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R:Evolutionary Motion Typography in After Effects 6.0

R:Evolutionary Motion Typography in 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, Project Manager for Adobe After Effects about Textacy and how it all came about..

Review, Tutorial
Alan Shisko
Adobe After Effects
Creating Snow with Particle Playground

Creating Snow with Particle Playground

When Shane Oborn first started using AE, the plugin that intrigued me the most (next to Trapcode's Shine) was AE's Production Bundle plugin called Particle Playground. After inquiring about it some on the Cow, Shane received awesome feedback from the community, and in particular from Rick Gerard. This pushed him to learn some interesting things about Particle Playground, and this tutorial is a result of just a couple of the things he has learned so far. Shane suspects that with PP being so open-ended, there will be many tutorials to come that will highlight its abilities. His hope is that this tutorial can help you take one little step further in your discovery of PP's wonders.

Tutorial
Shane Oborn
Adobe After Effects
Text that Blows away like Sand

Text that Blows away like Sand

In this tutorial, Emanuel Eriksson uses masks and Particle Playground in After Effects to demonstrate how to blow a text, or any object for that matter, off the screen as if it was made up by small grains of sand.

Tutorial
Emanuel Eriksson
Adobe After Effects
Expressions in Adobe After Effects 6

Expressions in Adobe After Effects 6

With After Effects 6.0, Adobe has introduced some wonderful new functionality to the world of expressions. Most of this is the result of spectacular new features that have been added to After Effects that were not necessarily aimed at expressions but nonetheless dramatically increase the power available to the expression writer. There have also been a few changes and enhancements to the expression language itself.

Review, Tutorial
Dan Ebberts
Adobe After Effects
John Fischer demonstrates Building a 3D Grid/Video Screen in After Effects

John Fischer demonstrates Building a 3D Grid/Video Screen in After Effects

John Fischer created a much more in-depth version of a combination of tutorials done by www.ayatoweb.com in response to several inquiries in the AE forum at Creativecow. This is a fairly time-intensive tutorial, but the end results are worth it! When you're done you should know much more about track mattes, and some basic 3D camera moves. Hopefully, it will also give you some new ideas to play around with. Enjoy!

Tutorial
John Fischer
Adobe After Effects
Cell Pattern And Favorites

Cell Pattern And Favorites

Cell Pattern is a filter that can be used to create all sorts of background animations, displacement maps, track mattes, and many other things. It uses algorithms to generate the shapes and shading you see rendered. This allows you to create thousands of different patterns and textures. In this tutorial, Jim Tierney demonstrates a few of these as well as discusses how to create and save your own After Effects favorites.

Tutorial
Jim Tierney
Adobe After Effects
Transparency Maps & Custom Edges in Zaxwerks Invigorator Pro AE

Transparency Maps & Custom Edges in Zaxwerks Invigorator Pro AE

Invigorator is known around the world as the king of ''flying logo'' animations. No one does it better or faster. But Invigorator is capable of a lot more than that. A question posed by a user in the COW's Invigorator forum proves the point. The challenge: how to create a 3D crown. The solution: Use a custom edge and a transparency map. Jon Okerstrom shows you how in this project. Download the files and follow along. You'll need Zaxwerk's Invigorator.

Tutorial
Jon Okerstrom
Adobe After Effects
Animating a Butterfly

Animating a Butterfly

In this tutorial, Marek Doszla shows how to animate a butterfly in After Effects 5.5 starting from a digital picture. Marek puts it in the category of After Effects experiment, however he uses some sophisticated features of After Effects as 3D space, expressions and time remapping that could be useful to beginners or even advanced users in motion graphics.

Tutorial
Marek Doszla
Adobe After Effects
Basic Shatter: Introduction to the Shatter Effect

Basic Shatter: Introduction to the Shatter Effect

Now that Shatter is included in the filter set of After Effects 5.5, many users are asking how to use this effect. In this tutorial, Ben Unguren demonstrates a very simple technique to help get you started with Shatter.

Tutorial
Ben Unguren
Adobe After Effects
Graphic Beds using Digital Anarchy's 3D Assistant

Graphic Beds using Digital Anarchy's 3D Assistant

There are many ways to create a graphic bed, but in this tutorial, Doug Bassett demonstrates a quick and easy method using 3D Assistant from Digital Anarchy. If you don't have the plugin, download the demo version

Tutorial
Doug Bassett
Adobe After Effects
AE 5.5: Masks, Transfer Modes, Track Mattes, Time Remapping

AE 5.5: Masks, Transfer Modes, Track Mattes, Time Remapping

Dave LaRonde shares his experiences with upgrading from AE 3.1 to AE 5.5, and the production bundle no less. What would he do first? He gave himself an assignment: A fictional client arrives with a starfield and two animations, both movies of a planet and a moon rotating on their axes. My task: the moon must revolve around the planet, and it must look CONVINCING, as if it were a time lapse from the Hubble Space Telescope. Armed only with the manual, he demonstrates both the old and the new: Masks, Transfer Modes, Track Mattes, Time Remapping for a little bit of fun, and as it turns out Expressions!

