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Creating Super Tight Junk Mattes

Creating Super Tight Junk Mattes
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In this video tutorial, Creative Cow Leader Aharon Rabinowitz shares a method of quickly and automatically creating extremely precise junk mattes/gargabe masks for use in the keying process.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Aharon Rabinowitz
Adobe After Effects
Keeping Your Speed Constant

Keeping Your Speed Constant
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In this video tutorial, Creative Cow Leader Aharon Rabinowitz discusses creating smooth spatial animation with no variation in speed using Roving Keyframes.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Aharon Rabinowitz
Adobe After Effects
Fixing Scaling Issues--Part Two

Fixing Scaling Issues--Part Two
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In this video tutorial, Creative Cow leader Aharon Rabinowitz shows you how to ease the values of Exponential Scale to create a smooth end to your layers scale animation.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Aharon Rabinowitz
Adobe After Effects
Creating an Old-Paper texture using Fractal Noise

Creating an Old-Paper texture using Fractal Noise

Previously, Chris Zwar penned an article we refer to as ''Everything you wanted to know about Fractal Noise but were afraid to ask,'' but in this article, Chris takes it a step further and demonstrates a real project: Creating an Old Paper texture using the Fractal Noise Effect.

Tutorial
Chris Zwar
Adobe After Effects
How to make a Text Stream using Expressions

How to make a Text Stream using Expressions

In this tutorial CreativeCOW's Joe Chao demonstrates using expressions to create a text stream wrapping around a pillar. The pillar and its background are all completely made in AfterEffects.

Tutorial
Joe Chao
Adobe After Effects
Fixing Scaling Issues--Part One

Fixing Scaling Issues--Part One
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In this video tutorial, Creative Cow leader Aharon Rabinowitz introduces you to Exponential scale, a keyframe assistant used to counter the issues that occur when scaling from very high values.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Aharon Rabinowitz
Adobe After Effects
Building a Lensflare with Expressions

Building a Lensflare with Expressions

In this tutorial, Creativecow's Mylenium demonstrates various lens flares and how to create them. The main focus of this tutorial is not the lensflare itself - there are enough plugins out there, that do a far better job than even the most complex setup we can cobble together. Much more is it meant to again teach you some tricks to work efficiently with expressions and breaking down projects into workable parts. Lensflares lend themselves to illustrating the benefits of expressions because they involve lots of layers and effects.

Tutorial
Mylenium
Adobe After Effects
Creating an Outline around an Actor

Creating an Outline around an Actor
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In this tutorial, Creative Cow leader Aharon Rabinowitz shows you how to create the popular effect in which a colored stroke is placed around a keyed or rotoscoped subject.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Aharon Rabinowitz
Adobe After Effects
Using Presets and Templates

Using Presets and Templates
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In this video tutorial, Creativecows Mylenium demonstrates creating a dvd menu by using presets and templates which come with After Effects 7.0. In addition to using presets, well prepare our menu for use in Encore.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Mylenium
Adobe After Effects
Creating and Enhancing Text Wipe On Effects

Creating and Enhancing Text Wipe On Effects
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In this tutorial, Creative Cow leader Aharon Rabinowitz shows you a simple method of creating text wipe-on effects, and ways to enhance them with an updated look.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Aharon Rabinowitz
Adobe After Effects
Fractal Noise - A New Look at an Old Friend

Fractal Noise - A New Look at an Old Friend

When Adobe released After Effects version 7, the attention turned to major new features such as the user interface, 32bit HDR support and the graph editor. However there's another small update which is very significant for some users- the ''Fractal Noise'' effect is no longer confined to the Professional bundle, it's now included with the Standard edition. So for anyone who's never used the Professional version, or anyone who has never used Fractal Noise, Chris Zwar lifts the hood on this immensely powerful feature.

Tutorial
Chris Zwar
Adobe After Effects
Displacement Mapping Part 3: Text and Time

Displacement Mapping Part 3: Text and Time
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In part 3 of this 3-part series on Displacement Mapping, Creative Cow Leader Aharon Rabinowitz covers displacement of Text, which follows slightly different rules than normal footage. Youll also be introduced to the concept of displacing time, which follows some of the same principles covered in the first 2 tutorials.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Aharon Rabinowitz
Adobe After Effects
Working with Broadcast Safe Colors

Working with Broadcast Safe Colors
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In this video tutorial, Creative Cow Leader Aharon Rabinowitz shows you a simple method of ensuring Broadcast-Safe Colors in your final output.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Aharon Rabinowitz
Adobe After Effects
Displacement Mapping Part 2: Avoid the Pitfalls

