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AE Basics 36: Pimping Your Text with Layer Styles

AE Basics 36: Pimping Your Text with Layer Styles
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AE Basics - A Creative COW series for new users of Adobe After Effects. Lesson 36: In this tutorial, Andrew Devis shows how you can take ordinary looking text and with very little effort use some simple light-weight effects to make it look outstanding - which can make the difference between a low quality and high quality looking production.

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Andrew Devis
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AE Basics 35: The Character Panel

AE Basics 35: The Character Panel
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AE Basics - A Creative COW series for new users of Adobe After Effects. Lesson 35: In this tutorial, Andrew Devis shows all the options in the character panel and how to use them to create good looking text. Also included in this tutorial are some more hidden options that can make a big difference to the look and feel of your selected font.

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Andrew Devis
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AE Basics 34: Font Selection and Faux Options

AE Basics 34: Font Selection and Faux Options
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AE Basics - A Creative COW series for new users of Adobe After Effects. Lesson 34: In this tutorial, Andrew Devis shows how to quickly select and change your font selection and modify its look and feel with the Faux options in the character panel.

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Andrew Devis
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AE Basics 33: Options for Creating Text

AE Basics 33: Options for Creating Text
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AE Basics - A Creative COW series for new users of Adobe After Effects. Lesson 33: In this tutorial, Andrew Devis starts to look at text creation and animation in After Effects starting with the different ways to create text in the composition panel.

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Andrew Devis
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AE Basics 32: Creating Motion Backgrounds with Shapes Layers

AE Basics 32: Creating Motion Backgrounds with Shapes Layers
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AE Basics - A Creative COW series for new users of Adobe After Effects. Lesson 32: In this tutorial Andrew Devis takes some of what has been learnt over the previous AE Basics tutorials on shape layers and puts them together to create a motion background for text. In this tutorial Andrew covers shape creation, shape duplication, working with multiple shape layers at a time, pre-composing multiple shape layers etc. Andrew also introduces "Adjustment Layers" to create a blurred vignette and to use as a color adjustment layer while showing how to move between comps to get the best possible look.

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Andrew Devis
Adobe After Effects basics
AE Basics 31: The Brainstorm Function & Shape Layers

AE Basics 31: The Brainstorm Function & Shape Layers
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AE Basics - A Creative COW series for new users of Adobe After Effects. Lesson 31: In this tutorial, Andrew Devis demonstrates the "Brainstorm" function with shape layers. The "Brainstorm" function is a tool to give creative ideas based on your own selection of properties to be randomized for creative effect. As long as you select more than one property you can get a stream of creative ideas through Brainstorm that will fuel your imagination and help in the creative process.

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Andrew Devis
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AE Basics 30: The Write-on Effect

AE Basics 30: The Write-on Effect
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AE Basics - A Creative COW series for new users of Adobe After Effects. Lesson 30: In this tutorial, Andrew Devis demonstrates the "Write-on" Effect in After Effects showing how it works and how paths created in After Effects and other programs can be used to create higher quality animations with the "Write-on" effects than might be produced by simply animating the various properties of the effect. Although not strictly one of the shape layer series, this tutorial does follow on from the previous tutorial looking at creating true spirals in After Effects.

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Andrew Devis
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AE Basics 29: Shape Layers Part 13 - Create a True Spiral

AE Basics 29: Shape Layers Part 13 - Create a True Spiral
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AE Basics - A Creative COW series for new users of Adobe After Effects. Lesson 29: In this thirteenth tutorial looking at Shape Layers in After Effects, Andrew Devis looks at the problem of creating and animating a true spiral in After Effects and how it can be done by using paths copied from Illustrator.

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Andrew Devis
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AE Basics 28: Shape Layers Part 12 - The Zig Zag Operand

AE Basics 28: Shape Layers Part 12 - The Zig Zag Operand
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AE Basics - A Creative COW series for new users of Adobe After Effects. Lesson 28: In the twelfth tutorial looking at Shape Layers in After Effects, Andrew Devis explains the Zig Zag operand.

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Andrew Devis
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AE Basics 27: Shape Layers Part 11 - Wiggle Transform

AE Basics 27: Shape Layers Part 11 - Wiggle Transform
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AE Basics - A Creative COW series for new users of Adobe After Effects. Lesson 27: In the eleventh tutorial looking at Shape Layers in After Effects, Andrew Devis demonstrates the Wiggle Transform operand.

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Andrew Devis
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AE Basics 26: Shape Layers Part 10 - Twist & Wiggle Paths

AE Basics 26: Shape Layers Part 10 - Twist & Wiggle Paths
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AE Basics - A Creative COW series for new users of Adobe After Effects. Lesson 26: In the tenth tutorial looking specifically at Shape Layers in After Effects, Andrew Devis demonstrates the Twist & Wiggle Paths operands.

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Andrew Devis
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AE Basics 25: Shape Layers Part 9 - Trim Paths

AE Basics 25: Shape Layers Part 9 - Trim Paths
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AE Basics - A Creative COW series for new users of Adobe After Effects. Lesson 25: In the ninth tutorial looking at Shape Layers in After Effects, Andrew Devis surveys the Trim Paths operand.

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Andrew Devis
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AE Basics 24: Shape Layers Part 8 - Round Corner & Stroke

AE Basics 24: Shape Layers Part 8 - Round Corner & Stroke
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AE Basics - A Creative COW series for new users of Adobe After Effects. Lesson 24: In the eighth tutorial looking at Shape Layers in After Effects, Andrew Devis investigates the Round Corners operand and how to add an additional Stroke to your shape.

