Template Extreme Makeover

Learn how I gave an After Effects template project an extreme makeover, transforming it from a simple 3D camera move through still images into a moody, sci-fi-style opening sequence. This breakdown covers loads of workflow tips, includes some useful tips for maximising workflow when working with multiple 3D layers.

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  1. Quba Michalski
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    Great one! I really appreciate what you say towards the beginning of the tutorial – how even though the deadline may be tough, one should not rely on a template to do the work for them, but instead use it as a jumping off point to create something that is his/her own.

    • John Dickinson
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      Indeed Quba, this is important especially now when there is so much copycat work appearing online. Best, John.

  2. Brett Perry
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    Nice walk through, John. I always pick up some good time saving workflow tips. My question has to do with the new B/W effect in AE CS5. There are many different ways to make an image black and white, greyscale, or desaturated. Using the Tint effect and Hue and Saturation are the two I use most frequently. When would I be better off using the new B/W effect than the above mentioned effects and why? Keep these breakdowns coming, they are worth more than ten, step by step tutorials. As always thanks for sharing.

    • John Dickinson
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      Hi Brett, I really like Black&White because it gives me control over individual colour channels. Check out my Grungy Sports Look tutorial where I demonstrate this: http:http://motionworks.net/2010/11/ae-grungy-sports-look/ Another thing to keep in mind is that using Hue/Saturation to desaturate can add noise.

  3. Carsten Andersen
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    I must say this is one of the most amazing walk through’s i have ever seen. Its amazing how much you are able to learn me just by taking it step by step.

    my question is I cant find the Template you are using anywhere in my cs4. I running the windows cs4 on a w7. can you tell me where i get it because i missed it somewhere.

    cheers a lot.

    • John Dickinson
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      Thanks Carsten. The template is part of the Digital Juice Ready 2 Go 1 Template series, available from Digital Juice

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