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Andrew Devis has a marvelous style of adding insight and simplicity to his instructions. If you are looking to learn more about the basics of Adobe After Effects, this tutorial series is a great place to get started.
 
Adobe After Effects


Adobe After Effects Techniques: Animation Lip Sync PART ONE
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In the first part of this two-part tutorial, Andrew Devis shows the basics of a character animation lip-sync technique in After Effects that uses time remapping to select which mouth shape to use at any time. While a good basic method to achieve the goal however, it requires the animator to remember what frame number any particular mouth shape is located on and so in the following tutorial Andrew carries on to show how to create a simple rig which makes the whole process far easier for the animator with good visual feedback.

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Adobe After Effects


AE - RE:MATCH Non-matching Cameras in After Effects
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In this tutorial, Andrew Devis demonstrates a relatively new plug-in by RE:Vision Effects called RE:Match and how it can very quickly and accurately deal with the very common problem of non-matching cameras in After Effects. A typical approach to dealing with say a white balance issue would be to apply Color Finesse 3 and work with that which can be a slightly convoluted process, while RE:Match deals with the whole thing in a couple of clicks! This very powerful effect can save a great deal of time for an everyday problem and so earn its cost back very quickly as well as giving excellent and fast results. There is another tutorial showing how this effect works in Premiere Pro as there is a slightly different way the two applications deal with reference images.

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Adobe After Effects basics


AE Basics Extras: Butterfly Wing Text Animation Part TWO
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In the second part of this two part AE Basics Extra tutorial, Andrew Devis continues to build the butterfly in After Effects and then shows how to keep it 3D as it is formed. Items covered in this tutorial include custom views, 3D and collapse transforms to keep items working in 3D once pre-composed, duplication and flipping layers, vertical type, text formatting, and complex animations with motion sketch. These tutorials will be valuable for anyone learning and developing text animation skills in After Effects.

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Adobe After Effects basics


AE Basics Extras: Butterfly Wing Text Animation
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In the first part of this two part AE Basics Extra tutorial, Andrew Devis starts to show how to create a butterfly wing with text. The purpose of these tutorials is to give additional hints and tips for text animation in After Effects. Items covered in this tutorial include, using the pen tool, paths, copying mask paths to shape layers, text along a path and path option, 3D layers, animation of a wing, loopOut expression and viewing your composition in a different viewer. In the second part of this tutorial Andrew will go on to complete the animated butterfly in 3D and show how to have it fly around your screen.

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Adobe After Effects basics


AE Basics Extras: Caterpillar Text Animation
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In this AE Basics Extra tutorial, Andrew Devis shows some more text animation techniques by animating 'Caterpillar' text in After Effects. Andrew shows how to shape your text so that it curves from large to small to create a 'tail' for the text and then he shows how to set up and animate the path that the text will use. Andrew then goes on to lock the text to the animated path and continues by adding additional animators to give body movement to the animated text. This is a helpful tutorial for anyone wanting to learn to use a wider range of options for text animation in After Effects. Andrew will be following up with a similar but different tutorial looking at creating a flying butterfly text!

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Adobe After Effects Techniques


IK Character Animation: Walk to the Beat 2: The Walk Cycle
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In this second tutorial on animating an IK character Andrew Devis shows us how to create and refine a walk cycle with our IK controlled character such that it walks in time with the music we had set up in the previous tutorial.

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Adobe After Effects


IK Character Animation: Walk to the Beat 1: Finding the Beat
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This tutorial is both a follow-on tutorial to Andrew's previous tutorials on IK controllers in After Effects and a helpful stand-alone tutorial showing how to define a beat range to use as a guide to animation in After Effects. To start with Andrew shows how to use a simple expression to deal with a potential problem of controllers scaling your objects. Then Andrew shows how to find and download sample music which can be used to base your animation on. He goes on to discuss the difficulty of matching frame rates with audio sample rate and then shows how to get a reasonably close 'loop' in both After Effects and especially in Audition.

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Adobe After Effects


AE: Inverse Kinematic Character Animation PT 2
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Standard character animation in After Effects uses a process called 'Forward Kinematics' in that we animate down a linked chain - for example, upper arm linked to forearm linked to hand. To get animation we need to move the items down the chain one at a time. Inverse Kinematics creates a link back up the chain such that moving the hand would also move the forearm and the upper arm without breaking that link. This is a simpler and easier way to control animation and is often used in 3D programs such as C4D and 3ds max etc. and allows us to control the animation for the complete chain through a single controller.

