Classics

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Channel Splitter

QHQ Channel Splitter is an After Effects script and Photoshop action for automatic splitting of the ...

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Background Design With Primitive Shapes

Harry Frank shows how to use very simple shapes in Cinema 4D to create an awesome looking ...

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Particular Blood

After Effects and Trapcode Particular were used to create this thick, dripping blood preset.

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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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Sparkle Rays

An ethereal After Effects background using a shape layer, Turbulent Noise, Optical Flares, Particular and ...

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Drifting Smoke

This useful After Effects preset uses duplicate Turbulent Noise effects animated using the Time ...

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Hidden Gems in AE 12.0

In this tutorial I demonstrate some of the less obvious, but still super useful new features in After ...

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Realistic Human Iris

I’ve always wanted to attempt a realistic human iris in After Effects and last week I got my chance.

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Woodblock Print Style

This short Photoshop walkthrough demonstrates how I used Photoshop Oil Paint and Filters to create a ...

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Opinion

Learn and Earn?

Should every project be built starting with a blank screen? Can you focus on being a technician and still ...

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Smokey Rays

A moody, volumetric rays background based on the After Effects Fractal Noise and Optics Compensation effects.

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Tip

Snapping to Whole Pixels

After Effects sub-pixel interpolation is helpful most of the time but can be a problem when working with ...

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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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Render Setting Presets

Guest host Craig Whitaker explains Cinema 4D render setting presets and how he uses them to save time.

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Difference Matte

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

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CC Page Turn

Guest host Adam Everett Miller demonstrates the basics of CC Page Turn. Check out Adam's full length ...

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The Brainstorm Tool

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

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Channel Combiner

After Effects wizard Maltaannon is back, this time demystifying the Channel Combiner effect and how to ...

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Maintaining Velocity

Have you ever created an animation you were happy with only to realise you needed to extend the length?

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Change Color

After Effects Change Color and Change to Color effects are handy tools for isolating and changing colors ...

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Cell Pattern

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

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Experimenting in After Effects

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

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Tip

Type Animation Tips

The After Effects Type tool is amazingly powerful, and when you understand the basics it's ...

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CC Bender and Bend It

Guest host Quba Michalski demonstrates the After Effects CC Bender and CC Bend It effects and their ...

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Card Wipe

Guest host James Zwadlo demonstrates the After Effects Card Wipe effect.

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4-Color Gradient

Guest host Jerzy Drozda Jr makes a welcome return with some tips for using the After Effects 4-Color ...

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The Shadow Catcher

Guest host Joren Kandel demonstrates how to use the Shadow Catcher plug-in in Cinema 4D for more ...

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Boole vs Spline Mask

Guest host Joren Kandel demonstrates how to use a Spline Mask instead of a Boole to retain fillet caps on ...

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CC Bubbles

Guest host James Zwadlo returns to the After Effects: Effects A-Z series with some creative uses for ...

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CC Blobbylize

Eran Stern is back with the After Effects CCBlobbylize effect. So put on your googles and gloves, it's ...

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CC Ball Action

Guest host Adam Everett of Aetutsplus.com gives an in-depth breakdown of the After Effects CC Ball Action ...

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Spooky Hallway

Learn how I used Vanishing Point in Photoshop to create a 3D hallway, then animate the After Effects ...

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Brush Strokes

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

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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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Invisible Selections

Learn how to use invisible selections when applying multiple materials to NURBS objects in Cinema 4D.

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Tutorial

Animating Opacity

Learn how the Display tag and Alpha channel can be used to animate the opacity of your Cinema 4D objects.

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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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Breakdown

Mini Breakdowns 1

For Law Abiding Citizen I took the opportunity to get down and dirty with textures in Cinema 4D.

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Bezier Warp

Learn how you can use Bezier Warp to make subtle adjustments to the position of elements in your scene.

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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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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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Projects

Green v Jones Jr: Before, After and After That

Generally, when creating a boxing promo, we are given between two and five days. This project was different.

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Bilateral Blur

Guest host Eran Stern demonstrates the After Effects Bilateral Blur effect.

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Simplified Text Workflow

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

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Tutorial

Beam

Learn about the After Effects Beam effect and two unusual ways it can be used.

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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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Audio Spectrum

Guest host Maltaannon demonstrates the After Effects Audio Spectrum effect.

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Motion Sketch

Motion Sketch is one of those After Effects tools that is often forgotten, but very handy.

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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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CC Time Blend FX

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

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Angle Control

Guest host Maltaannon explains techniques for using the After Effects Angle Control effect with basic ...

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Advanced Lightning

Guest host Eran Stern demonstrates the basics of using the After Effects Advanced Lightning effect.

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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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Footage With Alpha Channels

Learn how to import footage with an alpha channel, apply it to an object in your scene, and have it play ...

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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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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

The Vibrate Tag

Learn how the vibrate tag can be used to add automatic animation and save time when working in Cinema 4D.

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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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Tip

After Effects Time Savers

When working in the world of motion, time acts as a continual constraint against our approach and workflow.

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Snowflakes

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

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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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Cartoon, Bilateral Blur and Turbulent Noise

Bilateral Blur and Turbulent Noise are very similar to the existing Smart Blur and Fractal Noise effects.

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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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Chiseled Gold Bevel

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

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Starry Sky

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

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ECG

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

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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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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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Binary Grid

This uniform grid of random ones and zeros was created using Trapcode Particular and the After Effects ...

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Sparks

Here’s a simple sparks preset created using Trapcode Particular.

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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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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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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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Particular Disks

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

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