Without a doubt, the best new feature in After Effects CS3 is the Vanishing Point Exchange with Adobe Photoshop CS3 Extended.

This tutorial will demonstrate how to create a vector silhouette from a photo using Photoshop plus Illustrator’s Live Trace tool. Knowledge of Photoshop channels will help you work through the steps, but is not required.

By harnessing the power of Adobe CS3 Production Premium, you can convert video frames into vector art into film-resolution movie files.

Dig under the hood and, using some very interesting techniques, a whole army of moving, synchronized shapes can be created from something that seemed so harmless to begin with. This is something the manuals won’t show you.

Let’s face it: After Effects is amazing. If anyone on this planet would tell you that, it’s me. Anything you want to do, you can do-as long as you know the way to do it.

Using a combination of type, 3D layers, repetitive expressions, parenting, and masking – a very striking title sequence can be created from just a few elements.

In fact, armed with some clever techniques and careful planning, you can create very unique IDs in a very short space of time.

Using a combination of type, 3D layers, repetitive expressions, parenting, and masking, a very striking title sequence can be created from a very few elements.

One of the most common errors made by video pros and amateurs alike is an over-reliance on their computer monitors.

You see them everywhere—vector graphics, swirly elements drawing themselves onto the screen, and fake 3D depth with 2D layers.

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