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Adobe After Effects


AE: Inverse Kinematic Character Animation
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Standard character animation in After Effects uses a process called 'Forward Kinematics' in that we animate down a linked chain - for example, upper arm linked to forearm linked to hand. To get animation we need to move the items down the chain one at a time. Inverse Kinematics creates a link back up the chain such that moving the hand would also move the forearm and the upper arm without breaking that link. This is a simpler and easier to control form of animation often used in 3D programs such as C4D and 3ds max etc. and allows us to control the animation for the complete chain through a single controller.

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Adobe After Effects basics


AE Basics 65: Expression Controllers PART TWO
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AE Basics - A Creative COW series for new users of Adobe After Effects. Lesson 65: In this second follow-on tutorial, Andrew Devis continues to demonstrate how to apply a color Expression Controller to one part of the production and then how to quickly apply it to other parts of the same composition. He then goes on to show how to separate out parameters to two different control points of one Expression Controller finishing by controlling parts from different areas of the shape layer as you would in a composition which has multiple layers.

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Adobe After Effects basics


AE Basics Extras: More Repetition PART TWO
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AE Basics - A Creative COW series for new users of Adobe After Effects. In this second 'Extra' tutorial in the AE Basics series, Andrew Devis shows how to create shapes from text, how to rotate that shape into a circle, how to move the circle into a line and finally how to create other very interesting looks with the use of the repeater tool - including how to create spirals, make the shapes seem to come out at you from the screen and how to move and control these exciting options, all within the one layer.

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Adobe After Effects basics


AE Basics 64: Expression Controllers PART ONE
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AE Basics - A Creative COW series for new users of Adobe After Effects. Lesson 64: Expression Controllers are a way to simplify the animation controls for a given composition. Although some people are initially worried by the idea of using Expressions, using and controlling Expression Controllers is both easy and effective - especially so when dealing with complex animations. In this tutorial, Andrew Devis explains how to use Expression Controllers in Adobe After Effects. Andrew starts by showing how to control a single parameter with one type of controller and then goes on to show how to separate two parameters with an array while applying an Expression Controller to one of those two separated controllers.

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Adobe After Effects


AE Basics 63: Persistent Disc Cache (CS6 & Above)
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AE Basics - A Creative COW series for new users of Adobe After Effects. Lesson 63: In this tutorial, Andrew Devis explains a significant 'under the hood' improvement in CS6 which reduces the need for 'Pre-rendering' and makes the operation of After Effects much faster. These improvements are called the 'Global Performance Cache' and the 'Persistent Disc Cache'. Andrew explains how these operate, options to use background rendering and the work-flow savings this offers.

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Adobe After Effects


AE Basics 62: Export 8 - Understanding Pre-render
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AE Basics - A Creative COW series for new users of Adobe After Effects. Lesson 62: In this tutorial, Andrew Devis explains what Pre-rendering is and why it would be useful in your projects as well as what to look for when pre-rendering to ensure you don't have problems later in your production.

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Adobe After Effects


AE Basics 61: Export 7 Media Encoder 3 - Watch Folders
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AE Basics - A Creative COW series for new users of Adobe After Effects. Lesson 61: In this tutorial looking at getting your production out of After Effects, Andrew Devis shows how to create and use watch folders.

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Adobe After Effects


AE Basics 60: Export 6 Media Encoder 2 - Preset Groups
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AE Basics - A Creative COW series for new users of Adobe After Effects. Lesson 60: In this tutorial looking at getting your production out of After Effects, Andrew Devis shows how to create preset groups and how to modify and save a custom preset.

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Adobe Audition, Soundbooth


Audio Basics - Understanding Bit Depth
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In this second tutorial in his occasional series on audio basics, Andrew Devis explains what bit depth is and how the right choice of bit depth can effect the accuracy of your recording. Although Andrew uses Adobe Audition CS6 the information given in this tutorial is valid for any digital audio recording software package.

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Adobe Audition, Soundbooth


Audio Basics - Understanding Sample Rate
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In this occasional series on audio basics by Andrew Devis, Andrew explains what audio samples are and how they can effect the accuracy of you recording. Although Andrew uses Adobe Audition CS6, the information given in this tutorial is valid for any digital audio recording software packed. Andrew also shows how to create new audio files in Audition and how to specify the sample rate and then how to create tones.

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Adobe After Effects


AE Basics 59: Export 5 - Media Encoder ONE
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AE Basics - A Creative COW series for new users of Adobe After Effects. Lesson 59: In this tutorial looking at getting your production out of After Effects, Andrew Devis starts to show how to use the newly redesigned for CS6 Media Encoder for final output options.

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Adobe After Effects


AE More Than Transitions: FOUR Jitter & Animation
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In this last of four tutorials on the 'Card Wipe' effect, Andrew Devis explains the 'jitter' options in the effect and goes through some simple scenarios for animating this powerful effect as well as showing how he created the intro to the tutorial.

