After Effects Tutorials - The Shatter Effect - After Effects Tutorial - I've created a composition in Photoshop and then imported the artwork into After Effects to demonstrate Shatter. There are two layers: the background layer and the heart layer. I have locked the background layer so that it won't interfere with the heart layer.
After Effects Tutorials - Animating 3D Circles - After Effects Tutorial - The first thing we want to do is create a solid. Click on the Make Comp Size for this lesson.
After Effects Tutorials - Animate Text in a Flash - With nearly 300 prebuilt text animations in Adobe After Effects 6.5, the hardest step is choosing which animation to start with!
After Effects Tutorials - Building the Logo and Putting it Together - In this final lesson of a 5-part tutorial from Motion Graphics Trainer, Dean Velez, we'll build the logo and put it all together. The entire 5 part tutorial explores creating complex backgrounds using a Photoshop still with the 3D properties of After Effects. We'll also create high end transitions using path tools and various effects as well as eye catching 2D animation using parented layers and resolving text using the track matte features.
After Effects Tutorials - Evolutionary Motion Typography with After Effects 6.0 - Every art form has its technological touchstone. Whether it’s a million purpura mollusk shells ground up to make the color “purple” or the Korg DX-7 defining a generation of music, technology has had a profound influence on art and design. With the release of After Effects 6.0, designers, animators and compositors have been given a radical new tool to push pixels around: call it Textacy. Alan Shisko talked with Steve Kilisky, Group Product Manager for Adobe After Effects about Textacy and how it all came about...
After Effects Tutorials - How to Take Snapshots of Frames - After Effects Tutorial - Why take snapshots? A good reason to do so is if you are working on a complicated animation, taking a snapshot helps you to view where certain pieces are in relation to other parts of the animation. Here is how to take a snapshot in footage and layer windows.
After Effects Tutorials - Managing Camera Properties - After Effects Tutorial - Under Camera Settings, which can be accessed by double-clicking on the camera layer, there is a dropdown box under Preset. These presets are focal lengths.
After Effects Tutorials - After Effects 6 Auto-Trace, Part 1 - Working with the Auto-trace parameters in After Effects
After Effects Tutorials - After Effects Spline Tricks, Part 2 - Keyframing position with masks in After Effects
After Effects Tutorials - After Effects Spline Tricks, Part 3 - Animated splines and Auto-trace in After Effects
After Effects Tutorials - Animating a Signature in After Effects - 5 Quick tips on mask animations, including paint in After Effects
Effects Tutorials - Up Next - A great number
of you like the project based After Effects exercises I have
done over the years. One area that continues to be a favorite
is the station interstitial. Interstitials are those bumper
pieces you see between shows that tie everything together.
In this After Effects 6.0 Pro exercise, we’ll create
an ‘Up Next’ bit for our make believe station.
To help us out, we’ll also you an effect from Profound
Effects’ Useful Things.
After Effects Tutorials - TechnoShapes - Tutorial for Profound Effects Useful Things
PE Useful Things (a plug-in for After Effects0 excels at animating shapes and text in myriad ways. In this tutorial, Trish explains how to take animated grayscale maps and have them affect the size and opacity of colorful circles arranged on a grid. The tutorial works with the demo version of Useful Things v1.5.1.
After Effects Tutorials - Building the Animated Stroke - In this 5-part tutorial, Motion Graphics Trainer, Dean Velez explores creating complex backgrounds using a Photoshop still with the 3D properties of After Effects. We'll also create high end transitions using path tools and various effects as well as eye catching 2D animation using parented layers and resolving text using the track matte features. In lesson three, we'll build the animated stroke.
After Effects Tutorials - Building the Spider - In this 5-part tutorial, Motion Graphics Trainer, Dean Velez explores creating complex backgrounds using a Photoshop still with the 3D properties of After Effects. We'll also create high end transitions using path tools and various effects as well as eye catching 2D animation using parented layers and resolving text using the track matte features. In lesson four, we'll build the animated spider.
After Effects Tutorials - Getting Started with Useful Things (PDF) - For a helpful introduction to learning Useful Things, read this document from Trish Meyer
After Effects Tutorials - On The Level (PDF) - An updated version of an article the originally appeared in 1995 in Multimedia Producer on mixing audio and balancing levels between dialog, music, and sound effects. Although originally written for multimedia applications and illustrated using Premiere 4, the ideas can be readily applied to projects in After Effects or an NLE.
