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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.
In this chapter, we're going to look at After Effects' effects. It's going to be a very whirlwind super -quick tour because there are hundreds here, and we simply don't have the time in this training series to cover them, but effects are just so fun. They do so many different things. Here we have just a little sample of what effects can do. All of these patterns were created from scratch by effects in After Effects. And if I hit the Spacebar key, you'll see that the fire, the lightning bolts, the bubbles, the flag and the waving of the flag and these cool little light thingies in this little pattern, they're all moving. They're animatable and all this stuff happens from scratch in After Effects.
So, we're going to be looking at a few of these. A good idea, when you're new to After Effects, is to go to the Effects & Presets panel and kind of scroll down and just look at these different categories of effects in the Effects & Presets panel, just to get a feel for what After Effects is capable of with effects. For example, if you wanted to distort an object, there is Distort effects and a whole lot of them there. And if you wanted to color correct something, there's Color Correction. There's Blurs. There's Audio effect. There's stuff for bringing things into Perspective. There's stuff for playing around with time and so forth.
Now one of the things that I come to effects for most often is for Color Correction. I love the tools that After Effects has for Color Correction. You'll find them in Photoshop as well. And here's, for example, this Hansel & Petal ad that we looked at earlier in this training series, and this was the final result. The original result actually looked like this. So, you could see that I increased the contrast. I brought out some of the goldenness in her hair here, give it kind of an ethereal look. I have definitely made it more red, and you could see the contrast that was brought out here.
It's also more red, kind of making it more warm and homey and that type of thing is what I did with that. But again, I used effects for that, and we're going to be talking a lot about Color Correction with effects in After Effects, but we're going to save that for a different chapter. Now so far in this training series, you've been looking at motion graphics, which is a huge component of After Effects, but many of you out there that use After Effects probably won't be doing motion graphics. That's not what everybody does. The audience for After Effects is just huge. You might be a compositor. You might be a visual effects person.
You might do any one of a number of things with After Effects. So, effects, no matter what arena you are in, whether it's motion graphics, compositing visual effects, titling, something else, you will probably find yourself having a use for effects.
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