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After Effects Handwriting Tutorial

After Effects Handwriting Tutorial
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This tutorial will show you how to create an animation of a marker writing out a logo or a few words, followed by a slick reveal to an actual logo.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Ari Grunzeweig
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
Adobe After Effects Techniques: Animation Lip Sync PART TWO

Adobe After Effects Techniques: Animation Lip Sync PART TWO
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In this second part of a two-part tutorial on character animation lip-sync techniques, Andrew Devis shows how to build a simple rig to speed up your animation. Building on the basics of the first tutorial Andrew goes on to show how to set up the rig and arrange it so that you can drag a box over a text representation of the mouth shape that you want and have it animate in your timeline. Andrew uses both a slider and a layer to demonstrate this technique and to try and make it as clear as possible, however, it is also possible to skip the slider and just use the layer position - have a play and see how you can improvise this technique for your own work.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Andrew Devis
Adobe After Effects Techniques
Advanced AECC Techniques: ONE - Extruding Text in CINEMA 4D

Advanced AECC Techniques: ONE - Extruding Text in CINEMA 4D
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In this lesson, Kevin P McAuliffe gets you up and running quickly inside of Cinema 4D lite by showing you how easy it is to not only extrude text, but texture it and give it a quick animation, and get it back into After Effects before your client even knows you left!

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 basics
AE Basics Extras: Caterpillar Text Animation

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

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Andrew Devis
Adobe After Effects
Creating Reflections in After Effects WITHOUT Plug-ins!

Creating Reflections in After Effects WITHOUT Plug-ins!
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In this tutorial, Steve will show you how to give your text or logos the appearance of having reflections that interact movement! And you can do all of this in After Effects without using any plug-ins!

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Steve Lidrbauch
Adobe After Effects basics
AE Basics Extras: More Repetition PART TWO

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

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Andrew Devis
Adobe After Effects
AE Basics 63: Persistent Disc Cache (CS6 & Above)

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

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Andrew Devis
Adobe After Effects
AE Basics 62: Export 8 - Understanding Pre-render

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

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Andrew Devis
Adobe After Effects
AE Basics 61: Export 7 Media Encoder 3 - Watch Folders

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

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Andrew Devis
Adobe After Effects
AE Basics 60: Export 6 Media Encoder 2 - Preset Groups

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

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Andrew Devis
Adobe After Effects
After Effects: Using & Customising the Dictionary Preset 3

After Effects: Using & Customising the Dictionary Preset 3
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In the last part of this three part advanced text animation tutorial, Andrew Devis concludes by showing how to select the already selected text and animate each word separately such that they can be moved into any order and position to create a coherent sentence from the original body of paragraph text. Andrew also shows how to deal with potential animation problems should you accidentally move the word before setting the stop-watch as well as reminding us of the standard options to help finesse our animation.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Andrew Devis
Adobe After Effects
After Effects: Using & Customising the Dictionary Preset 2

After Effects: Using & Customising the Dictionary Preset 2
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In the second part of this three part advanced text animation tutorial, Andrew Devis shows how once the 'Dictionary' preset has been applied we can then create a separate 'exclusion' group to fade the remaining unselected paragraph text such that the focus remains on the selected text only - all on a single text layer! The final part of this series will show how to select each of the originally selected words such that they can be independently animated to form a coherent sentence.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Andrew Devis
Adobe After Effects
After Effects: Using & Customising the Dictionary Preset 1

After Effects: Using & Customising the Dictionary Preset 1
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In the first part of this three part advanced text animation tutorial, Andrew Devis shows how to apply and use the 'Dictionary' preset to a paragraph of text and then customise the word selection to match the words we want to use. Andrew shows how to select the words, modify the original text, change the text colour and begin to show what this preset can do as part of a bigger animation where this preset is used to include words which will eventually be individually animated to create a coherent sentence when extracted from the paragraph. In the second tutorial Andrew will show how to create an exclusion group such that the other text can be faded into the background and the final tutorial will show how to animate the selected remaining words into place.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Andrew Devis
Adobe After Effects
AE Basics 59: Export 5 - Media Encoder ONE

