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.

Building and animating a detailed 3D environment in After Effects is one of my favorite things to incorporate into the right motion-graphics project. Adding shapes, lights, and shadows can give the scene extra depth and detail, but one of the most photo-realistic effects to aspire to is true depth-of-field.

One of the easiest ways to control the transparency of elements in After Effects is to make use of a matte; however, mattes come in various flavors—track mattes, garbage mattes, layer blend modes, and alpha and luma mattes, among others. Using just a few of these, and some sneaky techniques, we can create a fun [...]

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