Creating Motion Graphics with After Effects: The Essentials by Chris Meyer

By Chris Meyer

Trish and Chris Meyer proportion ten-plus years of real-world creation event within the seriously acclaimed developing movement portraits with After results. learn the way this system works and get firsthand event with the beneficial properties those award-winning artists use. This full-color advisor is jam-packed with visible examples, and the accompanying CD-ROM is loaded with initiatives that inspire you to perform their techniques.In this completely revised moment version, developing movement photos has been divided into volumes. quantity 1: The necessities is for all clients of the model 5.5 common package deal. It covers the center recommendations and instruments you must take on nearly each activity, together with keyframe animation, protecting, mattes, and plug-in results. completely new chapters demystify the recent Parenting and 3D area good points, and a clean introductory educational guarantees that even the most recent consumer can instantly commence having fun with this strong tool.Topics include:* learning advanced animation via keyframe and speed keep an eye on * mixing imagery utilizing mask, mattes, and modes * construction teams and hierarchies via parenting and nested comps * Thorough assurance of 3D layers, cameras, and lighting encompasses a CD-ROM with a tryout model of Adobe After results 5.5 (Mac or home windows) in addition to hundreds and hundreds of films, stills, gadgets, and audio clips, loose plug-ins, and keyframe assistants from Boris FX, Walker results, electronic movie instruments, The Foundry, electronic Anarchy, and DigiEffects and inspirational photos from Artbeats, electronic imaginative and prescient, and EyeWire.

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Selecting a tab in the Timeline window will bring forward the partner Composition window, and vice versa. Footage courtesy EyeWire/Getty Images/Senses. Keeping Tabs on Comps If you open or create more than one composition (go ahead and make another), you will notice that by default they open in the same Comp and Timeline windows. Multiple tabs start to accumulate along the tops of these windows with the names of the comps in them. Clicking on a tab in one window brings the same comp forward in its companion window.

Reposition the movie inside the matte to taste. Steps 34-35: As you did in [Comp 2-Detective], create a thin white solid, use it as an Alpha Matte for the Cityscapes footage, and tint this clip red to blend with the doctor's face. Step 35: With the Cityscapes movie still selected, apply Effect>BCC Color & Blurs>BCC Tritone. Change the Midpoint Color swatch to a nice red, to complement the pink-red tones in the doctor movie. Again, set the Midpoint value to taste. Copying Layers between Comps Rather than create the animation for the doctor's title from scratch, you can copy the title you made earlier for the detective and replace its source: Step 36: Click on the tab for [Comp 2-Detective] to bring it forward.

A new layer is created at the top of the layer stack; any effect you apply to this layer will affect all the layers underneath it. Apply Effect>BCC Color & Blurs>BCC Tritone, and set the Midpoint Color to an electric green color. Tweak any effects to taste, and select Window>Close All. In addition to practicing the skills you learned earlier, you now have some familiarity with Track Mattes (Chapter 12), Masking (Chapter 11), and Adjustment Layers (Chapter 22). Save your project before moving on.

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