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

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Andrew Devis
Adobe After Effects
AE Basics 58: Export 4 - Output Modules

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

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Andrew Devis
Adobe After Effects
AE Basics 57: Export 3 - Render Settings

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

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Andrew Devis
Adobe After Effects
AE Basics 56: Export 2 - Setting Up For Export

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

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Andrew Devis
Adobe After Effects basics
AE Basics 55: Export 1 - Dynamic Link

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

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Andrew Devis
Adobe After Effects
Using Paths in After Effects

Using Paths in After Effects
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In this tutorial, Kevin P McAuliffe shows you four different ways to use paths/masks in After Effects. Not only does he cover the basics of Path Text, but he also shows you how to animated an element on a path, as well as how to create organic paths with Motion Sketch, and he rounds things out by showing you how to create paths/masks from text layers, and then add a stroke effect to have more detailed control over the stroke than you would by just adding a stroke to the text in the Character window.

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
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
AE Basics 54: Motion Tracking Part 2

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

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Andrew Devis
Adobe After Effects basics
AE Basics 53: Motion Tracking Part 1

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

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Andrew Devis
Adobe After Effects basics
AE Basics 52: Paint 6 Spot & Blemish Removal

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

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Andrew Devis
Adobe After Effects
Customize Text in After Effects

Customize Text in After Effects
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Rob Mize demonstrates a number of techniques to create your own unique text with After Effects. Learn how particles, masks and combinations of effects can be used to create and animate an unlimited library of text customizations... all without 3rd party plugs-ins.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Rob Mize
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 basics
AE Basics 50: Paint 4 Panel Options Part THREE: Timeline

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

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Andrew Devis
Adobe After Effects basics
AE Basics 49: Paint 3 Panel Options Part TWO

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

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Andrew Devis
Adobe After Effects basics
AE Basics 48: Paint 2: Panel Options: One

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

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Andrew Devis
Adobe After Effects basics
AE Basics 47: Paint 1 Creating and Customizing Brushes

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

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Andrew Devis
Adobe After Effects basics
AE Basics 46: Mask Feather Tool (CS6 & above)

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

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Andrew Devis
Adobe After Effects basics
AE Basics 45: Additional Range Selectors

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

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Andrew Devis
Adobe After Effects
AE Basics 44: Shaping Text And Advanced Options

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

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Andrew Devis
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
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 basics
AE Basics 42: Text Animators Part THREE - Tracking & more

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

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Andrew Devis
Adobe After Effects basics
AE Basics 41: Text Animators Part TWO - Fill & Stroke

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

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Andrew Devis
Adobe After Effects basics
AE Basics 40: Text Animators Part ONE

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

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Andrew Devis
Adobe After Effects basics
AE Basics 39: Text Range Selectors Part TWO

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

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Andrew Devis
Adobe After Effects basics
AE Basics 38: Text Range Selectors Part ONE

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

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
Lite Bite for After Effects: How To Animate Text on a Path

Lite Bite for After Effects: How To Animate Text on a Path
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"Lite Bites" are short no-frills tutorials giving quick answers for busy people. In this next AE Lite Bite tutorial, Andrew Devis shows how to quickly and easily animate text on a path.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Andrew Devis
Adobe After Effects
RGB Split Effect in After Effects

RGB Split Effect in After Effects
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In this tutorial, Designer Sean Mullen shows us how to create the well-known RGB split effect in After Effects without the use of any third party plugins.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Sean Mullen
Adobe Photoshop
Photoshop and AE: Device Central

Photoshop and AE: Device Central
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In this installment of Photoshop and AE Video Adrenaline, Richard Harrington demonstrates how to combine Photoshop and After Effects to utilize a helper application designed for mobile -- Device Central CS5.5. In 2010, more money was made on mobile phones just delivering text and sms messages than all of Hollywood put together. In the future, getting content to mobile devices will be increasingly important. You're going to want to know how to get content to a wide range of devices.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Richard Harrington
Adobe After Effects
Quick Tip - After Effects - After Effects Mathematics

