After Effects: Insight into Effects

with Chris Meyer and Trish Meyer
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After Effects: Insight into Effects
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After Effects: Insight into Effects was created and produced by Trish and Chris Meyer. We are honored to host their material in the lynda.com Online Training Library®.

After Effects gurus Chris and Trish Meyer share their real-world insight into how to get the most out of the effects that come bundled with this popular software. After Effects: Insight into Effects covers their favorite effects, hidden gems, optimal parameter ranges, "gotchas" to avoid, and alternative effects to consider. Among other tidbits, this course also contains "special topic" movies that pertain to more than one effect, demonstrate how to use After Effects more efficiently, and compare different effects to try in order to achieve a desired creative result. After Effects: Insight into Effects is recommended for all After Effects users, regardless of which version they use. This ongoing series that will be updated with new movies on a regular basis.

This course was recorded using After Effects CS4, but it contains many timeless concepts and effects. After Effects: Insight into Effects is recommended for all After Effects users, regardless of which version they use. This is an ongoing series that will be updated with new movies on a regular basis.

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Welcome

Hi! I am Chris Meyer of Crish Design. My wife Trish and I have been using After Effects since Version 1.0, and in this series, we'd like to share with you some of the insights we've learned and how to most effectively use the plug-in effects that come bundled with After Effects. We're going to be showing you some of our favorite effects, revealing some hidden gems, showing what effect might work better than another for a given task, and also give you some ideas on good parameters ranges to help you get started. Our focus is going to be on common real- world tasks you need to do all the time on a variety of jobs. Now this series is going to contain two different types of movies. One type of movie is going to be dedicated to specific effects.

The other type of movie is going to be what we call special topics, concepts that apply across multiple effects, tools that may make it easier to use effects, or combinations of effects that are very common. We're going to be adding to this series on a regular basis. So make sure you check back often to see what effects and what special topics we've added. Now you're going to notice that we're going to be using After Effects CS4 for most of these movies. However, most of these effects have been around for years. So chances are virtually all of these movies are going to apply to you almost regardless of what version of After Effects you're using. If an effect is very new, we'll mention it so you know that you may or may not have it.

If you can't find an effect, there is a chance that Adobe has moved it from one category to another in-between versions. So just search for it in the Effects & Presets panel and you'll probably find it. Now in this series we'll also be discussing the Cycore "CC" effects, which have come bundled for free with the most recent versions of After Effects. If you can't find it, there is a chance that you might be running a trial version, which does not include any third party plug-ins or content, or on earlier versions of After Effects, the CC effects had a separate installer. So check the installation disc. It might be there.

Anyway, we hope that this series gives you better insight in how to use effects. By the end of it, you should be able to really apply them to your specific jobs. After all, the default settings are rarely the best. So experiment, learn, and most of all, have fun. So let's get started.

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