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The ANVEL Releases #7

Dean Velez's latest in the tutorial set By Ko Maruyama
If you are looking for instructional CD materials for Adobe's After Effects, you have probably looked around and seen the variety of materials that are online.  While there are several great tutorial options out there, Dean Velez's subscription based tutorial training CDs are engaging project-based lessons.  There are some instruction subscriptions that allow you to download materials, The Anvel series delivers like a magazine, coming about once a month.  Each lesson, or "issue" is a completely new project (or set of projects) with breakdown instructions explaining how each part of the project was assembled.

Each month the CDs (yes, plural) come in the mail with all of the associated materials on board.  The materials for instruction include a Lesson PDF.  Unlike some instruction which comes in the form of .swf, .qt, or .wmv, PDF format provides a nice "go-at-your-own-pace" format.  Using Apple's built-in PREVIEW application to look at the PDFs allows users to view the entire project (or at least several steps) at a glance, rather than scrolling around on a movie.

While I love watching DVDs, especially Brian's team at Total Training - while they explain the smallest (important) details of Adobe applications, The Anvel lessons are about using the software that you already know, rather than an instruction about where to find a button, or trim a layer.   If you're like me, and love burning through color ink cartridges for your printer, you can print the entire PDF to keep deskside for later reference.

Understand that this isn't a series for people who have just purchased the application, and haven't figured out what "animation" is yet.  While you could jump right into the lessons, a cursory understanding of the application is necessary to take steady and full advantage of the series.

Before I forget, or you stop reading this article, head over to The Anvel ( and click on the "purchase" link.  The series is discounted almost 50% for a limited time (see the bottom price).... reason enough for me!   Then come right back here and continue reading.  :)

So - while this series isn't geared for absolute beginners, the subscription has something for everyone.  Most lessons are set up for animations that are not unlike popular background animations and broadcast backplates, with plenty of effects and design techniques included to give even seasoned users a healthy dose of inspiration.

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