Adobe After Effects CS6

Peachpit Press
Angie Taylor / . video2brain / Todd Kopriva  
Peachpit Press
Total pages
July 2012

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This critically acclaimed training course from Adobe Press and Video2Brain combines interactive video and a printed reference to teach students the fundamentals of Adobe After Effects CS6.


Experienced instructors present 10 hours of high quality HD video, complete with lesson files, assessment quizzes and review materials. The video is wrapped in a unique interface that allows the student to jump to any topic and also bookmark individual sections for later review. The unique Watch-and-Work mode shrinks the video into a small window to allow the student to work alongside in After Effects. Project files used in the lessons are included on the disc so students can practice what they've learned, and interactive review questions help reinforce freshly gained knowledge.


Table of Contents

1 Introducing After Effects CS6

1.1    What Is Adobe After Effects and Where Does It Come From?
1.2    Course Introduction
1.3    What’s New in After Effects CS6
1.4    Don’t Worry, It’s Only a Dialog Box
1.5    Basic Workflow and Terminology Overview

2 Interface Tour
2.1    The Project Panel and Flowchart Panel
2.2    The Composition Panel and the Layer Panel
2.3    The Timeline Panel
2.4    The Preview Panel
2.5    The Effects & Presets Panel, Bridge, and the Effect Controls Panel
2.6    Colors, Channels, and Color Bit Depth
2.7    Modifying Preferences and Keyboard Shortcuts
2.8    Configuring the User Interface

3 Creating Compositions and Layers
3.1    Creating Compositions and Changing Composition Settings
3.2    Creating Text with the Character Panel
3.3    Controlling Blocks of Text with the Paragraph Panel
3.4    Creating Shape Layers 3.5    Working with Solids

4 Importing Footage
4.1    Importing Movies
4.2    Importing Still Images and Image Sequences
4.3    Importing Photoshop and Illustrator Files
4.4    Importing Projects

5 Interpreting and Managing Footage

5.1    Interpreting Footage Manually and Automatically
5.2    Fields and Interlacing
5.3    Pixel Aspect Ratios
5.4    Trimming Footage and Layers

6 Animation Basics
6.1    Animating Transform Properties
6.2    Working with Motion Paths
6.3    Using Motion Sketch to Record Motion

7 Fine-Tuning Animation
7.1    Working in the Layer Panel
7.2    Anchor Point Animation
7.3    Keyframe Types
7.4    Keyframe Assistants
7.5    The Graph Editor

8 Animating Text Layers
8.1    Importing Photoshop Text
8.2    Applying Animators
8.3    Combining Animators
8.4    Animation Presets

9 Fun with Shape Layers
9.1 Ways to Create Shapes
9.2 Shape Layers for Text Effects

10 Basic Compositing
10.1    Blending Layers with Blending Modes
10.2    Alpha Channels and Transparency
10.3    Isolating a Subject with a Mask
10.4    Color Keying
10.5    Motion Tracking and Rotoscoping
10.6    The 3D Camera Tracker

11 Effects
11.1    Understanding Effect Categories
11.2    Animating Effect Properties
11.3 Brainstorming
11.4    Using Compound Effects
11.5    “Fixer” Effects
11.6    Layer Styles
11.7    Effect Presets
11.8    Adjustment Layers (Force Motion Blur)

12 Time
12.1    Frame Rates
12.2    Time Stretching and Time Remapping
12.3    Slowing Motion, Freezing a Frame, and Reversing Time

13 Grouping and Linking
13.1 Nesting
13.2    Pre-Composing
13.3   Parenting
13.4    Using Nulls
13.5 Expressions

14 introduction to 3d
14.1    Working with 3D Layers
14.2    Axis Modes
14.3    Bending Layers
14.4    Extruding Shapes
14.5 Cameras
14.6 Lights
14.7    Material Options(Environment Layers)
14.8    Depth of Field
14.9    Environment Layers

15 Memory and Performance
15.1    Setting Up After Effects for Optimum Performance with 64-Bit Systems
15.2    RAM and Disk Caching

16 Render order and Collapsing Transformations
16.1 Standard Render Order and the Transform Effect
16.2 Collapsing Transformations

17 Output Options
17.1    Rendering and Exporting with the Render Queue
17.2    Exporting with the Adobe Media Encoder
17.3    Collecting Files

18 Project Explorations and Recap
18.1    Preparing Cinema 4D Projects for After Effects
18.2    Compositing C4D Multipass Renders in After Effects
18.3    Using a Simple Effect and Duplicate Layers for Creative Results
18.4    Using Basic Color Correction and Light Wrap for Compositing
18.5    Closing Thoughts


Angie Taylor studied Fine Art at Edinburgh College of Art and had a 14-year career as a motion graphic artist producing animation, visual effects, and motion graphics. Angie delivers software demonstrations and seminars at international trade shows and conferences like NAB, IBC, and Macworld. She has provided custom training and consulting to companies including the BBC, Channel 4, and MTV and is the author of three books, including Design Essentials for the Motion Media Artist.

Todd Kopriva has led the Adobe team that creates documentation and training materials for After Effects since version 7.0. Todd spends much of his time helping After Effects users of all levels on various online forums, and he's often the person answering questions at the "Ask the Expert" station in the Adobe booth at tradeshows. Todd combines a technical understanding of software and computers with a strong desire to help people to create art.

video2brain, located in Graz, Austria, is a company focused on producing high-quality video training content for software, photography and programming topics. Crucial to the flexible training are optimized teaching methods, practical tips from well-known industry experts, and the focus on learning by doing with project files. Video2Brain is an Adobe Certified Training Provider.