Quick Tip - After Effects - After Effects Mathematics
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Do you wish there was an easy way to make quick mathematical adjustments to your parameter values inside of After Effects (i.e. - increase your scale by 3.78 times)? Well, believe it or not, there is. This Quick Tip will show you another great way to speed up your AE workflow.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Kevin P. McAuliffe
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
Adobe After Effects
Particle World Transitions: Part 1

Particle World Transitions: Part 1
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Rob Mize demonstrates how to use Particle World in After Effects to transition text, logos and other images into a variety of particle effects, including sand, dust, smoke, fire...even a melting effect.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Rob Mize
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 Photoshop
Photoshop and AE: Distressed Text

Photoshop and AE: Distressed Text
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In this video tutorial, Richard Harrington shows a technique for distressing text using a photo layer as a texture map. Richard starts the project in Photoshop and finishes working with the layers in After Effects for the final touches.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Richard Harrington
Adobe After Effects
Laser Writing in After Effects

Laser Writing in After Effects
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Write with lasers. Rob Mize uses After Effects to create a laser effect and controls it with motion paths created from shapes layers. The use of track mattes enables the laser to burn text, shapes and logos in backgrounds. No 3rd party plug-ins required.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Rob Mize
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
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
Wiggle Transform & Text in AE

Wiggle Transform & Text in AE
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The wiggle transform effect in Adobe After Effects is not very intuitive to say the least, and powerful though it is, it doesn't work on text! In this tutorial I show you how to use the powerful wiggle transform effect and then, even better, how to use it on text so that you can have exciting wiggling, self-animating text! Enjoy!

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Andrew Devis
RE:Vision Effects
Slow Motion Stills

Slow Motion Stills
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In this video tutorial, Creative Cow contributing editor Eran Stern demonstrates how to create extreme slow motion video using few still frames, with RE:Vision Twixtor Pro.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Eran Stern
Adobe After Effects
Cool Linear Wipe with a Stroke

Cool Linear Wipe with a Stroke
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In this video tutorial, Creative Cow contributing editor Guillaume Charron demonstrates how to add a stroke to a linear wipe.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Guillaume Charron
Adobe After Effects Expressions
Jack of All Trades, Master of Expressions

Jack of All Trades, Master of Expressions
  Play Video
In this video tutorial, Creative Cow contributing editor Eran Stern demonstrates how to create a jumpy and squishy animation using the power of expressions.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Eran Stern
Adobe After Effects
The Pusher

The Pusher
  Play Video
In this video tutorial, Creative Cow contributing editor Eran Stern creates a watery liquid push effect and color corrects the shot using the bundled Color Finesse plug-in.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Eran Stern
Adobe After Effects
Color Link

Color Link
  Play Video
In this video tutorial, Creative Cow contributing editor Eran Stern creates a colorful disco tunnel using shape layers and matching the look to a video footage using the color link effect.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Eran Stern
Adobe After Effects
Markers Leaks

Markers Leaks
  Play Video
In this video tutorial, Creative Cow contributing editor Eran Stern gives an introduction to custom effects which trigger actions using layer markers inside of Adobe After Effects.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Eran Stern
Adobe After Effects
Using BCC6 Text Jitter in AE

Using BCC6 Text Jitter in AE
  Play Video
This video tutorial from Dirk de Jong gives you an in-depth look at the Jitter feature of Boris Continuum Complete 6 AE's Extruded Text filter. Basic functionality of the Jitter feature is explained and demonstrated. Then, the Jitter feature is shown in the context of a more developed effect involving audio and After Effects Camera and Lights.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Dirk de Jong
Boris FX
Using After Effects Masks with Boris Continuum Complete 6 AE Extruded Text