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AE More Than Transitions: THREE Parameters TWO
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In this third of four tutorials on the 'Card Wipe' effect, Andrew Devis goes through the various camera, lighting and materials parameters for this effect looking at using the in-built camera, a comp camera and the corner pin option.

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AE More Than Transitions: TWO Parameters Part ONE
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In this second of four tutorials on the 'Card Wipe' effect, Andrew Devis goes through many of the parameters for the effect showing how to customise the effect for your own use. Andrew also touches on using gradients in your comp to drive the effect.

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AE More Than Transitions: ONE Setting Up the Comp
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In this first of four tutorials on the 'Card Wipe' effect, Andrew Devis shows how to set up a composition with multiple images to use in the effect. Andrew touches on how to replace one item with another item while inheriting the changes of the original item.

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Adobe After Effects


AE Basics 58: Export 4 - Output Modules
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AE Basics - A Creative COW series for new users of Adobe After Effects. Lesson 58: In this tutorial looking at getting your production out of After Effects, Andrew Devis goes through the output module settings dialogue box and explains what options to use and how to export multiple formats.

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AE Basics 57: Export 3 - Render Settings
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AE Basics - A Creative COW series for new users of Adobe After Effects. Lesson 57: In this tutorial looking at getting your production out of After Effects, Andrew Devis goes through the render settings dialogue box and explains why you would choose to export through After Effects and how to save a template of your choices.

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AE Basics 56: Export 2 - Setting Up For Export
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AE Basics - A Creative COW series for new users of Adobe After Effects. Lesson 56: In this tutorial looking at getting your production out of After Effects, Andrew Devis shows how to set up your composition for export and how to determine where it will output and how to use default file names.

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AE Basics 55: Export 1 - Dynamic Link
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AE Basics - A Creative COW series for new users of Adobe After Effects. Lesson 55: In this first tutorial looking at getting your production out of After Effects, Andrew Devis shows how to use Dynamic Link to get your After Effects composition into Premiere Pro. Andrew shows the various methods to dynamically link a composition as well as going through some of the potential problems you may encounter.

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Adobe After Effects


AE Basics 54: Motion Tracking Part 2
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AE Basics - A Creative COW series for new users of Adobe After Effects. Lesson 54: In this second part tutorial, Andrew Devis continues to demonstrate how to use the point tracker in Adobe After Effects. Andrew completes a slightly difficult track and shows how to adjust the track point and how to use the various tools to make sure your track is successful. Andrew finishes by showing how to link a text object to the track point to give a good organic end result.

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AE Basics 53: Motion Tracking Part 1
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AE Basics - A Creative COW series for new users of Adobe After Effects. Lesson 53: In this tutorial, Andrew Devis starts to demonstrate how to use the point tracker in Adobe After Effects. Andrew shows how to set up the tracker and talks through some of the considerations that need to be taken into account to help get as good a track as possible.

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AE Basics 52: Paint 6 Spot & Blemish Removal
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AE Basics - A Creative COW series for new users of Adobe After Effects. Lesson 52: In this tutorial, Andrew Devis shows how to use and animate the clone stamp tool in Adobe After Effects to remove spots or blemishes from your video. Although a simple technique, this approach can produce good results quickly helping to keep your talent and your client happy!

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AE Basics 51: Paint 5 Panel Options Part FOUR: PATHS
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AE Basics - A Creative COW series for new users of Adobe After Effects. Lesson 51: In this tutorial, Andrew Devis shows how to create, copy and paste different paths into a paint path and then move the new animated paint path in 3D space to create some interesting and powerful looks.

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AE Basics 50: Paint 4 Panel Options Part THREE: Timeline
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AE Basics - A Creative COW series for new users of Adobe After Effects. Lesson 50: In this tutorial Andrew Devis goes through the various timeline options for paint paths in After Effects.

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AE Basics 49: Paint 3 Panel Options Part TWO
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AE Basics - A Creative COW series for new users of Adobe After Effects. Lesson 49: In this tutorial, Andrew Devis continues to go through some of the options in the Paint Panel - this time looking at the duration options for a particular brush stroke including the 'write-on' option. Andrew also starts to look at some of the powerful tools to finesse your paint work found in the timeline panel.

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AE Basics 48: Paint 2: Panel Options: One
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AE Basics - A Creative COW series for new users of Adobe After Effects. Lesson 48: In this tutorial, Andrew Devis goes through some of the options in the Paint Panel including a look at opacity, flow, blend modes and channels.