Tutorial
Dave LaRonde
Adobe After Effects
Building the World's Greatest Cameraman

Building the World's Greatest Cameraman

With version 5.5 of After Effects, Adobe added the wonderful world of the powerful new Expression Controls. In this tutorial, Dan Ebberts looks at several different ways that expression controls can be useful in your projects.

Tutorial
Dan Ebberts
Adobe After Effects
MAKING TEXT FLYMAKING TEXT FLY

When Marcus Gedult teaches After Effects, students often ask him if there's a way to make letters fly onto the screen from multiple directions and form a word. They want to avoid animating each letter on a separate layer and can you blame them? In this tutorial, Marcus demonstrates a couple of techniques that will do the job, one of which uses Path Text; the other uses Particle Playground.

Tutorial
Marcus Geduld
Adobe After Effects
Moving Layer Masks on Glass

Moving Layer Masks on Glass

Kurt Murphy demonstrates the technique of moving layer masks on 2 sides of a glass cross in Zaxwerks Invigorator. This tutorial assumes that you have some previous exposure to the plug-in. If you don't have the plug-in, download the demo so that you can follow along. Kurt also completes the project by using the Write On to Reveal a 'handwritten script", Trapcode Shine and Lens Flare.

Tutorial
Kurt Murphy
Adobe After Effects
nesting compositions - 1nesting compositions - 1

In this tutorial, Ben Unguren gives COW members a simple introduction to the concept of nesting. He assumes you have an understanding of what keyframes, layers and compositions are. This is in the Basics of After Effects Series.

Tutorial
Ben Unguren
Adobe After Effects
Color Grading in After Effects: Basic Color ControlColor Grading in After Effects: Basic Color Control

This series is discussing a couple of approaches towards color grading using After Effects 5.5. Barend Onneweer starts out with a rather mathematical approach to match the overal color balance between shots. This procedure can also be put to good use to correct badly white-balanced video.

Tutorial
Barend Onneweer
Adobe After Effects
Rotoscoping with Vector Paint

Rotoscoping with Vector Paint

Vector paint, introduced in Adobe After Effects 5.0 has many uses but most people don't think of it as a rotoscoping tool. In this tutorial, Bill O'Neil demonstrates how to rotoscope with Vector Paint to create a ''supercharged'' sports spot.

Tutorial
Bill O'Neil
Adobe After Effects
Motion Sketch and the Smoother: The Racing Course

Motion Sketch and the Smoother: The Racing Course

By using motion sketch and the smoother, you can acheive a less ''computer-generated'' motion in your animations, and in less time. This tutorial introduces you to the basic techniques involved with motion sketch and the smoother. This is by no means a complete demonstration of what you can do with motion sketch or the smoother. This simply introduces you to how to use them.

Tutorial
Ben Unguren
Adobe After Effects
Layer Mapping in Invigorator

Layer Mapping in Invigorator

Serge Hamad demonstrates the technique of layer mapping in Zaxwerks Invigorator. This tutorial assumes that you have some previous exposure to the plug-in. If you don't have the plug-in, download the demo so that you can follow along. Serge uses the Pro Version, but you can accomplish the technique with the Classic Version as well.

Tutorial
Serge Hamad
Adobe After Effects
Synchronizing Animation to Audio Using After Effects

Synchronizing Animation to Audio Using After Effects

In after Effects 5.5, Adobe has added the capability for expressions to access keyframe and marker data. In this tutorial, Dan Ebberts will focus on how to use this new capability to synchronize an animation to an audio track using layer markers and expressions.

Tutorial
Dan Ebberts
Adobe After Effects
Getting Jiggy With the Wiggler

Getting Jiggy With the Wiggler

One of the problems that may plague animators is that their animation is too perfect - too clean. In this article, Jim Tierney demonstrates how to add in a little randomness to your animation with the Wiggler tool in After Effects 5.5.

Tutorial
Jim Tierney
Adobe After Effects
Animating with the Parenting Features in AE 5.5

Animating with the Parenting Features in AE 5.5

An easy way to make any number of layers follow the movements of a single layer is to use the Parenting feature in After Effects 5.5. In this article, Serge Hamad demonstrates the power of parenting in some of the different situations you may encounter in your production studio instead of the usual robotic animation exercises that you may have seen elsewhere.

Tutorial
Serge Hamad
Adobe After Effects
Time Remapping in After EffectsTime Remapping in After Effects

Have you ever looked at your rendered animation and just thought, 'Something just wasn't right?' In this tutorial, Bryan Preston demonstrates the use of AE 5.5's Time Remapping Filter to control the speed of an animation.

Tutorial
Bryan Preston
Adobe After Effects
Light Storm EffectLight Storm Effect

Bill O'Neil demonstrates the use of After Effects 5.5's Motion Blur with shutter angle and phase settings to create a 'smear' of color that will become one of the most useful clips in your digital spice rack. This tutorial also uses AE 5.5's Vector Paint, Bezier Warp, Transfer Modes and Trapcode's Shine to create this very cool effect.

Tutorial
Bill O'Neil
Adobe After Effects
Motion Blur with Shutter Angle and Phase SettingsMotion Blur with Shutter Angle and Phase Settings

Bill O'Neil demonstrates the use of After Effects 5.5's Motion Blur with shutter angle and phase settings to create a 'smear' of color that will become one of the most useful clips in your digital spice rack

Tutorial
Bill O'Neil
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