Using After Effects Masks with Boris Continuum Complete 6 AE Extruded Text
  Play Video
In this Boris FX video tutorial we show you how to use an After Effects mask to define custom extrusion curves as well as the baseline for text characters in Boris Continuum Complete's Extruded Text filter.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Dirk de Jong
Boris FX
Map an After Effects Video Layer to Boris Continuum Complete 6 AE Extruded Text

Map an After Effects Video Layer to Boris Continuum Complete 6 AE Extruded Text
  Play Video
In this Boris FX video tutorial we show you how to map an After Effects video layer to the surface of Boris Continuum Complete 6 AE Extruded Text.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Dirk de Jong
Boris FX
Warp, Deform, and Explode 3D Extruded Text with BCC6 AE

Warp, Deform, and Explode 3D Extruded Text with BCC6 AE
  Play Video
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.

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

Create Extruded Text with Boris Continuum Complete 6 AE
  Play Video
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.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Paul Ezzy
Adobe After Effects
Text Trick Part 2

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

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Eran Stern
Adobe After Effects
Text Trick Part 1

Text Trick Part 1
  Play Video
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.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Eran Stern
Adobe After Effects
Bleach Bypass EffectBleach Bypass Effect
  Play Video
In this video tutorial, Creative Cow contributing editor Grant Swanson demonstrates a quick, easy and very high quality bleach bypass effect right inside of After Effects. Understand what the term refers to and how to simulate it in the digital intermediate process or on digital video, using After Effects.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Grant Swanson
Adobe After Effects
The Bourne Flashback: Creating a Flashback Look

The Bourne Flashback: Creating a Flashback Look
  Play Video
In this video tutorial, Creative Cow leader Aharon Rabinowitz shows you how to create the flashback look as seen in the film The Bourne Ultimatum with some extra touches and hints.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Aharon Rabinowitz
Adobe After Effects
Shape Layer Tip #3: Trim Paths

Shape Layer Tip #3: Trim Paths
  Play Video
In this video tutorial, Creative Cow leader Aharon Rabinowitz shows you how to use shape layers to easily create that Old-School look where a red dashed line animates over a map to indicate travel destinations.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Aharon Rabinowitz
Adobe After Effects
Creating the Jumbotron Look in After Effects

Creating the Jumbotron Look in After Effects
  Play Video
Its game time baby! In this video tutorial, Creative Cow leader Aharon Rabinowitz shows you how to create the look of a giant monitor, such as the kind you might see at a stadium or concert.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Aharon Rabinowitz
Adobe After Effects
Changing Shortcuts with After Effects

Changing Shortcuts with After Effects
  Play Video
In this video tutorial, Creative Cow leader Aharon Rabinowitz shows you how to be an AE road warrior by changing the keyboard shortcuts to account for missing keys on a laptop - such as the Ram Preview key or the Audio Preview key.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Aharon Rabinowitz
Adobe After Effects
Creating Digital CinemaCreating Digital Cinema
  Play Video
In this video tutorial, Creative Cow contributing editor Grant Swanson will explain how to simulate many elements to enhance your DV footage. Many techniques in this tutorial will show how to create effects similar to those in a popular software package.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Grant Swanson
Adobe After Effects
AE Quick Tips #6: Remove Color Matting

AE Quick Tips #6: Remove Color Matting
  Play Video
In this video tutorial, Creative Cow leader Aharon Rabinowitz adds to the concepts he covered in his tutorial Straight Vs. Premultiplied.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Aharon Rabinowitz
Adobe After Effects
Crime and Chaos - Part 2Crime and Chaos - Part 2
  Play Video
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
Shape Layer Tip #2: Complex Shapes

Shape Layer Tip #2: Complex Shapes
  Play Video
In this video tutorial, Creative Cow leader Aharon Rabinowitz shows you how to combine several shapes to make a complex shape.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Aharon Rabinowitz
Adobe After Effects
Motion StabilizingMotion Stabilizing
  Play Video
In this video tutorial, Creative Cow contributing editor Grant Swanson will explain how to use the After Effects Motion Tracker to remove unwanted jitter and movement while still retaining the original motion of the sequence through the use of an expression or manual keyframes in After Effects.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Grant Swanson
Adobe After Effects
AE Quick Tips #5: Perspective Offset