Displacement Mapping Part 2: Avoid the Pitfalls
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In part 2 of this 3-part series on Displacement Mapping, Creative Cow Leader Aharon Rabinowitz covers the problems that arise while working with displacement mapping in After Effects. These solutions and workarounds will help you avoid the pitfalls often faced by animators using these effects.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Aharon Rabinowitz
Adobe After Effects
Graph Editor Demystified

Graph Editor Demystified
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In this video tutorial, Creativecows Mylenium discusses the timeline and the graph editor in After Effects 7. This has been one of the most requested features, and Mylenium will demonstrate how it all works.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Mylenium
Adobe After Effects
Text Blur

Text Blur
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In this video tutorial, Creative Cow Leader Andrew Kramer shows you how to use the Per-Character Text Blur effect, a new feature in After Effects 7.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Andrew Kramer
Adobe After Effects
Displacement Mapping Part 1: Basics

Displacement Mapping Part 1: Basics
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In part 1 of this 3-part series on Displacement Mapping, Creative Cow Leader Aharon Rabinowitz covers the basics of using this effect in both After Effects 6.5 and 7. This highly detailed tutorial will get you started on distorting your footage with displacement maps.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Aharon Rabinowitz
Adobe After Effects
Open GL Demystified

Open GL Demystified

In this video tutorial, Creativecows Mylenium illustrates some of the new advanced Open GL features in After Effects 7 by comparing Open GL in version to Open GL in AE 6.5. If youre still wondering what the Open GL does, then watch Myleniums video.

Review, Tutorial
Mylenium
Adobe After Effects
Creating a Film Flash Effect

Creating a Film Flash Effect
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In this tutorial, Creative Cow Leader Aharon Rabinowitz shows you how to create the coveted Film Flash transition in After Effects, without the use of any 3rd-party plug-ins.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Aharon Rabinowitz
Adobe After Effects
Importing Paths Into After Effects

Importing Paths Into After Effects
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In this brief video tutorial, Creative Cow Leader Aharon Rabinowitz shows you a simple way to create masks and motion paths in After Effects using Illustrator and Photoshop path shapes.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Aharon Rabinowitz
Adobe After Effects
Blemish Removal

Blemish Removal
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They say a picture is worth a 1000 words. Recently Andrew Kramer explained this technique in answer to a question in the AE forum at Creativecow, but then felt he could better show the technique in a video tutorial. So, heres CreativeCOWs Andrew Kramer demonstrating blemish removal in After Effects 7.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Andrew Kramer
Adobe After Effects
Creating a Glass Globe

Creating a Glass Globe

When broadcast designer Kurt Murphy received a glass globe as a gift, it inspired him to see if he could create one in After Effects. In this tutorial, Kurt demonstrates creating and animating a glass globe totally in After Effects using Solids and Effects. This project is totally self-contained, needing no outside footage, but you will need the production bundle to complete it. Also nice but not necessary is the Trapcode Starglow plug-in.

Tutorial
Kurt Murphy
Adobe After Effects
The Secret to Scaling a Motion Path in After Effects

The Secret to Scaling a Motion Path in After Effects
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In this tutorial Aharon Rabinowitz shows you the secret to scaling a motion path in After Effects. If youve ever created motion in after effects that you needed to confine to a smaller area, but also needed to keep the exact same shape, this lesson will show you how you can easily do just that, through the use of After Effects layer masks.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Aharon Rabinowitz
Adobe After Effects
Unlocking the Secrets of Effectively Using Z-Scale

Unlocking the Secrets of Effectively Using Z-Scale
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To most After Effects users, the Z-scale property on a 3D layer seems like a relatively useless feature.However, in this video tutorial, Aharon Rabinowitz unlocks the secrets of effectively using Z-scale, through the use of Anchor Points, Parenting, and Nested Compositions. These techniques will help you truly bring your animation into the 3rd dimension.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Aharon Rabinowitz
Adobe After Effects
Creating Paper Ribbons and Confetti

Creating Paper Ribbons and Confetti

Often for festivals and celebrations, we are asked to create animations involving colorful ribbons and confetti. In this tutorial, Joe Chao creates the ribbons and confetti and then demonstrates a couple of ways to shoot them out of a cannon. This animation would be useful, not just for Christmas, but for any festival.

Tutorial
Joe Chao
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