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After Effects CS5 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®.
Chris and Trish Meyer have been using After Effects since version 1.0 and have written ten books about the program, and they are always among the first to dive into each new version and discover what it offers to their fellow motion graphics artists. Chris takes you under the hood and explains how each new feature works in After Effects CS5. This course covers both the technical and creative implications of this latest release, including tutorials on the new Roto Brush tool and mocha version 2, blending modes, text options, and new and improved user interface elements in Adobe After Effects CS5. Numerous examples show the most efficient ways to use the new features and avoid potential pitfalls when applying techniques. Chris ends with a discussion of which users will get them most out of upgrading to After Effects CS5.
This next feature is aimed at users who own newer generation MacBook Pro laptops. As you probably know, After Effects takes huge advantage of the numeric keypad on extended keyboards. For example, pressing 0 on the numeric keypad to start a RAM Preview. Most laptops don't have numeric keypads, so they duplicate those keys function on top of the normal keyboard. You just need to hold down the Function key to access them. Well for some reason newer generation MacBook Pros don't have these duplicated functions, leaving After Effects users without a way to access those keys.
Well, After Effects CS5 has a fix for you. Basically if you hold down the Control key and press the equivalent on the alpha numeric keyboard, you'll get the same functions. For example if you are wanting to press 0 on the numeric keypad to initiate the RAM Preview, hold down Control and press 0 on the normal keyboard, to initiate the RAM Preview. If you are used to tapping the Asterisk key on the numeric keypad to place the marker, hold down Control and press 8. 8 is the key with the Asterisk is on top. And that will place a marker.
Here is a table that shows you all of the new shortcuts, and as I mentioned, just basically hold Control down and press the button that would otherwise make sense on your normal keyboard. This is going to be a big boon for laptop warriors who really missed those duplicated functions.
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