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After Effects: Animated Guitar Strings with Plexus

After Effects: Animated Guitar Strings with Plexus
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Using Rowbyte Plexus (the 3D particle system plugin for Adobe After Effects) and Trapcode SoundKeys in After Effects, Gardy Raymond demonstrates how to create animated guitar strings that distort in time with the music.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Gardner Raymond
Adobe After Effects
Advanced AECC Techniques: FOUR - 2.5D Text

Advanced AECC Techniques: FOUR - 2.5D Text
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In this lesson, Kevin P McAuliffe shows you how to create a 2.5D text. Why would you want to do this? Cinema 4D Lite can be a big learning curve for most, and the built in extrusion feature of After Effects can take a long time to process. This technique that Kevin will demonstrate creates awesome looking "almost 3D" text, with lightning quick render times.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Kevin P McAuliffe
Adobe After Effects basics
AE Basics Extras: Butterfly Wing Text Animation Part TWO

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.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Andrew Devis
Adobe After Effects basics
AE Basics Extras: Butterfly Wing Text Animation

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.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Andrew Devis
Adobe After Effects
AE: Inverse Kinematic Character Animation PT 2

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.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Andrew Devis
Adobe After Effects
AE: Inverse Kinematic Character Animation

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.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Andrew Devis
Adobe After Effects
The After Effects Virtual Scrapbook

The After Effects Virtual Scrapbook
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Rob Mize presents the After Effects Virtual Scrapbook... a novel technique for introducing pictures, graphics and video into your productions. This tutorial uses various shapes, integrated with other elements, to create animated objects. You will learn to use parenting to control multiple objects in After Effect’s 3D space for more dynamic motion graphics. There are a lot of useful techniques to discover in this relatively simple animation.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Rob Mize
Adobe After Effects
3D Camera Tracking in After Effects Part TWO

3D Camera Tracking in After Effects Part TWO
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In this tutorial, Kevin P McAuliffe shows you, much like in the first tutorial, the ins and outs of the 3D Camera Tracker effect, but in this tutorial, he's using footage shot with an iPhone, as well as the underutilized Rotobrush tool, as well as a cool technique to make the graffiti blend into the background. This tutorial is more of what you would run into in an edit suite, with footage shot by an amateur videographer or DOP.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Kevin P. McAuliffe
Adobe After Effects
3D Camera Tracking in After Effects Part ONE

3D Camera Tracking in After Effects Part ONE
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In this tutorial, Kevin P McAuliffe shows you - much like a lot of tutorials have - how great the After Effects 3D Camera Tracker is, but he takes his tutorial two steps further by adding a keyable object into the scene that interacts with text, as well as giving the elements in the scene a bit of finesse to make you think they were part of the scene from the beginning.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Kevin P. McAuliffe
Adobe After Effects
3D CAMERA TRACKER

3D CAMERA TRACKER
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Adobe After Effects CS6 has a camera tracker that can add a new dimension to your compositing. Rich Harrington shows you the best approaches to AE's new 3D Camera Tracker for a variety of techniques including object placement and completely relighting a scene.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Richard Harrington
Adobe After Effects
CAMERA TRACKING & 3D TEXT EXTRUSION

CAMERA TRACKING & 3D TEXT EXTRUSION
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Adobe After Effects CS6 can apply its new 3D Camera Tracker to extruded 3D Text of course. Rich Harrington will also show you how to use these tools, while also highlighting new 3D features including the new Ray-traced 3D engine and advanced lighting options.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Richard Harrington
Adobe After Effects
VECTOR GRAPHICS WORKFLOWS

VECTOR GRAPHICS WORKFLOWS
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Adobe After Effects CS6 offers new workflows for vector graphics. Explore these new features with Rich Harrington, including converting vector files to shape layers so that they are automatically included in AE project files, as well as new 3D extrusion tools.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Richard Harrington
Adobe After Effects basics
AE Basics 51: Paint 5 Panel Options Part FOUR: PATHS

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.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Andrew Devis
Adobe After Effects
What's new in After Effects CS6: Shapes from Vector Layers

What's new in After Effects CS6: Shapes from Vector Layers
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In this tutorial, Kevin P McAuliffe shows you how, using the great new "Create Shapes from Vector Layers" command in After Effects CS6, you can create 3D extruded client logos in minutes, as opposed to having to wait hours for a 3D application to render it out.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Kevin P. McAuliffe
Adobe After Effects basics
AE Basics 43: Text Animators Part FOUR - Per-character 3D

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.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Andrew Devis
Adobe After Effects
Create a Rotating Counter ONE: Positioning 3D Layers

Create a Rotating Counter ONE: Positioning 3D Layers
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In the first part of this 2 part tutorial, Andrew Devis shows how to create and place layers in 3d space such that they can be rotated as a single group to be used for a rotating counter. Andrew shows how to create and place the layers using both the math function of AE as well as a handy and simple expression that places layers a fixed distance or rotation from the previous layer. He then goes on the show how to create and use a controller for the multiple layers so that they act as a single group. In the next tutorial, Andrew will show how to animate the rotation of this group of layers as well as how use and adjust an expression that ships with After Effects to have the layers bounce in place as they stop which can give the sense of the counter having some real mechanical properties rather than just a linear of easy-ease keyframe approach.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Andrew Devis
Adobe After Effects
Introducing After Effects CS6 - Extruded Text and Shapes

Introducing After Effects CS6 - Extruded Text and Shapes
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In this introductory tutorial to the new 3D capabilities of After Effects CS6, Kevin P McAuliffe shows the basics of how to extrude text and shapes inside of After Effects CS6, and also shows how tight integration with Adobe's Illustrator will have you creating powerful client logos in minutes, instead of in separate 3D applications.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Kevin P McAuliffe
Adobe After Effects
Adobe After Effects: Compositing Actors in Virtual 3D Sets

Adobe After Effects: Compositing Actors in Virtual 3D Sets
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Rob Mize follows up his Creating Virtual 3D Sets tutorial with this demonstration of how to composite real-life actors into these 3 dimensional environments. Learn how to create an effective sense of interaction between your actors and their virtual environment using only your green screened footage and AE's 3D capabilities.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Rob Mize
Adobe After Effects
Panning Large Scenes Using Target Layers in 3D

Panning Large Scenes Using Target Layers in 3D
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In this follow-on tutorial to his short series on working in 3D space, Andrew Devis shows how to use this simple technique to quickly and accurately pan around large layers/compositions to zoom in to the exact point required each time. You'll use target layers to get the exact coordinates needed for accurate panning - simple but effective!

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Andrew Devis
Adobe After Effects
Working in 3D Part 4: Finessing Camera Animation

Working in 3D Part 4: Finessing Camera Animation
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In this final tutorial in a set of four on working in 3D space in After Effects, Andrew Devis builds on the quick and simple camera animation technique demonstrated in the previous tutorial by showing how to finesse your camera animation with various techniques so that you can end up with a professional result very quickly and with very little effort.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Andrew Devis
Adobe After Effects
Working in 3D Part 3: Simple & Fast Camera Animation

Working in 3D Part 3: Simple & Fast Camera Animation
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In this third tutorial in a set of four on working in 3D space in After Effects, Andrew Devis demonstrates a very quick and simple camera animation technique which ensures that your camera will always animate toward your layers in 3D space no matter where you have placed them. In the last tutorial in this series, Andrew will show how to finesse that camera animation for excellent results.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Andrew Devis
Adobe After Effects
Working in 3D Part 2: Setting up a Static 3D Particle System

