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After Effects gurus Chris and Trish Meyer share their real-world insight into how to get the most out of the effects that come bundled with this popular software. After Effects: Insight into Effects covers their favorite effects, hidden gems, optimal parameter ranges, "gotchas" to avoid, and alternative effects to consider. Among other tidbits, this course also contains "special topic" movies that pertain to more than one effect, demonstrate how to use After Effects more efficiently, and compare different effects to try in order to achieve a desired creative result. After Effects: Insight into Effects is recommended for all After Effects users, regardless of which version they use. This ongoing series that will be updated with new movies on a regular basis.
This course was recorded using After Effects CS4, but it contains many timeless concepts and effects. After Effects: Insight into Effects is recommended for all After Effects users, regardless of which version they use. This is an ongoing series that will be updated with new movies on a regular basis.
Skill Level Intermediate
- Hi, I'm Chris Meyer, of Chrish Design. My wife Trish and I have been using After Effects since version 1.0, and in this series, we'd like to share with you some of the insights we've learned on how to most effectively use the plugin effects that come bundled with After Effects. We're gonna be showing you some of our favorite effects, revealing some hidden gems, showing what effect might work better than another for a given task, and also give you some ideas on good parameter ranges to help you get started. Our focus is gonna be on common, real-world tasks you're gonna need to do all the time, on a variety of jobs. Now this series is gonna contain two different types of movies: One type of movie are gonna be dedicated to specific effects.
The other type of movie is gonna be what we call special topics, concepts that apply across multiple effects. Tools that may make it easier to use effects, or combinations of effects that are very common. We're gonna be adding to this series on a regular basis, so make sure you check back often to see what effects and what special topics we've added. Now, you're gonna notice that we're gonna be using After Effects CS4, for most of these movies. However, most of these effects have been around for years. So chances are, virtually all of these movies are gonna apply to you almost regardless what version of After Effects you're using.
If an effect is very new, we'll mention it, so you know that you may or may not have it. If you can't find an effect, there's a chance that Adobe's moved it from one category to another in between versions. So just search for it, in the Effect and Presets panel, and you'll probably find it. Now, in this series, we'll also be discussing the Cycore "CC" effects, which have come bundled for free with most recent versions of After Effects. If you can't find it, there's a chance that you might be running a trial version, which does not include any third-party plugins or content, or, on earlier versions of After Effects, the "CC" effects had a separate installer.
So check your installation disk, it might be there. Anyway, we hope that this series gives you better insight on how to use Effects, and by the end of it, you should be able to really apply them to your specific jobs. After all, the default settings are rarely the best. So experiment, learn, and most of all, have fun. So, let's get started!