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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.

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Rob Mize
Adobe After Effects
Secondary Color Correction in After Effects

Secondary Color Correction in After Effects
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Saving the Shot! In this second color correction tutorial Andrew Devis will show you how to apply the very powerful tool of secondary color correction using the free Synthetic Aperture plug-in 'Color Finesse' that ships with Adobe After Effects CS3, CS4 and CS5. Once applied Andrew will show you how to use layers within After Effects to ensure that the correction only happens in the area of main concern so that other areas with a similar color can be left untouched.

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Andrew Devis
Adobe After Effects
Primary Color Correction in After Effects

Primary Color Correction in After Effects
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Saving the Shot! In the first part of this video tutorial series, Andrew Devis will show you how to access and use top quality color correction tools within Adobe After Effects by using the free Synthetic Aperture plug-in 'Color Finesse' which ships with After Effects CS3, CS4 and CS5. Andrew will start by dealing with a color cast problem with the hue offset wheels and then move on to use some automated tools to achieve an even better result. Once we have corrected the shot, we will then add a vignette to concentrate the viewers attention on the action and not on the background! The follow-on tutorial will look at the important tool of secondary color correction.

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Andrew Devis
Adobe After Effects
Separating Elements using Mocha 2 Tracking

Separating Elements using Mocha 2 Tracking
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In this video tutorial Andrew Devis will show you how to separate out different elements in your footage to layers so that you can apply color correction or effects in completely different ways on each layer for that unique look you're looking for. Firstly, Andrew will show you how hard it is to separate elements natively using AE native tracker and then how easy it is to do using Mocha 2 tracking for AE.

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Andrew Devis
Adobe After Effects
Gravity in After Effects

Gravity in After Effects
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Expressions in After Effects can be used to save you from doing a ton of animation by hand. In this video tutorial, learn to use some simple math functions and expressions to create a bouncing ball effect in Adobe After Effects.

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Jesse Toula
Adobe After Effects
Custom Shatter Maps

Custom Shatter Maps
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Custom shatter maps are not talked about very often, but they can be very useful in creating some unique effects. In this video tutorial, Jesse Toula will take you through what a shatter map should look like, and how to use it to control your shatter.

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Jesse Toula
Adobe After Effects
Creating a Snow Globe in After Effects

Creating a Snow Globe in After Effects
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Here's a fun project just in time for the holidays. Rob Mize shows you how to use shapes and solids in After Effects to create your own custom snow globe that you customize with your own media. Use particles and fonts to create organic or ornamental snowflakes, all without the use of 3rd party plug-ins.

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Rob Mize
Adobe After Effects
The AE Color Space

The AE Color Space
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You spend a lot of time making sure your project looks just right, but if you don't embed a colour profile into your final output, then you have no control over how that precious project will look on other machines and devices! In this After Effects video tutorial, Andrew Devis explains how this works and shows how to set up a colour profile for your project; and then how to embed it into your output so that you can be sure all your hard work will be properly represented on other devices.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Andrew Devis
Adobe After Effects
Create Customized Transitions

Create Customized Transitions
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In this AE video tutorial, Rob Mize uses After Effects to create a unique customized matte wipe for use in popular editing systems like Final Cut Pro, Premiere Pro and Avid. Rob uses After Effects' Puppet Tool to animate a bug graphic; then uses CC Particle World to duplicate and control the graphic for the transition.

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Rob Mize
Adobe After Effects
Creating the Harry Potter Lumos Effect

Creating the Harry Potter Lumos Effect
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In this video tutorial, Michael Park will demonstrate how to recreate the famous Lumos spell effect as seen in the Harry Potter films, using only the built in capabilities of After Effects.

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Michael Park
Adobe After Effects
Using Audio To Control Effects Part 2: The Elegant Approach

Using Audio To Control Effects Part 2: The Elegant Approach
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The More Elegant Approach - This follow-on AE tutorial to the previous one, which gave a more 'workmanlike' approach to controlling effects and parameters with audio, shows how to keep things well organised, with all your controllers on a single layer so they are easier to find in your project. The same effects are achieved but this approach is slightly more complex with the aim of keeping your project better organised.