Working in 3D Part 2: Setting up a Static 3D Particle System
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In this second tutorial in a set of 4 on working in 3D space in After Effects, Andrew Devis shows how to set up a 3D particle system so that all the particles are static for the whole of the composition. The reason why this is done is that as the camera passes the static particles, it helps to enhance or volumize the 3D space adding both interest and parallax into your scene. In the last 2 tutorials, Andrew will show how to set up a very quick and simple camera animation technique and then show how to finesse the animation of that camera for excellent results.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Andrew Devis
Adobe After Effects
Working in 3D Part 1: Setting up a 3D Scene

Working in 3D Part 1: Setting up a 3D Scene
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In this first tutorial in a set of 4 on working in 3D space in After Effects, Andrew Devis shows how to set up your layers in 3D space and how to view all the layers without ruining your camera view. Andrew sets up 4 layers in 3D space, moving both their positions and rotations. In the next tutorial, Andrew will show how to set up a static 3D particle system which will enhance the 3D effect as the camera eventually animates through 3D space. In the last 2 tutorials, Andrew will show how to use a very quick and simple technique to animate the camera and then how to finesse the animation of that camera for excellent results.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Andrew Devis
Adobe After Effects
Importing 3D models into Adobe's After Effects

Importing 3D models into Adobe's After Effects
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Most people think that the only way to work with real extruded 3D elements or 3D models inside of After Effects, is by purchasing a 3rd-Party Plug-in. Well, that's just not the case. In this tutorial, Kevin P McAuliffe show's you how, with a little help from Adobe's Photoshop, you can import and work with .3DS models inside of Adobe's After Effects, and have the model be effected by the 3D cameras in your compositions.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Kevin P McAuliffe
Boris FX
BCC 8: Create Powerful Messaging with Lights and Particles

BCC 8: Create Powerful Messaging with Lights and Particles
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In this video tutorial, Kevin P. McAuliffe creates an end page for a commercial focused on tennis rackets. A tennis ball is thrown in the air, and once it is struck by the tennis racket, it turns into a flaming ball with particles shooting out behind it, creating a powerful message for the racket manufacturer. Kevin shows you how it's done with Boris Continuum Complete 8 AE's new Film Glow, Particle Emitter 3D, and Lens Flare 3D filters.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Kevin P. McAuliffe
Adobe After Effects
Virtual 3D Sets with After Effects

Virtual 3D Sets with After Effects
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Rob Mize demonstrates techniques for creating a virtual set in 3D space. He shows how you can build sophisticated, detailed environments, where your actors appear to interact with their 3 dimensional surroundings. Build the set of your dreams using nothing more than After Effects, a few textures and your creativity.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Rob Mize
Boris FX
Create a Realistic 3D End Tag in Adobe After Effects

Create a Realistic 3D End Tag in Adobe After Effects
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In this Boris video tutorial, Kevin P. McAuliffe creates an end tag with Boris Continuum Complete 8 AE's new Stage Light effect. BCC Stage Light lets you create volumetric lighting from any light that you add to your After Effects composition. What would normally take a high-end 3D application to create can now be done in minutes inside of AE!

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Kevin P. McAuliffe
Trapcode
Particular Basic Training Session THREE: The 3D Starfield

Particular Basic Training Session THREE: The 3D Starfield
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In this third installment of the Particular Basic Training series, Michael Park will show how to use Particular to create a realistic 3d star field for all of your animation needs. Along the way, he will use and explore some features of Particular including motion blue, high dynamic range, and the physics time factor. As always, the project is available for free download.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Michael Park
Boris FX
Create an American Idol-Style 3D Volumetric Lighting Effect

Create an American Idol-Style 3D Volumetric Lighting Effect
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Kevin P. McAuliffe uses BCC 8 AE's new Stage Light filter to create a 3D volumetric lighting effect with a logo - similar to what you might see on "American Idol" or "The X Factor".

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Kevin P. McAuliffe
Adobe After Effects
Creating the AE Cosmos: The Atom, Part 1

Creating the AE Cosmos: The Atom, Part 1
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In this edition of Creating the AE Cosmos, Rob Mize turns his attentions to the quantum universe. Rob demonstrates how to create a dynamic 3D model of an atom using only nulls, expressions and CC Particle World. Part 2 of this tutorial will focus on refining the motion and control of the atom.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Rob Mize
Adobe After Effects
Creating the AE Cosmos: The Atom, Part 2

Creating the AE Cosmos: The Atom, Part 2
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In Part 2 of creating the atom, Rob Mize shows how to use expressions and a null to consolidate and unify control of the separate particle layers' cameras. Rob uses the layer's stretch to adjust the speed of the electrons orbiting the nucleus.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Rob Mize
Adobe Photoshop
Video Adrenaline for Photoshop and AE: 3-D Models

Video Adrenaline for Photoshop and AE: 3-D Models
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In this episode of Video Adrenaline for Photoshop and After Effects, Richard Harrington explores the interaction between Photoshop and AE when creating 3D models. Learn how to use Photoshop to retexture a model and import as a live 3D model into After Effects.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Richard Harrington
Adobe After Effects
Creating the AE Cosmos: Comets, Meteors & Asteroids

Creating the AE Cosmos: Comets, Meteors & Asteroids
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Rob Mize continues his demonstration of cosmic creation with the addition of comets, meteors and asteroids to the AE cosmos. Just like the real universe, they're all made with particles; no third party plug-ins required.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Rob Mize
Adobe After Effects
Camera Mapping in After Effects

Camera Mapping in After Effects
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In this tutorial, Andrew Devis shows how to create parallax with a single item. Parallax is when items in a image appear to move in different ways to other parts of the same image. For example, the foreground items in view appear to move at a different speed or perspective to the background items in that same view. This can also be used to create the illusion of depth as different parts of an image can be projected to appear in different planes to other items. By using camera mapping we can project the image or footage onto screens we have set up which are at angles such that some items in our image or shot are at a different perspective to other items. This means that when we add a camera move into our scene parallax is achieved as the screens move in a different perspective to each other. Although a little tricky to set up at first, once used a few times this effect can really bring flat images to life and give a real sense of depth to your work.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Andrew Devis
Adobe After Effects
Creating the AE Cosmos: Galaxies

Creating the AE Cosmos: Galaxies
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Rob Mize continues his cosmic creation with the addition of a 3D galaxy. This tutorial also demonstrates the dynamics of the creative process by showing how parameters are adjusted to "tweak" the image to the desired result. All you need is CC Particle World and your imagination; though a galaxy created with Trapcode Particular is included in the project files. Future tutorials will add additional entities to the AE Cosmos!

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Rob Mize
Adobe After Effects
Creating the AE Cosmos: The Sun

Creating the AE Cosmos: The Sun
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Rob Mize shows how to create a dynamic 3D sun in 3D space using only CC Particle World. He then demonstrates the versatility of this effect by adjusting the parameters to animate the sun into a supernova explosion. Look forward to more tutorials from Rob on creating other entities in the AE Cosmos!