After Effects Tutorials - AE5.5 Hidden Gems Version 3 (PDF)- 16 pages of shortcuts and keyboard commands that will make working with After Effects 5 more productive. This PDF started life as handouts for the Hidden Gems session at After Effects West, and this slightly updated version is available here for download.
After Effects Tutorials - Building a Non-Animated Track Matte Library - After Effects Tutorial - It's a good idea to build your Track Matte Library that you can access immediately. Having to reproduce these mattes on a "as needed" basis is time consuming and a waste of money, that is "if time is money".
After Effects Tutorials - Video Tutorial: Cornerpinning in Adobe After Effects - Distorting Illustrator text to achieve a Star Wars effect
After Effects Tutorials - Effects Without Borders - You can literally hit the wall when you use a plug-in effect on smaller than frame size objects in Adobe After Effects.
After Effects Tutorials - In the Cards - Sub-pixel placement in After Effects
After Effects Tutorials - Creating Scalable Photoshop Text for After Effects Vectors in After Effects 5 - Compositors and editors faced with the prospect of creating text in their compositions often rely on applications like Adobe Illustrator or Macromedia Freehand, rather than creating the text directly in programs like Apple Final Cut Pro or Adobe After Effects. Why? The text tools in NLEs and compositing applications are simply too time-consuming. Plus, creating text in a graphics application is quite simple.
After Effects Tutorials - Simulating a Video Look with After Effects - Creating the look and controlling the parameters
After Effects Tutorials - Expressing The Camera - Rick Gerard presents a five minute tutorial movie as the second in a series that teaches basic After Effects Camera animation. In this example you'll learn how to simplify animating a camera over a still image and how to orient the camera along a path using expressions to gain compete complete control.
After Effects Tutorials - 3D Space in After Effects - In lesson two of our 5 part tutorial, we'll begin our animation by creating the 3d Space our spider needs. In this 5-part tutorial, Motion Graphics Trainer, Dean Velez explores creating complex backgrounds using a Photoshop still with the 3d properties of After Effects. We'll also create high end transitions using path tools and various effects as well as eye catching 2D animation using parented layers and resolving text using the track matte features..
After Effects Tutorials - 3D Ball - Create 3D in a 2D world! This tutorial explains how to create a 3D spherical object - a spinning beach ball. You could also make an 8-Ball, a canteloupe, a planet, one of those little bath beads - it's all up to your imagination. This will just get you started.
After Effects Tutorials - Waking Life Look - Create a Somewhat Drawn Look - A client of mine saw "Waking Life", a film by Richard Linklater which was shot using live actors and then the footage was treated with a proprietary software that gave it a cartoon look. Check out Waking Life's official website to see images and video samples.
After Effects Tutorials - Creating Volume Light - Imagine a spotlight on a stage in a smoky comedy club. This tutorial explores creating smoke through a beam of light.
After Effects Tutorials - Using Expressions with Shine - This is a super easy expression that can be used with all sorts of plug-ins, but we're going to use Shine from Trapcode - my current favorite plug-in.
After Effects Tutorials - Settings - Setting up After Effects to work with newer Avid Video Resolutions (such as AVR 71, 75, etc.) requires a somewhat different procedure than earlier NuVista-based resolutions (AVR26, 27, etc.). Unlike the earlier resolutions, which used square pixels, the AVR 7x series uses rectangular pixels and scans at the D1 resolution of 720 x 486.
After Effects Tutorials - Paint - Paint in After Effects Tutorial
After Effects Tutorials - Blinking Christmas Tree Lights - After Effects Tutorial - Import the file as a Composition to begin with. Set the Composition Settings Duration to 10 seconds.
After Effects Tutorials - How to Label Layers - After Effects Tutorial - Labeling layers is important to keeping your work easy and accessible to view quickly. Below we have a sample scene with five layers for this lesson.
