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LightGrid Script and Demo Tutorial Part TWO with New Feature

LightGrid Script and Demo Tutorial Part TWO with New Feature
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LightGrid Script creator Brian Charles demonstrates his newly modified After Effects script for rigging lights in grids and circles. The modified script with the new feature, which adds the ability to enable individual light colors through a checkbox in the effect control panel, is available as a free download in the Project Files folder.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Brian Charles
Adobe After Effects
Creative Fireworks in Adobe After Effects

Creative Fireworks in Adobe After Effects
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Rob Mize shares his techniques for using After Effects to create a variety of fireworks displays. All you need is CC Particle World, a few expressions and a reason to celebrate and you can light up your world with dazzling pyrotechnic effects.

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
Adobe After Effects
Lite Bite for After Effects: A Simple Light Wrap Effect

Lite Bite for After Effects: A Simple Light Wrap Effect
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"Lite Bites" are short no-frills tutorials giving quick answers for busy people. In this first AE Lite Bite tutorial, Andrew Devis shows how to make a quick 'light wrap' effect for a keyed item so that the edge or alpha channel of the keyed item includes some of the pixels from the background element so that it starts to look as if the two items really belong together.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Andrew Devis
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
Boris FX
Enhance Time-Lapse Shots with Boris Continuum Complete 8 AE

Enhance Time-Lapse Shots with Boris Continuum Complete 8 AE
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In this Boris TV episode, Kevin P. McAuliffe uses BCC 8 AE's new Stage Light filter to improve upon the original clip by making it appear as though beams of light are emanating from the car's headlights. He then turns to BCC's Film Process and Film Glow filters to add a stylized Michael Bay-style film look to the shot.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Kevin P. McAuliffe
Adobe After Effects
Creating Fire Using CC Particle World

Creating Fire Using CC Particle World
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In this video tutorial with Steve Lidrbauch, you will learn how to build fire using just the built-in tools inside of After Effects, using CC Particle World, Turbulent Displace, Colorama, luma & alpha channels, and more. Also included in the instructions: A very simple expression which will give your fire a more organic movement; how to add extra realism by using simulated light flicker; and an expression that links particle world to a null object, giving you more control over your fire.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Steve Lidrbauch
Adobe After Effects
Multi-layer Keying in After Effects Part 2: Light Spill

Multi-layer Keying in After Effects Part 2: Light Spill
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In the second of 4 tutorials on basic multi-layered keying in Adobe After Effects using Keylight 1.2, Andrew Devis shows how to deal with light spill issues on separate parts of the keyed footage. Sometimes when you pull a key you have problems with light spill that cannot be resolved with a single key. In this tutorial, Andrew shows how to start to create multiple keys and layer them on top of each other for excellent results.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Andrew Devis
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.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
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'.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Eran Stern
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
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.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
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
Adobe After Effects
Light Writing Part 2

Light Writing Part 2
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In this video tutorial, Creative Cow leader Aharon Rabinowitz shows you how to improve the look of the light writing effect covered in part 1, adding intense points of light and other improvement ideas.

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Aharon Rabinowitz
Adobe After Effects Expressions
Animating Text Reflections with ExpressionsAnimating Text Reflections with Expressions

In this tutorial from Creative COW Contributing Editor Trent Armstrong, you'll see how to use Expressions to animate reflected light across text. You can get great results using only ingredients included free with AE, including track mattes and the AE Camera.

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Trent Armstrong
Adobe After Effects
Light Writing Part 1

Light Writing Part 1
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In this video tutorial, Creative Cow leader Aharon Rabinowitz shows you how to use AE to simulate the popular light writing effect seen in recent Sprint commercials.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Aharon Rabinowitz
Adobe After Effects
Making Light Disappear & Reappear Behind Objects Using ExpressionsMaking Light Disappear & Reappear Behind Objects Using Expressions

Learn how to save time and money using Expressions to create an otherwise difficult effect: animating the visibility of a lens flare as it passes behind objects -- including ones that aren't completely opaque.

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Trent Armstrong
Adobe After Effects
Creating a Light Saber

Creating a Light Saber
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In this video tutorial from CreativeCOW.net you will learn how to create a light saber. Surprisingly enough, this is something that is still being asked about in the Adobe After Effects forum.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Andrew Kramer
Adobe After Effects basics
Simulated Lighting

Simulated Lighting
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In this video tutorial from CreativeCOW.net you will learn how to add simulated light to a scene using Adobe After Effects.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Andrew Kramer
Adobe After Effects basics
Creating Light Streaks

Creating Light Streaks
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In this video tutorial from CreativeCOW.net you will learn how to create light streaks as seen in the new Nano iPod commercial using Adobe After Effects.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Andrew Kramer
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
Tube Camera Effect using After Effects 6.5 Without Third Party Plug-insTube Camera Effect using After Effects 6.5 Without Third Party Plug-ins

Call it his love for everything old, or nostalgia or whatever, but G. Allen Stewart loved how the old color tube cameras handled light and color. He loved how the images seemed to be 'scan-lined', the blacks were crushed and noisy, so G. Allen Stewart went on a quest for the perfect plug-in to create that effect. He was never satisfied with the result, so here's his recipe for his ''make like 1970's TV effect.''

Tutorial
G. Allen Stewart
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.

Tutorial
Bill O'Neil
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 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
Combining Volumetric Lights and Grid Basics

Combining Volumetric Lights and Grid Basics

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

Tutorial
Aaron Slater
Adobe After Effects
How To Use Light Spill for Better Composites Without Plug-ins

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

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

Tutorial
John Starr Dewar
Adobe After Effects
Light Storm EffectLight Storm Effect

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

Tutorial
Bill O'Neil
Adobe After Effects
BENDING LIGHT WITH BEZIER WARPBENDING LIGHT WITH BEZIER WARP

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

Tutorial
Bill O'Neil
Adobe After Effects
Using Vector Paint to create a color wall of splotchesUsing Vector Paint to create a color wall of splotches

In part one of this three part series, Bill O'Neil demonstrates using Vector Paint to create a color wall of splotches and paint blips that we will smear across the screen. Part two will be a description of Shutter Angle and Motion Blur. In part three, Bill will spice up his favorite effect with Bezier Warp to distort the light storm to conform to the scene.

Tutorial
Bill O'Neil
Adobe After Effects
Using Projection Layers to create a gobos and projector type effectsUsing Projection Layers to create a gobos and projector type effects

Rick Gerard explains the use of the Light Transmission property added to Layer Material Options in After Effects 5.5. Basic and advanced techniques demonstrate only a few creative possibilities opened up by this exciting new feature.

Tutorial
Rick Gerard
Adobe After Effects
Revealing a Logo with a Sweeping Beam of Light

Revealing a Logo with a Sweeping Beam of Light

Mark Simpson uses The Foundry Tinderbox plug-in T_Beam filter to sweep a narrow beam across a logo, eventually widening the beam to reveal the entire logo.

Tutorial
Mark Simpson
Adobe After Effects
Trapcode Shine: Write it with Light

Trapcode Shine: Write it with Light

Mark Simpson has written this tutorial in response to the many requests for info on a sample movie he posted in the Trapcode Forum using Shine in After Effects. This tutorial was done in AE4.1 using Filters from the Cult Effects Collection and the new Trapcode Plug-in Shine. Here's the rundown of how Mark creates the effect.

Tutorial
Mark Simpson
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