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Rob Mize
Adobe Photoshop
Photoshop and AE: Refine Edge Command and 3-D Motion Control

Photoshop and AE: Refine Edge Command and 3-D Motion Control
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In this installment of PS and AE, Richard Harrington shows to use Adobe Photoshop and After Effects together to get great 3D extrusion. He'll take some photos and split them out into 3D space, as well as use the Refine Edge command and the content-aware fill option to quickly build your layers to pop out and move around in the 3D camera.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Richard Harrington
Adobe After Effects
Shatter-Mation in After Effects

Shatter-Mation in After Effects
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Rob Mize introduces "Shatter-Mation", the use of AE's Shatter Effect to animate text, logos and other shapes. Rob demonstrates how the Shatter Effect's Force and Physics parameters can be adjusted to precisely control objects in 3D space for a wide variety of effects and transitions within Adobe After Effects.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Rob Mize
Adobe After Effects
Particle World Transitions: Part 2

Particle World Transitions: Part 2
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Rob Mize further develops the techniques demonstrated in Part 1 of this tutorial. He applies the Particle World Text to Sand effect to 3D text created using the Shatter Effect, and composites that onto a background. He then reverses the effect, changing sand into an onscreen character who finally, blows away as dust in the wind.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Rob Mize
Adobe After Effects
3D Sci-Fi Metallic Typography

3D Sci-Fi Metallic Typography
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Create a cool 3D sci-fi textured type look in Adobe After Effects with Matthew Tompkins, using the Fractal Noise, Texturize and Roughen Edges effects along with Expressions, Luma Mattes, Motion Blur and pseudo 3D Camera techniques.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Matthew Tompkins
Freeform Pro
3D tunnels in AE using FreeForm Pro: Part 2

3D tunnels in AE using FreeForm Pro: Part 2
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Part 2 of the 3D Tunnels in AE using FreeForm Pro describes a second technique for creating a straight tunnel, with more of a tech look, inspired by the movie Tron. Part 3 coming soon.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Tudor "Ted" Jelescu
Nuke
Camera projection in Nuke

Camera projection in Nuke
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David Scandlyn, in this second Nuke tutorial, gives a more in-depth look at camera projection and how to take a 2D images and make it 3D.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
David Scandlyn
Nuke
Nuke Projection Maps 2D to 3D

Nuke Projection Maps 2D to 3D
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Dave Scandlyn presents this first of two camera projecting tutorials in Nuke, in which he'll take a flat image and turn it into a 3D camera flyby. This tutorial stands alone, but view David's second in the series for a more in-depth look at this technique.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
David Scandlyn
Adobe After Effects
3D tunnels in AE using FreeForm Pro: Part 1

3D tunnels in AE using FreeForm Pro: Part 1
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Part 1 of this tutorial series on 3D tunnels in AE using FreeForm Pro explores the ability of the new FreeForm Pro plugin to create organic looking 3d tunnels in AE. Whether used for a scifi shot, a medical animated illustration or another fx shot, the tunnels created using FreeForm Pro give you the ability to move around them on the outside and fly inside.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Tudor "Ted" Jelescu
Adobe After Effects
Extruding 3D Text & Shapes 4: Repousse

Extruding 3D Text & Shapes 4: Repousse
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In this final tutorial on extruding 3D text & shapes in After Effects, Andrew Devis has a look at using Repousse from Photoshop as a way of creating quite detailed 3D text. While having some serious drawbacks, if all you have is the Production Premium or Master Suite then this technique can certainly produce high quality results. However, if shadows are required this may just drive you mad!

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Andrew Devis
Adobe After Effects
Extruding 3D Text & Shapes 3: Zaxwerks & 3D Applications

Extruding 3D Text & Shapes 3: Zaxwerks & 3D Applications
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In this third tutorial on extruding 3D text and shapes in After Effects, Andrew Devis looks at a plug-in specifically designed for the task by Zaxwerks.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Andrew Devis
Adobe After Effects
Out of the Rabbit Hole - Text Transitions

Out of the Rabbit Hole - Text Transitions
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Learn tips about working in 3D, using cameras, expressions, and the graph editor - all while making a unique Carroll-esque motion graphic title sequence.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Grant Swanson
Adobe After Effects
Extruding 3D Text & Shapes 2: The Shatter Method

Extruding 3D Text & Shapes 2: The Shatter Method
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In this second tutorial on extruding 3D text and shapes in After Effects, Andrew Devis demonstrates how to use the shatter effect to create some stylish and fast rendering 3D text and shapes. In addition to this, Andrew also shows how to apply and animate textures to the extruded items as well as how to create shadows from your creation.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Andrew Devis
Adobe After Effects
Extruding 3D Text & Shapes 1: The Duplication Method

Extruding 3D Text & Shapes 1: The Duplication Method
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Extruding 3D text and shapes can be done in a number of different ways in After Effects using either native tools or 3rd party plug-ins. In this first tutorial, Andrew Devis shows how to use the duplication method which uses numerous layers of the same item to create the illusion of depth. Andrew shows the simple expression to use to make the job quick and easy as well as showing how to change the source layer to animate shapes.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Andrew Devis
Adobe After Effects
Graphs and Charts in After Effects, Part 2

Graphs and Charts in After Effects, Part 2
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In Part 2 of Graphs and Charts in After Effects, Rob Mize shows how to use particles (both Trapcode Particular and Particle World) to expand your creative options when generating and animating Bar Graphs, Line Graphs and Pie Charts in 3D space. This tutorial is part two of a two-part series.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Rob Mize
Adobe Photoshop
Photoshop and AE: Exploring 3D Mesh Objects

Photoshop and AE: Exploring 3D Mesh Objects
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In this video tutorial Richard Harrington shows how to create your own 3D Objects in Photoshop and then import them into After Effects as true 3D Models.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Richard Harrington
Adobe Photoshop
Photoshop and AE: Making a 3D Set

Photoshop and AE: Making a 3D Set
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In this tutorial, Richard Harrington makes a quick 3D Set out of a single photo. Richard uses Photoshop to create multiple planes from the image and After Effects to finish the 3D environment.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Richard Harrington
Adobe After Effects
Graphs and Charts in After Effects, Part 1

Graphs and Charts in After Effects, Part 1
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In this video tutorial, Rob Mize shows how to use After Effects to create masks and simple expressions to generate and animate Bar Graphs, Line Graphs, Area Graphs and Pie Charts in 3D space. This tutorial is part one of a two-part series.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Rob Mize
Adobe After Effects
Animating a Camera 3: Controllers & Point of View

Animating a Camera 3: Controllers & Point of View
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In his third tutorial on animating cameras in After Effects, Andrew Devis shows how to build a controller layer to simplify the process of animating the camera rig and what happens when you have the right settings but the wrong layer order. Lastly, Andrew shows how to use the controller layer itself as a way of changing and animating the point of view of the whole camera rig.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Andrew Devis
Adobe After Effects
Animating a Camera 2: Simple Rig

Animating a Camera 2: Simple Rig
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In this second tutorial on animating cameras in After Effects, Andrew Devis explains how to create a simple camera rig, and why it is important to get the order of the layers correct to achieve predictable results.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Andrew Devis
Adobe After Effects
Animating a Camera 1: Camera Difficulties

Animating a Camera 1: Camera Difficulties
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Cameras are notoriously difficult to get to grips with in After Effects. In this tutorial, Andrew Devis explains some of the behaviors and problems that are common to camera animation and then shows how to do a simple one dimensional animation, while pointing out why that solution cannot be used for more than one dimension (x,y or z rotation).

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Andrew Devis
Trapcode
Creating a 3d Winter Scene with Photoshop and Particular

Creating a 3d Winter Scene with Photoshop and Particular
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In this video tutorial, Michael Park spreads a little Holiday cheer by creating a stylized Winter scene, complete with true 3d text and a forest of trees. Along the way, Mike will demonstrate how to create 3d text inside of Photoshop, and then import and integrate and animate that text in After Effects. Unlike other methods utilizing only After Effects, this method creates true 3d extruded text using Photoshop's 3d capabilities inside of After Effects. In addition, Mike will show how to populate and custom color an entire forest with Particular in a manner of minutes. The only thing you need to bring is the hot chocolate.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Michael Park
Adobe After Effects
3D from 2D Image Using Displacement Maps

3D from 2D Image Using Displacement Maps
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In this video tutorial Tudor "Ted" Jelescu shows how to create 3D / 2.5D movement from a 2D image using displacement maps in Adobe After Effects. He uses similar techniques as Mathew Fuller's "Advanced 2.5D Animation in AE" tutorial to pull depth from 2D images. Tudor uses FreeForm and displacement maps to be able to have a different camera move, one that rotates around the subject.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Tudor Jelescu
Adobe After Effects
Create a Photo Carousel in After Effects

