Creating Motion Graphics with After Effects, Fourth Edition: by Chris Meyer

By Chris Meyer

Trish and Chris Meyer proportion fifteen years of real-world movie and video creation event contained in the severely acclaimed growing movement pictures with After results. greater than a step by step overview of the positive factors in After results, you are going to learn the way this system thinks for you to discover your personal visions extra quick and successfully. This full-color ebook is jammed choked with counsel, gotchas, and sage suggestion that can assist you live on no matter what your subsequent venture throws at you. developing movement pics 4th variation has been seriously revised, reuniting the former volumes plus including unique assurance of recent gains brought in After results 7 and CS3 expert to shape one sizeable, crucial reference. The enclosed DVD-ROM comprises resource pictures and venture documents for the varied routines which aid make stronger each one notion. The DVD additionally comprises over a hundred and eighty pages of extra details, together with long Bonus Chapters on Expressions and Effects.Authored in CS3, additionally incorporated is entry to a unfastened internet bankruptcy written for CS4. * loose CS4 internet bankruptcy incorporated with the ebook* gaining knowledge of animation by utilizing keyframes, movement paths, and the Graph Editor* mixing imagery utilizing alpha channels, mask, mattes, modes, and stencils* development teams and hierarchies via parenting and nested comps* prolonged assurance of sort animation, paint instruments and 3D area* complex matters equivalent to keying, movement monitoring, expressions, and video concerns* comprises over a hundred and eighty PDF pages of bonus content material at the DVD* vast assurance of the hot CS3 beneficial properties together with the form and Puppet instruments, Brainstorm, per-character 3D textual content, colour administration, and extra!

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32 Creating a Composition// 2 The Background Color The background color is a temporary back plate used to make viewing the contents of a Comp or Layer panel easier. It defaults to black, but there are occasions, such as when masking dark layers or using black text, when a different color would be better. You can change this color on a comp-by-comp basis using Composition > Background Color; the shortcut is Command+Shift+B (Control+Shift+B). 04]. You can either eyedropper another color from elsewhere on screen, or click the color swatch to bring up the color picker.

To zoom out instead, hold down Option (Alt) before clicking. The disadvantage to this method is that you have to revert to the Selection tool when you are done zooming. To temporarily switch to the Zoom tool, press and hold down the Z key (as opposed to tapping it), click to zoom in, then release the Z key. Your previous tool will be reselected automatically. Again, add the Option (Alt) key when clicking to zoom out instead. ) Zoom out Command+– (Control+–) (hyphen, on main keyboard) or press the comma key (,) You can use the Hand tool (shortcut: H) to move the image inside the visible area of the panel.

Click on the Opacity value, enter “50”, and hit Return. The RGB image might appear darker in the Comp panel, but what’s really changed is the value of its alpha channel. Select Alpha from the Show Channel menu and notice that the alpha channel for the solid layer appears as 50% gray (if you drag your mouse cursor over it, the Info panel will display a value of 128 out of a 0-to-255 range). The Show Channel Colorize option displays channels with their color (for example, degrees of red) rather than as grayscale.

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