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After Effects CS5 New Creative Techniques was created and produced by Trish and Chris Meyer. We are honored to host their material in the lynda.com Online Training Library®.
Chris and Trish Meyer have been using After Effects since version 1.0 and have written ten books about the program, and they are always among the first to dive into each new version and discover what it offers to their fellow motion graphics artists. Chris takes you under the hood and explains how each new feature works in After Effects CS5. This course covers both the technical and creative implications of this latest release, including tutorials on the new Roto Brush tool and mocha version 2, blending modes, text options, and new and improved user interface elements in Adobe After Effects CS5. Numerous examples show the most efficient ways to use the new features and avoid potential pitfalls when applying techniques. Chris ends with a discussion of which users will get them most out of upgrading to After Effects CS5.
The last three brand-new effects I want to show you all came from Photoshop. There are underneath the Photoshop's adjustment layers, and they are Vibrance, Black & White and Selective Color. The reason these were added to After Effects CS5 was to provide more compatibility with layered Photoshop files. For example, if you added Vibrance to an adjustment layer to a Photoshop file, save the layered file and imported the layered file into After Effects, you'd want Vibrance to appear as an effect on this adjustment layer.
So that's why they added these effects. The nice thing is that they have made these independent standalone effects that you can apply to any clip in After Effects, not just Photoshop layers. So let's go through what each of these do starting with Vibrance. I'm back in After Effects CS5, I have got a piece of footage here with some nice colors in it, and I'll apply Effect > Color Correction > Vibrance. Vibrance is basically an alternative to Saturation. It's very similar to increasing and decreasing Saturation, but it's a more subtle, more refined effect.
For example, if I also take this scene and take Saturation up to 100%, I'd have very garish colors. Let's take a snapshot of what that looks like, take Saturation back down to 0, and now put Vibrance up to 100. I have a more saturated image, but you'll see it's a lot more subtle and a lot more pleasing, and a lot less garish. I'm going to repair my snapshot. This is what Saturation looked like. Suddenly looks little bit ugly to be honest. And that's what maximum Vibrance looks like, so it's a lot more subtle.
Let's go to other extreme. If I take Saturation all the way down to minus 100, it's one way of creating a black and white image and I'll take a snapshot of that. Now, let's do the same thing with Vibrance, minus 100. You'll see I still have some slight tinting. This is like a hand tinted black and white postcard as opposed to just say black and white image. And again, it's more subtle, more refined, and I personally like it more. And that's why personally I've been reaching for Vibrance more often than I've been reaching for Saturation.
I've been using it in the Camera Raw dialog when I import files, and now that's a part of After Effects, I plan to start using Vibrance instead of Saturation in those cases where I want to increase or reduce the amount of saturation in a shot. So it's a nice little addition and will help add some class to your treatments.
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