Create a Photo Carousel in After Effects
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In this AE video tutorial, Rob Mize teaches how to use a null object to control photos, video and text and rotate them on a virtual carousel in 3D space.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Rob Mize
Adobe After Effects
Advanced 2.5D Animation in AE

Advanced 2.5D Animation in AE
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In this AE video tutorial, Mathew Fuller covers some advanced techniques for extracting depth from 2D still images to create 2.5D moving graphics inside After Effects.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Mathew Fuller
Adobe After Effects
Parenting Possibilities in AE

Parenting Possibilities in AE
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In this After Effects tutorial COW author Mathew Fuller covers cascading parenting for layout and animation, as well as parenting of 3D layers.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Mathew Fuller
Boris FX
Ultra-Realistic Images with Boris Continuum Materials Unit

Ultra-Realistic Images with Boris Continuum Materials Unit
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In this video tutorial, Kevin P McAuliffe shows you how to create an ultra-realistic image using the Boris Continuum Materials Unit in conjunction with Adobe After Effects and MAXON CINEMA 4D.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Kevin P McAuliffe
Boris FX
Save the Shot by Removing Unwanted Objects

Save the Shot by Removing Unwanted Objects
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You have a perfect clip for the project. The scene is right, the weather is perfect, the camera move is nice, but there is a clearly-recognizable person walking across the street. And you do not have a release from that person or time to ask for one. Not to fear: you can still save the shot with Boris Continuum Complete's Motion Key tool.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Kevin P McAuliffe
Boris FX
Extrude Adobe Illustrator Logos and Graphics in Adobe After Effects

Extrude Adobe Illustrator Logos and Graphics in Adobe After Effects
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Boris Continuum Complete 6 AE's Extruded EPS filter provides an easy way to import and extrude Adobe Illustrator layered vector logos and graphics in Adobe After Effects. The filter includes full integration with the After Effects 3D camera and lighting system and incorporates the same 3D material presets and free-form deformation properties of other BCC 6 AE 3D Objects filters. The filter is capable of tracking an EPS file using a Watch Folder, making the EPS file live should it be edited in Adobe Illustrator. A handy Keep EPS Color feature lets you preserve the original fill colors for each element as a diffuse color option of the material.

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Dirk de Jong
Zaxwerks
Advanced Control of Invigorator Pro: Part Two

Advanced Control of Invigorator Pro: Part Two
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In this video tutorial, CreativeCOW leader, Serge Hamad in his new Invigorator-advanced-control tutorial series will show you this time how to use the Depth-Scale Parameter to create a 3D growing City-Block.

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Serge Hamad
Cinema 4D
Spooky Wall Tracking

Spooky Wall Tracking
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In this video tutorial, Chris Martin shows you how to create a hole in a wall and track it using Syntheyes and Cinema 4D.

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Chris Martin
Cinema 4D
Tracking a 3D Object

Tracking a 3D Object
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In this video, Chris Martin shows you how to track a 3D object onto a live action video shot using Syntheyes and Cinema 4D.

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Chris Martin
Adobe After Effects
AE: Quick Tips for Better Workflow: Part 2

AE: Quick Tips for Better Workflow: Part 2
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In this video tutorial series, Creative Cow leader Gyorfi Szilard demonstrates a few tips for better workflow. This video will cover navigation tips.

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Gyorfi Szilard
Adobe After Effects
Bessie Potter

Bessie Potter
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In this video tutorial, Creative Cow contributing editor Michael Park demonstrates how to make a dark, cloudy Title reveal similar to the one seen in the Movie Which Must Not Be Named. All textures and fonts are available in the project download as well as the final CS4 project file.

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Michael Park
Zaxwerks
Autumn Movies

Autumn Movies
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In this video tutorial, Creative Cow contributing editor Eran Stern designs a high impact motion graphics promo using Zaxwerks 3d serpentine plug-in.

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Eran Stern
Adobe After Effects basics
AE: Quick Tips for Better Workflow: Part 1

AE: Quick Tips for Better Workflow: Part 1
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In this video tutorial series, Creative Cow leader Gyorfi Szilard demonstrates a few tips for better workflow. This video will cover editing and working with keyframes.

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Gyorfi Szilard
Trapcode
Creating a Waterfall

Creating a Waterfall
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In this video tutorial, Creative Cow leader Michael Park demonstrates how to create a waterfall using After Effects and Trapcode Particular. This tutorial is in response to a couple of posts on the Trapcode Forum of CreativeCOW.net looking for this type of effect. This tutorial uses Particular 2.0, but the work flow and settings should work equally will with previous versions of Particular.

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Michael Park
Adobe After Effects
File Management in After Effects

File Management in After Effects
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In this video tutorial, Creative COW contributing editor Carl Larsen shows you how to archive a project with shared assets using the consolidate footage and collect Files commands.

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Carl Larsen
Adobe After Effects
Promo Breakdown

Promo Breakdown
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In this video tutorial, CreativeCOW leader, Eran Stern discusses the development process for the DVD. Eran also demonstrates his design methods using Boris Continuum Complete 6.

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Eran Stern
Adobe After Effects
AE Quicktips #8: Camera Raw Sequences

AE Quicktips #8: Camera Raw Sequences
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In this video tutorial, Creative COW contributing editor Carl Larsen shows you how to import a .jpeg or .tiff sequence into Adobe After Effects with Adobe Camera Raw development settings applied.

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Carl Larsen
Adobe After Effects
Paint Stroke Morph

Paint Stroke Morph
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In this video tutorial, CreativeCOW leader, Eran Stern demonstrates using paint strokes brushes to automatically morph between path shapes.

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Eran Stern
Adobe After Effects
Simulating Whip Pans

Simulating Whip Pans
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In this video tutorial, Creative COW contributing editor Carl Larsen shows you how to create a whip pan (swish pan) effect using Adobe After Effects built in tools.

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Carl Larsen
Adobe After Effects
Child Tracking Part 2

Child Tracking Part 2
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In this video tutorial, Creative COW contributing editor Carl Larsen shows you how to use the track a child expression to create an interesting title sequence in Adobe After Effects.

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Carl Larsen
Adobe After Effects
Child Tracking Part 1

Child Tracking Part 1
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In this video tutorial, Creative COW contributing editor Carl Larsen shows you how to track the position of a parented layer using expressions in Adobe After Effects.

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Carl Larsen
Boris FX
Creating Transitions with BCC 6 AE's Swish Pan Filter

Creating Transitions with BCC 6 AE's Swish Pan Filter
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Editors use transitions as a way to cut between scenes, typically creating an animated effect such as a dissolve or blur at the end of the outgoing clip and the beginning of the incoming clip. While most modern NLE systems ship with standard wipe transitions, there are some transition styles that are more of an in-camera effect rather than a synthesized gradient wipe or block dissolve. One of these effects, known as a Swish Pan, is created by panning the camera very quickly in a 180 degree arc, creating the look of a fast blur between the outgoing and incoming clips. Continuing in the tradition of making visual effects easy to create, Boris Continuum Complete 6 AE now includes a Swish Pan transition filter which is available free for registered BCC 6 AE users. In this video tutorial, we'll use the new BCC 6 Swish Pan filter to transition between a pair of clips.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Paul Ezzy
Adobe After Effects
Blowing Flowers

Blowing Flowers
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In this video tutorial, CreativeCOW leader, Eran Stern demonstrates how to create flower trails using Trapcode Particular in this special holiday episode. You'll also work with the light emitter and use 3D layer to obscure particles.

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Eran Stern
Adobe After Effects
Adjustment Lights

Adjustment Lights
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In this After Effects tutorial, Eran Stern teaches you how to control the scattering of light in a composition using adjustment light. Eran creates a 3D world of dancing actors with realistic lights and shadows for a fictional show called 'Born to Dance'.

