Creative COW After Effects Tutorials Creative COW Library of tutorials for Adobe After Effects. en-us Wed, 30 Sep 2020 16:00:00 GMT PHP Script Makin' An Eclipse In this tutorial for Adobe After Effects, I use the Circle effect, Fractal Noise, Polar Coordinates and CC Light Rays to create a 2D solar eclipse. Fri, 21 Aug 2020 18:01:38 GMT Makin' a 3D Nebula in Photoshop, Cinema4DLite, and After Effects Graham continues his space tutorial series, featuring the Orion Nebula Mon, 03 Aug 2020 23:40:08 GMT Express Yourself With Numbers! An After Effects Tutorial Videos with number animations look slick. Why just display a static number or percentage on screen when you can have an animation scrolling the numbers up to your target number?? You can create many numeric animations efficiently with just one layer in your composition by applying the Slider Control Mon, 08 Jun 2020 05:27:25 GMT Makin' Interstellar-style Black Hole using CC Particle World Graham Quince shows how to use Adobe After Effects and CC Particle World to make an Interstellar Black Hole. Wed, 03 Jun 2020 01:17:21 GMT Compositing Secrets Everyone Can Use, Pt 5: Brightness The first challenge to understanding the nature of brightness in compositing starts with remembering that we're not actually seeing color at all, but rather something of an illusion that appears to us as color! Join longtime VFX artist, editor, software developer, and business owner Simon Ubsdell fo Thu, 21 Mar 2019 03:54:29 GMT 60 Second Tutorial: Alien Invasion in Adobe After Effects Here's a fast, fun one! Sixty seconds to create and animate an alien using the 3D and Track Camera tools to animate your character in Adobe After Effects. Use the included files, or bring your own! Fri, 01 Mar 2019 00:11:26 GMT Compositing Secrets Everyone Can Use Pt. 4 - Advanced Alphas When most people hear the words "alpha channels", they think "transparency", but that's not exactly accurate. The truth is more complex, and a quite bit more interesting! Join longtime VFX artist, editor, software developer, and business owner Simon Ubsdell for Part 4 of the best look behind the tec Fri, 07 Dec 2018 08:19:02 GMT Compositing Secrets Everyone Can Use: Pt. 3 - Alpha Channels When most people hear the words "alpha channels", they think "transparency", but that's not exactly accurate. The truth is more complex, and a quite bit more interesting! Join longtime VFX artist, editor, software developer, and business owner Simon Ubsdell for Part 3 of the best look behind the tec Thu, 18 Oct 2018 01:40:52 GMT Compositing Secrets Everyone Can Use 2: Advanced Blend Modes Whether you're a full-time compositor and VFX artist, an editor working in one of the many NLEs that supports Blend Modes (including Adobe Premiere, Apple FCP and FCPX, Avid Media Composer, DaVinci Rsolve, and VEGAS Pro), or whether you just want the additional graphics power that comes with insight Mon, 01 Oct 2018 01:01:01 GMT Compositing Secrets Everyone Can Use: Pt. 1 - Blend Modes Join longtime VFX artist, editor, software developer, and business owner Simon Ubsdell for the best look behind the technology of blend modes that you've ever seen. This isn't just for graphics and VFX, but for video editors too -- anyone who puts anything together, and wants to learn more about HOW Thu, 13 Sep 2018 03:42:17 GMT Disintegration VFX in Adobe After Effects Join VFX guru Tobias Gleissenberger of Surfaced Studio for a classically energetic Adobe After Effects tutorial combining difference mattes, displacement maps, edge glows, and compositing tricks to dissolve (or explode!) one element in your frame while leaving the rest alone. Mon, 10 Sep 2018 21:41:56 GMT Adobe After Effects: Common QT & Export Problems & Solutions Problems with Adobe After Effects? Can't import or export QuickTime videos? Exports too big? Missing codecs? AE guru and VFX whiz Tobias Gleissenberger of Surfaced Studio has the answers you're looking for to make every project come to completion more smoothly, including a comparison of exported fil Wed, 08 Aug 2018 06:48:34 GMT Adobe After Effects Expressions 