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 [...]

Create a Monty Python-style talking head in this tutorial beginning with the sound recording in Adobe Audition, moving on to the image prep in Adobe Photoshop, and ending up in good old Adobe After Effects, where a little Expression magic saves the day.

A recent titling project used such techniques, creating a look of organic autumnal motion with leaves, which was changed to wintry snowflakes at the very last second. Here’s how it was done.

As the designer and creator of the site, my aim was to inject life and playfulness into both the character illustrations and the word games that followed them, and many people have asked me just how it was done—so here we go!

In this video tutorial, Lee takes you on an in-depth tour of an animation workflow between Adobe Illustrator CS2 and Adobe After Effects 7.

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