I searched the forums for advice on training books for the CS6 products, but all the threads are a year old, so I'm hoping to revisit the topic of training books for the Production Premium CS6 software (mainly AE, Premiere, and Photoshop).
I see from Amazon that there are Adobe Classroom in a Book copies already for CS6, but frankly, they're exact reprints of the the CS5 books I already have, same example files, exercises, chapters, etc. Very few new topics exist.
I have to be honest that I'm 1/3 through After Effects CS5 CinaB, and I don't love it. All the files are standard def ( ! ), and they don't seem to be practical from a design standpoint at all. Many of them feel incredibly dated and not something I would use in a practical design.
Can anyone recommend a good tutorial book that approaches learning AE, etc from a designer's perspective? I should indicate that I am not a beginning with any of these tools, but I'm not advanced either. I'm looking for really solid, practical, industry-used techinques to take my production to the next level. Things like how 3D tools in Photoshop work, how the new 3D tools (ie Ray Traced 3D) works in AE, advanced compositing techniques, troubleshooting footage techniques, advanced effects work, etc.
Any help/recommendations is greatly appreciated!
Mark Christiansen's "Studio Techniques" would be the relevant "industry bible". Otehrwise these days you can find tons of tutorials on the web for everything, but naturalyl the quality will be mixed. Some are good, some not so much. Until you get to a specific point in your workflows, though, most of them will not be particularly relevant either way. Perhaps video2brain's series featuring Todd Kopriva & Angie Taylor might be a good place to start, but I can't vouch for any of that - I haven't watched a tutorial in eons. I simply don't have the time.
Given your skill set currently, I'd also recommend Studio Techniques by Christiansen.