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After Effects Apprentice – 3rd Edition
for After Effects CS6/CS5.5/CS5
ISBN: 978-0-240-81736-1
Paperback: 384 pages, full color, with DVD
Published by Focal Press, 2013

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“Chris and Trish are not only masters of After Effects, but have the unique ability to translate that knowledge into step-by-step instructions that are easy to understand. After Effects Apprentice is a must-have trusted resource for any After Effects professional no matter what level of experience.” – Steve Forde, Senior Product Manager, Visual Effects, Adobe Professional Video and Audio

After Effects Apprentice

3rd Edition for AE CS6/CS5.5/CS5

After Effects Apprentice 3rd Edition: See list of changes from the 2nd edition on our PVC Blog.

If you are using the 3rd Edition with the latest After Effects CC (released June 2013), please refer to this PDF – Notes for users of AE CC – for changes you should be aware of.

We have also created a comprehensive video training series covering each of the 12 lessons in the 2nd Edition. This online video training (recorded using CS4/CS5/CS5.5), is available on and Class on Demand. We also created new training videos to cover the new features in this 3rd edition for CS6.

If you just need to brush up on what’s new in recent versions of After Effects, we do offer separate online training courses covering the new features in CS5, CS5.5 and CS6, and CC. See our Online Training page for details.

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 11 core lessons plus a final project that pulls it all together, 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 introduced in After Effects CS6, CS5.5, and CS5, 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, track or rotoscope existing footage to add new elements, color key and stabilize a shot to place it in a new environment, 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. You’ll learn more than just the tools; you’ll learn skills that you can immediately put to work expressing your own ideas in your productions.

Topics include how to:
  • Animate, edit, layer, and composite video and still images.
  • Manipulate keyframes and the way they interpolate to create more refined animations.
  • Use masks, mattes, stencils and blending modes to add sophistication to your imagery.
  • Create and animate text and shape layers. Place your layers in 3D space.
  • Use tracking and keying to create special effects, such as replacing screen displays.

The print version includes a DVD with all exercise source material and projects files for After Effects CS6, CS5.5, and CS5, plus 90 minutes of video tutorials. (Important: The Amazon Kindle version does not include the DVD. You will not be able to open the project files if you are using a version earlier than CS5; see below for the links to the 1st and 2nd Edition.)

USER LEVEL: Novice–Intermediate

If you own After Effects Apprentice, we have an errata page that you might want to check out.

Book DVD

If a DVD that came with one of our books is damaged, please email Focal Press for a replacement (please indicate which book/edition you bought). Also contact Focal if you bought a Kindle version and need access to the DVD files (proof of purchase required):


AE Apprentice 1 CoverAfter Effects Apprentice

2nd Edition for After Effects CS4
ISBN: 978-0-240-81136-9
Paperback: 336 pages, full color, with DVD
Published by Focal Press, 2009

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AE Apprentice 1 CoverAfter Effects Apprentice

1st Edition for After Effects 7 + CS3
ISBN: 978-024 080 9380

Published by Focal Press, 2007

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Key to Translations

Please note that overseas publishers change the covers and titles of our books when they translate them. The list below is a key to the various translations of After Effects Apprentice:

After Effects Apprentice
2nd Edition for After Effects CS4

= “After Effects – Nouvelles Master Class”

Published by Eyrolles, November 2009

[Note: This is a translation of After Effects Apprentice 2. The Eyrolles earlier "After Effects Master Class" books were translated from CMG. See CMG Key.]


AE Apprentice 2 FrenchCZECH TRANSLATION:
After Effects Apprentice
2nd Edition for After Effects CS4

= “Adobe After Effects”

Published by Computer Press, a.s., February 2010
ISBN: 978-80-251-2500-7
Prodejní kód: K1700


After Effects Apprentice
1st Edition for After Effects CS3

= “Creacion de graficos animados con AfterEffects CS3’”

Published by Anaya Multimedia, 2008
ISBN: 978-84-415-2369-2

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[Note: The 2005 book with a similar name was translated from CMG 3rd Edition, Volume 1, for AE 6.5. See CMG Key.]


After Effects Apprentice –
1st Edition for After Effects 7 and CS3

= “After Effects für Einsteiger (2008)

Published by Spektrum Media, 2008
ISBN: 978-3-8274-1947-7

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