AE Quick Tips #5: Perspective Offset
  Play Video
In this video tutorial, Creative Cow leader Aharon Rabinowitz shows you a cool tip for adding depth to your Fractal Noise animations.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Aharon Rabinowitz
Adobe After Effects
Shape Layer Tip #1: Custom Shapes

Shape Layer Tip #1: Custom Shapes
  Play Video
In this video tutorial, Creative Cow leader Aharon Rabinowitz shows you how to move beyond the Basic shape tools to create your own custom shapes.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Aharon Rabinowitz
Adobe After Effects
Sin City Effect part 2Sin City Effect part 2
  Play Video
In this video tutorial, Creative Cow contributing editor Grant Swanson will cover important and useful techniques for working with alpha channels that are specifically derived from certain color luminance values. He will explain how to extract the color of a certain area of the image, turn it into an alpha channel, and use it to manipulate the image.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Grant Swanson
Adobe After Effects
Tornado Text, part 2Tornado Text, part 2
  Play Video
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.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Eran Stern
Adobe After Effects
Tornado Text, part 1Tornado Text, part 1
  Play Video
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.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Eran Stern
Adobe After Effects Expressions
AE Quick Tips #4: Copy Expression Only

AE Quick Tips #4: Copy Expression Only
  Play Video
In this video tutorial, CreativeCow leader Aharon Rabinowitz shows you a menu item for speeding up the process of copying expressions to other layers, without typing or altering the current values.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Aharon Rabinowitz
Adobe After Effects
AE Quick Tips #3: Show Waveform

AE Quick Tips #3: Show Waveform
  Play Video
In this video tutorial, CreativeCow leader Aharon Rabinowitz returns to the subject of Audio (Workflow tips #8) and shares a tip for working with audio waveforms that he got from an AE user via email.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Aharon Rabinowitz
Adobe After Effects
AE Quick Tips #2: Preserve Transparency

AE Quick Tips #2: Preserve Transparency
  Play Video
In this video tutorial, CreativeCow leader Aharon Rabinowitz shows you an often-missed feature in AE that can help you when trying to create transparency in an image by using the layers below as the source of that transparency.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Aharon Rabinowitz
Adobe After Effects
Mystic TextMystic Text
  Play Video
In this video tutorial, Creative Cow contributing editor Grant Swanson will take you through an effective way of tracking Mystic Text onto a wall or screen. This technique can be used in horror films, commercials, or promos. He will cover the basics of the After Effects paint tools, some basic 2.5D motion tracking, and some simple yet effective compositing techniques.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Grant Swanson
Adobe After Effects
AE Quick Tips #1: Grow Bounds

AE Quick Tips #1: Grow Bounds
  Play Video
In this video tutorial, Creative Cow Leader Aharon Rabinowitz shows you an often-missed tool that can help you out in a pinch, by expanding the boundaries of your footage.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Aharon Rabinowitz
Adobe After Effects
Afterista: part twoAfterista: part two
  Play Video
In this video tutorial, Creative Cow contributing editor Eran Stern continues to animate the vector shapes using After Effects and finalizing the design for our Telenovela opener.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Eran Stern
Adobe After Effects
Afterista: part oneAfterista: part one
  Play Video
In this video tutorial, Creative Cow contributing editor Eran Stern demonstrates a cool way of designing a text title for a Telenovela soap opera opener using Illustrator open type font.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Eran Stern
Adobe After Effects basics
An Introduction to Shape Layers

An Introduction to Shape Layers
  Play Video
In this video tutorial, Creative Cow Leader Aharon Rabinowitz introduces you to Shape Layers, one of the most powerful features in Adobe After Effects CS3.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Aharon Rabinowitz
Adobe After Effects
Creating the Sin City EffectCreating the Sin City Effect
  Play Video
In this video tutorial, Creative Cow contributing editor Grant Swanson will take you step-by-step through the easiest and fastest (and extremely effective) way of creating the popular Sin City effect - colorized objects in a black and white world. You will learn basic techniques when working with color, and some useful masking/rotoscoping techniques.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Grant Swanson
Adobe After Effects
After Effects Text Tips 3

