After Effects CS4: Insight from Gurus Trish and Chris Meyer

    BOSTON, Sept. 23 /CNW/ -- Feature set changes in After Effects CS4 that
concern motion graphic artists are detailed in an article by Trish and Chris
Meyer on As is often the case with After Effects, the
real news isn't just in big new features, but in refinements to existing
features, which help you get your work done faster.
    Here's an excerpt from the article, which includes visuals from CS4:
    We'll start with some instant gratification: new effects.
    The one that will get all of the headlines is the new Cartoon effect,
which creates the cartoon-from-live-action look that's been popular in some
commercials and even movies the past few years. What's special about the After
Effects CS4 version is that it's very easy to use with few parameters to
learn, plus is GPU-accelerated so that it's much more responsive than the
third-party effects we've used in the past.
    Compared to a normal blur, the new Bilateral Blur effect has built-in
edge detection. This means it blurs connected areas of an image that are
similar, but keeps transitions sharp. This is useful for tricks such as
blurring lines and wrinkles in a person's face, or for more highly stylized
looks. By default, it reduces the saturation in an image; enable the Colorize
switch to get the color back. At higher Radius or Threshold settings, its GPU
acceleration really kicks in; if you find yourself using lower settings to get
more subtle results, it can slow down considerably ... (read the complete
article at
    The complete article may be reposted or printed for free, with credit
back to
    The announcement of CS4 also means a special update for the Meyers
cornerstone book, Creating Motion Graphics with After Effects.  "We want to
make sure we ... protect your investment in the current edition," said author
Chris Meyer, "So we are working on a bonus chapter that covers what's changed
between CS3 and CS4."
    This chapter will be available for free download at later
this year. Register on this site now to be notified when the new chapter is
    With Creating Motion Graphics with After Effects, 4e and the
complementary web chapter on CS4, you'll gain the tips, gotchas and sage
advice needed to survive whatever your next motion graphics project throws at
    About the publisher: Focal Press is marking its 70th Anniversary this
year. Starting out as a photography publisher in 1938, Focal has grown through
the years to meet the needs of many creative communities, including film,
postproduction, motion graphics, audio, animation, and gaming.
    Contact Bob Dodd for a review copy, author contact information, or
electronic material.
    Contact:  Bob Dodd
    781-313-4726 or


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