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43 Tasty AE Tutorials to Feed Your Mind!

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    There's been a lot happening on the AE scene since the last roundup last month, we got new plugins popping up, 3d lighting and normal mapping and a ton of cool new techniques to try out! We got 43 tutorials to fill that empty space in your stomach for some AE tuts sweetness.

    • Video Copilot - Particle Explosion

      Learn how to build a complex particle system using CC Particle World and synchronize the particle blast to shatter a title.

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    • Video Copilot - Scene Re-Lighting

      Use a normal map to relight 3d scenes within AE. This tutorial demonstrates using advanced lighting techniques and learning about reflecion and refraction.

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    • Video Copilot's Guide To Normals

      Andrew got quite excited once he started exploring the world of normal maps with his Scene Re-Lighting tutorial, that he compiled a Guide To Normals to help you better understand how to use them within After Effects.

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    • Haunted Audio

      Aharon Rabinowitz and Harry Frank show you a few ways to create haunted audio like you hear in the movie Poltergiest and films like that. Skip to 13 minutes for the AE version.

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    • MaxAfter.com - Water Refraction

      Shoaib show you how to simulate water as if it is sliding down a glass surface using CC Mercury and Fractal Noise.

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    • MaxAfter.com - Transition

      Learn how to create a cool dynamic overlay transition with some simple Trapcode Particular techniques.

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    • Eran Stern & Creative Cow

      Learn how to create a colorful disco tunnel using shapee layers and matching the look to some footage from Crowd Control using the Color Link effect.

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    • Motionworks AE Effects A-Z: Angle Control

      Maltaannon covers the effect called Angle Control, and shows you some techniques using it with some basic expressions.

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    • Motionworks AE Effects A-Z: Arithmetic

      Graymachine, aka Harry Frank shows you what the Arithmetic is all about and shows some interesting uses for this effect that is usually overlooked.

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    • Motionworks AE Effects A-Z: Audio Waveform

      Another A-Z tutorial from Maltaannon, he shows you the inner workings of the Audio Waveform effect.

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    • Motionworks AE Effects A-Z: Auto Effects

      My latest contribution to the AE Effects rundown, I cover three effects in one tutorial: Auto Color, Auto Levels and Auto Contrast.

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    • Brian Maffitt and Motionworks: CC Time Blend

      After Brian's appearance on John Dickinson's Unplugged show, Brian showed us this tutorial on how to make realistic smoke and plasma effects.

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    • Motionworks - Workflow with AE and Photoshop Extended.

      John did an Adobe E-Seminar to teach people how to incorporate Photoshop Extended into their After Effects workflow.

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    • Eran Stern & Artbeats - Energy Drink Part 2

      Eran finishes the Energy Drink tutorial by putting the finishing touches on it using Photoshop Extended as well as After Effects.

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    • Greyscale Gorilla & Maxon - C4D TO AE

      Nick Campbell got to do a couple quick tutorials for the release of Cinema 4D R11.5, and he shows you how to set up exporting your projects and passes out of C4D and into AE.

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    • Greyscale Gorilla - The Correct Way To Use Audio In AE

      Sometimes you have trouble working with audio files in After Effects, whether it be in your project, or in your renders... Nick shows you the correct way to work with audio in After Effects.

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    • Greyscale Gorilla - Understanding 2d and 3d Layer Order

      In this GSGcast, Nick shows you how the order of your layers in the timeline affect each other. This is important to understand thoroughly to take your projects to the next level.

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    • After Effects Apprentice - Shape Layers

      In the monthly video tutorials that Chris and Trish Meyer have been releasing, this month's video is on understanding how shape layers work.

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    • RGTV Ep 27: Building an Airport Scene: Backplate

      Mathias Möhl teaches you how to take some footage of a parking lot and make it the backplate for an airport scene.

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    • RGTV Ep 28: Building an Airport Scene: Compositing

      Continuing from the tutorial above, you are going to composite the rest of the elements together to create your airport scene. Use Mocha for AE, and his script MochaImport to help out with the process.

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    • RGTV Ep 29: Form Text

      Tim Clapham of HYPA.tv shows you how to use Trapcode Form to create particle-based 3d text along with a cool transition on and off.