After Effects Tutorials - Swishing Lights around a Logo - Swishes are more popular than ever, so I thought I'd show you an easy way to create dynamic swishing lights around the logo of your choice. This is the basic model, so you can jazz it up anyway you like
After Effects Tutorials - Background Recipes - So simple, so many options!
After Effects Tutorials - Bats Part 1 - This is an involved tutorial in which you will use a plethora of plug-ins to create a swarm of spooky rabid vampire bats that prey on the mind, coming at you through a thick terrifying fog.
After Effects Tutorials - Using FE Ball Action - This can also be done with particle playground, with the Grid settings.
After Effects Tutorials - Changing the Folders of your Filters - There to re-arrange your plug-ins, if you're willing to hack into ResEdit. Of course, this only works on the Mac. There is no way for Windows users to change things, as the position is included in the actual plug-in code. This is incorporated into AE 5.5, so there is no need to read any further if you are using AE 5.5. Just use the plug-ins palette.
After Effects Tutorials - Making water with Displacement Maps - Sure, there are lots of plug-ins to create water and liquids, but what fun is having a filter do all of the work for you? Here is a simple way to create a flood of effects, if you will.
After Effects Tutorials - Create a Custom Shatter Map - I had to blow apart a brick wall for the lower thirds for the next season of Jerry Springer, and I wanted to use a custom shatter map, but found that there are no good resources that explain how to create one... at least, I didn't come across any...
After Effects Tutorials - Day for Night - When You Can't Shoot at Night - Here is a sample of a day time shot that has been converted to a night time scene using a few adjustments. These are a guide only and I guarantee that your image will look different, so you'll need to tweak away.
After Effects Tutorials - Devil Morph - You can use this same technique to make aliens and monsters, and don't forget about those loveable zombies.
After Effects Tutorials - Distortion with Displacement Maps! - A very simple use for displacement maps that shows you how to warp an image - the drunk effect, or seeing an oasis in the desert effect or whatever you want to call it.
After Effects Tutorials - Fire & Clouds Effects - An Introduction to the wonders of displacement mapping
After Effects Tutorials - Fire! Fire! Fire! - How to make your own Disco Inferno!
After Effects Tutorials - Gleam 1: Gleam Across Words - This effect creates the appearance of light shining across text (or an object). You've seen it often and here's a cheater-template.
After Effects Tutorials - Gleam 2: Gleam Behind Words - This effect creates the appearance of light shining behind text (or an object), giving it a genuine faux 3D look. You'veseen this one before too, now you can create it.
After Effects Tutorials - The Wiz: Putting Glenda in a Bubble - So, you're animating someone in a bubble, are you?
After Effects Tutorials - Gleam 3: Hi-Tech Text Gleam Write On - This effect creates text that writes on with a strange blur, similar to the effect from the title sequence of "The Sixth Day" - a Schwartzenegger film that only 47 people saw (we were 2 of those people).
After Effects Tutorials - Introduction to Expressions - The purpose of this tutorial is to create one layer of keyframed movement on a layer and make another layer react to the movement. Don't be afraid!
After Effects Tutorials - Wispy, Ghostly, Etherial, Cloudy Text - This is a simple-to-do text trick that really wows people. Your text comes on as if a cloud billows it on your screen, and blows away in a puff.
After Effects Tutorials - 3D Universe: A True 3D Space - In this tutorial we will create a spaceship flying through a 3d space. A "low polygon" spaceship. Are you familiar with those real-time 3d games?
After Effects Tutorials - Working with Premiere - AE 6 - Witness Adobe After Effects seamless integration with Adobe Premiere Pro (Windows only). See how essential Adobe Premiere Pro data such as transitions, transparencies, keyframes, and timeline markers transfer intact to After Effects. Learn how to trim an imported clip to your work area for more precise compositing.
After Effects Tutorials - Using Cameras in the Comp Window - After Effects Tutorial - To add a camera to a comp window, start by opening the composition then select Layer>New and Camera.
After Effects Tutorials - Adjusting Audio Settings - After Effects Tutorial - To access the audio settings go to Window and select Audio, or use the quicker method of Ctrl+4.
After Effects Tutorials - Creating Transparent Text Lights with Vegas - After Effects Tutorial - If you have the newest version of AE, I understand that you can type directly into the program but if you're like me and are still using an older version, you can import text from Photoshop or Illustrator.
