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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.

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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.

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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!

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Andrew Devis
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.

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Andrew Devis
Adobe After Effects basics
AE Basics Extras: More Repetition PART ONE

AE Basics Extras: More Repetition PART ONE
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AE Basics - A Creative COW series for new users of Adobe After Effects. Having recently completed a training course, Andrew Devis was asked about some more advanced uses for the repeater tool when working with shape layers in After Effects. Andrew has produced 2 'Extra' tutorials to go with his earlier tutorial on the repeater. In this first 'Extra' tutorial, he shows how to create a simple man with shapes, repeat him across screen and then down screen with a couple of repeating options to create different looks and then how to scale the whole animation on the screen to give space for additional motion graphics work. In the next tutorial, he will show how to create shapes from text, how to rotate that shape into a circle and then how to move the circle into a line and how to create other very interesting looks with the use of the repeater tool.

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Andrew Devis
Adobe After Effects basics
The After Effects 3D Cube

The After Effects 3D Cube
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Rob Mize demonstrates the building of a 3D cube that can be animated in 3D space. Rob also shows how to pre-compose layers to quickly customize the cube with graphics, video, text or all of the above. All you need is the desire to build and manipulate 3D objects in 3D space.

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Rob Mize
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.

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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.

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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!

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Andrew Devis
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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Andrew Devis
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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Andrew Devis
Adobe After Effects basics
AE Basics 37: Animating Source Text

AE Basics 37: Animating Source Text
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AE Basics - A Creative COW series for new users of Adobe After Effects. Lesson 37: In this tutorial, Andrew Devis starts to show how to do basic source text animation in the timeline including changes in fonts and other parameters and how that text is then linked to the keyframes created so that it can be re-arranged as needed.

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Andrew Devis
Adobe After Effects basics
AE Basics 36: Pimping Your Text with Layer Styles

AE Basics 36: Pimping Your Text with Layer Styles
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AE Basics - A Creative COW series for new users of Adobe After Effects. Lesson 36: In this tutorial, Andrew Devis shows how you can take ordinary looking text and with very little effort use some simple light-weight effects to make it look outstanding - which can make the difference between a low quality and high quality looking production.

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Andrew Devis
Adobe After Effects basics
AE Basics 35: The Character Panel

AE Basics 35: The Character Panel
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AE Basics - A Creative COW series for new users of Adobe After Effects. Lesson 35: In this tutorial, Andrew Devis shows all the options in the character panel and how to use them to create good looking text. Also included in this tutorial are some more hidden options that can make a big difference to the look and feel of your selected font.

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Andrew Devis
Adobe After Effects basics
AE Basics 34: Font Selection and Faux Options

AE Basics 34: Font Selection and Faux Options
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AE Basics - A Creative COW series for new users of Adobe After Effects. Lesson 34: In this tutorial, Andrew Devis shows how to quickly select and change your font selection and modify its look and feel with the Faux options in the character panel.

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Andrew Devis
Adobe After Effects basics
AE Basics 33: Options for Creating Text

AE Basics 33: Options for Creating Text
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AE Basics - A Creative COW series for new users of Adobe After Effects. Lesson 33: In this tutorial, Andrew Devis starts to look at text creation and animation in After Effects starting with the different ways to create text in the composition panel.

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Andrew Devis
Adobe After Effects basics
AE Basics 32: Creating Motion Backgrounds with Shapes Layers

AE Basics 32: Creating Motion Backgrounds with Shapes Layers
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AE Basics - A Creative COW series for new users of Adobe After Effects. Lesson 32: In this tutorial Andrew Devis takes some of what has been learnt over the previous AE Basics tutorials on shape layers and puts them together to create a motion background for text. In this tutorial Andrew covers shape creation, shape duplication, working with multiple shape layers at a time, pre-composing multiple shape layers etc. Andrew also introduces "Adjustment Layers" to create a blurred vignette and to use as a color adjustment layer while showing how to move between comps to get the best possible look.

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Andrew Devis
Adobe After Effects basics
AE Basics 19: Shape Layers Part 3 - Text & The Pen Tool

AE Basics 19: Shape Layers Part 3 - Text & The Pen Tool
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AE Basics - A Creative COW series for new users of Adobe After Effects. Lesson 19: In the third tutorial looking at Shape Layers in After Effects, Andrew Devis shows how to use both the Text tool and the Pen tool to create shapes in After Effects. For the Text tool, Andrew demonstrates methods to animate the shapes created as well as how to group shapes so that although still all being able to be animated individually, they can also be animated together as a group. For the Pen tool Andrew shows how to use RotoBezier and how to create Bezier handles with each point created for better custom shape creation as well as how to break those handles when needed.

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Andrew Devis
Adobe After Effects basics
An Introduction to Shape Layers

An Introduction to Shape Layers
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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.

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Aharon Rabinowitz
Adobe After Effects basics
Per-Character 3D Text

Per-Character 3D Text
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In this video tutorial, Creative Cow leader Aharon Rabinowitz introduces you to the new Per-Character 3D Text animation feature in After Effects CS3.

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

AE Workflow Tip #1: Duplication
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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.

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Aharon Rabinowitz
Adobe After Effects basics
Part Four: Creating Cogs and Gears in AE

Part Four: Creating Cogs and Gears in AE

This tutorial from Chris Zwar is a bit of a one trick pony, but its a trick thats worth knowing. Cogs and gears are nice looking design elements and are popular in all sorts of backgrounds. If you do a search on the internet, its easy to find a range of techniques for creating cogs in Photoshop and Illustrator, and Illustrator even comes with a few included.

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Chris Zwar
Adobe After Effects basics
Extras: Creating Cogs and Gears in AE

Extras: Creating Cogs and Gears in AE

This tutorial from Chris Zwar is a bit of a one trick pony, but its a trick thats worth knowing. Cogs and gears are nice looking design elements and are popular in all sorts of backgrounds. If you do a search on the internet, its easy to find a range of techniques for creating cogs in Photoshop and Illustrator, and Illustrator even comes with a few included.

Tutorial
Chris Zwar
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