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Eran Stern
Boris FX
Warp, Deform, and Explode 3D Extruded Text with BCC6 AE

Warp, Deform, and Explode 3D Extruded Text with BCC6 AE
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In this Boris FX video tutorial we show you how to employ the power of vertex shaders to warp, deform and even explode 3D extruded text using Adobe After Effects and the new 3D Objects from Boris Continuum Complete 6 AE.

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Dirk de Jong
Boris FX
Create Extruded Text with Boris Continuum Complete 6 AE

Create Extruded Text with Boris Continuum Complete 6 AE
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This new video tutorial shows you the basics of using BCC Extruded Text in Adobe After Effects. BCC Extruded Text belongs to the 3D Objects category of filters which is new to Boris Continuum Complete 6. These stunning OpenGL-based filters use vertex and pixel shaders that enable the generation of animated 3D shatter, bulge, bend, taper, twist, ripple, and wave effects. You can also create reflection or texture maps for the generated 3D text - from any image or video clip in the AE timeline.

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Paul Ezzy
Adobe After Effects
Sci-Fi Classics Part 2

Sci-Fi Classics Part 2
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In this video tutorial, CreativeCOW leader, Eran Stern takes the next step in the science fiction classic and finalizes the promo by projecting graphics in space from a flying saucer.

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Eran Stern
Adobe After Effects
Sci-Fi Classics Part 1

Sci-Fi Classics Part 1
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In this video tutorial, Eran Stern shows you the first step to create a retro design title animation for a fictional sci-fi movie.

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Eran Stern
Adobe After Effects
Creating Masks with Find Edges and Auto-trace

Creating Masks with Find Edges and Auto-trace
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In this video tutorial, CreativeCOW contributing editor, Nelson Fernandes demonstrates a method to obtain a quick and dirty mask using the find edges effect combined with the auto-trace feature.

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Nelson Fernandes
Boris FX
Repair DV Footage with Boris Continuum Complete 6 AE's DV Fixer

Repair DV Footage with Boris Continuum Complete 6 AE's DV Fixer
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DV video is prone to jaggy edges and compression artifacts. BCC 6 AE's new DV Fixer will greatly improve the look of your clip without sacrificing image detail or quality. Watch how it's done inside Adobe After Effects CS4.

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Paul Ezzy
Adobe After Effects
Creating a Realistic 3d Earth using only AE

Creating a Realistic 3d Earth using only AE
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In this video tutorial, Creative Cow leader Michael Park shows you how to create a realistic 3d earth, complete with clouds and atmosphere, using only After Effects' built in effects. Special attention will be given to combining multiple instances of the CC Sphere effect to create unique layers with different specular properties for the land and water masses, as well as creating lights from urban centers on the night side of the earth.

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Michael Park
Adobe After Effects
Removing Chromatic Aberration in Adobe After Effects

Removing Chromatic Aberration in Adobe After Effects
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In this tutorial, Creative Cow contributing editor Carl Larsen shows you how to remove chromatic aberration from your footage using Adobe After Effects. If you are wondering what chromatic aberration is, don't worry he explains that too.

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Carl Larsen
Boris FX
Put Electronic Makeup On Your Talent with Boris Continuum Complete 6 AE's Smooth Tone Filter

Put Electronic Makeup On Your Talent with Boris Continuum Complete 6 AE's Smooth Tone Filter
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BCC Smooth Tone is an image restoration filter that smoothes out skin imperfections while maintaining image detail and contrast in areas such as hair and eyes. This video tutorial from Paul Ezzy goes over the basics of applying the filter to a clip in AE and provides a brief lesson on how to use PixelChooser to increase the filter's effectiveness.

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Paul Ezzy
Adobe After Effects
Basic 2.5D Rig Removal

Basic 2.5D Rig Removal
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In this tutorial, Creative Cow contributing editor Carl Larsen shows you how to approach a 2.5D rig removal shot using Photoshop, After Effects and the Mocha AE tracker.

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Carl Larsen
Adobe After Effects
Text Trick Part 2

Text Trick Part 2
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In this video tutorial, Eran Stern explains how to design a Counting Circle Animation with the After Effects Text Tool.

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Eran Stern
Adobe After Effects
Text Trick Part 1

Text Trick Part 1
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In this video tutorial, Eran Stern reveals the first text trick in his series and shows how to design an audio waves animation with the After Effects Text Tool.

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Eran Stern
Adobe After Effects
RG Warp Corner PinRG Warp Corner Pin
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In this video tutorial, Eran Stern shows you a technique to enhance your tracking and compositing results by using Mocha AE and RG Warp Corner Pin plug-in.

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Eran Stern
Adobe After Effects
The Vehicle RigThe Vehicle Rig
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In this tutorial, Creative Cow contributing editor Carl Larsen shows you how to build an expression-based vehicle rig that automatically calculates the rotation of its wheels based on the movement of the vehicle chassis.

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Carl Larsen
Adobe After Effects
RG Warp ShadowRG Warp Shadow
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In this video tutorial, Eran Stern demonstrate the creation of 3D shadows with After Effects built-in filters and compares it to the functions of RG shadow plug-in.

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Eran Stern
Adobe After Effects
Creating The 007 Intro

Creating The 007 Intro
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In this video tutorial, Creative Cow leader Michael Park shows you how to achieve that classic introduction to all of the James Bond films using only basic After Effects plugins.

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Michael Park
Adobe After Effects
The Droste EffectThe Droste Effect
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In this tutorial, Creative Cow contributing editor Carl Larsen shows you how to use the Pixel Bender Toolkit to create a recursive image set in Adobe After Effects CS4.

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Carl Larsen
Adobe After Effects
RG Warp ReflectionRG Warp Reflection
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In this video tutorial, Creative Cow Contributing Editor Eran Stern will demonstrate building a reflection using After Effects built-in filters. He will also explore the RG Reflection plug-in.

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Eran Stern
Adobe After Effects
Analyzing MotionAnalyzing Motion
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In this tutorial, Creative Cow Contributing Editor Carl Larsen will show you how to use offset tracking to analyze the motion of an object over time.

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Carl Larsen
Adobe After Effects
Simple MorphSimple Morph
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In this video tutorial, Creative Cow Contributing Editor Eran Stern will show you how to create a simple morph effect using time remapping and pixel motion.

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Eran Stern
Adobe After Effects
Building a Cube World: Part 4Building a Cube World: Part 4
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In this tutorial, Creative Cow Contributing Editor Carl Larsen shows you how to track a lens flare onto a 360 degree camera-aware environment using Trapcode Horizon.

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Carl Larsen
Adobe After Effects
Building a Cube World: Part 3Building a Cube World: Part 3
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In this tutorial, Creative Cow Contributing Editor Carl Larsen shows you how to track a lens flare onto the surface of a 360 degree camera-aware environment without the use of a third-party plug-in.

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Carl Larsen
Adobe After Effects
Building a Cube World: Part 2Building a Cube World: Part 2
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In this video tutorial, Creative Cow leader Carl Larsen shows you how to build a title sequence within the 360 degree environment created in part one of this tutorial series.

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Carl Larsen
Adobe After Effects
Laser EyesLaser Eyes
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In this video tutorial, Creative Cow Contributing Editor Eran Stern will show you how to create a fiery iris animation which has laser beams shooting from a girls eyes.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Eran Stern
Adobe After Effects
Building a Cube World: Part 1Building a Cube World: Part 1
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In this video tutorial, Creative Cow leader Carl Larsen shows you how to create a 360 degree camera-aware environment in After Effects without the use of third-party plug-ins.

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Carl Larsen
Adobe After Effects
Digits Man RevisitedDigits Man Revisited
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In this video tutorial, Creative Cow Contributing Editor Eran Stern will show you a different technique to create the Running Numbers Effect using Trapcode Form plug-in.