After Effects Text Tips 3
  Play Video
In this video tutorial, Creative Cow leader Aharon Rabinowitz explores a few ways to correct some common problems experienced when creating text animators.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Aharon Rabinowitz
Adobe After Effects
After Effects Text Tips 2

After Effects Text Tips 2
  Play Video
In this video tutorial, Creative Cow leader Aharon Rabinowitz explores creating Text animators, and talks about why you might animate properties together or separately.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Aharon Rabinowitz
Adobe After Effects
Digits Man, part 2Digits Man, part 2
  Play Video
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.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Eran Stern
Adobe After Effects
Digits Man, part 1Digits Man, part 1
  Play Video
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 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.

Tutorial
Trent Armstrong
Adobe After Effects basics
Per-Character 3D Text

Per-Character 3D Text
  Play Video
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
  Play Video
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
CE Shape ExtruderCE Shape Extruder
  Play Video
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
Working With the Scribble Effect - Part 1

Working With the Scribble Effect - Part 1
  Play Video
In this video tutorial, Creative Cow Leader Aharon Rabinowitz shows you how to create Scribble-like animation with shapes and text in After Effects.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Aharon Rabinowitz
Adobe After Effects
AE Text Tips #1: Working with Photoshop and Illustrator Files

AE Text Tips #1: Working with Photoshop and Illustrator Files
  Play Video
In this video tutorial, Creative Cow Leader Aharon Rabinowitz shares tips on working with Photoshop and Illustrator Text, as well as a few other text-related hints.

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

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

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Traylor Woodall
Adobe After Effects
Creating a Custom Wave Form - Part 1

Creating a Custom Wave Form - Part 1
  Play Video
In this video tutorial, Creative Cow Leader Aharon Rabinowitz shows you how to create a customized, sound-reactive waveform using a stroke, a distortion effect and an expression.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Aharon Rabinowitz
Adobe After Effects
AE Workflow Tip #2: Rendering

AE Workflow Tip #2: Rendering
  Play Video
In this tutorial, Creative Cow Leader Aharon Rabinowitz shares some rendering workflow tips to help you avoid a crash and render a little faster, and discusses an important plug-in for speeding up your renders and previews.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Aharon Rabinowitz
Adobe After Effects basics
AE Workflow Tip #1: Duplication

AE Workflow Tip #1: Duplication
  Play Video
In this Video Tutorial, Creative Cow Leader Aharon Rabinowitz helps you improve your workflow through the use of duplication in After Effects. Topics covered include, duplicating layers, render settings, overwriting renders, and creating videotape containing both RGB and Alpha transparency information for archiving.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Aharon Rabinowitz
Adobe After Effects
Creating a Flock of Birds - Part 2

Creating a Flock of Birds - Part 2
  Play Video
In part 2 of this video tutorial, Creative Cow leader Aharon Rabinowitz shows you how to create and animate a flock of birds from the original bird.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Aharon Rabinowitz
Adobe After Effects
Creating a Flock of Birds - Part 1

Creating a Flock of Birds - Part 1
  Play Video
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
Horror Text - Part 2

Horror Text - Part 2
  Play Video
In this video tutorial, Creative Cow Leader Aharon Rabinowitz shows you how to make Horror Movie style text appear on a wall.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Aharon Rabinowitz
Adobe After Effects
Horror Text - Part 1

Horror Text - Part 1
  Play Video
In this video tutorial, Creative Cow Leader Aharon Rabinowitz shows you how to make Horror Movie style text appear on a wall.

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.

Tutorial
David Langley
Adobe After Effects
How to make a Text Stream using Expressions

How to make a Text Stream using Expressions

In this tutorial CreativeCOW's Joe Chao demonstrates using expressions to create a text stream wrapping around a pillar. The pillar and its background are all completely made in AfterEffects.

