Adobe After Effects CC 2019 release

Classroom in a Book®

The official training workbook from Adobe

Brie Gyncild & Lisa Fridsma


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Book Details
 Price
 3.00 USD
 Pages
 423p
 File Size
 24,929 KB
 File Type
 PDF format
 ISBN-13
 ISBN-10
 978-0-13-529864-0
 0-13-529864-4
 Copyright   
 2019 Adobe. All rights reserved 


Contributors
Mark Christiansen—Author of After Effects CC Visual Effects and Compositing Studio
Techniques (Adobe Press), Mark has created visual effects and animations for feature films,
network television, computer games, and an array of high-technology companies. Recent clients
include The Orphanage (Dimension Films), Telling Pictures (The History Channel), and the
Couturié Company (HBO), as well as Seagate, Sun, Intel, and Medtronic. Feature credits include
The Day After Tomorrow and films by Robert Rodriguez.

Lee Daniels—Lee is a freelance animator, illustrator, and motion graphics artist working from
his home studio in South London. Following a career in magazine design and image retouch, Lee
has spent the last 10 years producing bespoke animation and visual effects for a wide range of
international corporate, TV, and new media clients including Channel 4, Discovery US, National
Geographic, Mirror Group, Exxon Mobile, and Cancer Research. Recently, he has worked on
several newly commissioned UK TV shows for the 4oD short-form comedy platform. He
generously shares tips & tricks in After Effects animation with the growing subscriber
community on his LeeDanielsART YouTube channel. See more of his work at leedanielsart.com.

Takeshi Hiraoka—Plucked out of paradise, Hiraoka moved to chilly San Francisco from
Honolulu, Hawaii, one cold winter day in 2002. In San Francisco, he attended the Academy of
Art University, graduating in May 2004. This is where Hiraoka met Sheldon Callahan, with
whom he directed and produced the feature-length DV film Origin. In addition to being a DV
producer, Hiraoka is also a 2D and 3D animator.

Stephen Schleicher—Traveling from Kansas to Georgia to California, Stephen has worked as
an editor, graphic designer, videographer, director, and producer on a variety of small and large
video productions. Currently, Stephen teaches media and web development at Fort Hays State
University. He also works on video and independent projects for state and local agencies and
organizations, as well as his own works. Stephen is a regular contributor to Digital Media Net
(www.digitalmedianet.com).

Anna Ullrich—Anna is a pale but fine digital artist based in Seattle, Washington, although her
heart resides in Minnesota, where her spry and brilliant Democratic grandmother lives. Anna
earned a BFA from the University of Washington in Seattle and an MFA from the University of
Notre Dame in Indiana (both in photography).

Special Thanks
We offer our sincere thanks to Victoria Nece for her support and help with this project. 
We couldn’t have done it without you!

Contents
WHERE ARE THE LESSON FILES?
GETTING STARTED
About Classroom in a Book
Prerequisites
Installing After Effects, Bridge, and Media Encoder
Activating fonts
Optimizing performance
Restoring default preferences
Online content
How to use these lessons
Additional resources
Adobe Authorized Training Centers
1 GETTING TO KNOW THE WORKFLOW
Getting started
Creating a project and importing footage
Creating a composition and arranging layers
Adding effects and modifying layer properties
Animating the composition
Previewing your work
Optimizing performance in After Effects
Rendering and exporting your composition
Customizing workspaces
Controlling the brightness of the user interface
Finding resources for using After Effects
Review questions and answers
2 CREATING A BASIC ANIMATION USING EFFECTS AND PRESETS
Getting started
Importing footage using Adobe Bridge
Creating a new composition
Working with imported Illustrator layers
Applying effects to a layer
Applying an animation preset
Previewing the effects
Adding transparency
Rendering the composition
Review questions and answers
3 ANIMATING TEXT
Getting started
About text layers
Installing a font using Adobe Fonts
Creating and formatting point text
Using a text animation preset
Animating with scale keyframes
Animating using parenting
Animating imported Photoshop text
Animating type tracking
Animating text opacity
Using a text animator group
Animating a layer’s position
Timing layer animations
Adding motion blur
Review questions and answers
4 WORKING WITH SHAPE LAYERS
Getting started
Creating the composition
Adding a shape layer
Creating a self-animating shape
Duplicating a shape
Creating custom shapes
Positioning layers with snapping
Animating a shape
Creating nulls from paths
Previewing the composition
Review questions and answers
5 ANIMATING A MULTIMEDIA PRESENTATION
Getting started
Adjusting anchor points
Parenting layers
Precomposing layers
Keyframing a motion path
Animating additional elements
Applying an effect
Animating precomposed layers
Animating the background
Adding an audio track
Review questions and answers
6 ANIMATING LAYERS
Getting started
Simulating lighting changes
Duplicating an animation using the pick whip
Animating movement in the scenery
Adjusting the layers and creating a track matte
Animating the shadows
Adding a lens flare effect
Adding a video animation
Rendering the animation
Retiming the composition
Review questions and answers
7 WORKING WITH MASKS
About masks
Getting started
Creating a mask with the Pen tool
Editing a mask
Feathering the edges of a mask
Replacing the content of the mask
Adding a reflection
Creating a vignette
Adjusting the timing
Trimming the work area
Review questions and answers
8 DISTORTING OBJECTS WITH THE PUPPET TOOLS
Getting started
About the Puppet tools
Adding Position pins
Adding Advanced and Bend pins
Stiffening an area
Animating pin positions
Using the Puppet tools to animate video
Recording animation
Review questions and answers
9 USING THE ROTO BRUSH TOOL
About rotoscoping
Getting started
Creating a segmentation boundary
Fine-tuning the matte
Freezing your Roto Brush tool results
Changing the background
Adding animated text
Outputting your project
Review questions and answers
10 PERFORMING COLOR CORRECTION
Getting started
Adjusting color balance with levels
Adjusting color with the Lumetri Color effect
Replacing the background
Color-correcting using Auto Levels
Motion tracking the clouds
Replacing the sky in the second clip
Color grading
Review questions and answers
11 CREATING MOTION GRAPHICS TEMPLATES
Getting started
Preparing a master composition
Setting up a template
Adding properties to the Essential Graphics panel
Providing image options
Protecting the timing of a section
Exporting the template
Review questions and answers
12 USING 3D FEATURES
Getting started
Creating 3D text
Using 3D views
Importing a background
Adding 3D lights
Adding a camera
Extruding text in After Effects
Working with Cinema 4D Lite
Integrating the C4D layer in After Effects
Finishing the project
Review questions and answers
13 WORKING WITH THE 3D CAMERA TRACKER
About the 3D Camera Tracker effect
Getting started
Tracking the footage
Creating a ground plane, a camera, and the initial text
Creating additional text elements
Locking an image to a plane with a solid layer
Tidying the composition
Adding a final object
Creating realistic shadows
Adding ambient light
Adding an effect
Previewing the composition
Review questions and answers
14 ADVANCED EDITING TECHNIQUES
Getting started
Stabilizing a shot
Using single-point motion tracking
Using multipoint tracking
Creating a particle simulation
Retiming playback using the Timewarp effect
Review questions and answers
15 RENDERING AND OUTPUTTING
Getting started
About rendering and output
Exporting using the Render Queue
Creating templates for the Render Queue
Rendering movies with Adobe Media Encoder
Review questions and answers
APPENDIX: GENERAL KEYBOARD SHORTCUTS
APPENDIX: CUSTOMIZING KEYBOARD SHORTCUTS
INDEX

