November 3, 2006
Pimp My Ride
Now that I have your attention...
I've been so focused on seeking out resources for AE users on the far reaches of the Web, that I haven't been paying close attention to what was happening in my own backyard.
The backyard I'm referring to is adobe.com. Until about 6 months ago Adobe.com was lacking in terms of resources and sources of inspiration relative to After Effects and digital video in general. There have been a few noble attempts over the years (shout out to Joe Shepter in particular), but overall we were lacking in this area.
However, things have changed. If you haven't checked out the Customer Stories section in a while, give it another shot. The most recent addition is a story on Premiere, Photoshop, and After Effects usage in Superman Returns.
In addition the Adobe Design Center is full of excellent resources for all creative disciplines.
The Gallery section reinforced my belief that the motion graphics being created in Flash & AE while created using very different methods are getting harder and harder to tell apart.
Kudos to Jen deHaan, Luann Seymour, and the rest of the team for making the Design Center blossom and no longer be something I have to apologize to customers about.
P.S. If you peruse Jen's blog you might even find an interesting tidbit or two about After Effects.