Classics

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Frosty Window

Learn how to combine stock footage with default Adobe After Effects tools to create a realistic frosty window.

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Showcase

Element 3D Titles

Video Copilot Element 3D comes in extremely handy for quick titles and full frame supers. Check out ...

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Tutorial

Difference Matte

Learn tricks for creating a clean plate using Photoshop's Smart Object settings, then use that plate with ...

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Tutorial

The Brainstorm Tool

Rediscover the power of brainstorming and how you can use it to accelerate experimentation in After Effects.

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Tutorial

Cell Pattern

Cell Pattern is handy for background creation and with a little experimentation you'll be surprised what ...

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Tutorial

Experimenting in After Effects

The importance of experimentation to a motion designer can't be over emphasised. Experimentation ...

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Tutorial

Brush Strokes

The After Effects Brush Strokes effect could easily be written off as a cheesy oil painting-style effect.

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Tutorial

Blur Effects Comparison

Learn the key differences between Box Blur, Fast Blur and Gaussian Blur and which one is the better choice

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Tip

Depth Of Field Quick Reference

Cinema 4D camera depth of field settings and how they relate to what is and isn't blurred can be confusing.

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Tutorial

Grungy Sports Look

Learn how I recreated the look of Kick Ass, with a sports theme, almost entirely from stock footage.

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Tutorial

Automatic Animation Features

In this 2 part recorded webinar, we explore some of the automatic animation features in After Effects.

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Opinion

What is Motion Graphics?

For me motion graphics is the satisfaction of executing an idea that moves people. What about you?

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Tutorial

Inglourious Basterds

Learn how I used stock footage and some free grunge textures to recreate the blood splatter style used in ...

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Tutorial

Creating Magic From Presets

Learn how to take basic Adobe After Effects presets and customise them to create your own unique looks.

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Red Silk

A simple red silk-style banner created in After Effects using Trapcode Form.

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Tutorial

Simplified Text Workflow

Design skills are important but good workflow is also critical when working with Adobe After Effects.

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Tutorial

Explosive TV Graphics 1

Learn how Illustrator and Cinema 4D were used, along with stock footage to create explosive TV promo graphics.

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Tutorial

Rotoscoping Fields

Learn how to set up your After Effects composition to rotoscope footage imported with fields.

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Breakdown

Trapcode Form Transitions

For this promo I turned to the ultra-useful After Effects plug-in – Trapcode Form.

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Interview

Andrew Kramer

In just a few short years Video Copilot has skyrocketed to become the dominant force in visual fx and ...

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Tutorial

CC Time Blend FX

This retro CC Time Blend FX tutorial by industry legend Brian Maffitt is still surprisingly useful.

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Tutorial

Working with Duplicate Text

Learn how to work faster and smarter when using duplicated text layers in After Effects.

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Tutorial

Shattering Glass

In this 3 tutorial series we'll look at how to build a glass shatter effect in Cinema 4D.

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Tutorial

The Dark Knight

Learn After Effects and Illustrator techniques used to create the bat shattering effect.

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Breakdown

Spline Wrap Ribbons

Recently I was asked to come up with an idea for a show and as seems to be the case lately, had very ...

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Breakdown

Quick Supers with Trapcode Form

I had to whip up some quick supers last week and turned to Trapcode Form, used to create the gaseous elements.

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Tutorial

Photoshop & Illustrator Techniques

Learn some basic and little-known techniques plus handy workflow tips for using Photoshop and Illustrator ...

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Tutorial

The Dancing Can

Learn various After Effects techniques for creating a dancing can animation.

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Tutorial

Lighting Using Link Active Object

Learn how you can use the Cinema 4D Link Active Object command to take control of lights.

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Free

Snowflakes

The Trapcode Particular snowflake background is based on a confetti background created by Peder Norrby ...

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Free

Weathered Metal

Often when creating grungy styles I resort to stock imagery, as is the case with this weathered metal look.

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Tip

Broadcast Terminology

As a broadcast designer there are many terms one must understand in order to know what the hell a client ...

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Free

Chiseled Gold Bevel

Here’s an Adobe Photoshop file containing a handy chiseled, gold bevel layer style.

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Free

Starry Sky

This starry background was created using a combination of Fractal Noise and Trapcode Particular.

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Free

ECG

Here’s a handy Electrocardiogram created in After Effects using the Vegas effect.

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Free

Light Streaks

This light rays background, used in a boxing promo, was created using Fractal Noise, Directional blur and ...

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Explosions

A while back Motionworks ran a challenge to see who could create the best explosion using After Effects ...

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Tutorial

The Compositing Tag

Learn how to use the Compositing Tag and Exclusion option inside Cinema 4D to control the reflections in ...

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Tutorial

Copying Masks To Shape Layers

The simple act of copying and pasting an existing mask onto a Shape Layer in After Effects can be tricky ...

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Tutorial

Looping a Precomp

While looping a footage layer is easy, looping an unrendered comp takes a little more work.

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Grungy Metal Type

This grungy, metallic look was created using a combination of After Effects Roughen Edges and Fractal Noise.

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Particular Bars

This background was created using Trapcode Particular. The basic straight bars can also be modified using ...

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Wire

This seamlessly looping After Effects background is based on the Cell Pattern effect and includes a ...

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Free

Mirror Ball

This seamlessly looping mirror ball uses CC Sphere, Fractal Noise, Grid, 4-Color Gradient and Trapcode Shine.

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Tip

Curves Quick Reference

This quick reference guide shows you how to use Curves similarly to the way you use Levels.

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Tip

Levels Quick Reference

The Levels effect is a standard tool for adjusting contrast and colour values, but it can be confusing to use.

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Free

Particular Disks

This After Effects background is based on Trapcode Particular and CC Vector Blur.

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