After Effects 12.1 has been announced and it’s loaded with goodies. In this tutorial I demonstrate some of the main features and enhancements. Note: When I compared the Detail-preserving Upscale effect to the standard scaling, I took the snapshot at half resolution by mistake. Here’s a comparison at full resolution.
In this tutorial I demonstrate some of the less obvious, but still super useful new features in After Effect CC (12.0).
For this experiment I combined the Circle effect with CC Griddler, CC Mr Mercury, CC Color Offset, Brush Strokes and Unsharp Mask, for a result which is surprisingly flower-like. On first inspection Mr Mercury appears to be a one-trick pony, but explore the parameters and you may be surprised. Brush Strokes may also seem a bit cheesy but even the cheesiest effects can look good if you’re not heavy handed. I used Brush Strokes to add subtle mottling and irregularity to the colour. Here’s my experiment. What can you make?
Remember the guidelines: Use only the above effects applied to a Solid Layer and don’t use the Brainstorm Tool! I used two Solids, one for the main part of the flower and one to add the detail into the centre. Take at least 30 minutes to explore the effects and post a JPG (under 200K) in the comments.
Here’s my project file for After Effects Experiment Assignment 4 , using Fractal, CC Light Burst and CC Flo Motion. Check out what other artists have made over on the Experiments page and give it a try yourself! Download Project
Here’s my project file for After Effects Experiment Assignment 2 , using Radio Waves and 4-Color Gradient. Check out what other artists have made over on the Experiments page and give it a try yourself! Download Project
For this experiment we’re going to jump out of MoGraph and into the Deformer category, starting with the Displacer deformer. I was introduced to this deformer last week via this tutorial on Greyscale Gorilla by Jon Corriveau, where Jon uses the Displacer deformer to modify a spline. Some strengths of this deformer include the use of textures (Shading) to control the style of displacement, plus Falloff for control over the placement and animation of the deformation.
Originally I was going to create something with splines but ended up roughing out a model of an apple core and using a Subdivision Surface (HyperNurbs) along with the Displacer to add the detail and an FFD deformer to make the shape less uniform. It’s no way near perfect and definitely needs work, but it was fun to build and the displacer made it easier. Here’s my experiment
So for Assignment 3, take at least 30 minutes and see what you can create using the Displacer deformer. When you’re done, save a JPG (under 200K) and post it in the comments. Remember to include a screenshot of your object hierarchy with the image, it’s helping everyone learn from these experiments.
MovieType used in opening titles for AMC’s “The Talking Dead”
At Capacity we have the pleasure of being able to work with some amazing clients on incredible projects, and a while ago we were asked by AMC to pitch for “The Talking Dead”, an after panel show for the “The Walking Dead”. The brief was to design a package that was reminiscent of the parent show, while staying fun, light hearted and within network branding. Read more…
An abundance of third party plug-ins is one of the things that makes After Effects so flexible and Trapcode make some of the most popular effects on the market today. Trapcode Mir is the most recent addition to the Trapcode Suite and an effect I’ve been wanting to experiment with for a while. So Assignment 8 has given me and now you a chance to do just that.
Mir is powerful, fun to use and fast as hell, making it really easy to experiment with. I couldn’t stop at just one and will post more as I learn more! Experiment 1 Experiment 2 Experiment 3. Mir has different Draw modes including Fill, Wireframe and Points, and I found myself wanting to combine these but couldn’t find any built-in blend modes, so ended up duplicating layers and using After Effects blend modes instead. What can you make?
Remember the guidelines: Use Trapcode Mir applied to a single Solid Layer and don’t use the Brainstorm Tool! For this assignment it’s okay to duplicate the Mir layers and combine variations using blend modes. Take at least 30 minutes to explore the effect and post a JPG (under 200K) in the comments.