LIBRARY: Tutorials Reviews Interviews Editorials Features Business Authors RSS Feed

Adobe After Effects 7.0: Classroom in a Book

COW Library : Adobe After Effects : Aanarav Sareen : Adobe After Effects 7.0: Classroom in a Book
Adobe After Effects 7.0: Classroom in a Book
A Creative COW After Effects Book Review


Creativecow.net Leader Aanarav Sareen reviews Adobe After Effects 7: Classroom in a Book
Aanarav Sareen Aanarav Sareen
New Jersey, USA

©2006 Aanarav Sareen and Creativecow.net. All rights reserved.
Article Focus:
In this article, Creative Cow Leader Aanarav Sareen takes a look at Adobe After Effects 7: Classroom in a Book and reports that he was pleasantly surprised.


As someone who has learned most of After Effects by reading the excellent 'Creating Motion Graphics' series by Chris and Trish Meyer, I was anxious to explore what other books would help me enhance my After Effects skills. So, I picked up a copy of After Effects 7.0: Classroom in a Book and to say the least, I was surprised.

Many software users often consider the Classroom in a Book series books to be alternative manuals. However, when I first picked up the book, I knew that this wasn't the case. The first thing that you notice is that the book is considerably thinner than the After Effects manual, which spans over 600 pages. The second thing that caught my eye was that the entire book was in color: the tips, the screenshots and a variety of different elements used throughout the book.

With the exception of a few books, many training materials go into too much depth of how the software works or how the software should work. Fortunately, this isn't the case with this particular book. The book doesn't deal with the extreme technical details; rather it focuses on project-based tutorials.

The initial tutorials help a new user get accustomed to the After Effects interface and explores a few of the basic concepts, such as keyframing, the various tools and such similar items. However, instead of describing the tools and the techniques independently, the book combines all of these techniques and uses them in project-based workflow. By using a project-based work flow, the user gets a chance to implement these techniques in a simulated production environment, rather than just in a theoretical environment.

Another thing that I liked about the initial chapters was that it didn't repeat anything. Instead of repeating various techniques, the book demonstrates the various ways of utilizing these techniques. By presenting users with different work flow examples over the course of the book, it permits the user to create their own work flow, rather than selecting the author's preferred technique.

However, once a user starts exploring the book in more detail, one will notice that initially the text animations are primarily generated via text presets that ship with After Effects 7.0. While this is certainly a good starting point for most users, initial chapters of the book, do not explain how to modify the animations to a great extent.

Apart from project-based tutorials, the book spends a good amount of time using these projects in different scenarios, ranging from text animations to multimedia presentations. The book also spends a good amount of time covering the new features included in After Effects 7.0.

CONCLUSION: Overall, this book is great for users that are looking to get into After Effects, as it uses very limited technical jargon and does not force you to use a specific method. The book can also be useful for users looking to refresh their memory of long-forgotten After Effects techniques. However, if the book spent some more time with the powerful text animation engine and spent a little more time with the initial interface tour, it would certainly benefit many new users.

COW RATING: 4.5 Cows


Visit our forums and read other articles at Creativecow.net if you found this page from a direct link.



Related Articles / Tutorials:
Adobe After Effects
Create an Arrow or Pointer preset for After Effects

Create an Arrow or Pointer preset for After Effects

In this video tutorial, Graham reveals a really quick way to use Shape Layers to make an arrow preset that you can use to point to anything in Adobe After Effects.


Graham Quince
Adobe After Effects
Realistic Water Movement with Fractal Noise

Realistic Water Movement with Fractal Noise

In this tutorial video, Andy Ford shows you how to use the Fractal Noise effect in After Effects to add movement to water in a still photo

Feature
Andy Ford
Adobe After Effects
Adobe Creative Cloud September 2020 Update: Streamlined workflows that make storytelling easier

Adobe Creative Cloud September 2020 Update: Streamlined workflows that make storytelling easier

The current environment is forcing us to rethink and reimagine so much. Content creators, from broadcasters to streaming services to social video creators, are finding new ways of working that prove creativity and resourcefulness are inherent to the video industry. Adobe's Eric Philpott explores Adobe's developments in response to the ever evolving challenges we face today.

Editorial
Eric Philpott
Adobe After Effects
Makin' Planets! Saturn (with rings and shadows)

Makin' Planets! Saturn (with rings and shadows)

In this video, Graham shows how to make Saturn's rings using Polar Coordinates, then use an Alpha Invert Matte along with a simple expression to cut the rings out.


Graham Quince
Adobe After Effects
Text Box Background Preset in After Effects

Text Box Background Preset in After Effects

Graham's latest tutorial shows you how to combine several effects to generate a background for any text layer you add to an After Effects comp.

Tutorial
Graham Quince
Adobe After Effects
Makin' An Eclipse

Makin' An Eclipse

In this tutorial for Adobe After Effects, I use the Circle effect, Fractal Noise, Polar Coordinates and CC Light Rays to create a 2D solar eclipse.

Tutorial
Graham Quince
Adobe After Effects
How To Put Yourself In Any Movie Part 3: Keying Greenscreen

How To Put Yourself In Any Movie Part 3: Keying Greenscreen

Following the huge response to parts one and two of independent filmmaker Cody Pyper's Adobe Photoshop and After Effects tutorial series, "Put Yourself In Any Movie!", here is the truly EPIC series finale, which is the most complete single keying tutorial we've ever seen. It's all here, including Red Giant's Primatte Keyer, Premiere Pro's Lumetri Color Panel, AE's Keylight filter, everything you need to know about curves and levels, realistic blurs, shadows and VFX, and more! Did we mention that this is epic? EPIC!


Cody Pyper
Adobe After Effects
Makin' a 3D Nebula in Photoshop, Cinema4DLite, and After Effects

Makin' a 3D Nebula in Photoshop, Cinema4DLite, and After Effects

Graham continues his space tutorial series, featuring the Orion Nebula

Tutorial
Graham Quince
Adobe After Effects
Motion Tracking in After Effects

Motion Tracking in After Effects

During this short video tutorial, Andy Ford shows you how to apply Track Motion to aerial drone footage

Feature
Andy Ford
Adobe After Effects
Free Tablet and Phone Screen Replacement Tracking Images

Free Tablet and Phone Screen Replacement Tracking Images

Here's a giveaway for anyone interested in trying to do a screen replacement for their iPad, iPhone, Tablet or phone.


Graham Quince
MORE
© 2020 CreativeCOW.net All Rights Reserved
[TOP]