After Effects Classic Course: Remove Color Matting

One of the tell-tale signs of a good composite versus a bad composite is the quality of the edges around the foreground layer. For example, it may contain some color contamination from the background it was originally shot against, which can prevent it from seamlessly melting into the new background you are trying to place […]

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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. To do this, many use the Track Matte feature that’s available in the Timeline. However, there is also an effect plug-in – Set Matte – which […]

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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, we focused on the Channel Combiner plug-in. However, there are two other plug-ins in After Effects that also give you access to individual color […]

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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 works. We shoot all of our photos using Camera Raw (it’s the digital equivalent of the negative, compared to the normal JPEG which is the […]

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After Effects Classic Course: Color Stabilizer

While discussing color-oriented plug-in effects, one of the more common tasks we’ve covered is fixing color imbalances in an image. Well, what do you do if that imbalance changes over time? You can keyframe your changes to match the changes in the footage and hope you don’t get odd pulsing or flickering…or in some cases, […]

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After Effects Classic Course: Solid Composite

In the previous post we showed you how to use a Solid layer plus Blending Modes to tint an image. Well, a clever plug-in developer decided to encapsulate this trick into an effect, and then extend what it can so. The result is Solid Composite, and it was one of our “secret weapons” when using […]

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After Effects Classic Course: Tinting with Solids & Shape Layers

In the previous post we showed you how to use Photo Filter, which is an extremely easy color tinting effect. However, you don’t even need to use a plug-in to get this result; you can get the exact same effect using Solids and Blending Modes.  For an advanced version of this trick, it is worth […]

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After Effects Classic Course: Photo Filter

A couple of posts ago we were talking about using Colorama for tinting an image. If you are just trying to create a simple monochromatic color cast, you might view that as using a sledgehammer to open a sunflower seed. So let’s go to the opposite extreme and talk about one of the simplest color […]

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After Effects Classic Course: Colorama 3 – Color Cycling

One of the main reasons behind the creation of Colorama is to perform what’s known as “color cycling” effects. Although often associated with psychedelic animations, it’s actually an old-school technique often used in video games to add the appearance of animation to a portion of a still image such as water or the sky. Here’s […]

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After Effects Classic Course: Colorama 2 – Tinting

After watching the movie in the previous post, you should now be over your initial shock and fear of Colorama, and understand how it works. Now let’s put it to work, here as a very powerful color tinting tool: This movie previously appeared in our Insight Into Effects course on Lynda.com/LinkedIn Learning. They’ve retired that […]

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After Effects Classic Course: Colorama 1 – Overview

The last few posts have been about both the corrective and creative uses of color manipulation. Now it’s time to get purely creative with the most over-the-top color manipulation plug-in in After Effects: Colorama.  This powerful effect is initially overwhelming, because it can do so much from sedate tinting to psychedelic color cycling. So let’s […]

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After Effects Classic Course: Color Balance 2 – Creative

In the previous post, we showed how to perform traditional color correction duties using the Color Balance effect. In this one, we’re going to share some more creative applications, including teaming it up with the Hue/Saturation (discussed a couple of posts ago):  This movie previously appeared in our Insight Into Effects course on Lynda.com/LinkedIn Learning. […]

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After Effects Classic Course: Color Balance 1 – Corrective

The Color Balance effect provides an easy yet powerful way to color-correct an image without diving into a full-blown color “looks” system. However, it’s long list of parameter names and lack of a visual user interface might initially be daunting. Let’s demystify them, while showing a workflow that will help you get the most out […]

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After Effects Classic Course: Hue/Saturation vs. Color Balance HLS

In the previous post, we focused on the Hue/Saturation effect – but at the end, we briefly mentioned the Color Balance HLS effect which would seem to cover the same territory. Well, it actually has quite a different look. The following movie compares the two head-to-head: Since we created those movies, a new effect appeared that […]

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After Effects Classic Course: Hue Saturation Tips

After that run of movies on blur effects, now we’re going to turn our attention to color, starting with what was one of our most-used plug-ins: Hue/Saturation. You maybe used to just grabbing the Hue wheel or Saturation slider to alter an image, but there is so much more inside this simple effect, including the […]

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