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Eran Stern
Adobe After Effects
More Of The Same Thing - Part 5More Of The Same Thing - Part 5
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In this video tutorial, Creative Cow Contributing Editor Eran Stern shows you how to duplicate elements in After Effects using Trapcode Echospace plug-in.

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Eran Stern
Adobe After Effects
More Of The Same Thing - Part 4More Of The Same Thing - Part 4
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In this video tutorial, Creative Cow Contributing Editor Eran Stern shows you how to duplicate elements in After Effects using the Clone Stamp Tool.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Eran Stern
Adobe After Effects
More Of The Same Thing - Part 3More Of The Same Thing - Part 3
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In this video tutorial, Creative Cow Contributing Editor Eran Stern shows you how to duplicate elements in After Effects using the CC RepeTile Effect.

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Eran Stern
Adobe After Effects
More Of The Same Thing - Part 2More Of The Same Thing - Part 2
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In this video tutorial, Creative Cow Contributing Editor Eran Stern shows you how a neat way to duplicate elements in After Effects using the Puppet Tool.

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Eran Stern
Adobe After Effects
More Of The Same Thing - Part 1More Of The Same Thing - Part 1
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In this video tutorial, Creative Cow Contributing Editor Eran Stern shows you how to duplicate elements in After Effects using the Shape Tools Repeater function.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Eran Stern
Adobe After Effects
Promo Breakdown - Part 2Promo Breakdown - Part 2
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In this video tutorial, Creative Cow Contributing Editor Eran Stern continue to show you how he designed the 3D Titles for his DVD Promo using Zaxwerks Invigorator Pro and how the final composite was made.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Eran Stern
Adobe After Effects
Promo Breakdown - Part 1Promo Breakdown - Part 1
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In this video tutorial, Creative Cow Contributing Editor Eran Stern takes you behind the scenes and show you how he created the background animation for his DVD Promo using Trapcode 3D Stroke and Shine.

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Eran Stern
Adobe After Effects
Crime and Chaos - Part 2Crime and Chaos - Part 2
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In this video tutorial, Creative Cow Contributing Editor Eran Stern will show you how to project text on the floor using light transmission feature in After Effects.

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Eran Stern
Adobe After Effects
Crime and Chaos - Part 1Crime and Chaos - Part 1
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In this video tutorial, Creative Cow Contributing Editor Eran Stern shows you a how to build a 3D scene using Photoshop CS3 Vanishing Point and re-light it inside After Effects.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Eran Stern
Apple Final Cut Pro
Vee You: 8 Free Mac Plug-ins for FCP, AE and MotionVee You: 8 Free Mac Plug-ins for FCP, AE and Motion
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VFX artist Roger Bolton has worked on films including The Lord of the Rings, Charlie and The Chocolate Factory and Kingdom of Heaven. He has also created effects for his own use -- in this case, a wide variety of 2D and 3D VU meters, automatically animated by the audio in your project. He now offers these 8 plug-ins to artists using Final Cut Pro, After Effects and Motion -- with no watermarks, no time limits, no price tag. Please note: these plug-ins are MAC ONLY.

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Roger Bolton
Adobe After Effects
A Walk in the Park: Tracking and ExpressionsA Walk in the Park: Tracking and Expressions
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In this video tutorial, Creative Cow Contributing Editor Eran Stern shows you a how to track objects that are moving out of frame using expressions and AE motion tracker.

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Eran Stern
Adobe After Effects
Tornado Text, part 2Tornado Text, part 2
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In this video tutorial, Creative Cow Contributing Editor Eran Stern enhances the 3D ribbon text composition by adding a ripple effect to the floor plus a flock of fireflies that dance around the scene.

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Eran Stern
Adobe After Effects
Tornado Text, part 1Tornado Text, part 1
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In this video tutorial, Creative Cow contributing editor Eran Stern shows you a very cool way to create 3D ribbon text animation using After Effects CS3 Text tool.

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Eran Stern
Trapcode
Creating Advanced Glitter using Expressions with Trapcode Particular

Creating Advanced Glitter using Expressions with Trapcode Particular
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In this tutorial, Creative Cow leader, Michael Park, demonstrates another, more advanced method for creating shimmering glitter particles using Trapcodes Particular. The main advancement is the implementation of 3d rotation of the glitter particles, as well as using expressions to convert the rotation of the particles in all 3 axis to drive a greyscale map, which in turn is used to color the particle using colorama and create the shimmer effect when the particles face the camera.

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Michael Park
Trapcode
Creating Shimmering Glitter using Trapcode Particular

Creating Shimmering Glitter using Trapcode Particular
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In this tutorial, Creative Cow leader, Michael Park, demonstrates how to simulate shimmering glitter particles using fractal noise, colorama effect and Trapcodes Particular plugin.

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Michael Park
Adobe After Effects
Creating a Shotgun Blast using 3ds Max and AE: Part 2

Creating a Shotgun Blast using 3ds Max and AE: Part 2
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In part two of his shotgun tutorial, Michael Park will demonstrate how to incorporate the 3d footage together with 2d footage in After effects and use different filters to create the distortion surrounding the blast from the barrel of the shotgun and the air distortion trailing the individual shotgun pellets as they race towards the camera. He will also cover some time remapping techniques to add some more interest to your shot.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Michael Park
Adobe After Effects
Creating a Shotgun Blast using 3ds Max and AE: Part 1

Creating a Shotgun Blast using 3ds Max and AE: Part 1
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Many people are interested in creating and incorporating 3d generated footage into live action. In this 2 part tutorial, Michael Park will demonstrate how to create a shotgun blast at the camera using 3d rendered particles and distortion trails along with some 2d footage to create a convincing effect. In part 1 of this tutorial, we will create the 3d shotgun pellet geometry and material, as well as the distortion trails to be later used in the after effects composition.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Michael Park
Adobe After Effects
Invisible CapeInvisible Cape
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In this video tutorial, Creative Cow contributing editor Eran Stern with the help of his brother Yuval will show you a simple method to create the famous invisible look inspired from the movie The Predator.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Eran Stern
Adobe After Effects
Digits Man, part 2Digits Man, part 2
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In this video tutorial, Creative Cow contributing editor Eran Stern will continue to finesse the design of the Digits Man promo. Learn how to create a subtle background using the Shape Tool and spice it further with additional effects and Text animations.

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Eran Stern
Adobe After Effects
Digits Man, part 1Digits Man, part 1
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In this video tutorial, Creative Cow contributing editor Eran Stern will show you a cool technique for filling an image of a human head with animated numbers using After Effects CS3s Text tool.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Eran Stern
Adobe After Effects
Using the Echo Effect with Animated Layers

Using the Echo Effect with Animated Layers
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In this video tutorial, Creative Cow leader Aharon Rabinowitz shares some tips and tricks for working with the Echo effect.

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Aharon Rabinowitz
Adobe After Effects
Blend and Bend TimeBlend and Bend Time
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In this video tutorial, Creative Cow contributing editor Eran Stern demonstrates how you can create the illusion of time bending with a special focus on the correct way of using the CC Time Blend FX.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Eran Stern
Adobe After Effects
Creating a Hologram Look in After Effects

Creating a Hologram Look in After Effects
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In this video tutorial, Creative Cow leader Aharon Rabinowitz returns to one of his earliest tutorials, Creating TV Look, and shows how it can be used to create the look of a Hologram as seen in science fiction movies.