After Effects Tutorials - Making Some Background Effects - After Effects Tutorial - In this lesson I want to show some techniques for creating background effects. As you can probably see from viewing television and movies, the variety is infinite.
After Effects Tutorials - Moving Keyframes - After Effects Tutorial - To move multiple keyframes, first select them by holding down the Shift key. Now drag in the new position.
After Effects Tutorials - Modifying a Motion Path - After Effects Tutorial - Modifying a motion path is simple to learn and can be mastered in a short amount of time. The first method I want to show is how to move a keyframe.
After Effects Tutorials - Expressions - Animate in a Perfect Circle - After Effects Tutorial - In this lesson we'll create an expression to make the star layer move in a perfect circle. The expression will cause the star to be thrown into a perfect position so you won't have to try and find where to set it exactly.
After Effects Tutorials - How to Use the Write-on Effect - After Effects Tutorial - In the lesson I'll show you how to use the Write-on effect. Find a map that you can practice on.
After Effects Tutorials - Animating Bug Wings - After Effects Tutorial - Make adjustments to the keyframes and then select and copy them all along the timeframe. Use the same method as shown to also do the other wing.
After Effects Tutorials - Butterfly - After Effects Tutorial - The first thing we need to do is move the anchor point from the middle of the butterfly to the area of the antennae. Use the Pan tool to move the anchor point.
After Effects Tutorials - Clock Hand Rotation - After Effects Tutorial - The first lesson is the basic way. For the hour hand set a keyframe at the very beginning with the Rotation set to 0.
After Effects Tutorials - Mechanical Dragon - After Effects Tutorial - In this demonstration you'll learn how to connect the pieces in a parenting format while making the mouth open and close. I've imported the whole piece from Photoshop as a composition and then placed each piece individually into their original structure.
After Effects Tutorials - Filmstrip File - After Effects Tutorial - The first thing we need to do is have our movie open. Then choose Composition and Make Movie.
After Effects Tutorials - Bezier Warp 101 - After Effects Tutorial - Below is the Bezier Warp panel. It's fairly basic and easy to learn.
After Effects Tutorials - Animating Using the Bulge Filter - After Effects Tutorial - Using the Bulge filter is easy to do. I'll use a dog's paw for this demonstration.
After Effects Tutorials - Creating Motion Tiles - After Effects Tutorial - The simplest form of Motion Tile is to make and animate tiles vertically and horizontally. Create a 640 x 480 project.
After Effects Tutorials - Animating Text - After Effects Tutorial - Adjust the settings to reflect the data below. This will move the graphic off the screen.
After Effects Tutorials - Anchor Points - After Effects Tutorial - Open After Effects. In this demonstration I'll be showing you how to manipulate the anchor point and make it do what you want it to do.
After Effects Tutorials - Animating a Chariot Using Nesting - After Effects Tutorial - In this lesson I want to show you the wrong way and the right to animate. As we go along you'll learn a lot of important information about animation.
Effects Tutorials - Working with Adobe Illustrator in After
Effects - After Effects Tutorial - Below is the
path created in Illustrator. Press Control+C to copy.
After Effects Tutorials - Using Bezier Warp - After Effects Tutorial - With the graphic in place and selected, open up Effect and Distort. Choose Bezier Warp.
Effects Tutorials - Introduction to the Path Text Control
Panel - After Effects Tutorial
The first thing we need to do is create a solid for this lesson. Make sure to click on Make Comp Size. Also check to see that Cap Locks is off or you won't see the solid.
After Effects Tutorials - Animate a Light - After Effects Tutorial - Here we have our scene. The background is created using a solid and applying a Ramp to it. The foreground was created in Photoshop and merged into one layer.
After Effects Tutorials - Magnifier Expression - After Effects Tutorial - Click on the Bulge Center clock. Hit U to open it up in the timeline.
After Effects Tutorials - Run Multiple Movies Simultaneously with Matter Layers in Text - After Effects Tutorial - In this lesson I'll show you how to make movies with the alpha matte and luma matte options. (I will be using stills from Master Clips but you can use movies for this lesson.
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Business Cards: Ideas and Inspiration, Part II
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Collaborating and Negotiating: Part II
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