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Andrew Devis
Adobe After Effects
Using Audio To Control Effects Part 1: The Workman Approach

Using Audio To Control Effects Part 1: The Workman Approach
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The Workmanlike Approach - This is the first of 2 After Effects tutorials which do the same thing but with slightly different methods. This version is the both slightly simpler and quicker method, and is ideal if you are only controlling a couple of items with your audio. Version 2 shows how to keep all the controllers on a single layer and is better suited for more complex projects with many layers, which need good organisation. You will probably find it useful to watch this tutorial first if you are not experienced in using audio and expressions.

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Andrew Devis
Adobe After Effects
Create a Waving Flag with After Effects

Create a Waving Flag with After Effects
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In this video tutorial, Rob Mize teaches how to use After Effects to create and customize your own flag designs, then animate them using displacement maps... all without the use of third party plug-ins.

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Rob Mize
Adobe After Effects
Hidden Templates & Powerful Expressions

Hidden Templates & Powerful Expressions
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This video tutorial shows how to find and apply the hidden templates in After Effects so that you can kick-start your work with a full project ready to edit. AND, you will learn how to apply the hidden Expressions in After Effects to your own layers to give them professional looking animations without having to know any expressions yourself!

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Andrew Devis
Adobe After Effects
Kick-start your projects with AE presets

Kick-start your projects with AE presets
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In my experience, many AE users don't know how to view, apply and edit the free presets that ship with AE to kick-start their projects and save time. In this video tutorial you will learn how to quickly find and apply presets to get that professional look you're after.

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Andrew Devis
Adobe After Effects
Faking Slow Motion Video with Still Images - 2

Faking Slow Motion Video with Still Images - 2
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In Part 2 of this video tutorial series on faking slow motion video with still images, Mathew Fuller brings the prepared image into After FX to add motion.

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Mathew Fuller
Adobe After Effects
Faking Slow Motion Video with Still Images - 1

Faking Slow Motion Video with Still Images - 1
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In Part 1 of this video tutorial series Mathew Fuller prepares the still image for motion. Mathew first splits up the image into the necessary layers and then finishes up by painting in the areas left behind.

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Mathew Fuller
Adobe After Effects
3D from 2D Image Using Displacement Maps

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

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Tudor Jelescu
Adobe After Effects
Create a Photo Carousel in After Effects

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

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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!

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Andrew Devis
Adobe After Effects
Advanced 2.5D Animation in AE

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

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Mathew Fuller
Adobe After Effects
Parenting Possibilities in AE

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

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Mathew Fuller
Adobe After Effects
Anamorphic Lens Flare in AE

Anamorphic Lens Flare in AE
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In this video tutorial, Creative COW contributing editor Grant Swanson will demonstrate how to create anamorphic lens flares using only effects that are native to Adobe After Effects.

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Grant Swanson
Adobe After Effects
Lens Flare in AE and Premultiplication Explained

Lens Flare in AE and Premultiplication Explained
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Ben reveals not only the easy steps to giving a lens flare an alpha channel for exporting, but also explains what premultiplication means. With this understanding, you may more easily solve some of your trickier compositing problems. In most programs, such as Nuke, Fusion, or Shake, you control premultiplication and predivison manually. Since After Effects does this all for you, it can become very frustrating if you are accustomed to doing this manually and find that you cannot in AE. This tutorial will explain a little background information on how compositing applications create a composite.

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Ben Rollason
Adobe After Effects
Subtract and Divide Blending Modes in AE CS4

Subtract and Divide Blending Modes in AE CS4
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Ben Rollason demonstrates how to do subtract and divide blending modes in Adobe After Effects CS4 and below. CS5 now features the subtract and divide blending modes, which makes this process much easier, but if you are using an earlier version, Ben's tutorial enables you to accomplish these same effects with just a few simple steps. Ben suggests that now that people are creating new CS5 projects with built-in subtract and divide blending modes, there may be a call to 'retrofit' these options to earlier versions.

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Ben Rollason
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