Making It Look Great 5

Kick-Ass Design and Production Techniques for After Effects

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Learn how to use After Effects to create various projects step-by-step from start to finish.

Design and Workflow

A brilliant combination of stunning visuals and clever After Effects workflow.

Expressions Mastery

Learn how to harness the power of expressions in After Effects to make complex animations and save time.

Sample Lessons

Lesson Outline

Create a cool-looking gyroscopic element completely within After Effects. Inspired by the work of Mark Coleran, this tutorial includes extensive use of Shape Layers, parenting and simple expressions to create a technical look using almost no keyframes.

Form Face
Create a slick push pin toy effect as seen in the Radiohead’s House of Cards video. This tutorial shows you how to combine regular footage with Trapcode’s popular Form plug-in to create an eye-popping 3D effect.

Retro Terminal
Create a reusable retro-style computer terminal animation. Harness the power of expressions, including some undocumented features to change the text content and look on the fly. Learn how to turn a simple typewriter effect into realistic DOS-style computer readout.

Create a realistic and detailed Jumbotron-style video screen. This tutorial includes must-know keying techniques, tips on creating volumetric lights and presets, and ingenious workflow for creating complex looks on a single layer using the CC Composite effect.

Butterfly Man
Create the stylish effect where a character suddenly bursts into hundreds of butterflies.In this lesson learn how to create a smart butterfly rig using Trapcode 3D Stroke, control Trapcode Particular particles using dispersion maps, build volumetric backlighting using Trapcode Lux and automatically track a layer’s alpha channel.

Speed Grading
Master fast and precise color correction techniques using standard After Effects tools including Colorama and CC Composite. In this tutorial learn how to fine tune a look using the Colorama effect as a range selection tool, allowing adjustments to specific aspects of the footage.

Create an infinitely zooming spycam look. This tutorial starts with basic techniques for creating a simple slide show then covers amazing, time-saving techniques for automating transitions between layers using expressions.

Create automated subtitles based on layer markers. This short tutorial demonstrates how to automate subtitle creation.

Bloody Text
Create a realistic dripping blood effect without using keyframes or expressions.This lesson includes a great study of precomposing and demonstrates how to use a Photoshop-style brush with the CC Time Blend effect to paint text onto the screen.

Create a funky disco-style animation based totally on sound. This lesson includes a slick technique for creating running lights using Trapcode Form together with the Colorama effect, basic camera movement, techniques using the CC Time Blend and Wave Warp effects and plenty of simple expressions.

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