After Effects CS3 Professional Essential Training

with Chad Perkins
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After Effects CS3 Professional Essential Training
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From creating simple animation to integrating Photoshop, Illustrator, and Flash files, After Effects CS3 Professional Essential Training explores the possibilities available using the motion graphics and animation features in After Effects. Adobe Certified Instructor Chad Perkins teaches the fundamentals of managing the timeline, working with 3D layers, creating projects for iPods and mobile devices, and more. Using numerous hands-on visual effects and motion graphics exercises, he teaches the skills necessary for mastering After Effects tools and workflow processes. Chad even devotes an entire chapter to using After Effects and Photoshop together effectively. Exercise files accompany the tutorials.

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Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, welcome to {italic}After Effects CS3{plain} {italic}Essential Training. {plain}I am your host Chad Perkins, and on behalf of, I am unbelievably happy to be here to be able to share {italic}After Effects{plain} with you. This is my passion. I love all sorts of stuff in the digital nerd realm. I love photography, I love audio, etc., etc. This is the, I think, 16th video training title that I have done, and {italic}After Effects{plain} is by far my favorite software application. Now you can test me on that, you can go look at all the other stuff I've done, and see if I say that about anything else, and you'll see that I don't. {italic}After Effects{plain} is my favorite application, it is the world standard for creating motion graphics. It can create unbelievable text animations, as we'll look at. And there are competitors out there like Autodesk's {italic}Combustion,{plain} and Apple's {italic}Motion{plain} is starting to gain some ground, but nothing touches {italic}After Effects,{plain} and nothing ever will touch {italic}After Effects{plain} because it's so easy to animate, and just play around, and create. You learn how to set keyframes, and once you learn how to do that, you can use those same techniques to animate any property anywhere in {italic}After Effects.{plain} In other programs, there's nodes and modules, and of all sorts of stuff. None of that in {italic}After Effects. {plain}The way that {italic}After Effects{plain} was designed, it lets you just play. It gets out of the way, and lets you just explore and create. A little bit about me, I'm an Adobe certified instructor, and I'm an Adobe certified expert in {italic}After Effects, {plain}and I'm also an Adobe certified instructor in {italic}Photoshop, Premiere, Encore, Illustrator, {plain}and a few other programs as well. Now, being certified in all that stuff kind of helps me to be able to use all those programs with {italic}After{plain} {italic}Effects.{plain} I'm going to share some of that insight with you later on in this training series, towards the end. There's a whole chapter devoted just to using{italic} Photoshop{plain} with {italic}After Effects.{plain} They just integrate so well together, and {italic}Photoshop{plain} really does play a critical role in using {italic}After Effects{plain} well. And of course, we'll look at the other programs I mentioned as well. We'll look at {italic}Illustrator,{plain} and {italic}Encore,{plain} and {italic}Premiere, {plain}as well as a few others. Now folks, like I said, I've done about 16 of these so far. By the time this is released that number will be closer to 20 training series under my belt, and I've never been so excited about one training series, and I've never put so much effort and work into a training series as I have into this one. And I really hope you get the benefit from all of that extra preparation here. One of the things I'm really excited about in this training series is that we are going to be using public domain footage. In the next segment, I'm going to address that topic specifically, about {italic}Night of the{plain} {italic}Living Dead, {plain}and some of the other movies we're going to be looking at. As if {italic}After Effects{plain} wasn't cool enough already, the public domain footage we're going to use is really going to add a lot of fun to this training series. And I'm going to introduce that to you again in the next movie. But I'm really glad you're here, welcome, enjoy yourself. Remember, these are movies, so you can watch them over and over again, and no matter what you're doing, I invite you to take off your work hat, and put on your creative fun hat. The real magic of {italic}After Effects{plain} is what you can do by being creative.

So again, welcome, thanks for stopping by, let's get to it.

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