A common task in After Effects is to create a reflective floor in After Effects. Rob Garrott shows you how to create one with this video tutorial from Lynda.com. This is part of a series called, “Design in Motion.” Check it out!
Design in Motion is a series of creative techniques featuring short projects using After Effects and CINEMA 4D. Taught by motion graphics expert Rob Garrott, the course covers how color correction, expressions, rendering type, lighting, and animation are used in each program, and the topics are updated weekly. Using these tips and tricks, motion graphics designers will find designing to be a more efficient process.
Jeff Foster, and video2brain, have just released a new video tutorial series, “Fundamentals of Compositing, Tracking, and Roto Techniques with After Effects.”
In this workshop Jeff Foster — video producer, compositor, visual effects artist, and author of “The Green Screen Handbook” — teaches you the basics of green screen compositing and setting up a streamlined roto workflow with After Effects and a Wacom tablet.
You’ll get real-world tips on getting the best mattes and keys from your green screen shots, stabilizing and tracking footage in After Effects, and using the Roto Brush feature to create quick and accurate mattes of anything that moves in the frame. You’ll also learn how to create more believable composites by matching your foreground and background plates, using roto-spline masks, and applying match-moving techniques.
Here are some free video tutorials from the series:
Recently, After Effects CS5.5 was released with a bunch of new features you’ll want to know more about. Lynda.com has commissioned After Effects whiz Mark Christiansen to create helpful tutorials describing these features. Here, you’ll find two free sample movies that will help you learn about the Warp Stabilizer and creating lens blur with the After Effects camera. The course delves into most of the main features of After Effects CS5.5 including Light Falloff, Stereoscopic 3D, and workflow improvements.
In this blog, I’ve provided links to the videos and some related links below each one.
It’s finally out! Adobe Creative Suite CS5.5 was announced recently, and there is already a good deal of articles and videos that were released in support it. Take a look at each of these links for more info on your favorite Creative Suite Application.
Recently, the venerable tutorial site, lynda.com, released several free tutorials for creating motion graphics with After Effects CS5. Presented by Ian Robinson, these high quality tutorials should help you learn about such subjects including workflow, using animators with type, and creating storyboards. In this blog, I’ve embedded the videos and provided some related links below each one.
After Effects Help is translated into a number of languages for our foreign customers. Unfortunately, it is not possible for us to support every language on the planet. That’s why when we come upon a new resource for foreign language users of After Effects, we like to tell you about it.
Recently, I happened upon a cool After Effects resource for Arabic speakers. It’s a tutorial based website called Qtab.net, located in Cairo, Egypt. The site is run by Essam and Heba Hawas. Heba is the voice behind all the tutorials and she does a wonderful job (check out Heba’s tutorial about the Roto Brush here). They also do tutorials for the cartoon creation program, Toon Boom.
In addition to the Qtab website, you can also reach out to Qtab on both Facebook and Twitter (@qtabdotnet). Heba Hawas also has some videos uploaded to Vimeo here. Be sure to connect with them if you are interested in learning more about After Effects in the Arabic world.
If you’ve been using After Effects for a long time, you may have forgotten some of the more useful features over time. If this sounds like you, then have I got an article for you!
Over at Pro Video Coalition’s “Motion Graphics and Visual Effects” section, Chris Zwar has written up a 5 part series called, “After Effects Leftovers”, which features over 40 tips, tricks, workflow suggestions and general reminders about topics like layout, masking, painting, rendering and even the After Effects interface. Along with the articles are helpful videos. Click the links for those at the end of each article. There are corresponding project files that are available from Chris Zwar’s website, as well.
Sounds good? Then hop right over to the series and read all about it in the following locations.