.


Table of Contents

Getting Started
1 Getting to Know the Workflow
2 Creating a Basic Animation Using Effects and Presets
3 Animating Text
4 Working with Shape Layers
5 Animating a Multimedia Presentation
6 Animating Layers
7 Working with Masks
8 Distorting Objects with the Puppet Tools
9 Using the Roto Brush Tool
10 Performing Color Correction
11 Using 3D Features
12 Working with the 3D Camera Tracker
13 Advanced Editing Techniques
14 Rendering and Outputting


Brie Gyncild aims to make technical information accessible to those who need it. She's written books on many Adobe applications, including Adobe Photoshop, Adobe InDesign, and Adobe After Effects. Brie lives in Seattle with two cats and an overgrown garden.

Andrew Faulkner is the founder and creative guru at Afstudio Design with 20+ years in providing design and photo-illustration services to a long list of corporate clients. His work with Adobe Systems started in 1994 when they invited him to help develop the first Adobe Classroom in a Book. In addition to his graphic design work, he is a veteran Photoshop-jockey and his digital collage illustration work has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The LA Times, and The Washington Post. His recent digital painting work can be seen online at When Andrew's not at the studio, you can probably find him hunting down rare vinyl at one of the Bay Area’s vintage record stores.