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    • RGTV Ep 30 - 3d Motion Graphics Logo

      Carl Larsen of Telescope Media Group and the Creative Cow Podcast shows you how to use custom particles made with Red Giant Plane Space, inside of Trapcode Form to create some awesome looking 3d animations.

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    • Eran Stern & Zaxwerks - High Impact Promo with Serpentine

      Learn how to use Zaxwerks newest plugin, Serpentine to create some awesome looking motion graphics promos.

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    • Artbeats - Color Matching

      Chris and Trish Meyer have another tutorial over at Artbeats on learning how to tint your footage and color match to make it look like all the various elements of your coposition were shot together, and not put together in AE.

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    • Adobe Beginner Classes #26 - Creating Fog

      Dennis Radeke shows you how to create some realistic fog inside of AE using Fractal Noise and some masks.

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    • ProJuice.org - Plasma Screen Effect

      Nick shows you how to replicate the look of video being played on a huge plasma screen that you see at sports bars or outdoors music events.

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    • Layers Magazine - 3d Motion and Position of Text Characters

      Learn how to give your motion graphics compositions some flair by learning to harness the power of randomizing the 3d position and motion of characters within a bunch of text layers.

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    • Layers Magazine - Bending Flash Video in AE

      Learn how to match your video layer to the geometry of an object by using a warp effect in AE.

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    • Chris Zwar - The Centrica Carnivale

      Back in 2006 Chris Zwar created an awe-inspiring opening sequence that got a lot of attention, because despite what you might think, it wasnt created in 3d, only After Effects. Check out the post on his site, to see the spot we're talking about, and to find the links to the tutorials at PVC.

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    • Richard Harrington - Keying with Keylight

      Richard has a nice little introduction to Keylight over at PVC. There are tons of Keylight tutorials riddled across the internet, but coming from an industry veteran like Mr. Harrington, you're bound to learn something new.

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    • Michael Park & Creative Cow - Particular Waterfall

      Michael Park has been creating a ton of tutorials for Creative Cow, and this one is just excellent. Using Particlar to create a huge waterfall flowing over a dam, he demonstrates a use that a lot of people never think about.

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    • Gyorfi Szilard & Creative Cow - Shortcuts Part 1

      This is a cool little video outlining some ways to make your After Effects workflow run smoother. This video will cover editing and working with keyframes.

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    • CGSwot - Bullet-Riddled Text

      In this tutorial learn how to animate the creation of bullet holes which conform to specific shaped masks, using Particular to create the holes.

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    • CGSwot - Quick Tip: Tiny Z-Depth Numbers

      Learn how a solution to a problem some of you may have run into time and time again when not getting a good Depth of Field effect. This will help you by learning to fix it in AE rather than re-rendering out of your 3d program.

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    • CGSwot - Running Water in AE

      Pretty obvious what you are gonna create here. Using particles and some nice use of cc Glass to get some specular highlight, you learn how to produce some realistic water flowing out of a faucet.

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    • Pariah Studios - Dynamic Titles

      Robert Redman shows you how to make some titles that blur and change for a seamless blend between the different titles.

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    • Pariah Studios - C4D To AE

      This seems to be a pretty exciting topic, here is yet ANOTHER tutorial on exporting projects from C4D and bringing that project into After Effects for further tweaking.

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    • LFP Industries - Title Sequence

      Using some particle systems, 3d cameras, and texture compositing, Levi shows you how to create a cool looking title sequence.

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    • LFP Industries - Creating Severe Weather

      Using a day for night technique, some roto, color correction and fractal noise, learn to make a nice sunny day look like a horrible, knock-out-your-power storm.

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    • Barbeque Design - Lexus Hybrid Drive

      You probably remember this tutorial from a long time ago by Ruediger of Barbeque Design, but for the longest time, it was unavailable for download. The nice people at JMDesignCo.com have hosted it online, for everyone to download.

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    • Digieffects Camera Mapper Tutorials

      DigiEffects recently released a new plugin called Camera Mapper which can easily turn footage or still into 3d scenes by projecting parts of the image onto solids that can be positioned closer to or further from the camera to simulate depth.

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