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Rich Young is a long-time After Effects user from the San Francisco Bay Area. His After Effects and Premiere Pro round-ups provide viewers with an easy-to-digest summary of developments. He also supplies info and links for tutorials that allow users to do things in After Effects they never thought were possible....

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The Making of ‘Adobe and the Frog’

By Rich Young | April 03, 2014

Film Riot and Adobe have a slick little web ad for the new Creative Cloud NAB 2014 reveal. It was edited in Premiere CC, with the CG character rendered in After Effects CC using Element 3D, and color graded using Magic Bullet Looks.

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Creative Cloud NAB 2014 Reveal

After Effects, Premiere, & the other video apps

By Rich Young | April 01, 2014

Adobe revealed new features in the video apps in Creative Cloud and will showcase these next versions at the NAB 2014 show in Las Vegas next week (schedule). In addition to blogs and product page info, there's a nice PDF summarizing updates to Adobe's video ecosystem. Plus, there are special promotional offers to join Creative Cloud before May 30, 2014.

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Halftone techniques for After Effects

By Rich Young | March 30, 2014

A halftone is an image or printing technique that "simulates continuous tone through the use of dots, varying either in size, in shape or in spacing." In the Illustrator and Photoshop worlds, there's a long list of halftone filters, swatches, and compositing techniques used for printing and newsprint, comic, retro, and other effects. But the fun of After Effects is animation, and some techniques may not be immediately apparent without the built-in filters found in the other apps.

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Chromatic aberration: creation and fixes with After Effects

By Rich Young | March 21, 2014

A few years ago there was a spate of interest in chromatic aberration -- fixing footage containing the color fringing, but mostly creating it for motion graphics and VFX realism. At some point, questions on creating this effect must have reached a critical mass, and tools and tutorials popped up to help.

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Long shadows: adding body to flat design in After Effects

By Rich Young | March 18, 2014

The trend toward flat design hit big in 2013 with newer user interfaces of Windows 8 ("Metro") and iOS7, and website and logo redesigns by Google and others. As part of a general move away from skeuomorphism, Adobe application design elements “flattened out” after CS5. Flat and thin may be in, partly due to hi-res screens, but a missing dimension of "long shadows" added to flat elements became popular too.

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Kinetic type in After Effects

Some resources

By Rich Young | March 01, 2014

Kinetic typography can be considered a storytelling technique that broadly engages the literal Illustration, rhythmic embellishment, personification, and disruption of language. In general, type-in-motion is increasing popular, and although kinetic type per se may have reached it peak a few years... Read More

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Fly around CC Sphere in After Effects

Or use Power Sphere

By Rich Young | February 28, 2014

As noted by Andrew Devis, "cameras are notoriously difficult to get to grips with in After Effects" (see video at bottom). Once example is trying to fly a camera around a CC Sphere layer, which isn't really 3D.

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Optimizing performance in Premiere & After Effects

Some resources

By Rich Young | February 25, 2014

Adobe offered a free webinar, Optimizing your system for peak performance with After Effects & Adobe Premiere Pro, on February 27, 2014. Presented by Todd Kopriva (After Effects QA) and Steve Hoeg (Premiere Pro engineering manager), the session covers how CPU, graphics cards, and RAM affect performance, as well as platform-specific considerations, including the new Mac Pro.

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WebM in Premiere and After Effects

export through Adobe Media Encoder

By Rich Young | February 04, 2014

Brendan Bolles of fnord software released beta versions of open source WebM and Theora plug-ins for Premiere that allow import and export of WebM movies through Adobe Media Encoder. And that common Mediacore plug-in bundle also lets you import WebM, with the new VP9 codec for Ultra HD, into After Effects and export through Adobe Media Encoder (AME).

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3D from 2D images: After Effects + beyond

Making faces 3D

By Rich Young | February 01, 2014

Faceripper4D is a newer "custom effect" for After Effects that helps you create 3D from 2D images. ...But wait, there's more.

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Driving Plates and Composites

in Premiere Pro and After Effects

By Rich Young | January 21, 2014

Driving Plates is a Premiere Pro tutorial by Eran Stern that uses Artbeats driving plates as backgrounds for composites of actors driving a car. Driving plates (also known as process plates, car plates, or vehicle plates) are POVs shot simultaneously from multiple angles, and sold as individual clips or as sets.

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3D printing in Photoshop CC

By Rich Young | January 16, 2014

There's a nice update to Photoshop CC now available as part of Creative Cloud for Designers (see resource summary), with new features also for Illustrator and InDesign. Photoshop users experienced several hiccups in 3D in the last several years (and loss of AE integration), but since this update includes revisions to 3D features, especially for 3D printing, it might be a time to look at these features again.

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Creative Cloud update: Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, and more

Creative Cloud for Design January 2014

By Rich Young | January 16, 2014

Adobe announced availability of a major update to Creative Cloud, aimed especially at designers, with new features for Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign. Even if you already used free trials, there's another free 30-day trial period for Photoshop CC, Illustrator CC, InDesign CC, and Adobe Muse CC.

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Secondary animation and the principles of animation

for After Effects

By Rich Young | January 14, 2014

Secondary action is ancillary to the primary action of an animation. Secondary actions help to create the illusion of life, heightening interest and adding some realism – whether in character animation, visual effects, or motion graphics. Tutorials that deal with this basic idea explicitly in After Effects are rare.

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Flowchart tools in After Effects

Tab is the new Shift

By Rich Young | January 13, 2014

Many once ignored the Flowchart Panel in After Effects, since it did not actually herald nodes or offer many operational benefits, but it can be useful if you need an overview of more complicated projects. Though not quite as fun as the keyframe art at Behind Keyframes from Sandervandijk.tv, the Flowchart Panel might be considered artful, as shown by Quba Michalski in MotionGraphs (pictured). Read More

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Tracking gestures on iOS for After Effects

with 'trackFinger AE' app

By Rich Young | January 08, 2014

trackFinger AE is new iOS app (on the App Store) that allows you to record the movements of up to 10 fingers on an iPad, and then send tracking data as keyframes in e-mail text to paste into Adobe After Effects.

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After Effects 2013: features & requests

and the AE team's thoughts on the future

By Rich Young | December 31, 2013

With 3 actual updates to After Effects in 2013, it's become difficult for many users to keep track of all the new features. So reading through top After Effects feature requests of 2013, plus a peek at what we’re thinking about for the near future, today's post by Todd Kopriva, is... Read More

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Circles in After Effects

By Rich Young | December 31, 2013

Making circles in After Effects seems like a trivial exercise, but there are a ton of approaches to their various forms in design. Circles come in movement and repetition, from expressions & scripts, as Shapes, masks, particle effects like Particle World, Bubbles, Ball Action, from the Circle effect, CC Sphere, Polar Coordinates, Wave World, Radio Waves, halftone effects (roundup), lens flare elements (roundup), and so on. Here are few circle-related tutorials and resources for After Effects.

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Spirographs in After Effects

By Rich Young | December 30, 2013

Spirographs in After Effects had it's 15-minutes of fame years ago and were lost in the mists of time (around here anyway), except for a few tutorial/project posts. Revisiting the topic reveals a variety of approaches and directions.

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Spirals in After Effects

A roundup

By Rich Young | December 29, 2013

Spirals are used as design guides and elements or paths for text, shapes, particles, and layers. Here's a few resources for using and creating spirals in After Effects and other Adobe applications.

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