Tutorial 47: Halftone

Joe Clay | Dec 2, 2016

I am so excited for this one. I used to use this plugin family back in the day called Pete's Plugins. There was this awesome halftone effect in it. But Pete stopped developing it and posted his code but no one updated them for newer versions of AE so they died. I tried to compile it and I couldn't figure it out. But that's ok because I was able to figure out a way to do it!

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Tutorial 46: Simple Fire

Joe Clay | Nov 25, 2016

This week, we take a look at a simple way to make some 2D fire.

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Tutorial 45: Real Shadows

Joe Clay | Nov 18, 2016

This week, I decided to mess around with After Effects' new C4D 3D renderer. And I made some shadows for my 2D graphics. Beat that. :)

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Tutorial 44: Compositing Options

Joe Clay | Nov 11, 2016

This week, we go over an often overlooked—at least by me—feature of After Effects—using masks for effects rather than the layers themselves.

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Tutorial 43: Tunnel Vision

Joe Clay | Nov 4, 2016

This quick After Effects tutorial shows a useful way to make interesting tunnel worlds, like the new Photoshop splash screen.

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Tutorial 42: Posterized Mattes

Joe Clay | Oct 28, 2016

This quick After Effects tutorial shows a useful way to make time displacement maps for shapes and other objects using gradients with the posterize effect.

Tutorial 41: Ring of Fire

Joe Clay | Oct 21, 2016

This After Effects tutorial goes over an interesting technique to generate masks for use with Video Copilot's Saber plugin using turbulent noise and turbulent displace in combination with shape layers.

If you want to make this loop, you can precompose and time remap. I would also normally suggest that you get the evolution to cycle, but you can't evolve turbulent noise in a cycle for some reason.

Tutorial 40: Interface Interaction

Joe Clay | Oct 14, 2016

This After Effects tutorial shows you how to use your own mouse to move a digital mouse on screen and interact with elements in your scene.

If you were paying close attention, you might've noticed that I didn't completely reset the icons to their original size because I parented them to the cursor and then set their scale. Alternatively I could've just parented them to the cursor before I set its scale. Either way, you still need to make sure to scale them back to original size (or copy the original instead of splitting the parented layer and un-parenting it). It's AE, there's a lot of ways to do things!

I haven't made many errors in 40 of these. One was bound to sneak in!

If you'd like, you can download the cursor icon and use it in your own projects!

Tutorial 39: Liquids

Joe Clay | Oct 7, 2016

If you've ever wanted to make a simple liquid-filling-something effect, this quick and easy tutorial is for you. You might not believe how simple it is. It's not RealFlow, but it is RealEasy.

Also, if you're nerdy like me, you're probably wondering why I always start my shapes by double clicking the tool. That's the quickest way to make sure your shape is centered exactly in the middle of the comp with its anchor point in the middle. That way you can rotate the shape without it wobbling.

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Tutorial 38: Fiber Optics

Joe Clay | Sep 29, 2016

In this tutorial we show an easy but somewhat intensive way to make a really neat faux-particle system of fiber optics. The best part is that you can create it once and use it over and over again. So crank up a podcast (we recommend 99% Invisible), fire up Illustrator, and join us.

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