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In After Effects CS5 Essential Training, author Chad Perkins discusses the basic tools, effects, and need-to-know techniques in Adobe After Effects CS5, the professional standard for motion graphics, compositing, and visual effects for video. The course provides an overview of the entire workflow, from import to export, as well as detailed coverage of each stage, including animating text and artwork, adding effects to compositions, working in 3D, and rendering and compressing footage. Exercise files are included with the course.
Hi! I'm Chad Perkins and welcome to After Effects CS5 Essential Training. In this training title, we're going to get familiar with Adobe After Effects CS5, the world standard for motion graphics, compositing, animation and visual effects. Now although After Effects is a very robust application, to say the least, we'll be starting from the ground up here, including an introductory project to help you feel comfortable with the application. I'll show you how to use the After Effects animation tools, especially the ever-popular Puppet tool, to breathe life into still images, allowing you to manipulate an object as if it were a puppet.
Then we'll explore effects, the core of the program. Effects allows you to easily create stuff like glows, blurs, lens flares or even a galaxy scene from scratch. We'll look at the concept of compositing, and we'll look at several features in After Effects that allow us to merge objects into the same scene. We'll also look at the powerful new Roto Brush tool, which allows you to simply paint away areas of an object that you'd like to get rid of. And of course, what After Effects training would be complete without digging into the world of 3D? We'll be looking at lights, cameras, shadows, depth-of-field, and other real world 3D concepts and how you can use them to create the ultimate realism in your scenes.
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