101 Expressions in Adobe After Effects open up a world of possibilities for your visual effects! Expressions can be daunting when you first get into them, though, as you have to essentially write 'code' - and code can be scary. Join After Effects guru Tobias Gleissenberger of Surfaced Studio for the fir Wed, 18 Jul 2018 09:32:39 GMT Fancy Title Animations In Adobe After Effects -- FAST! Follow along as VFX guru Tobias Gleissenberger shows you how how to quickly create professional-looking animated text elements using the free presets that are included with Adobe After Effects, customizing them to suit your needs. Tobias will also show you how to apply masks to your text layers to h Fri, 04 May 2018 15:27:20 GMT Remove People from Moving Video in After Effects with Mocha Learn how to remove a person from a moving video using the Remove module of the Mocha Pro plug-in for Adobe After Effects! In one of his most epic tutorial's yet, Surfaced Studio's Tobias Gleissenberger then adds a bonus Beam Up effect using some of the great filters from the Boris Continuum and Sap Tue, 20 Mar 2018 18:24:36 GMT Basic Clone Effect Interaction - After Effects Tutorial Want to take your CLONE EFFECT to the next level? Want to know how to make your clones INTERACT? Tobias Gleissenberger shows you how. Sat, 10 Feb 2018 21:16:49 GMT Adobe After Effects: Glitch Effects Without Using Plug-ins! Join VFX guru Tobias Gleissenberger for a fun, high-energy look at how to create all sorts of digital noise, glitch, and other disturbing video effects with any version of Adobe After Effects, without using any plug-ins! Mon, 16 Oct 2017 09:38:40 GMT Adobe After Effects Energy Ball In his latest high-energy Adobe After Effects tutorial, VFX guru Tobias Gleissenberger of Surfaced Studio combines a variety of effects to create the pulsating energy ball, composited with motion tracking, optical flares, and more. Thu, 31 Aug 2017 06:46:31 GMT Stabilize 360 Video with Mocha VR In this intermediate tutorial, Mocha Product Manager Martin Brennand takes you through smoothing the horizon in a Samsung Gear 360 shot using the Reorient Module in Mocha VR. Jittery 360 video footage can be made more watchable by stabilizing with Mocha’s planar tracking tools. The tutorial is don Tue, 06 Jun 2017 03:21:52 GMT Adobe After Effects April 2017 New Features The April 2017 release of Adobe After Effects (version 14.2) is packed with new features, and Tobias Gleissenberger of Surfaced Studio is here to show you the latest and greatest. Highlights include the Essential Graphics panel and Motion Graphics templates (with Adobe Premiere Pro integration), the Thu, 04 May 2017 04:35:08 GMT Adobe After Effects Advanced Title Tutorial Learn how to create complex title animations in Adobe After Effects! In my last tutorial I covered how to create, customise and animate simple titles in Adobe Premiere Pro: In this tutorial we will take things one step further and create titles that are too c Sat, 21 Jan 2017 14:26:39 GMT Imagineer mocha Pro 5 Plug-In for Adobe: An In Depth Review Imagineer mocha Pro 5 Plug-in for Adobe brings all the amazing features of the professional version of the mocha Planar Tracker directly into After Effects and Premiere Pro in the form of a plugin. In this in-depth review, After Effects tutorial guru Tobias Gleissenberger of Surfaced Studio will sho Tue, 13 Sep 2016 18:08:46 GMT After Effects 2015.3 - My Favorite Features Learn why you should upgrade to After Effects CC 2015.3 - 13.8.1 - a close and detailed look at the latest release of After Effects (August 2016). Roei Tzoref will be focusing on his favorite features that set this release apart from previous versions: Performance, Queue in AME, Lumetri Color new fe Mon, 22 Aug 2016 21:54:11 GMT Advanced Masking in Adobe After Effects Some of the coolest stuff you can do inside of Adobe After Effects is only possible once you unlock the power of masks. Join After Effects whiz Tobias Gleissenberger of Surfaced Studio to learn about mask animation and interpolation, using the variable width feathering tool, managing mask