Best Adobe After Effects Photo Editing Books
a list of our favorite books for After Effects artists.
1. Adobe After Effects Classroom in a Book (2020 release)
Author: by Lisa Fridsma
Published at: Adobe Press; 1st edition (January 22, 2020)
Adobe After Effects Classroom in a Book (2020 release) is the best-selling guide to Adobe’s powerful motion graphics program. The 15 project-based lessons in this book teach students step-by-step the key techniques for working efficiently in After Effects and delivering in the widest possible range of media types.
In addition to the key elements of the After Effects interface, this revised edition covers new features and techniques. Learn how to create, manipulate, and optimize motion graphics for film, video, DVD, the web, and mobile devices. Gain hands-on experience animating text and images, customizing a wide range of effects, tracking and syncing content, rotoscoping, removing unwanted objects, and correcting color.
Learn to create 3D content with both After Effects and Maxon Cinema 4D Lite (included with the software). The online companion files include all the necessary assets for readers to complete the projects featured in each chapter. All buyers of the book get full access to the Web Edition: A Web-based version of the complete ebook enhanced with video and multiple-choice quizzes.
2. Adobe After Effects Classroom in a Book (2021 release)
Author: by Lisa Fridsma
Published at: Adobe Press; 1st edition (January 6, 2021)
The fastest, easiest, most comprehensive way to learn Adobe After Effects Classroom in a Book, the best-selling series of hands-on software training workbooks, offers what no other book or training program does – an official training series from Adobe, developed with the support of Adobe product experts.
Adobe After Effects Classroom in a Book (2021 release) contains 15 lessons that cover the basics and beyond, providing countless tips and techniques to help you become more productive with the program. Learn how to create, manipulate, and optimize motion graphics for film, video, DVD, the web, and mobile devices.
You can follow the book from start to finish or choose only those lessons that interest you. Purchasing this book includes valuable online extras. Follow the instructions in the book’s Getting Started section to unlock access to: Downloadable lesson files you need to work through the projects in the book Web Edition containing the complete text of the book, interactive quizzes, and videos that walk you through the lessons step by step What you need to use this book: Adobe After Effects (2021 release) software, for either Windows or macOS.
3. Bible Trivia Games: Christian Bible Game Book with 1000 Quiz Questions and Answers
Author: by Louis Richards
Published at: Independently published (August 14, 2020)
If you’ve ever wished there was an easier way to learn from the Bible this book is for you. Even those who are well-versed at times have difficulty. Designed to teach, entertain, and enlighten, this compendium of bible trivia is the ideal companion on your biblical journey.
Over 1,000 questions and answers challenge to relive the history, heroic characters, and inspirational messages found in both the Old and New Testaments.Visit Mt. Sinai with Moses, survive the flood with Noah, and travel the road to Calvary with Jesus.”Bible Trivia Games” can make a Bible Scholar out of anyone!
The quiz format along with Scripture references makes studying the bible not just easy but fun. How many days did God spend on Creation? Which plague was the first to hit Egypt? Who was saved by the Israelites when they invaded Jericho?
In the New Testament, which book is the shortest? Which prophet was swallowed by a large fish? Can you recite Romans 1, verse 20 and 21? Which of the everlasting qualities is the greatest, as set out in 1 Corinthians? Do you think you are prepared to take on the challenge?
4. After Effects Apprentice: Real-World Skills for the Aspiring Motion Graphics Artist (Apprentice Series)
Author: by Chris Meyer
Published at: Routledge; 4th edition (February 17, 2016)
Whether you’re new to After Effects and want to get up to speed quickly, or already a user who needs to become familiar with the new features, After Effects Apprentice was created for you. With 12 core lessons including a trio of projects combining After Effects with CINEMA 4D Lite, you’ll learn how to tap this program’s vast potential whether you create motion graphics for network television, corporate communications, or your own projects.
Fully updated to cover the major new features added in After Effects CC, this edition of the book presents a professional perspective on the most important features a motion graphics artist needs to master in order to use After Effects effectively.