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AE Basics 47: Paint 1 Creating and Customizing Brushes
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AE Basics - A Creative COW series for new users of Adobe After Effects. Lesson 47: In this tutorial, Andrew Devis goes through some of the options for paint in After Effects and especially how to create, customize, save and delete brushes.

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AE Basics 46: Mask Feather Tool (CS6 & above)
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AE Basics - A Creative COW series for new users of Adobe After Effects. Lesson 46: In this tutorial, Andrew Devis shows how to use the long awaited and new to CS6 'Mask Feather' tool. Andrew demonstrates all the options for this powerful tool including the basic functions, a practical example as well as how it could be used as a creative tool in After Effects.

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AE Basics 45: Additional Range Selectors
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AE Basics - A Creative COW series for new users of Adobe After Effects. Lesson 45: In this (more advanced) tutorial, Andrew Devis shows how to create and use a range selector within another range selector all within one animator for a single text layer. The use of multiple range selectors can add a great deal of interest and flare to your text. As this is once again a somewhat more advanced option within AE Andrew doesn't go into too much detail, simply showing how to add, modify and use a second range selector within one text animator.

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AE Basics 44: Shaping Text And Advanced Options
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AE Basics - A Creative COW series for new users of Adobe After Effects. Lesson 44: In this (more advanced) tutorial, Andrew Devis shows the options to change the way text moves through its range and explains how to change this from the default smooth animation to a much more 'digital' or abrupt instant change. Andrew then goes on to demonstrate more of the advanced options in the timeline to 'shape' your text so that it can have a more interesting or dramatic look allowing for the type of animation that would be very difficult to achieve otherwise.

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AE Basics 43: Text Animators Part FOUR - Per-character 3D
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AE Basics - A Creative COW series for new users of Adobe After Effects. Lesson 43: In this tutorial, Andrew Devis continues demonstrating some of the text animators available in the timeline, concentrating upon the 'Enable Per-Character 3D' option and how to apply it and use it.

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AE Basics 42: Text Animators Part THREE - Tracking & more
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AE Basics - A Creative COW series for new users of Adobe After Effects. Lesson 42: In this tutorial, Andrew Devis continues demonstrating some of the text animators available in the timeline, concentrating upon the tracking, character and blur options.

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AE Basics 41: Text Animators Part TWO - Fill & Stroke
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AE Basics - A Creative COW series for new users of Adobe After Effects. Lesson 41: In this tutorial, Andrew Devis continues demonstrating some of the text animators available in the timeline, concentrating upon the fill and stoke options.

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AE Basics 40: Text Animators Part ONE
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AE Basics - A Creative COW series for new users of Adobe After Effects. Lesson 40: In this tutorial, Andrew Devis begins to demonstrate some of the text animators available in the timeline, concentrating upon the 'transform' type of effects. More to follow in future lessons.

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AE Basics 39: Text Range Selectors Part TWO
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In this second tutorial explaining text range selectors in After Effects, Andrew Devis shows how to add an additional range selector to our already animated text, which works in a completely separate way to the presently applied range selector and animation. The end result shows how different range selectors can work together for excellent results.

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AE Basics 38: Text Range Selectors Part ONE
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Range selectors in After Effects enable many text animation functions that would be quite complex to achieve through the normal 'stop-watch' approach to animation. Range selectors also give us the ability to animate the numerous functions within the character panel, which at first sight, appear not to be animate-able! In this tutorial, Andrew Devis introduces and explains the concept of range selectors showing how they work and how effects can be added to an existing range selector. Part 2 will show how additional range selectors can be created that work in an entirely different way to the original range selector that has been created.

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AE Basics 37: Animating Source Text
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AE Basics - A Creative COW series for new users of Adobe After Effects. Lesson 37: In this tutorial, Andrew Devis starts to show how to do basic source text animation in the timeline including changes in fonts and other parameters and how that text is then linked to the keyframes created so that it can be re-arranged as needed.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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
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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
Adobe After Effects 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
Adobe After Effects basics


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
Adobe After Effects basics


AE Basics 11: Animation 1 - Creating Keyframes
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AE Basics: A Creative COW series for new users of Adobe After Effects. Lesson 11: In this introductory tutorial to the process of animation in After Effects, Andrew Devis explains and demonstrates how to animate a property in After Effects using Keyframes and interpolation.

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Andrew Devis
Adobe After Effects basics


AE Basics 10: Transforms - Fixed Effects
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AE Basics - A Creative COW series for new users of Adobe After Effects. Lesson 10: In this next tutorial, Andrew Devis shows how to select, understand and use the 'transforms' or 'Fixed Effects' that are automatically added to every layer in your composition.