modes and Wed, 17 Aug 2016 15:48:16 GMT Fixing Common After Effects Problems and Mistakes Got problems using Adobe After Effects? Exported files too large, Expressions not working, mixing shapes and makes, modes/switches, selecting previews for layers vs. comps - Surfaced Studio's Tobias Gleissenberger shows you fast fixes for these and more! Sat, 30 Jul 2016 23:20:52 GMT mocha AE Planar Tracker for Absolute Beginners Want to learn how to create advanced visual effects? Learn how to use mocha AE to track your shot and add advanced visual effects to live action footage inside Adobe After Effects. mocha can help you track shots that would be hard to track using traditional 2D point or feature trackers because it is Wed, 27 Jul 2016 09:09:45 GMT How to Make After Effects Faster with Proxies Learn how to make Adobe After Effects faster by using PROXIES! A proxy is a placeholder that stands in place for a very large video file or image sequence in your project. You can easily create proxies for the large source files that you are using and After Effects will automatically link them to th Mon, 11 Jul 2016 23:20:16 GMT Stabilize & Smooth: mocha 5 Plug-in for Adobe & Avid Imagineer Systems and Boris FX product specialist Mary Poplin shows you how to stabilize with the new mocha Pro 5 plug-in inside of Avid Media Composer, Adobe Premiere Pro and After Effects. This tutorial covers artistic stabilization, such as smoothing out camera movements or stabilizing around mov Tue, 28 Jun 2016 16:19:01 GMT Adobe After Effects Puppet Tool Become a puppet master by learning how to use the Puppet Tool in Adobe After Effects! This intermediate-level tutorial from After Effects guru Tobias will show you how the Puppet Tool allows you to add joints and animations to bring life to any static image! Sat, 25 Jun 2016 18:00:00 GMT How to Spawn A Clone in Adobe After Effects Want to learn how to create a cool clone spawn effect in Adobe After Effects? Follow along with After Effects whiz Tobias from Surfaced Studio in this exciting new visual effects tutorial that combines green screen using Keylight, CC Vector Blur, the Liquefy Effect, CC Particle World, and much more, Tue, 21 Jun 2016 10:19:39 GMT Creating A Flame on Your Finger with After Effects It is easy to do some motion tracking and attach a basic stock footage element of fire onto your hands, but there is a little bit of work involved if you actually want to make it look good. In this intermediate tutorial by After Effects expert Tobias, you'll see how to use a fire stock footage eleme Mon, 13 Jun 2016 16:30:49 GMT Turning After Effects CC Particle World Into a 3D Galaxy Want to create an epic space scene with only the tools built into Adobe After Effects? Starting with After Effects' native CC Particle World, Graham Quince shows how to create a spectacular 3D spiral galaxy using null objects, 3D layers, and expressions to define where CC Particle World adds particl Tue, 17 May 2016 10:49:15 GMT 3D Dance Show in After Effects When Ari Grunzeweig needed to create a dynamic promo, he turned to a remarkable combination of keyed footage, particles, and the dynamic 3D compositing and cameras in Adobe After Effects to build a virtual world exploding with dance and light. Take a look to see how to build your own 3D world in Aft Mon, 12 Oct 2015 00:00:00 GMT Perfect Chroma Keys from Bad Green Screens in After Effects High-quality green screen footage is a luxury that many of us will never have. Your quest for perfect chroma keys from awful green screen footage is nearing its happy conclusion as Bracer Jack shows you exactly how to achieve success using only the tools built into Adobe After Effects. Mon, 05 Oct 2015 00:00:00 GMT Introducing Rotoscoping With mocha for Adobe After Effects Imagineer's mocha is Academy Award-winning technology for rotoscoping and motion tracking that's ideal for use with Adobe After Effects. Visual effects artist and editor Ruan Lotter shows some of the keys to unlocking this exceptionally powerful tool. Mon, 10 Aug 2015 21:31:09 GMT LightGrid Script and Demo Tutorial Part