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Creating a Fun Stroke - After Effects Tutorial
Jacquelin Vanderwood

Start by creating a solid the size of the comp. Using the Pen tool, draw out a design.
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Floatin' on the Sea - Adobe After Effects Tutorial
What we want to do in this tutorial is to make the frog and the dingy boat go up and down on the waves.
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How to Animate Source Text - Adobe After Effects 6.5 Professional Tutorial
To begin this project you first need to create the text using the Text tool. You will easily find that on the Tools palette.
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Rock'n'Roll Stomach - Adobe After Effects 6.5 Tutorial
Here is the image I'll use to demonstrate this lesson. As you can see, the monster has a large hole in it's stomach.
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Snow and Light - Adobe After Effects 6.5 Tutorial
I've imported the scene I want to use from Photoshop. In this lesson we'll learn how to make snow falling with the sun rising over the mountains.
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The CC Radial Fast Blur Effect - Adobe After Effects 6.5 Tutorial
In this lesson we'll learn about the CC Radial Fast Blur Effect. It's really a very simple effect to learn. Here we have a picture set up in After Effects and the CC Radial Fast Blur effect applied in default mode.
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Learning About the CC Ball Action Effect - Adobe After Effects 6.5 Tutorial
Let's start out with a single image on it's separate layer. After Effects has applied the black background as seen below.
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The Griddler Effect - Adobe After Effects 6.5 Tutorial
In this lesson we'll learn about the Griddler.
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The CC Kaleida Effect - Adobe After Effects 6.5 Tutorial
Below is the Photoshop file I'll use for this lesson.
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The CC Blobbylize Effect - Adobe After Effects 6.5 Tutorial
I'll use my giant for this lesson.
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Introduction to the Path Text Control Panel - Adobe After Effects Tutorial
The first thing we need to do is create a solid for this lesson. Make sure to click on Make Comp Size. Also check to see that Cap Locks is off or you won't see the solid.
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Animate a Light - Adobe After Effects Tutorial
Here we have our scene. The background is created using a solid and applying a Ramp to it. The foreground was created in Photoshop and merged into one layer.
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Christmas Colored Strobe Light - Adobe After Effects Tutorial
For this lesson on the strobe light we'll use the composition below. Import the file as a composition and then double click on it to open it up.
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Blinking Christmas Tree Lights - Adobe After Effects Tutorial
Import the file as a Composition to begin with. Set the Composition Settings Duration to 10 seconds.
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How to Label Layers - Adobe After Effects Tutorial
Labeling layers is important to keeping your work easy and accessible to view quickly. Below we have a sample scene with five layers for this lesson.
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How to Take Snapshots of Frames - Adobe After Effects Tutorial
Why take snapshots? A good reason to do so is if you are working on a complicated animation, taking a snapshot helps you to view where certain pieces are in relation to other parts of the animation. Here is how to take a snapshot in footage and layer windows.
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Managing Camera Properties - Adobe After Effects Tutorial
Under Camera Settings, which can be accessed by double-clicking on the camera layer, there is a dropdown box under Preset. These presets are focal lengths.
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Using Cameras in the Comp Window - Adobe After Effects Tutorial
To add a camera to a comp window, start by opening the composition then select Layer>New and Camera.
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Adjusting Audio Settings - Adobe After Effects Tutorial
To access the audio settings go to Window and select Audio, or use the quicker method of Ctrl+4.
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The Shatter Effect - Adobe After Effects Tutorial
I've created a composition in Photoshop and then imported the artwork into After Effects to demonstrate Shatter. There are two layers: the background layer and the heart layer. I have locked the background layer so that it won't interfere with the heart layer.
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Animating 3D Circles - Adobe After Effects Tutorial
The first thing we want to do is create a solid. Click on the Make Comp Size for this lesson.
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Creating Transparent Text Lights with Vegas - Adobe After Effects Tutorial
If you have the newest version of AE, I understand that you can type directly into the program but if you're like me and are still using an older version, you can import text from Photoshop or Illustrator.
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Making Some Background Effects - Adobe After Effects Tutorial
In this lesson I want to show some techniques for creating background effects. As you can probably see from viewing television and movies, the variety is infinite.
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Animating a Chariot Using Nesting - Adobe After Effects Tutorial
In this lesson I want to show you the wrong way and the right to animate. As we go along you'll learn a lot of important information about animation.
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Working with Adobe Illustrator in After Effects - Adobe After Effects Tutorial
Below is the path created in Illustrator. Press Control+C to copy.
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Using Bezier Warp - Adobe After Effects Tutorial
With the graphic in place and selected, open up Effect and Distort. Choose Bezier Warp.
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Moving Keyframes - Adobe After Effects Tutorial
To move multiple keyframes, first select them by holding down the Shift key. Now drag in the new position.
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Modifying a Motion Path - Adobe After Effects Tutorial
Modifying a motion path is simple to learn and can be mastered in a short amount of time. The first method I want to show is how to move a keyframe.
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Expressions - Animate in a Perfect Circle - Adobe After Effects Tutorial
In this lesson we'll create an expression to make the star layer move in a perfect circle. The expression will cause the star to be thrown into a perfect position so you won't have to try and find where to set it exactly.
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Expressions - Averaging Between One Layer and Another - Adobe After Effects Tutorial
The animation we'll build here will move one ball between the two other balls.
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