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Line Starburst Animation

For a recent project I was wanting to create a line-based starburst animation with varying segments within the line “bursts.” The animation is pretty straightforward, but I didn’t really want to spend much time on the artwork itself. Fortunately, using the Transform and Path Erase tools make this process pretty quick and effortless. Check out the video for the whole process that...

After Effects Wishlist

Ever since I first jumped headfirst into After Effects back in 2010, the application has gotten better and better. However, as with any piece of software that one works with on a day-to-day basis, there are always those “I really wish I could do this!” moments or “Wouldn’t it be great if Ae had this!” functionality privations. What follows is an entirely-subjective-and-likely-applicable-only-to...

Delectable Gradient Maps

I am excited to release this fun pack of 45 gradient map presets for both After Effects and Photoshop. Perfect for creating quick duo-tone or tri-tone images for your social media needs or for just subtly adding interesting color corrections to your images. These presets are flexible and easily modifiable, so you create nearly infinite varieties of looks. Installation instructions are included in...

Variable Width Write-On Text

If you’ve ever wanted to animate the write-on of any text, you know that it can be tricky. It’s even more difficult when the text has a variable width; for example, a lot of brush or script fonts. This technique uses one shape layer with multiple paths to give you fine-tuned control over your text write-on, and helps you achieve a more natural and organic look. As a bonus...

How To Use After Effects Shape Layers Without Tearing Out Your Hair

[stag_icon icon=”chevron-circle-down” url=”” size=”50px” new_window=”no”] One of the most versatile tools in After Effects is Shapes, which can supplement or entirely form the totality of your project. They can be endlessly malleable, but are also kind of a pain to work with. But with the proper tools (some free and some paid), you can quickly...

The After Effects Killer Killer

[stag_icon icon=”chevron-circle-down” url=”” size=”50px” new_window=”no”] At the beginning of 2011 I had a motion piece I needed to create, and as I was putting together the concept I realized that I needed a scene where I had a rope falling down from the top of the frame, to then have two opposing hands pulling on it. I was still using Apple’s...

Cloudy Day

One of the experiences I used to meet with mixed emotions was Adobe’s yearly update of its applications. It was naturally exciting to have new toys to play with, but in previous iterations it always meant opening up the wallet. Now that Adobe has moved over to its Creative Cloud subscription model, the updates lose a bit of the sting, since the total cost is spread out on a month-to-month basis...

After Effects Add-Ons You Can’t Live Without

After Effects in and of itself is a powerful application for creating motion graphics, but it really shines when coupled with some amazing 3rd party scripts, plug-ins and effects. These range from time-savers to things which further extend After Effects’ capabilities. So I wanted to take a peek inside my toolbox and see which ones I use on a day-to-day basis. Enjoy… and hang on to your wallets! 🙂...

Head in the Cloud

Every artist or specialist has certain tools they swear by. Photographers often have a certain brand of camera, and usually even a particular model that hits the sweet spot of their art. Craftsman know that quality tools make a difference, and treat their implements with as much care and affection. A musician would be loathe to be separated from that one guitar that has a certain intangible...

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