TWO with New Feature 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 fr Sun, 29 Jun 2014 00:00:00 GMT Green Screen Billboard Compositing This After Effects tutorial demonstrates how to simulate augmented reality centered around a city billboard by compositing green screen footage and editing it into the scene. Sun, 22 Jun 2014 17:00:01 GMT After Effects Handwriting Tutorial 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. Fri, 20 Jun 2014 23:00:00 GMT LightGrid Script and Demo Tutorial LightGrid Script creator Brian Charles demonstrates his After Effects script for rigging lights in grids and circles. The script is available as a free download in the Project Files folder. Thu, 29 May 2014 19:00:00 GMT Advanced AECC Techniques: Hollywood VFX - Michael Bay Look In this lesson, Kevin P McAuliffe breaks down how to create the cool lens filter effect that Michael Bay uses in almost all of his movies. Although in most cases this effect is created "in-camera", there are reasons you would want to do the effect in post. Once you see how to create this e Fri, 06 Sep 2013 17:00:00 GMT Advanced AECC Techniques: Hollywood Visual Effects - AvP TWO In this lesson, Kevin P McAuliffe builds on lesson one by not only showing you how to break down a title treatment and animate it on the screen, but also how to use the Adobe Bridge to your advantage to take animations that might take you minutes or hours to create, and be able to drop them on in se Wed, 21 Aug 2013 22:00:00 GMT Advanced AECC Techniques: Hollywood Visual Effects - AvP ONE In this lesson, Kevin P McAuliffe creates a Hollywood-style effect to simulate the end tag of a big budget trailer. The techniques in this lesson can be transferred over to creating bumpers and endtags for television, as well as elements for DVD and Blu-ray releases. Wed, 21 Aug 2013 17:00:00 GMT Advanced AECC Techniques: FIVE - Advanced Paths In this lesson, Kevin P McAuliffe takes you through paths right from the most basic, all the way up to advanced Motion Sketching. Although technically not a path, the advanced Motion Sketching part of the lesson will really help add realism to your work, and take it to the next level. Fri, 09 Aug 2013 17:00:00 GMT Advanced AECC Techniques: FOUR - 2.5D Text 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 l Sat, 20 Jul 2013 18:24:59 GMT Adobe After Effects Techniques: Animation Lip Sync PART TWO 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 t Sun, 14 Jul 2013 18:15:00 GMT Adobe After Effects Techniques: Animation Lip Sync PART ONE In the first part of this two-part tutorial, Andrew Devis shows the basics of a character animation lip-sync technique in After Effects that uses time remapping to select which mouth shape to use at any time. While a good basic method to achieve the goal however, it requires the animator to remember Sun, 14 Jul 2013 18:00:00 GMT Advanced AECC Techniques: THREE - Realistic Composites In this lesson, Kevin P McAuliffe shows you how to create a realistic composite using Mocha AE and Keylight. This tutorial shows you how not to overthink things when compositing. Keep it simple, straightforward, and don't be afraid to throw in a little flair at the end. Wed, 26 Jun 2013 20:00:00 GMT Advanced AECC Techniques: TWO - Chroma Key In this lesson, Kevin P McAuliffe shows you why using the standard AE keyer in AE CC is the wrong choice. Keylight should be your only tool for every chroma key situation you run into. Not only is it powerful enough to key through sheer clothing, but it's also super simple to use. Wed, 26 Jun 2013 17:00:00 GMT Creative Fireworks in Adobe After Effects 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. Fri, 17 May 2013 19:00:00 GMT AE - RE:MATCH Non-matching Cameras in After Effects In this tutorial, Andrew Devis demonstrates a relatively new plug-in by RE:Vision Effects called RE:Match and how it can very quickly and accurately deal with the very common problem of non-matching cameras in After Effects. A typical approach to dealing with say a white balance issue would be to ap Sat, 13 Apr 2013 00:00:00 GMT