After Effects CS4 New Creative Techniques was created and produced by Trish and Chris Meyer. We are honored to host their material in the lynda.com Online Training Library®.
Motion graphics artist Chris Meyer, who has used After Effects since version 1, created After Effects CS4 New Creative Techniques to highlight some of the most exciting features in the latest release. These include several new effects; integration with Photoshop 3D layers; and independent control and keyframing of the X, Y, and Z position parameters. The new composition manager and mini-flowchart are big improvements, as are the Flash export features. Enhanced integration with Adobe Device Central greatly eases authoring for mobile devices. Other interesting changes Chris discusses include the newly bundled Mocha tracking and stabilization program, Wiggle transformations for shape layers, and Pixel Bender integration.
Implementing the new Cartoon, Bilateral Blur, and Turbulent Noise effects
Finding assets in a project or the Timeline with QuickSearch
Understanding the new pixel aspect ratios (PARs)
Working with XMP metadata
Using the new splash screen and interface additions