Adobe After Effects

After Effects Classic Course: Set Matte versus Track Matte

After Effects Classic Course: Set Matte versus Track Matte

One of the most useful compositing features in After Effects is the ability to use the properties of one layer to create transparency (an alpha channel) for a second layer…

After Effects Classic Course: Set Channels & Shift Channels

After Effects Classic Course: Set Channels & Shift Channels

Earlier this year, we talked about the Photoshop skill known as “ChOps” – Channel Operations, where you manipulate individual color channels to perform a series of specialized treatments. In that post…

After Effects Classic Course: Shadow/Highlight

After Effects Classic Course: Shadow/Highlight

In addition to creating motion graphics, we are both also into mixed media art, which often means trips through Photoshop to process imagery that will be part of our final…

Creating Game of Thrones special effects at home with Red Giant’s VFX Suite

Creating Game of Thrones special effects at home with Red Giant’s VFX Suite

Game of Thrones delivered some of the best visual effects and tricks you could imagine, and now you get to recreate some of them at home, using Red Giant’s…

Classic Course: Lens Blur

Classic Course: Lens Blur

Continuing our look at effects that take advantage of “blur maps”, the two movies below focus on Lens Blur. This effect is a much more advanced version of Compound Blur…

Classic Course: Compound Blur

Classic Course: Compound Blur

An important concept in After Effects is the idea of a “blur map”: a layer that tells you how to blur another layer. This is often used in compositing – often…

Advanced keying with After Effects: Part 4

Advanced keying with After Effects: Part 4

  The point of using a chromakey plugin is to generate a matte / alpha channel based on the colour of a background. In Part 4 of this series on advanced…

Classic Course: Compound Effects

Classic Course: Compound Effects

The next couple of blur effects we want to show you look at the contents of a second layer to decide exactly how to blur the layer that they are…

Classic Course: Smart Blur

Classic Course: Smart Blur

Smart Blur – along with Bilateral Blur, which we discussed back in January – was originally created to help blur out flaws in an image (such as dust, grain, skin flaws, etc…

Classic Course: Directional Blur

Classic Course: Directional Blur

After Effects has long supported the ability to calculate motion blur of layers animated inside AE. However, that could add a lot of time to your renders. Therefore, some users…

Stabilized Footage AE Script

Stabilized Footage AE Script

Get some ideas for how stabilized footage can be used…

NAB 2019: Chatting with Adobe about their new releases

NAB 2019: Chatting with Adobe about their new releases

While Adobe took the days leading up to NAB 2019 to release updates to their video products I still sat down with Victoria Nece, Adobe’s Product Manager for motion…

Adobe Creative Cloud video: 2019 NAB releases

Adobe Creative Cloud video: 2019 NAB releases

Just ahead of the 2019 NAB convention, Adobe has announced new features and performance updates for audio-video tools in Adobe Creative Cloud. New features include Content-Aware Fill for…

The Adobe Premiere Pro April 2019 update – little and big things

The Adobe Premiere Pro April 2019 update – little and big things

For April 2019 Adobe has another NAB timed release of updates to the entire video-focused Creative Cloud apps. While Adobe Premiere Pro is always my focus as an editor…

Classic Course: Channel Blur

Classic Course: Channel Blur

To wrap up our exploration of ChOp (Channel Operation) effects, we’re going to look at a fun one that we touched on earlier in this series-within-a-series…