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Getting Started
Adobe After Effects CC provides a comprehensive set of 2D and 3D tools for compositing,
animation, and effects that motion graphics professionals, visual effects artists, web designers,
and film and video professionals need. After Effects is widely used for digital post-production of
film, video, DVDs, and the web. You can composite layers in various ways, apply and combine
sophisticated visual and audio effects, and animate both objects and effects.
About Classroom in a Book
Adobe After Effects CC Classroom in a Book (2019 Release) is part of the official training series
for Adobe graphics and publishing software, developed with the support of Adobe product
experts. The lessons are designed to let you learn at your own pace. If you’re new to Adobe After
Effects, you’ll learn the fundamental concepts and features you’ll need to master the program.
And if you’ve been using Adobe After Effects for a while, you’ll find that Classroom in a Book
teaches many advanced features, including tips and techniques for using the latest version.
Although each lesson provides step-by-step instructions for creating a specific project, there’s
room for exploration and experimentation. You can follow the book from start to finish, or do
only the lessons that match your interests and needs. Each lesson concludes with a review section
summarizing what you’ve covered.
Prerequisites
Before beginning to use Adobe After Effects CC Classroom in a Book (2019 Release), make sure
that your system is set up correctly and that you’ve installed the required software and hardware.
You should have a working knowledge of your computer and operating system. You should
know how to use the mouse and standard menus and commands, and also how to open, save, and
close files. If you need to review these techniques, see the printed or online documentation
included with your Microsoft® Windows® or Apple® macOS® software.
To complete the lessons in this book, you’ll need to have both Adobe After Effects CC (2019
release) and Adobe Bridge CC installed. The exercises in this book are based on After Effects CC (2019 release).
Installing After Effects, Bridge, and Media Encoder
Adobe After Effects CC is not included with the book; you must purchase it separately as part of
an Adobe Creative Cloud subscription. For system requirements and complete instructions on
installing the software, visit https://helpx.adobe.com/after-effects/system-requirements.html.
Note that After Effects CC requires a 64-bit operating system. To view QuickTime movies on
macOS, you must also have Apple QuickTime 7.6.6 or later installed on your system.
Some of the lessons in this book use Adobe Bridge or Adobe Media Encoder. After Effects,
Bridge, and Media Encoder use separate installers. You must install these applications from
Adobe Creative Cloud (adobe.com) onto your hard disk. Follow the onscreen instructions.
Activating fonts
Several lessons use specific fonts that may not be installed on your system. You can activate the
fonts using Adobe Fonts or choose a different font on your system with similar characteristics. If
you choose a different font, your projects won’t look exactly like the ones shown in the book.
Adobe Fonts licenses are included in Creative Cloud subscriptions.
To activate fonts within After Effects, choose File > Fonts From Adobe, or click the Creative
Cloud icon next to Add Adobe Fonts in the Font menu in the Character panel. Then, find the font
in Adobe Fonts in your browser, and activate the font.
Optimizing performance
Creating movies is memory-intensive work for a desktop computer. After Effects CC (2019
release) requires a minimum of 8GB of RAM. The more RAM that is available to After Effects,
the faster the application will work for you. For information about optimizing memory, cache,
and other settings for After Effects, see “Improve performance” in After Effects Help.

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