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Adobe After Effects (CIB)(2023) by Lisa Fridsma

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Adobe After Effects (Classroom in a Book) (2023 Edition) by Lisa Fridsma

I have a confession. As a video maker I don’t use After Effects very often. Premiere Pro is my primary tool. Most of the After Effects capabilities are more in line with the needs of graphic artists or folks preparing TV advertisements. But there are some things I can’t do with Premiere. For masking a movie to swap a backdrop, or stabilizing a scene far beyond Premiere’s capabilities, or doing content aware fill, or making an animated title, I use After Effects.

The book is a series of tutorials that show you how to use After Effects with practical exercises, using files downloaded from the publisher’s website. While the book is written in clear language, I recommend the book and web edition combo. You can put the web edition up on your computer and switch back and forth between the web edition and After Effects for the exercises without ever taking a book in your hands. (You have to subscribe to After Effects from Adobe; I get the whole Creative Cloud because I use Lightroom, Photoshop, Premiere Pro, After Effects, Audition, Acrobat Pro, and even Dreamweaver.) The Web Edition also includes videos, which are useful in finding those hard to see little icons, and even short quizzes. I like to have the paper edition on the shelf over my desk because every once in a while I need a little refresher and find opening the book quicker.

I’ve found the Classroom in a Book to be the best way to learn to use After Effects for someone who is new to the program. A delicate question is what to do if you already have used the 2022 version of the book. Most of the tutorials in the 2023 version of the book are the same as the 2022 version, although some have been changed and updated, like the chapter on color correction and grading. The After Effects color facility has certainly been improved so that if you use After Effects as your main software for short videos you may prefer it to the more extensive color correction and grading facilities in Premiere Pro. I have found it useful to know how to use both facilities.

I keep looking for a better book to teach you After Effects. So far, I haven’t found any.