I’m Sorry Shape Layers! I love you!

I must confess… I was never a big fan of shape layers…  we just didn’t get along.  I was used to using masks but suddenly (around AE CS3) the same mask tool began creating Red vector shapes.

At first, they seemed cool enough but after accidentally adding shape layers to my comps, instead of masks, I lashed out! I even made a few jokes at the expense of them. It was wrong and I apologize

Since working on a few space movies, I really took the time to learn the tools better and began to realize how cool and powerful they are.

There are some extremely cool things that can be done with layering and ways to randomize path position with a wiggle settings and other cool things that would be impossible to do with masks.

I’m nearly finished with an unrelated tutorial (See below) but I’m looking forward to incorporating some interesting tips about shape layer creation!

Refining this Technique! I plan on making plenty of crappy tutorials but this next one is gonna be alright!

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1 year ago
[UPDATED] Fantasy Type FX will soon be a reality!
Tutorial Update: Almost there! Some last minute refinements to make sure edges are crisp for this exciting new tutorial but no sleep until we launch this baby! It’s still Tuesday in Hawaii right? Sorry for delay! My new tutorial is taking a bit longer than expected… Probably because it’s not ONE Tutorial, it’s TWO! A […]
More Procedural FX!
I’ve got a crazy new tutorial in the works and I’m announcing a release date! The pressure is on! Next Tuesday, Mar 20th, I’ll be showing you how to make some sweet procedural FX inside of After Effects without 3rd party plug-ins!   Experimenting with text without extra plug-ins! 💯 After Effects! A post shared […]
New Tutorial: Colorful Glitch FX! 100% AE!
It’s late! But here it is anyways, a brand NEW Tutorial! Wow snap.  Let me tell you it, feels good to get stuff finished and I look forward to show you all of the things we have been working on! New Tutorial Features: Procedural Glitch design Build a realistic reflective surface 100% inside AE! Unique […]
Monday Monday! Update: It's up!
Good morning everyone! Just editing my newest tutorial right now, look for it later today! Yes we are still on track for the Monday release, even I can’t believe it! Watch New Glitch FX Tutorial on youtube!
Puppet Tool Tips

In our recent blog show on volumetric light, I created a short animation with the puppet tool because I wondered what would the twitter logo be like if it was alive… In this short video I explain how I setup the project file to animate the logo.

Download the project file too! (CS6)

UPDATE: According to twitter guidelines it is not permitted to “add special effects” to the logo. Sorry.

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4 years ago
New Tutorial Tip: Selective Glow FX

Have you ever needed to add a glow to a specific color? Like an explosion, or signal light without affecting the rest of the image.
In this short tutorial I’ll show you a fast technique that will allow you add a glow to a specific color only and avoid the color mixing that occurs when using traditional luminance based glows.

Key Features:

  • Ability to Refine and Color Correct Glow
  • Procedural Effect, auto-updates
  • Use Keying tools to refine color selection
  • Works on a single adjustment layer, no pre-composing!
  • Not just for JetStrike! Great technique for all projects!

Don’t forget I’m doing an After Effects presentation in Los Angeles tonight for DMALA! (Monday night) If you are around, please register and come by!
The Details

4 years ago
New Tutorial: Environment Tips!

In this tutorial I’ll take you through some lesser known tips and tricks for controlling 3D backgrounds inside Element 3D. These may not be exciting features but once you see how easy it is to setup a custom environment the possibilities explode! One of the main advantages of creating a physical environment map is that it moves more accurately with the camera and scene.

Watch in HD on Youtube

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6 years ago
Slashing Tips

You know that part in a movie where some guy gets sliced up with a sword and you can see a big cut across his ninja shirt?… Well usually they do some fancy editing where he has a robe without a slash and then it cuts to a close up where the shirt now has a big rip… This actually works really well, especially with a nice sound effect. But I wanted to do the slicing all in one continuous take using computer technology!

How would you do it?

7 years ago