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  • Book recommendations for broadcast graphic design

    Posted by Angelo Lorenzo on February 11, 2012 at 12:11 am

    I’ve hit an impasse with After Effects. Predominately, I’m a camera guy and edit with a traditional theatrical style. My weak spot is with broadcast based titling and lower thirds. Since I only have a modest skill base in graphic design, it’s a skill set I want to strengthen.

    I know AE well, but I’m kind of looking for AE-centric books on broadcast graphic design/title design and procedural animation/expressions.

    I want to be able to do work that’s polished like what”s linked below, but with the advantage of a smoother procedural workflow instead of freaking out over how many layers I need to animate or how many hours I need to waste looking up a tutorial that does something similar.

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    Todd Kopriva replied 12 years, 3 months ago 4 Members · 3 Replies
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  • Joseph W. bourke

    February 11, 2012 at 1:24 am

    Hi Angelo –

    I have a couple of suggestions for books:

    Motion Graphic Design: Applied History and Aesthetics, by Jon Krasner


    Design Essentials for the Motion Media Artist, by Angie Taylor

    I would also suggest books on color theory, design (and not necessarily motion graphics design – good design is good design, no matter the application. Take a stroll through the books on the Focal Press website, and look around. There are loads of visually rich books on design, color theory, and topics you might not think apply, which will expand your visual sense.

    Also look at what other people are doing – which you are doing, it seems, from your example. Pick the stuff you like, and deconstruct it, then duplicate it. It will start building ideas on how to depart from the copied stuff, once you know how it’s done.

    Joe Bourke
    Owner/Creative Director
    Bourke Media

  • Tudor “ted” jelescu

    February 11, 2012 at 10:57 am

    To the previous advice I would add something I recommend to anyone who wants to learn Motion GFX or VFX: get to spend some time “stealing” from someone who does it on a regular basis. Books and tutorials are great, but nothing compares to the tips and tricks you can learn from a master on the subject.

    Tudor “Ted” Jelescu
    Senior VFX Artist

  • Todd Kopriva

    February 11, 2012 at 6:27 pm

    I enthusiastically second Joe’s recommendation of Angie’s book. I learned a lot reading it.

    Todd Kopriva, Adobe Systems Incorporated
    Technical Support for professional video software
    After Effects Help & Support
    Premiere Pro Help & Support

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