Tutorial 27: Folding

Joe Clay | Jul 15, 2016

In this tutorial we look at a technique to fold anything like a piece of paper. There's a note in the tutorial to make sure your back layer is flipped horizontally. That will make everything align correctly. If there's any text you want to be legible in your background, you definitely need to flip it.

Another cool thing you can do, and that I've done before with this technique, is to print out logos, or whatever you want to fold and then you can fold it in real life before you fold it in AE.

If you'd like, you can download the project file so you can get a better idea of how it works. The project file is also corrected. Feel free to use the project file in your work!

Tutorial 26: Text Animations Simplified

Joe Clay | Jul 8, 2016

In this tutorial I explain an easy way to make complex text animations using After Effects' text animator.

I didn't even realize the link between the Bruce Lee quote and 'crash' text until later. But if there's anything that knows about Crashing, it's After Effects. Or at least it used to be!

Tutorial 25: Index Expression

Joe Clay | Jul 1, 2016

This tutorial shows you how to offset a layer's expressions relative to a controller null so that you can add more layers to a comp without breaking your expressions.

I hope that this technique can help you out. I find it useful in a lot of situations. Play around with it and see what you can come up with!

Tutorial 24: Quick Tips 01

Joe Clay | Jun 24, 2016

This collection of quick tips for After Effects is volume one. I'll put one of these together every time I think of enough small tips to make it work.

I hope you all enjoy my crazy intros. I find them funny, and I hope you do too.

Tutorial 23: Color Cycle

Joe Clay | Jun 17, 2016

In this quick tutorial we show a quick way to cycle through some predetermined colors using an old effect, Colorama.

I was perusing the ol' Creative Cow this week, and I came across a few people that could be helped out by this classic effect.

Tutorial 22: Parametric Gears

Joe Clay | Jun 10, 2016

In this week's Workbench tutorial we talk about a cool way to make parametric gears.

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Feel free to download the project file that you can use in your own projects!

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Tutorial 21: Using aerender

Joe Clay | Jun 3, 2016

In this tutorial I explain how to use aerender to render After Effects projects in the background so you can work on another project at the same time.

The code used in the script is posted below for reference. When Adobe makes a new version you'll have to update the file. But once it's executable, you can easily modify it without much effort. Also, I'm not sure how this would work in Windows. I know the directory structure is different (they use backslashes for example) and I'm not sure how you'd run it. Maybe a bat file through some emulated DOS? I don't know. I haven't used Windows in quite a while. If you know, leave info in the comments!

#! /bin/bash

/Applications/Adobe\ After\ Effects\ CC\ 2015/aerender -project "$1"

Another week, another delay. I've moved into our new space and dealt with an electrical issue all afternoon that has, thankfully been resolved! Unless something crazy happens, we'll be back on track next week!

Tutorial 20: Flexible Texturing

Joe Clay | May 29, 2016

In this tutorial we go over a simple method to apply textures to elements in a flexible manner.

Sorry for the delay in posting. I edited this on Thursday thinking I'd have time to post on Friday, but I'm in the middle of a move to a new office and then I had to head to a mini-vacation. I should've set it up Thursday night. Sorry again but I hope it helps you!

Tutorial 19: Character Joints

Joe Clay | May 20, 2016

In this tutorial, I show a method for making easily animatable arms and legs for characters that will have form fitting clothes.

I also mentioned Mike Overbeck's wonderful Joysticks n' Sliders script over at aescripts.

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Tutorial 18: Radial Text Transition

Joe Clay | May 13, 2016

In this tutorial I explain a transition technique that breaks apart text or other images into radial lines and recombines them. I based this tutorial on a shot I found on dribbble by Alleaume Jeremy.

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Feel free to download the project file that you can use in your own projects!

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