You’ll learn to creatively combine layers; animate eye-catching titles; manipulate 3D space; color key, track or rotoscope existing footage to add new elements; and use effects to generate excitement or enhance the realism of a scene. Easy to follow, step-by-step instructions guide you through the features, with explanations of the “why” instead of just the “how” behind each technique.
5. Adobe After Effects CC Classroom in a Book
Author: by Lisa Fridsma
Published at: Adobe Press; 1st edition (December 21, 2018)
The project-based lessons in this book show students step-by-step the key techniques for working in After Effects and how to work efficiently and deliver in the widest possible range of media types. In addition to learning the key elements of the After Effects interface, this revised edition covers new features and techniques (details to come).
Some of what you’ll learn: Learn how to create, manipulate, and optimize motion graphics for film, video, DVD, the web, and mobile devices. Gain hands-on experience animating text and images, customizing a wide range of effects, tracking and syncing content, rotoscoping, and correcting color.
Learn to create 3D content with both After Effects and Maxon Cinema 4D Lite (included with the software). All buyers of the book get full access to the Web Edition: a Web version of the eBook enhanced by embedded videos and multiple-choice quizzes.
6. After Effects for Designers: Graphic and Interactive Design in Motion
Author: by Chris Jackson
Published at: Routledge; 1st edition (December 20, 2017)
After Effects for Designers teaches design students, artists, and web, graphic, and interactive designers how to design, develop, and deploy motion design projects using Adobe After Effects. Author Chris Jackson balances fundamental aspects of time-based design with related techniques, and explores the principles of animation; composition and layout; visual hierarchy; typography; cinematic storytelling; 3D modelling; compositing, and more.
Each chapter contains unique, step-by-step project exercises that offer timesaving practical tips and hands-on design techniques, teaching readers how to effectively use the tools at their disposal in order to conceptualize and visualize creative solutions to their own motion design work.
Readers will build professional-world examples in every chapter and, as a result, learn how to both design effectively using After Effects and practically apply these skills in client-based work. An accompanying companion website includes complete project files for the book’s chapter exercises, and additional video tutorials.
7. Adobe Creative Suite 6 Design and Web Premium All-in-One For Dummies
Author: by Jennifer Smith
Published at: For Dummies; 1st edition (June 5, 2012)
The must-have book on the leading suite of software for graphic and web designers Fully revised and updated this hands-on resource offers a one-stop learning opportunity through eight minibooks dedicated to each product inside Adobe’s Design & Web Premium Suite. The minibooks include Adobe Creative Suite Basics, InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, Acrobat, Dreamweaver, Flash, Fireworks.
The book contains information on new image enhancements to After Effects, 64-bit versions of Illustrator and Flash Professional, and a new tool, dubbed Helium, that will enable designers to create content using HTML5 and CSS3. Offers the depth needed by novices and long-time professionals Covers the key features and tools users need to master individual programs to their fullest capacities Helps designers to be more creative and productive Filled with tips and techniques for using the 8 design programs This popular package gives designers a full review of the most popular design and development tools on the market.
8. Foundations of Digital Art and Design with Adobe Creative Cloud
Author: by xtine burrough
Published at: New Riders; 2nd edition (August 1, 2019)
Foundations of Digital Art and Design, Second Edition Fuses design fundamentals and software training into one cohesive approach! All students of digital design and productionwhether learning in a classroom or on their ownneed to understand the basic principles of design.
These principles are often excluded from books that teach software. Foundations of Digital Art and Design reinvigorates software training by integrating design exercises into tutorials that fuse design fundamentals and core Adobe Creative Cloud skills. The result is a comprehensive design learning experience organized into five sections that focus on vector art, photography, image manipulation, typography, and effective work habits for digital artists.