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Aharon Rabinowitz
Adobe After Effects
3D Watch Animation: Part 33D Watch Animation: Part 3
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In this video tutorial, Creative Cow contributing editor Eran Stern shows you how to use AE CS3 to transition between the different 3D images, and to create a final animation project.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Eran Stern
Adobe After Effects
3D Watch Animation: Part 23D Watch Animation: Part 2
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In this video tutorial, Creative Cow member Eran Stern shows you how to use AE CS3 to create Animated hands for the 3D watch.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Eran Stern
Adobe After Effects
3D Watch Animation: Part 13D Watch Animation: Part 1
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In this video tutorial, Creative Cow member Eran Stern shows you how to use Photoshop CS3 Extended to create different images of a 3D watch.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Eran Stern
Adobe After Effects
Weather Replacement in AE CS3: Part 3

Weather Replacement in AE CS3: Part 3
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In this video tutorial, Creative Cow leader Aharon Rabinowitz finishes his series on weather replacement and shows you how to add realistic lightning to the shot.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Aharon Rabinowitz
Adobe After Effects
Smoking Letters in AE CS3Smoking Letters in AE CS3
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In this video tutorial, Creative Cow contributing editor Eran Stern demonstrates a quick, easy way to make a smoky title effect.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Eran Stern
Adobe After Effects
Weather Replacement in AE CS3: Part 2

Weather Replacement in AE CS3: Part 2
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In this video tutorial, Creative Cow leader Aharon Rabinowitz continues his weather replacement tutorial, and shows you how to add rain to your shot, as well as drops of water on the camera. Also, 3D compositing and color correction are covered.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Aharon Rabinowitz
Adobe After Effects
A Quick Tip for Creating an AnimationA Quick Tip for Creating an Animation
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In this quick tip for after effects users, CreativeCOW contributing editor, Bob Thompson creates a complex looking animation using only a camera, 3d layer, null object, and some duplicated layers. In only minutes, you can get an animated look with only one layer to worry about to control the motion. Its a quick fix to let you spend more time on other facets of your project workflow.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Bob Thompson
Adobe After Effects
Studying Shape ExtruderStudying Shape Extruder
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After publishing his ShapeExtruder, Jerzy Drozda Jr (aka Maltaannon) got tons of emails asking for further explanation, so in this follow-up tutorial, Jerzy answers the most commonly asked questions.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Jerzy Drozda Jr
Adobe After Effects basics
Per-Character 3D Text

Per-Character 3D Text
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In this video tutorial, Creative Cow leader Aharon Rabinowitz introduces you to the new Per-Character 3D Text animation feature in After Effects CS3.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Aharon Rabinowitz
Adobe After Effects
Creating 3D Extruded Text

Creating 3D Extruded Text
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In this video tutorial, Creative COW leader Aharon Rabinowitz shows you several popular techniques and tools for creating 3D extruded text in After Effects.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Aharon Rabinowitz
Adobe After Effects
Vanishing Point in AE CS3

Vanishing Point in AE CS3
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In this video tutorial, Creative Cow leader Aharon Rabinowitz shows you how to use Photoshop CS3s Vanishing Point tool to convert a flat 2D image into a 3D object in After Effects CS3.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Aharon Rabinowitz
Adobe After Effects
CE Shape ExtruderCE Shape Extruder
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In this video tutorial, Jerzy Drozda Jr (aka Maltaannon) demonstrates how you can extrude any vector based layer to give it a real 3D look inside After Effects.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Jerzy Drozda Jr
Adobe After Effects
Creating an Automated Odometer: Part 3

Creating an Automated Odometer: Part 3
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In this video tutorial, Creative Cow leader Aharon Rabinowitz finishes up the odometer project by giving it a 3D look. Also, for those who skipped part 2 or that just dont want to write expressions, this tutorial also comes with some effects presets that will let you automate your odometer within seconds.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Aharon Rabinowitz
Adobe After Effects
Building a 3D World in After Effects

Building a 3D World in After Effects

When a project requires a photo-realistic 3D world, After Effects isnt usually the first program that comes to mind. Typically a 3D modeling/animation program is necessary to create virtual 3D worlds, but in this article CreativeCOW contributing editor Bill O'Neil demonstrates creating a 3D world for a TV spot he was hired to direct and post for the Big Ten Basketball Conference.

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Bill O'Neil
Adobe After Effects
Cool 3D Room

Cool 3D Room
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In this video tutorial from Creative COW you will learn how to create a 3D room entirely in Adobe After Effects. Where once it was thought this could only be done using a 3D program like 3ds Max, it can now be done completely in AE.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Andrew Kramer
Adobe After Effects basics
Working with Null Objects in AE

Working with Null Objects in AE
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In this video tutorial, Creative Cow leader Aharon Rabinowitz shows you how working with Null objects lets you get better control of your animation. He also shares a technique for using nulls to make 3D camera motion easier.

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Aharon Rabinowitz
Adobe After Effects
3D Layer Warp3D Layer Warp

In this tutorial, CreativeCOW leader and TV news guy, Jon Okerstrom takes a look at 3D Layer Warp -- one of two new tools from Zaxwerks called 3D Warps. Follow along as Jon creates a paper airplane and shows other fun things you can do with this great new tool.

Tutorial
Jon Okerstrom
Adobe After Effects
Animating a Signature - Part 2

Animating a Signature - Part 2
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In this tutorial, Creative Cow Leader Aharon Rabinowitz revisits his earlier tutorial on animating a signature and shows you how to add a pen writing the signature in After Effects 3D.

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Aharon Rabinowitz
Adobe After Effects
Using CC Filters and Displacement Maps to Create Fire

Using CC Filters and Displacement Maps to Create Fire

In this tutorial, CreativeCOW Contributing Editor Joe Chao creates ethereal fire using some of the CC filters and displacement maps in After Effects.

Tutorial
Joe Chao
Cinema 4D
Creating the 3D Ribbon Effect

Creating the 3D Ribbon Effect
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In this Video Tutorial, Creative Cow Leader Aharon Rabinowitz demonstrates how to quickly create the popular 3D ribbon effect in Maxon Cinema 4D and Maya.

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Aharon Rabinowitz
Adobe After Effects
Creating 3D Text

Creating 3D Text
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In this video tutorial, animator Traylor Woodall demonstrates how to create 3D text or logos in Adobe After Effects without 3rd party plug-ins.

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Traylor Woodall
Adobe After Effects
Raytracing in 3D Invigorator

Raytracing in 3D Invigorator

Imitation isn't just the sincerest form of flattery. When it comes to After Effects, building on shared techniques is a great way to push the envelope. Consider Andrew Kramer's recent tutorial on simulating raytraced reflections posted on the COW.Andrew's technique for simulating raytracing is really cool and it works for all sorts of things. Except for 3D. When Jon Okerstrom watched Andrew's tutorial, the first thing he thought of was Zaxwerks Invigorator and ProAnimator. Jon's tecnique follows. Download the demo and follow along.

Tutorial
Jon Okerstrom
Adobe After Effects basics
Create 3D Reflections

Create 3D Reflections
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In this video tutorial from CreativeCOW.net you will learn how to create ray traced light reflections inside of Adobe After Effects.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Andrew Kramer
Adobe After Effects
Using Motion Sketch to build a Spiral Path in 3D Space

Using Motion Sketch to build a Spiral Path in 3D Space

In this article, Fang Xiang demonstrates using motion sketch and an expression to build a spiral path in 3D space.

Tutorial
Fang Xiang
Adobe After Effects
Creating a Flock of Birds - Part 1

Creating a Flock of Birds - Part 1
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In part 1 of this video tutorial, Creative Cow leader Aharon Rabinowitz shows you how to build and animate a bird in AE 3D. In part 2, it will join a flock of birds.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Aharon Rabinowitz
Adobe After Effects
Creating 3D Ribbon TextCreating 3D Ribbon Text

In this tutorial Dave Langley demonstrates how to create a 3D ribbon of text that flows smoothly around curves up and down slopes moving around and interacting with other elements using only core tools in After Effects.

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David Langley
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.

