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Creating An Old TV Screen

Creating An Old TV Screen
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In this video tutorial, CreativeCOW leader Aharon Rabinowitz demonstrates a quick and easy way of creating that old tv look -- complete with scan lines, interference and much more using Adobe After Effects without the use of expensive plug-ins.

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Aharon Rabinowitz
Adobe After Effects
Growing Design Elements in After Effects

Growing Design Elements in After Effects
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In this video tutorial, Jayse Hansen demonstrates how to create graphic elements that will grow in After Effects. This question comes up in the forums all the time. Now we have a step by step tutorial.

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Jayse Hansen
Adobe After Effects
Using Curves to Simulate Bleach ByPass

Using Curves to Simulate Bleach ByPass

In this quick tutorial, Filip Vandueren would like to share a technique he uses a lot which in Belgium is called 'etalongage' or color-timing. It's a two step process which gets great results.

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Filip Vandueren
Adobe After Effects
Using Depth of Field to Create Flythroughs

Using Depth of Field to Create Flythroughs

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

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

Shooting for 3D post

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

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Bill O'Neil
Adobe After Effects
Flying through a tunnel in After Effects

Flying through a tunnel in After Effects

Flying through a tunnel can be useful for everything from 'wormholes' in sci-fi movies like 'Contact' to the transcontinental phone line in '3 colours red', or even the optic nerve of Edward Norton in 'Fight Club'. To create a Hollywood-level tunnel effect requires a true 3D application, with sophisticated modeling, rendering and 3D camera interaction however, in this tutorial, Chris Zwar mocks up a quick & dirty 2D imitation with the 'Polar Coordinates' filter in After Effects.

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Chris Zwar
Adobe After Effects
Creating a 3D Filmstrip or Flowing Ribbon

Creating a 3D Filmstrip or Flowing Ribbon

In this quick tutorial, Serge Hamad uses Zaxwerks Invigorator to create a 3D Filmstrip. This method is also useful for creating those flying ribbons that are so popular in the commercials now. You'll need Invigorator classic for this.

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Serge Hamad
Adobe After Effects
Two or Three Color Special Effect

Two or Three Color Special Effect

We've all seen the scene in which everything is black and white except one color, but what if you wanted to have a two or even a three-color special effect? Well, this tutorial from Roland Kahlenberg, which we'll call Coolsville, will show you the way.

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Roland R. Kahlenberg
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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Dean Velez
Adobe After Effects
Creating Powerful Motion with Simple Expressions in AE

Creating Powerful Motion with Simple Expressions in AE

In this tutorial, Talid Al Khatib demonstrates that simple expressions can create powerful motions. In this case, we create a ''rose'' which could be used as a background or design element. Talid also points out that we often think that expressions only relate to the layer properties (scale, opacity, positon, anchor point and rotation) but actually, they can work great with effects too, in our tutorial, we applied expressions on two effects (grid and Hue/saturation).

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Talid Al Khatib
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.

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David Zandnerg
Adobe After Effects
Creating the Egg: Part 5 of the Golden COW by Serge Hamad

Creating the Egg: Part 5 of the Golden COW by Serge Hamad

Many of you have seen Serge Hamad's various animations in the After Effects forum at CreativeCOW. In this 5-part tutorial, Serge demonstrates the steps involved in re-creating his "Golden COW." In this tutorial you will be creating the egg. This is the final step in this animation.

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Serge Hamad
Adobe After Effects
Building the Cage: Part 4 of the Golden COW by Serge Hamad

Building the Cage: Part 4 of the Golden COW by Serge Hamad

Many of you have seen Serge Hamad's various animations in the After Effects forum at CreativeCOW. In this 5-part tutorial, Serge demonstrates the steps involved in re-creating his "Golden COW." In this tutorial you will be creating the cage around the planet. You will need 3D Stroke from Trapcode as well as Invigorator Pro or Classic for this one. Note that with Invigorator Classic you won't be able to open the provided AEP though. The emphasis in this tutorial is on the use of the transparency mapping technique.

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Serge Hamad
Adobe After Effects
Fun in Particle Playground Land

Fun in Particle Playground Land

Roland R. Kahlenberg, CreativeCOW's resident Particle Playground expert, shows off the versatility of Particle Playground by creating a game that incorporates collision detection against a customized grid.

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Roland R. Kahlenberg
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.

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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.

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Serge Hamad
Adobe After Effects
Expressions Without the Math

Expressions Without the Math

Recently Doug Bassett was working on a promo and tried to follow Fred Lewis' connection scripts but couldn't follow the math. In this article, Doug demonstrates a new approach which uses expressions but without the math...and he finished the promo in a minimal amount of time.

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Doug Bassett
Adobe After Effects
Creating a Nebula: Part One of the Golden COW by Serge Hamad

Creating a Nebula: Part One of the Golden COW by Serge Hamad

Many of you have seen Serge Hamad's various animations in the After Effects forum at CreativeCOW. In this 5-part tutorial, Serge demonstrates the steps invoved in re-creating his "Golden COW." In part one, we create the nebula. You'll need Image Lounge from Red Giant Software. If you don't have it, download the demo.

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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.

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Aaron Slater
Adobe After Effects
Tanx-AE: A Game for After Effects

Tanx-AE: A Game for After Effects

Everyone needs a diversion now and then, so Chris Zwar took some time to write a game in After Effects just to see if he could. Here's the result: Tanx-AE, the world's first game written for Adobe After Effects. Take a moment, download the aep and have some fun with this. It's for version 5.5 and up.

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Chris Zwar
Adobe After Effects
Displacement Mapping in After Effects

Displacement Mapping in After Effects

Two of the less well known features of After Effects Production Bundle are the Time Displacement Filter and the Displacement Filter. Both use the values of one image to affect the target image. In this tutorial, Philip Hodgetts first looks at the affect of the Displacement Filter first, then moves on to Time Displacement before discussing a source of gradient images suitable for Displacement and Time Displacement Mapping.

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Philip Hodgetts
Adobe After Effects
Turning Paint Into Masks in After Effects

Turning Paint Into Masks in After Effects

Paint strokes and masks in After Effects are both forms of vector paths, but converting one into the other isn't always straightfoward. This tutorial shows how to take strokes from the Vector Paint effect, as well as AE 6's new Paint tools, and turn them into masks.

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Timothy Kurkoski
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