Get the most from the most widely used application in the postproduction field! Gain the insider tips you need to compose eye-catching, imaginative Adobe After Effects projects quickly and effectively.

In How to Cheat in After Effects, Second Edition seasoned AE expert Chad Perkins provides dozens of concise, step-by-step tutorials and lavish 4-color illustrations to get you on the fast track to producing amazing motion graphics and visual effects. Updated for CS6, this new edition has been revised to include:

  • A brand new chapter on the most popular 3rd party effects including Trapcode Particular and Video Copilot's Element 3D
  • New cheats on professional compositing, expressions, and high end visual effects
  • Tons of cool light tricks and lessons on how to use Video Copilot's Optical Flares
  • A thorough explanation of the Ray-trace 3D engine introduced in After Effects CS6
  • Downloadable resources with project files allowing you to work alongside the exercises in the book, as well as QuickTime movies displaying techniques

There’s no time to waste! Whether you are an intermediate After Effects user in need of its more advanced tools or a novice looking for techniques to up your game, this book will bring your motion graphics, visual effects, and graphic compositions to the next level.

Downloadable resources project files are available at www.focalpress.com/9780415661065

chapter |1 pages

How to use this book

chapter 1|30 pages

Cool Tricks Appetizer!

chapter 2|26 pages

Lights and Cameras

chapter 3|30 pages

3D Objects

chapter 4|56 pages


chapter 5|34 pages


chapter 6|36 pages

Light Effects

chapter 7|24 pages

Masks and Shapes

chapter 8|50 pages


chapter 9|48 pages

Color Correction

chapter 10|36 pages

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