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Aharon Rabinowitz
Adobe After Effects
3D Toon on Paper

3D Toon on Paper

In this tutorial, Mark Val demonstrates creating a character that looks like he's drawn on paper. Mark takes us through the process from storyboard to finish, explaining the pipeline from XSI to After Effects.

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Mark Val
Adobe After Effects
3D Compositing

3D Compositing
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In this video tutorial, Andrew Kramer demonstrates 3D Compositing in After Effects 6.5. Youll create 3D Camera Depth of Field, Move Layers in 3D Space and Animate the Camera, adding Effects.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Andrew Kramer
Adobe After Effects
Layered Earth Effect

Layered Earth Effect

We are going to build a layered, onion-skin type model of the earth revealing its internal structure. The goal is to create an illustration-like setup that is controlled via expressions and can visually hold up to things you can find in scientific books. Other scientific and statistical data can also easily be illustrated by modifying this setup. Most importantly you will learn something about structuring your layers and compositions in a way that will allow you to manipulate transparencies and mattes without destroying the illusion of 3D.

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Mylenium
Adobe After Effects
More Lighting and Shadows

More Lighting and Shadows

In part two of our Shadows tutorial, Bill O'Neil continues with an explanation of an effect that he's constantly asked how it was done. He doesn't use 3D -- it's done entirely in After Effects and the coolness of the scene is mostly from the lighting and shadows. As an added bonus, Bill includes his project files for snow and smoke.

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Bill O'Neil
Adobe After Effects
Dressing Up a Scene With Shadows

Dressing Up a Scene With Shadows

Bill O'Neil has learned a lot from his gaffers over his years of live action shooting. Simply putting a tree branch in front of a light can create interesting and beautiful shadows on an otherwise plain wall. The trade name for this light obstruction material is cucoloris or ''cookies''. These same practical techniques can be applied in the After Effects 3D world. All we need are lights, obstruction layers (cucoloris) and surfaces to shadow. This tutorial is broken into two parts that highlight two examples of dressing up a scene with shadows. This is part 1.

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Bill O'Neil
Adobe After Effects
SynthEyes 3-D Camera Tracker

SynthEyes 3-D Camera Tracker

If your are unfamiliar with 3D camera tracking software, SynthEyes 3-D Camera Tracker is a tool which will analyze moving 2D video footage by tracking points of reference frame by frame. From this, it can reproduce an accurate 3D camera which matches the properties and movement of the real-world camera you used to shoot the sequence. In this review/tutorial, Karl Holt gives us an indepth look along with a lot of tips for using the software.

Review, Tutorial
Karl Holt
Adobe After Effects
Using Depth of Field to Create Flythroughs

Using Depth of Field to Create Flythroughs

Depth of field refers to the distance from camera where things will be in focus.This tutorial from Bill O'Neil offers tips for assembling 2D flat objects in 3D space with the most realism using depth of field in After Effects.

Tutorial
Bill O'Neil
Adobe After Effects
Shooting for 3D post

Shooting for 3D post

This tutorial from Bill O'Neil will focus on media acquisition for creating a 3D world in After Effects as well as offer tips for assembling 2D flat objects in 3D space with the most realism. Alright, how about realism in a surreal world? Read on...

Tutorial
Bill O'Neil
Adobe After Effects
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.

Tutorial
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
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.

Tutorial
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.

Tutorial
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.

Tutorial
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.

Tutorial
Dean Velez
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.

Tutorial
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.

Tutorial
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.

Tutorial
Serge Hamad
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.

Tutorial
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
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.

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.

Tutorial
Colin James
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
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
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
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
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 basics
Using Fractal Noise to Create FireUsing Fractal Noise to Create Fire

In this tutorial, Matt Dallos demonstrates using Fractal Noise in After Effects 5.5 to create fire. More specifically, he demonstrates the Bonanza look of a fire burning through a piece of paper. Yes, this effect could be generated in a 3d program or plugins, but why bother when you can do it with filter set in AE. You can also use these same basic steps to create other plasma and liquid type effects.

Tutorial
Matt Dallos
Adobe After Effects
Using Post Render Actions to Pre-render elements and create proxies in AE 5.5

Using Post Render Actions to Pre-render elements and create proxies in AE 5.5

One of the best ways of speeding your work in AE is to use low- resolutions proxies to substitute your original footage. This will increase the speed while previewing or rendering your work tremendously, especially if you are working with 3D. A proxy can be a lower resolution still or movie and you can replace it by the original footage at any time just by clicking on the respective proxy button on your footage window. In this article, Serge Hamad explains the procedure while creating a 3d ride through a corridor.

Tutorial
Serge Hamad
Adobe After Effects
Layer Cycling in Invigorator Pro for After Effects

Layer Cycling in Invigorator Pro for After Effects

In this tutorial, Jon Okerstrom uses Adobe Illustrator and Invigorator Pro AE to demonstrate how Invigorator Pro AE can accomplish a 3D write-on effect.

Tutorial
Jon Okerstrom
Zaxwerks
Creating Lord of the COW Ring with Zaxwerk's Invigorator

Creating Lord of the COW Ring with Zaxwerk's Invigorator

Serge Hamad uses Zaxwerks Invigorator to create 'Lord of the COW Ring' in response to a question in the Zaxwerks COW. Everyone wanted to know how to recreate the ring in that much talked about movie, 'Lord of the Ring.

Tutorial
Serge Hamad
Adobe After Effects
Sand Dune Effects with Digital Anarchy's Psunami

Sand Dune Effects with Digital Anarchy's Psunami

In this tutorial, Jim Tierney demonstrates a 'non-water' use for Digital Anarchy's newly acquired Psunami plug-in. Follow along and learn how to create your own 'Dune' world.

Tutorial
Jim Tierney
Adobe After Effects
Creating Surreal Clouds without Plug-ins

Creating Surreal Clouds without Plug-ins

In this tutorial, Jayse will show you another way of creating moving clouds using Adobe After Effects 5 without needing extra plug-ins. If you are unfamiliar with simple 3d in After Effects 5, you may want to read the After Effects 5.0 manual before continuing with this tutorial.

Tutorial
Jayse Hansen
Adobe After Effects
3D Schematic Grid -- from Illustrator to After Effects

3D Schematic Grid -- from Illustrator to After Effects

In this tutorial, Jayse will show you how to take Illustrator artwork and import it into After Effects 5. For the final touches, he will show you how to use DigiEffects Schematic Grid to enhance transparent 'scoreboard' screen.

Tutorial
Jayse Hansen
Adobe After Effects
Shine Video Wall in AE 5

Shine Video Wall in AE 5

In this tutorial, Jayse will show you how to use some of the cool new 3D features of After Effects 5 as well as using the new plug-in called Shine to liven up the scene.

Tutorial
Jayse Hansen
Adobe After Effects
Simulating a Tornado in After Effects

Simulating a Tornado in After Effects

Mark Simpson uses the masking capabilities of After Effects along with some 3rd party plug-ins to simulate an animated Tornado. This tutorial is in response to the many requests about how to make a Tornado in After Effects. This simple tutorial uses the pen tool to create multiple masks in conjunction with the 'Turbulator' plug-in, to make a quick and dirty Tornado. It can't compete with the advanced particle emitters of a dedicated 3D app, but it is sure to be useful in some instances, where the lack of time or high end 3D tools required for a fully realistic tornado are not available.

Tutorial
Mark Simpson
Adobe After Effects
Animating the Universal Cow

Animating the Universal Cow

After Effects 5 has some powerful 3D compositing features and some new tools that make complicated animations a snap. In this tutorial we will use parenting, expressions and Boris 3D text to recreate the Universal movie opening (sort' a). A new way of thinking about layers in AE is required. It's easy to grasp once you stand back from the project a little. Let's proceed.

Tutorial
Rick Gerard
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