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Flying through a tunnel in After Effects

Flying through a tunnel in After Effects

Flying through a tunnel can be useful for everything from 'wormholes' in sci-fi movies like 'Contact' to the transcontinental phone line in '3 colours red', or even the optic nerve of Edward Norton in 'Fight Club'. To create a Hollywood-level tunnel effect requires a true 3D application, with sophisticated modeling, rendering and 3D camera interaction however, in this tutorial, Chris Zwar mocks up a quick & dirty 2D imitation with the 'Polar Coordinates' filter in After Effects.

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Chris Zwar
Adobe After Effects
Creating a 3D Filmstrip or Flowing Ribbon

Creating a 3D Filmstrip or Flowing Ribbon

In this quick tutorial, Serge Hamad uses Zaxwerks Invigorator to create a 3D Filmstrip. This method is also useful for creating those flying ribbons that are so popular in the commercials now. You'll need Invigorator classic for this.

Tutorial
Serge Hamad
Adobe After Effects
Two or Three Color Special Effect

Two or Three Color Special Effect

We've all seen the scene in which everything is black and white except one color, but what if you wanted to have a two or even a three-color special effect? Well, this tutorial from Roland Kahlenberg, which we'll call Coolsville, will show you the way.

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Roland R. Kahlenberg
Adobe After Effects
Building the Logo and Putting it together in AE: Part 5 of 5

Building the Logo and Putting it together in AE: Part 5 of 5

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.

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Dean Velez
Adobe After Effects
Building the Spider in AE: Part 4 of 5

Building the Spider in AE: Part 4 of 5

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.

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Dean Velez
Adobe After Effects
Building the Animated Stroke in AE: Part 3 of 5

Building the Animated Stroke in AE: Part 3 of 5

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.

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Dean Velez
Adobe After Effects
Creating the 3D Space in AE: Part 2 of 5

Creating the 3D Space in AE: Part 2 of 5

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 one, we'll prepare the Photoshop still.

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Dean Velez
Adobe After Effects
Creating Powerful Motion with Simple Expressions in AE

Creating Powerful Motion with Simple Expressions in AE

In this tutorial, Talid Al Khatib demonstrates that simple expressions can create powerful motions. In this case, we create a ''rose'' which could be used as a background or design element. Talid also points out that we often think that expressions only relate to the layer properties (scale, opacity, positon, anchor point and rotation) but actually, they can work great with effects too, in our tutorial, we applied expressions on two effects (grid and Hue/saturation).

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Talid Al Khatib
Adobe After Effects
Creating Liquid LIght by David Zandnerg

Creating Liquid LIght by David Zandnerg

In this tutorial, David Zandnerg creates a 'Liquid Light' background element using some basic knowledge about Trapcode 3D Stroke & Shine and Turbulent Displace from Adobe. The important thing to remember is that this tutorial is flexible, so change it as you like to whatever works for you in terms of shape, color and size. Also keep in mind that the tutorial is designed to give you some idea of the simplicity of After Effects for creating abstract art or to just have fun.

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David Zandnerg
Adobe After Effects
Creating the Egg: Part 5 of the Golden COW by Serge Hamad

Creating the Egg: Part 5 of the Golden COW by Serge Hamad

Many of you have seen Serge Hamad's various animations in the After Effects forum at CreativeCOW. In this 5-part tutorial, Serge demonstrates the steps involved in re-creating his "Golden COW." In this tutorial you will be creating the egg. This is the final step in this animation.

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Serge Hamad
Adobe After Effects
Building the Cage: Part 4 of the Golden COW by Serge Hamad

Building the Cage: Part 4 of the Golden COW by Serge Hamad

Many of you have seen Serge Hamad's various animations in the After Effects forum at CreativeCOW. In this 5-part tutorial, Serge demonstrates the steps involved in re-creating his "Golden COW." In this tutorial you will be creating the cage around the planet. You will need 3D Stroke from Trapcode as well as Invigorator Pro or Classic for this one. Note that with Invigorator Classic you won't be able to open the provided AEP though. The emphasis in this tutorial is on the use of the transparency mapping technique.

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Serge Hamad
Adobe After Effects
Fun in Particle Playground Land

Fun in Particle Playground Land

Roland R. Kahlenberg, CreativeCOW's resident Particle Playground expert, shows off the versatility of Particle Playground by creating a game that incorporates collision detection against a customized grid.

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Roland R. Kahlenberg
Adobe After Effects
Creating Shockwaves: Part Three of the Golden COW by Serge Hamad

Creating Shockwaves: Part Three of the Golden COW by Serge Hamad

Many of you have seen Serge Hamad's various animations in the After Effects forum at CreativeCOW. In this 5-part tutorial, Serge demonstrates the steps involved in re-creating his "Golden COW." In part two, we create the Aura and the Planet. You'll need Image Lounge and Knoll's Light Factory from Red Giant Software and Zaxwerk's Invigorator. If you don't have these plug-ins, download the demos to follow along.

