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After Effects – Light Transmission, Shadows, and 3D Views

By Tom Womack As you begin to develop light transmission and shadows your next ‘best friend’ will be the multiple views available in After Effects. One of the first applications for light and shadow is a sweeping arc, like we see in stadiums or blasting the sky on nights of celebration. To see the sweep […]

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After Effects Logo Creation – Simplicity

By Tom Womack Like many of our most successful creations, an effective logo begins with simplicity. If you review some of the most famous logos of popular business and brands, you will see their logos all share simplicity. What else is part of the magic ingredients for a catchy and successful logo? Definitive shapes often […]

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After Effects and Illustrator – Let’s Paint

By Tom Womack After Effects paint tools are similar to Photoshop and Illustrator but in some very real ways they are quite peculiar to After Effects. For one thing, as you paint and create objects, you are at the same time creating a potential animation because simply creating objects with your paint tools offers the […]

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After Effects Animation Tutorial – Motion Sketch

By Tom Womack Once you have introduced yourself to the stopwatch feature in After Effects, you are ready to begin learning about some of the other related features and ‘assistants’ that are built into this application. The stopwatch is fundamental to everything. Every setting you animate will be set using that attribute’s stop watch, creating […]

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After Effects Animation Tutorial – Assistants and Layers

By Tom Womack Alongside the basics of animation that are easy to implement in After Effects, ‘assistants’ are provided to help you with the next stage of your animation development. This is a great time to learn about and begin implementing layers too. Layers are just what they sound like and if you use other […]

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After Effects – Logo Animation – Part 2 – Text on a Path

By Tom Womack In part 1 of Logo Animation we introduced the animator function built into After Effects text. This function presents several animation options including position, scale, rotation, opacity, just to mention a few. What’s so special about text? In our fast internet web world, the highlights of your Web page are much like […]

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After Effects – Logo Animation – Part 1

By Tom Womack Using After effects text animation is one of the basic tools in logo animation. When it comes to media animation one of the first design decisions and which tool is best for the job depends on if your logo is primarily text and can be represented using a text tool the animations […]

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After Effects Tutorial – Blending Modes

By Tom Womack When I was first drawn to After Effects, one of the most powerful attractions was, the effects ! The idea of creating your own movies, animations with a message, having colorful explosive tools at your disposal is certainly exciting. However, lIke many of life’s softer lessons, blending modes offer a subtle and […]

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After Effects – CS5 Projects and Workflow

By Tom Womack After Effects was an early leader in special effects and media development and it continues to innovate today. So many things have changed since its first release and this ease and versatility make your job so much easier. Our computers have become much more powerful and the ability to share information seamless. […]

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Adobe After Effects CS5 – Getting Started

By Tom Womack What’s new in After Effects CS5? Let’s get started. Adobe CS5 is a watershed moment and it travels in great company. With the release of 64 bit versions of Premiere Pro, After Effects, and Photoshop, we are getting used to 64 bit versions of Windows operating systems. Windows 7 has been road […]

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After Effects Shapes

By Tom Womack What’s crazy about shapes in After Effects is the same tools you use to draw shapes will draw masks if you have a layer selected depending on what kind of object is on that layer. It is worth noting that, that is all there is to it. If you intended to draw […]

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Flash CS4 and After Effects CS4 – Web Animation Matrimony

By Elise Teddington-Jones Animating in a 2.5D world is just as good as 3D, and in fact it is my preference when you couple the two greatest same-suite motion graphics software together, Flash CS4 and After Effects CS4. Before the release of CS4 integrating the two was like putting together oil and water and forcing […]