Adobe After Effects CS4 Visual Effects and Compositing by Mark Christiansen

By Mark Christiansen

This is often the one publication within the After results industry to concentration solely at the construction of visible results, and is a one-stop source for somebody who wishes in-depth motives that demystify the area of visible results and the way they have been created, because of veteran writer Mark Christiansen's pleasant and obtainable sort. A completely packed, informative learn, this masterful advisor specializes in explaining the basic options, good points, and strategies which are key to making seamless movie-quality visible results. clients who're ok with After results will discover a worthwhile assessment of After results fundamentals—managing photos, viewing and modifying layers, animating style, and more—so they could easy methods to paintings smarter and extra successfully. Readers of all degrees will examine center thoughts for results compositing together with colour matching, keying, rotoscoping, movement monitoring, emulating the digicam, and concluding with utilizing expressions in After results, written by way of contributor and specialist Dan Ebberts. the ultimate part of the booklet delves into inventive explorations, demonstrating specialist results that readers will need to re-create. Readers also will locate accomplished assurance of all that is new and makes this model of Adobe’s results software this kind of boon to video professionals of all stripes: searchable timelines and tasks, Photoshop 3D layers import, the sketch impact, Imagineer structures’ Mocha for Adobe After results, superior workflow for cellular units, and extra. during the publication, attractive full-color examples show what is attainable, whereas the spouse DVD deals demos of After results CS4, pattern photos, and software program plug-ins.

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26 Type the word “blur” in the Effects & Presets search field and only effects with that text string in the name appear. You can also choose to display only effects with higher bit depths (when working at 16 or 32 bpc). Output via the Render Queue As you well know, the way to get completed footage out of After Effects is to render it. Here are a few things you might not already know about the process of outputting your work. To place an item in the Render Queue, it’s simplest either to use a shortcut (Ctrl+M/Cmd+M) or to drag items from the Project panel.

Use these as toggles to keep your workspace clutter-free. 5 Chapter 1 Composite in After Effects Are you a Zen roshi? Reveal the core essence of After Effects with the Minimal workspace (via the Workspace menu in Tools or Window > Workspace). Two of the most important three panels in After Effects are . The Composition panel, a viewer where you examine a shot . The Timeline panel, the true heart of After Effects, where elements are layered and timed for individual compositions (or shots). You will typically have many of these open at any given time.

Resolution and Quality First, keep in mind that you should almost never work at Full resolution, but you should almost always leave layers at Best quality. There are several effective ways to speed up previews and interactivity without ever setting a layer to Draft quality, which creates inaccurate previews by rounding off crucial values. In rough order of preference, you can One very cool new CS4 feature is the Auto setting under the Resolution menu in the Comp viewer. This downsamples the image so that resolution is never higher than magnification; this guarantees that when you work smaller, you work faster.

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