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Animate a character in After Effects

Animate a character in After Effects

A survey of resources [updated]

By Rich Young | May 31, 2011

After Effects provides a variety of tools to animate characters, including Painting, Puppeting, and Parenting. Fortunately, there's an equally wide variety of tutorials available online on using these tools. Here's a survey of just some of those tutorials from Daniel Gies, Angie Taylor, Todd Kopriva, Stuart Preece, Rex Crowle, Pete McEvoy, Ryan Boyle, Marcin Zeglinkski, and Dave Scotland, plus additional tips, expressions and scripts from other After Effects and animation luminaries going all the way back to Walt Disney himself. Read More

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Fire in After Effects

Fire in After Effects

A roundup of tutorials and free projects

By Rich Young | July 04, 2012

Attempts at creating fire in After Effects have resulted in outputs of various styles and quality. Projects have used CC Particle World, Fractal Noise, and other tools built into AE, 3rd party plug-ins, and composited stock footage often used as a particle source. Read More

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vignette

Vignettes in Premiere & After Effects

A plethora of resources [updated]

By Rich Young | December 27, 2012

Vignettes have become more popular, and perhaps heavy-handed, especially in After Effects since the release of the DV Rebel's Guide by Stu Maschwitz. Of course there's numerous ways to make vignettes, and it looks like the topic is quite well-covered now, thank you. Here are a few tools & tutorials on the various options.

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Free Lower Thirds and Title Resources [updated]

Free Lower Thirds and Title Resources [updated]

Leverage Photoshop, Premiere, and After Effects

By Rich Young | June 24, 2011

There are a ton of resources on lower thirds. Here's a sampling of some free templates, downloads, and tutorials that help leverage or create them in After Effects, Photoshop, and Premiere -- and some to automate their production.

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Snow in After Effects

Snow in After Effects

A roundup on a popular effect

By Rich Young | November 17, 2011

You can use dedicated snow filters or particle systems to create snow that can be stylized or realistic, or something less successful. There are filters built into After Effects like CC Snowfall, CC Particle World, and Particle Playground -- or you can use 3rd-party filters like Trapcode Particular (which is AE 3D camera-aware), Boris FX Snow, Cycore FX HD Snowfall, DigiEffects Delirium Snow, and GenArts Monsters GT. Read More

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CS Next Sneak Peeks

CS Next Sneak Peeks

NAB Reveal previews from Adobe and others [updated]

By Rich Young | April 03, 2013

Adobe has started to reveal the features of the next versions of their video post production software, which will be demoed at NAB 2013.

There's no shipping date or official name, or information about the rest of the Creative Suite, though ProDesignTools says "Adobe CS7? Next Release of Creative Suite to Be Revealed May 6th", the date the Adobe Max conference opens.

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After Effects Lately Dec8.2012

After Effects Lately Dec8.2012

Apprentice training, color matching plug-in, Image Based Lighting, 3D particles, and more

By Rich Young | December 08, 2012

Here's another part of the last few weeks or so of assorted After Effects tutorials, tips, and scripts & plug-ins new and old.

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After Effects Lately Dec31.2012

After Effects Lately Dec31.2012

Sales & contest ending soon + a boatload of tutorials

By Rich Young | December 31, 2012

Here's another part of the last few weeks or so of assorted After Effects tutorials, tips, and scripts & plug-ins new and old. Read More

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After Effects Lately 2013.01.31

After Effects Lately 2013.01.31

Morning webinar, compositing, keying, slideshows, and more

By Rich Young | January 31, 2013

Here's some of the last few weeks or so of assorted After Effects tutorials, tips, and scripts & plug-ins new and old.

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After Effects Lately Dec10.2012

After Effects Lately Dec10.2012

AE Vfx, scripting intros, contest winners, & more

By Rich Young | December 10, 2012

Here's another part of the last few weeks or so of assorted After Effects tutorials, tips, and scripts & plug-ins new and old.

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