Design topics and principles include: Bits, Dots, Lines, Shapes, Unity, Rule of Thirds, Zone System, Color Models, Collage, Appropriation, Gestalt, The Bauhaus Basic Course Approach, Continuity, Automation, and Revision. This book: Teaches art and design principles with references to contemporary digital art alongside digital tools and processes in Adobe Creative Cloud Addresses the growing trend of compressing design fundamentals and design software into the same course in universities and design colleges Times each lesson to be used in 50 to 90-minute class sessions with additional practice materials available online Includes free video screencasts that demonstrate key concepts in every chapter Download work files and bonus chapters, view screencasts, connect with the author online and more; see the Introduction to the book for details.
9. Learn Adobe After Effects CC for Visual Effects and Motion Graphics (Adobe Certified Associate (ACA))
Author: by Joe Dockery
Published at: Peachpit Press; 1st edition (June 6, 2019)
Motion graphics are no longer just for movie and television screens. You now see motion graphics anywhere there’s a moving image, including your desktop web browser, your smartphone, and on digital signage when you shop or travel. Creating motion graphics with Adobe After Effects can enhance your value as a creative professional.
Learn Adobe After Effects CC by building cool creative projects that teach you how to: Apply and customize effects and layer styles, and use animation presets to apply pre-built animations and effect combinations Achieve advanced effects quickly using techniques such as green screen background removal, masking, speed changes, motion tracking, and animation in 3D space Animate individual layers of still graphics imported from Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator Animate text, including changing type size, letter spacing, rotation, and color over time, and flowing text along a path Create a set of visually consistent intro videos for a social media platform, while practicing efficient production techniques Export a motion graphics composition once and render multiple versions for different delivery media (such as television, web sites, and smartphones) This study guide uses over 7 hours of video integrated with text to help you gain real-world skills that will get you started in your career in motion graphics.
10. Animated Storytelling: Simple Steps For Creating Animation and Motion Graphics
Author: by Liz Blazer
Published at: Peachpit Press; 1st edition (November 19, 2015)
Animation is a limitless medium for telling stories. Artists can create worlds, defy gravity, flip from factual to fantasy, and transport audiences to places they never imagined. The challenge is having the discipline to reel it in and be intentional about your storytelling choices.
This book shows you how. In Animated Storytelling, you’ll learn how to create memorable stories using animation and motion graphics by following 10 simple guidelines that take you through the stages of concept development, pre-production, storyboarding, and design. Award-winning animator Liz Blazer uses clear examples and easy-to-follow exercises to provide you with the instruction, encouragement, and tools you need to get your designs moving.
Whether your goal is to create exciting shorts for film festivals, effective messaging for broadcast or online, or simply to gain a deeper understanding of the medium, Animated Storytelling simplifies the process of creating clear and engaging stories for animation and motion graphics so you can get started easily.
11. AFTER EFFECTS: THE POWER OF EXPRESSION
Author: by FRANCOIS LEFEBVRE
Published at: LEFEBVRE FRANCOIS (October 15, 2018)
WHAT IS AFTER EFFECTS? One of the most used softwareAdobe Creative Cloud is probably the most popular collection of softwares amongst creatives around the world. With millions and millions of users, Adobe After Effects might be one of their top programs, mostly used in the Media / Entertainment industry for Motion Graphics, Animation and Visual Effects, and with the ever expanding digital media demands, Adobe After Effects seems unbeatable and the number one go-to program for professionals and enthusiasts.WHO AM I?
EveryoneI am a motion graphics artist based in New York City, I have over a decade of experience working for major companies and brands such as Google, Amazon, Nike, Marvel, Paypal and WWE among them. My spectrum of expertise spans a wide range of digital/social media, broadcast, and studio design.
But above all I’m a regular daily user of After Effects, which knows the concerns of the After Effects community and wants to help to add to the expansion of this huge, generous and super creative community.WHAT IS EXPRESSION?
