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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Focal Press; 2 edition (Jan. 6 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0240811364
  • ISBN-13: 978-0240811369
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 21.3 x 2.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 907 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #261,936 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jules on Aug. 5 2009
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- Mostly simple to read, I wished they recommended a sequel. I will purchase another book in the series.
- Some of the things I learned I will apply to the other Adobe Creative Suite Products, which I use regularly.
- As an advanced print graphic designer, I found the content intuitive however those new to the Adobe CS world may find some of the content confusing.

If this book is tailored to Newbies, some questions need to be answered in greater detail such as:
o What is the best recommended for After Effects, 32 vs 64 bit, how much Ram to use, the benefits of Accelerator Cards, Graphics Cards etc.
o More on the various pixel formats and broadcast standards and
o How After Effects uses memory.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Great book for getting up to speed on After Effects Feb. 18 2009
By Elaine Montoya - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Chris and Trish Meyer have done it again!

Hot off the press, I just read the new release {second edition} of After Effects Apprentice.

First of all, if you have never heard of Trish and Chris Meyer before - I can only assume you are new to After Effects. ;) And, in that case - After Effects Apprentice is the perfect book for you.

Chris and Trish publish two different books:

Creating Motion Graphics with After Effects: Essential and Advanced Techniques, 4th Edition

and

After Effects Apprentice, Second Edition

The first book, is often referred to as the After Effects 'bible' in the industry. It is in-depth, and detailed - and serves as a valuable resource for just about anything After Effects.

The second book, After Effects Apprentice, provides a strong foundation for motion graphic artists wanting to learn After Effects. It's also great for other 'new media' artists or web-developers who want to incorporate After Effects in their work - but don't see themselves as full-time motion graphic artists.

The book is concise, easy to read - and importantly - has great visuals to walk you through the process. The new release is also a great way to get up-to-speed on the new features of After Effects CS4.

This is a 'must have' book for any After Effects users bookshelf.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Illuminating tutorials July 18 2009
By Lyle Kopnicky - Published on Amazon.com
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The authors clearly spent a lot of time carefully constructing the tutorials. Every feature has a clear, motivating example. Each page teaches several new fascinating and useful techniques. It's unbelievable how dense this material really is. What would take another author 1,000 pages to teach, Meyer & Meyer do in 300. Along the main text, the side photos illustrate the detailed steps. No step is left out. Starting with the preconfigured tutorial files lets you focus on learning each features without tedium.

I can't figure out which is more fun: reading this book, or playing with After Effects. This book is a joy to read!
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
An excellent introduction to After Effects - a thorough and readable hands-on guide to getting down the basics July 5 2010
By Nathan Andersen - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
When I first started out with After Effects, I tried following several online tutorials and referring to Adobe's online help and guides. I was able to create some impressive effects, but only by basically copying the tutorials, step by step. When I tried to go back and duplicate or modify those effects, it was quickly apparent I was in over my head. I could follow a precise recipe, but had no ability to improvise in the kitchen. What I really needed was a guide that could help me understand the tools in a step-by-step fashion. After Effects Apprentice is exactly what I was looking for.

Lots of software guides are dry and technical. This one isn't. Trish and Chris Meyer write clearly, and the tone of the guide is encouraging and warm, and sometimes quite funny. What I really like is that they have you do things in different ways each time, so that by the end of each lesson you've learned a number of keyboard shortcuts and different ways to accomplish each objective. More importantly you've learned what difference it makes how you do it and why you'd want to do it various ways. The authors' commitment to the idea that you learn best when things are repeated, in various different ways and in different contexts (so it doesn't ever just feel like more of the same) also means that you can work on the chapters out of order if you really want to - while some of the skills build upon what is learned in previous chapters, there's usually enough review to let you get at least what you need to have known in order to focus on the new topic. The authors have clearly worked closely with students, seen what works and what doesn't and really have thought carefully about how to help their readers become independent learners of After Effects.

Each lesson has accompanying project files on the attached CD (I found it to be useful just to copy everything on the CD to my desktop; for convenience all the files for each lesson are captured in clearly labelled folders so that they are easy to find). For everything they ask you to try, there are files to get you started, and a finished project to show you what it should end up looking like. In many cases they also have exercises they encourage you to try ("quizzlers") to go beyond and build creatively on the skills you have just learned. Overall, this is much more than a book -- it is a comprehensive, hands-on, learning system.

Minor omission: After Effects really isn't designed for doing much with music or sound, but it can do some things with them and the treatment of the topic in the book is pretty spare (it's almost an afterthought in a chapter that's focused on working with text, and there are a couple of other mentions of how to apply other topics to working with sound in a few other places). I would have liked a bit more coverage of what you can do with music and or sound in After Effects, even if it just amounted to explaining how to coordinate the use of After Effects with other Adobe Creative Suite programs that do better with Sound such as Soundbooth and Premiere.

Note that even though I'm learning After Effects on CS5 and the current edition of Apprentice is focused on CS3 and CS4, it's all still relevant, and everything covered here works perfectly. Most of what is new in CS5, in fact, has to do with rotoscoping and tracking, topics that are best dealt with when you have the basics down. This is a book dealing with the basics, and there's a lot to learn there before you can take full advantage of this sophisticated software package. After Effects Apprentice is a great place to start. Highly recommended for those who are coming to After Effects for the first time, and for those who never really sat down to learn the nuts and bolts of the program before trying out the more advanced features in a piecemeal fashion. I can't wait now to go on and work through Creating Motion Graphics with After Effects, by the same authors.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
No longer a beginner Nov. 27 2010
By Khanline - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This is the first book i ever bought. I went through it cover to cover. AWESEOME!! I have bought a few books since and many of them rehash things I've learned in this book. So far my most recommended book to learn after effects as a whole. To make it work for you and be able to create your OWN work and not rehash web site stuff. I am now able to reverse engineer many things i see on TV or Movies mostly due to this book.

If you are looking to have a resource book for many techniques or to learn from a well worded and solid teaching style, this book is for you!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Great After Effects Manual. All you need Sept. 9 2009
By Scott Kapfhamer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
If your just starting out and need a good reference this book nails it. Buy it.

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