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Andrew Devis
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AE Basics 23: Shape Layers Part 7 - The Repeater Operand

AE Basics 23: Shape Layers Part 7 - The Repeater Operand
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AE Basics - A Creative COW series for new users of Adobe After Effects. Lesson 23: In the seventh tutorial looking at Shape Layers in After Effects, Andrew Devis takes us through the powerful "Repeater" operand.

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Andrew Devis
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AE Basics 22: Shape Layers Part 6 - Pucker & Bloat

AE Basics 22: Shape Layers Part 6 - Pucker & Bloat
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AE Basics - A Creative COW series for new users of Adobe After Effects. Lesson 22: In the sixth tutorial looking at Shape Layers in After Effects, Andrew Devis guides new users through the Pucker & Bloat operand.

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Andrew Devis
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AE Basics 21: Shape Layers Part 5 - Offset Paths

AE Basics 21: Shape Layers Part 5 - Offset Paths
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AE Basics - A Creative COW series for new users of Adobe After Effects. Lesson 21: In the fifth tutorial looking at Shape Layers in After Effects, Andrew Devis looks at the Offset Paths function.

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Andrew Devis
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AE Basics 20: Shape Layers Part 4 - Merge Paths

AE Basics 20: Shape Layers Part 4 - Merge Paths
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AE Basics - A Creative COW series for new users of Adobe After Effects. Lesson 20: In the fourth tutorial looking at Shape Layers in After Effects, Andrew Devis starts to look at the operands or FX that can be applied to shape layers in After Effects. Andrew starts by looking at the Merge Paths function.

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Andrew Devis
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AE Basics 19: Shape Layers Part 3 - Text & The Pen Tool

AE Basics 19: Shape Layers Part 3 - Text & The Pen Tool
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AE Basics - A Creative COW series for new users of Adobe After Effects. Lesson 19: In the third tutorial looking at Shape Layers in After Effects, Andrew Devis shows how to use both the Text tool and the Pen tool to create shapes in After Effects. For the Text tool, Andrew demonstrates methods to animate the shapes created as well as how to group shapes so that although still all being able to be animated individually, they can also be animated together as a group. For the Pen tool Andrew shows how to use RotoBezier and how to create Bezier handles with each point created for better custom shape creation as well as how to break those handles when needed.

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Andrew Devis
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AE Basics 18: Shape Layers Part 2 - Gradients & Properties

AE Basics 18: Shape Layers Part 2 - Gradients & Properties
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AE Basics - A Creative COW series for new users of Adobe After Effects. Lesson 18: In the second tutorial on Shape Layers in After Effects, Andrew Devis starts to look a little more in depth at some of the fill and stroke options for shapes layers -- and in particular at how to create custom gradients. He also looks at the standard animation properties that come with shape layers helping us to create and animate complex and organic shapes very quickly.

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Andrew Devis
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AE Basics 17: Shape Layers Part 1

AE Basics 17: Shape Layers Part 1
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AE Basics - A Creative COW series for new users of Adobe After Effects. Lesson 17: In this first tutorial on Shape Layers in After Effects, Andrew Devis starts by showing the difference between masks created on a layer and shape layers and then goes on to show how to create multiple shapes on a single layer and how to change their appearance and animate them independently to each other even though they are still on the same layer.

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Andrew Devis
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AE Basics 16: Parenting

AE Basics 16: Parenting
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AE Basics - A Creative COW series for new users of Adobe After Effects. Lesson 16: In this tutorial, Andrew Devis introduces parenting in After Effects and shows how complex animations can be created with very few keyframes by using parenting. Andrew also shows how parenting can be used to follow an already animated layer as well as how to set up an animation to save a great deal of time.

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Andrew Devis
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AE Basics 15: Motion Paths Part 3 - Masks & Paths

AE Basics 15: Motion Paths Part 3 - Masks & Paths
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AE Basics - A Creative COW series for new users of Adobe After Effects. Lesson 15: In this third and final tutorial on motion paths, Andrew Devis demonstrates how to use masks and paths created in other applications or in other ways in After Effects to drive both the creation of items and the animation of items. Andrew also shows how to extend the default animation length so that it matches your composition, finishing with animating a lens flare through a picture with an open path created on that same layer.

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Andrew Devis
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AE Basics 14: Motion Paths Part 2 - Additional Tools

AE Basics 14: Motion Paths Part 2 - Additional Tools
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AE Basics - A Creative COW series for new users of Adobe After Effects. Lesson 14: In this second tutorial on motion paths, Andrew Devis introduces a couple of useful panels for automatic creation of motion paths and automatic smoothing of keyframes to give a better result. These two panels can be used together to create and then smooth keyframes in a motion path simply and quickly to save both time and effort!

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Andrew Devis
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AE Basics 13: Motion Paths Part 1 - The Basics

AE Basics 13: Motion Paths Part 1 - The Basics
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AE Basics - A Creative COW series for new users of Adobe After Effects. Lesson 13: In this tutorial, Andrew Devis explains the basics of motion paths and how to modify them for use in your animations, along with some hints and tips to get the best results with as little effort as possible. Andrew also shows how to change the default viewing of points and handles on a motion path so that they can more easily be selected and manipulated and how to ensure that your animated item auto-orients along the path for excellent results.

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Andrew Devis
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AE Basics 12: Animation 2 - Easing Keyframes

AE Basics 12: Animation 2 - Easing Keyframes
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AE Basics - A Creative COW series for new users of Adobe After Effects. Lesson 12: In this second tutorial on the process of animation in After Effects, Andrew Devis explains how to make your animations look far better through the process of adding the appearance of weight to your assets. This is done through a change to your keyframes called 'easing,' which causes the keyframes to change their default behaviour to give much more realistic and real world animation. As well as showing how to add easing to your animation, Andrew also introduces the graph editor to show how to change the values of eased keyframes.

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Andrew Devis
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