Tutorial
Joe Chao
Adobe After Effects
Creating and Enhancing Text Wipe On Effects

Creating and Enhancing Text Wipe On Effects
  Play Video
In this tutorial, Creative Cow leader Aharon Rabinowitz shows you a simple method of creating text wipe-on effects, and ways to enhance them with an updated look.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Aharon Rabinowitz
Adobe After Effects
Displacement Mapping Part 3: Text and Time

Displacement Mapping Part 3: Text and Time
  Play Video
In part 3 of this 3-part series on Displacement Mapping, Creative Cow Leader Aharon Rabinowitz covers displacement of Text, which follows slightly different rules than normal footage. Youll also be introduced to the concept of displacing time, which follows some of the same principles covered in the first 2 tutorials.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Aharon Rabinowitz
Adobe After Effects
Text Blur

Text Blur
  Play Video
In this video tutorial, Creative Cow Leader Andrew Kramer shows you how to use the Per-Character Text Blur effect, a new feature in After Effects 7.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Andrew Kramer
Adobe After Effects
Shading Effects

Shading Effects

In this tutorial, Mylenium will show you how to replicate that stylish MacOS X buttons look. At first sight it will look like an antiquated technique of a time when today's layer effects in Photoshop were also created that way, but after a while you will clearly see the advantages of it. Think of it more as a source of inspiration on how to overcome limitations of for instance the Alpha Bevel effect rather than a tutorial in its classical sense.

Tutorial
Mylenium
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
R:Evolutionary Motion Typography in After Effects 6.0

R:Evolutionary Motion Typography in After Effects 6.0

Every art form has its technological touchstone. Whether it's a million purpura mollusk shells ground up to make the color "purple' or the Korg DX-7 defining a generation of music, technology has had a profound influence on art and design. With the release of After Effects 6.0, designers, animators and compositors have been given a radical new tool to push pixels around: call it Textacy. Alan Shisko talked with Steve Kilisky, Project Manager for Adobe After Effects about Textacy and how it all came about..

Review, Tutorial
Alan Shisko
Adobe After Effects
Text that Blows away like Sand

Text that Blows away like Sand

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

Tutorial
Emanuel Eriksson
Adobe After Effects
Basic Shatter: Introduction to the Shatter Effect

Basic Shatter: Introduction to the Shatter Effect

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

Tutorial
Ben Unguren
Adobe After Effects
MAKING TEXT FLYMAKING TEXT FLY

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

Tutorial
Marcus Geduld
Adobe After Effects
nesting compositions - 1nesting compositions - 1

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

Tutorial
Ben Unguren
Adobe After Effects
Path Text: Advanced SettingsPath Text: Advanced Settings

With version 5.5 of After Effects, Adobe has included some new features in the path-text filter that can be quite cool SUCH AS THE ABILITY TO TREAT TEXT CHARACTERS AS INDIVIDUAL OBJECTS, BUT RETAIN THEIR CONNECTION TO A PATH. In this tutorial, Ben Unguren demonstrates how to use the filter to generate a dancing type-on effect.

Tutorial
Ben Unguren
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
Adobe After Effects
Rork-n-scroll: A Guide to Scrolling Titles with Path Text

Rork-n-scroll: A Guide to Scrolling Titles with Path Text

As part of our Motion Graphics repertoire, we're occasionally requested to perform the traditional right-to-left and bottom-to-top text scrolls. Suffice it to say that it is one of the more frequent client-requests. In this tutorial, Roland Kahlenberg explores a method to add some variation to the conventional look of a scroll while still maintaining a high level of legibility.

Tutorial
Roland R. Kahlenberg
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
Adobe After Effects
Evolution 'Shatter': Blowing text off a page

Evolution 'Shatter': Blowing text off a page

Mark Simpson uses Atomic Power Evolution 'Shatter' effect and Adobe Illustrator to simulate text being blown off of a page. Evolution is built into After Effects 5.0. This tutorial should be easily adapted for use with AE 5.

Tutorial
Mark Simpson
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