Tutorial
Serge Hamad
Adobe After Effects
Creating Planets & Auras: Part Two of the Golden COW by Serge Hamad

Creating Planets & Auras: Part Two of the Golden COW by Serge Hamad

Many of you have seen Serge Hamads various animations in the After Effects forum at CreativeCOW. In this 5-part tutorial, Serge demonstrates the steps involved in re-creating his Golden COW. In part two, we create the Aura and the Planet. Youll need Image Lounge and Knolls Light Factory from Red Giant Software and Zaxwerks Invigorator. If you dont have these plug-ins, download the demos to follow along.

Tutorial
Serge Hamad
Adobe After Effects
Expressions Without the Math

Expressions Without the Math

Recently Doug Bassett was working on a promo and tried to follow Fred Lewis' connection scripts but couldn't follow the math. In this article, Doug demonstrates a new approach which uses expressions but without the math...and he finished the promo in a minimal amount of time.

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Doug Bassett
Adobe After Effects
Creating a Nebula: Part One of the Golden COW by Serge Hamad

Creating a Nebula: Part One of the Golden COW by Serge Hamad

Many of you have seen Serge Hamad's various animations in the After Effects forum at CreativeCOW. In this 5-part tutorial, Serge demonstrates the steps invoved in re-creating his "Golden COW." In part one, we create the nebula. You'll need Image Lounge from Red Giant Software. If you don't have it, download the demo.

Tutorial
Serge Hamad
Adobe After Effects
Combining Volumetric Lights and Grid Basics

Combining Volumetric Lights and Grid Basics

Aaron Slater was working on a music video in which his images would 'flash' within a basic grid to the beat of the music. Here's a tutorial demonstrating his technique combining volumetric light effects with the grid.

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Aaron Slater
Adobe After Effects
Tanx-AE: A Game for After Effects

Tanx-AE: A Game for After Effects

Everyone needs a diversion now and then, so Chris Zwar took some time to write a game in After Effects just to see if he could. Here's the result: Tanx-AE, the world's first game written for Adobe After Effects. Take a moment, download the aep and have some fun with this. It's for version 5.5 and up.

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Chris Zwar
Adobe After Effects
Displacement Mapping in After Effects

Displacement Mapping in After Effects

Two of the less well known features of After Effects Production Bundle are the Time Displacement Filter and the Displacement Filter. Both use the values of one image to affect the target image. In this tutorial, Philip Hodgetts first looks at the affect of the Displacement Filter first, then moves on to Time Displacement before discussing a source of gradient images suitable for Displacement and Time Displacement Mapping.

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Philip Hodgetts
Adobe After Effects
Turning Paint Into Masks in After Effects

Turning Paint Into Masks in After Effects

Paint strokes and masks in After Effects are both forms of vector paths, but converting one into the other isn't always straightfoward. This tutorial shows how to take strokes from the Vector Paint effect, as well as AE 6's new Paint tools, and turn them into masks.

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Timothy Kurkoski
Adobe After Effects
How To Use Light Spill for Better Composites Without Plug-ins

How To Use Light Spill for Better Composites Without Plug-ins

The key to a good composite is successful integration into the background image. Sometimes you may have a very bright background or be keying from a DV camera, which nearly always results in imperfections because of the choke or screen blur effects that are necessary to achieve good edges. Light wrap, or light spill, is a very handy in these situations. In this tutorial, John Starr Dewar demonstrates an easy way to achieve light spill with a little bit of pre-composing.

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John Starr Dewar
Adobe After Effects
After Effects and the VTFS System from dps Velocity

After Effects and the VTFS System from dps Velocity

The Virtual Tape File System in Leitch dpsVelocity is the most fascinating design and John David's most favorite feature of the software. With the VTFS you can actually take an existing image sequence (targa, tif, others are supported) and bring it into your editing NLE without having to render it to a proprietary format first. You can also take a captured clip and copy the image sequence of that capture to another computer without ever exporting anything in the NLE first! In this tutorial, Creativecow.net leader, John David Hutton demonstrates how to use After Effects with the VFTS System.

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John David Hutton
Adobe After Effects
Building Your Own 3D Particle Generator

Building Your Own 3D Particle Generator

In this tutorial, Dan Ebberts demonstrates a method of generating motion that is random in both time and space and allows you to quickly assemble a composition with a pleasantly fluid, chaotic movement. Using this particle generator, we'll look at how you might create explosions, smoke, a fire blast, falling snow, and even a liquid-like flow.

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Dan Ebberts
Adobe After Effects
noise()

noise()

The After Effects expression language has a seldom-used random number generator that is really quite a gem. Dan Ebberts says "seldom-used" because he doesn't believe he's ever seen it used in a single expression he's seen posted on the internet. It's not the easiest command to understand and the documentation is pretty sparse but once you get past that it's very cool

Tutorial
Dan Ebberts
Adobe After Effects
Creating a Glassy Look using Adobe After Effects

Creating a Glassy Look using Adobe After Effects

In this tutorial, Colin James demonstrates creating something with glass planes that refract & blur footage behind them ~ much like the opening to the show, CSI:Miami. Colin needed this technique for work, asked the question in the AE COW, and this is what the members came up.

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Colin James
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