Creative After Effects
There’s nothing more frustrating than devising the perfect solution to a design brief and then not knowing how to fully realise it. If you want to be able to create eye-catching motion graphics then Creative After Effects 5.0 by Angie Taylor should be the answer. Just published by Focal Press, this is the book all After Effects users have been waiting for – written by an animator for animators. Taylor has obviously thoroughly researched her subject, and engages the reader with her personal approach. The book is well designed with clear, easy-to-follow instructions, and plenty of screen grabs. It will soon have even a complete beginner enthused and ready to create their own sequences. What’s different to other manuals is the lack of the usual ‘do this, then this, to get this’ feel. For technophobes like me, it allows – indeed insists – on the reader having fun in creating sequences and anticipates when you may come unstuck with uncanny accuracy. The free CD (Mac and PC) is full of goodies, including some great technical guides and links. Taylor has included demo versions of the software, and all related files necessary to complete the tutorials. It’s great for those of you who already use After Effects to improve your skills, and via the associated Web site share hints and tips for an easier life. While it doesn’t cover everything – and couldn’t – it certainly gives the best grounding possible in comparison to other books available.
I defy anyone in computer animation and motion graphics not to benefit from this excellent book.