12. Creating Motion Graphics with After Effects: Essential and Advanced Techniques, 5th Edition, Version CS5
Author: by Chris Meyer
Published at: Routledge; 5th edition (June 18, 2010)
5th Edition of best-selling After Effects book by renowned authors Trish and Chris Meyer covers the important updates in After Effects CS4 and CS5 * Covers both essential and advanced techniques, from basic layer manipulation and animation through keying, motion tracking, and color management * Companion DVD is packed with project files (for CS5), source materials, and nearly 200 pages of bonus chapters Trish and Chris Meyer share over 17 years of hard-earned, real-world film and video production experience inside this critically acclaimed text.
More than a step-by-step review of the features in AE, readers will learn how the program thinks so that they can realize their own visions more quickly and efficiently. This full-color book is packed with tips, gotchas, and sage advice that will help users thrive no matter what projects they might encounter.
Creating Motion Graphics 5th Edition has been thoroughly revised to reflect the new features introduced in both After Effects CS4 and CS5. New chapters cover the revolutionary new Roto Brush feature, as well as mocha and mocha shape. The 3D section has been expanded to include working with 3D effects such as Digieffects FreeForm plus workflows including Adobe Repouss, Vanishing Point Exchange, and 3D model import using Adobe Photoshop Extended.
13. Adobe After Effects CC Classroom in a Book (2018 release)
Author: by Lisa Fridsma
Published at: Adobe Press; 1st edition (December 14, 2017)
Creative professionals seeking the fastest, easiest, most comprehensive way to learn Adobe After Effects CC (2018 release) choose Adobe After Effects CC Classroom in a Book (2018 release) from Adobe Press. The 15 project-based lessons in this book show users step-by-step the key techniques for working in After Effects.
Learn how to create, manipulate, and optimize motion graphics for film, video, DVD, the web, and mobile devices. Gain hands-on experience animating text and images, customizing a wide range of effects, tracking and syncing content, rotoscoping, and correcting color. Create Motion Graphics templates in After Effects so colleagues can make specific edits in Premiere Pro without accidentally changing other critical settings.
Learn to create 3D content with both After Effects and Maxon Cinema 4D Lite (included with the software). The online companion files include all the necessary assets for readers to complete the projects featured in each chapter as well as ebook updates when Adobe releases relevant new features for Creative Cloud customers.
14. Adobe After Effects CC Visual Effects and Compositing: Studio Techniques
Author: by Mark Christiansen
Published at: Adobe Pr; Pap/Psc edition (July 21, 2013)
This is the only book to focus exclusively on the creation of visual effects for After Effects, and is a one-stop resource for anyone who wants in-depth explanations that demystify the realm of visual effects and how they were created, thanks to veteran author Mark Christiansen’s friendly and accessible style.
A thoroughly packed, informative read, this masterful guide focuses on explaining the essential concepts, features, and techniques that are key to creating seamless movie-quality visual effects. Users who are comfortable with After Effects will find a helpful review of the fundamentalsmanaging footage, viewing and editing layers, animating type, and moreso they can learn how to work smarter and more efficiently.
Readers of all levels will learn core techniques for effects compositing including color matching, keying, rotoscoping, motion tracking, emulating the camera, and concluding with using expressions in After Effects. The final section of the book delves into creative explorations, demonstrating professional effects that readers might want to re-create.
15. After Effects and Cinema 4D Lite: 3D Motion Graphics and Visual Effects Using CINEWARE
Author: by Chris Jackson
Published at: Routledge; 1st edition (September 9, 2014)
One of the most exciting new features in After Effects is the integration of Cinema 4D using the CINEWARE plug-in and a free version of Cinema 4D Lite. Both provide a wide assortment of new 3D tools and options that are difficult or nearly impossible to achieve in After Effects alone.
This book clearly demonstrates how the new 3D workflow bridges the two applications together to raise the design bar for motion graphics and broadcast design. Hands-on exercises teach you essential production skills including: Modeling in CINEMA 4D Lite Importing 3D models in After Effects Tracking 3D motion in After Effects Compositing with CINEWARE Using MoGraph features in CINEMA 4D Rendering and optimization techniques Additional online materials include project files and videos showcasing the techniques covered in the book.
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