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Andrew Devis
Adobe After Effects basics


AE Basics 9: Fitting Items and Creating Solids
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AE Basics - A Creative COW series for new users of Adobe After Effects. Lesson 9: In this next tutorial, Andrew Devis shows how to fit assets to the size of your composition as well as showing the possible dangers of choosing the wrong option. Andrew then goes on to show how to create solid layers, a 'bed-rock' part of After Effects compositing, and the various options that are available when creating solid layers - and especially the colour selection choices.

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Andrew Devis
Adobe After Effects basics


AE Basics 8: Timeline Basics 3 - Work-area & layer shortcuts
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AE Basics - A Creative COW series for new users of Adobe After Effects: Lesson 8 Part 3: In this next tutorial, Andrew Devis shows some of the short-cuts in the layers part of the timeline, including how to quickly modify your work-area bar, snap the play-head to the in and out points of your layers and then snap the layer in and out points to the play-head! Andrew also shows how to use keyboard short-cuts to move up and down your layers and then also how to move layers up and down your layer stack! Lots of useful short-cuts to get you working quickly and efficiently in Adobe After Effects. Although an 'AE Basics' tutorial, the short-cuts demonstrated in this tutorial are useful for all users of AE looking to speed up their work-flow in After Effects.

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Andrew Devis
Adobe After Effects basics


AE Basics 7: Timeline Basics Part 2
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AE Basics - A Creative COW series for new users of Adobe After Effects. Lesson 7 Part 2: In the second part of this seventh tutorial, Andrew Devis continues to go through all the 'bells & whistles' or buttons in the timeline panel. Continuing from where he left off in the previous tutorial, Andrew finishes off explaining what each of the buttons does along with a tip on changing the speed of a clip in the timeline giving great visual feedback.

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Andrew Devis
Adobe After Effects basics


AE Basics 7: Timeline Basics 1
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AE Basics - A Creative COW series for new users of Adobe After Effects. Lesson 7 Part 1: In the first part of this seventh tutorial, Andrew Devis starts to go through all the 'bells & whistles' or buttons in the timeline panel. Andrew shows how to find all the various buttons available and starts to explain what each one is and what it does.

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Andrew Devis
Adobe After Effects basics


AE Basics 6: Previewing Your Work
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AE Basics - A Creative COW series for new users of Adobe After Effects. Lesson 6: In this sixth tutorial, Andrew Devis goes through the options for previewing your compositions in After Effects. Andrew shows how to listen to audio layers as well as how to set up the RAM previewing options while giving some keyboard short-cuts for navigating your timeline. He also shows how to set a layer marker while listening back to some audio to give you a visual point to synchronise your other layers.

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Andrew Devis
Adobe After Effects basics


AE Basics 5: Naming & Organising
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AE Basics - A Creative COW series for new users of Adobe After Effects. Lesson 5: In this fifth tutorial, Andrew Devis explains how to name items in your project panel, timeline and effects control panel and then goes on to show how to organise your assets in your project panel so that the items are easy to find and your project will be simple to understand.

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Andrew Devis
Adobe After Effects basics


AE Basics 4: Importing Photoshop Documents (PSDs)
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AE Basics - A Creative COW series for new users of Adobe After Effects. Lesson 4: In this fourth tutorial, Andrew Devis goes over the options After Effects gives you for importing Photoshop documents. When you try and import a Photoshop document, After Effects gives you a dialogue box with several options. Andrew looks at those options so that you get exactly what you want from your Photoshop document when you bring it into After Effects.

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Andrew Devis
Adobe After Effects basics


AE Basics 3: Creating Compositions in Adobe After Effects
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AE Basics - A Creative COW series for new users of Adobe After Effects. Lesson 3: In this third tutorial, Andrew Devis shows how to create compositions in After Effects. Compositions are the 'boxes' in which you work with your assets. Andrew shows how to create compositions from presets as well as how to instantly create a composition that exactly matches the footage you are using.

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Andrew Devis
Adobe After Effects basics


AE Basics 2: Importing Assets in Adobe After Effects
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AE Basics - A Creative COW series for new users of Adobe After Effects. Lesson 2: In this second tutorial Andrew Devis looks at how to get your assets in to After Effects with a variety of useful methods from direct import to browsing in Adobe Bridge.

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Andrew Devis
Adobe After Effects basics


AE Basics 1: Workspaces in Adobe After Effects
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AE Basics - A Creative COW series for new users of Adobe After Effects. Lesson 1: In this first tutorial, Andrew Devis introduces After Effects workspaces - how to modify, save, reset and delete them - as well as showing how to move panels around to create a custom workspace just the way you want it!

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Andrew Devis




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