NEW Plug-In: SABER Now Available 100% Free!


Watch Tutorial on Youtube in HD

Our sweet new energy plug-in is available right now for free! Check out the tutorial and start downloading! Staying up for two days straight is not ideal but happy to have it up!

Key Uses:

  • Create Energy Beams, Lightsabers, Lasers, Portals, Neon Lights, Electric, Haze & more


Features:

  • Create High quality energy & lights beams
  • Realistic Glow falloff
  • Advanced Core Settings
  • Built-in Distortion
  • 50 Presets (View Gallery)
  • Dynamic Text and Mask Outlines
  • Stackable FX with Add mode


DOWNLOAD PLUG-IN: For After Effects!

POSTED:
2 years ago
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Another New Plug-In! (APRIL FOOLS)

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Key Uses:

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How to Use it:

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DOWNLOAD GLASS EYES PLUG-IN: For After Effects!

 


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