Spin Like a Rubix Cube – An Adobe After Effects Tutorial

Make solids spin like a rubix cube using fake 3d techniques. You can do this in almost all versions of Adobe After Effects. Certainly cs6 has the extrude function but we don’t need that here and I’m not sure we even want it just right now. So if you have cs3, cs4 or cs5 you should be fine. Any older and just replace the “shape” layers with “solid” layers. That will make sense when you’re in there.

I’ve been getting a lot of requests for this, ever since the “how to Sync Motion Typgraphy to Audio intro use this effect in it. If you want to see that go here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zcj6EFCwPkE or if you want to see what this is all about just watch the intro, that’s literally what we’ll be making. Sorry it took so long to get to this though. But it’s here now so enjoy!

Alternate titles include but are not limited to “You Spin Me Right Round”, “Meat Spin”, and “Rubix Cube Solved in Record time 2012”. Do you get in trouble for having titles that don’t match you content these days?

Thanks everyone who requested this tutorial, if you have any requests always ask them at me and I’ll try to get to them depending on time and demand.

If you have any questions post them in the comments or hit me up on twitter @ECAbrams.

Thanks again for watching and have a nice day.
Evan Abrams
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3D Tracking/Camera Solving – An Adobe After Effects cs6 Tutorial

Increase the VFX possibilites with ease in this tutorial for Adobe After Effects cs6

3d Camera tracking or Camera “solving” as it’s properly called, will generate a virtual camera that tracks the physical camera moves you’ve made in a scene so you can place virtual things in there and they will look like they belong. It’s not that hard, and with cs6 it’s even easier. There are some trade offs and caveats to watch out for. This feature is new in cs6 so it’s by no means perfect.

Follow along and hopefully you’ll be up and making things in no time. And if you have any questions just leave them in the comments. There will be more tutorials on the advanced functions of this tool but for now this should get you started.

Thanks for watching and have a nice day.
Evan Abrams
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The Render Queue: Render Settings – Adobe After Effects Tutorial

Render Settings? Radicool! These things might not seem exciting but I bet you will be happy to known them when it’s exporting time. Seriously, it sucks but it’s important. And that’s not like the time someone told you long division would be important some day. This time it’s for real.

Check out the other videos in this series:
The Render Queue: Overview
The Render Queue: Render Settings

If you have questions, leave them in the comments!

The Render Queue: Overview – Adobe After Effects Tutorial

SO you made something cool in after effects and now you want to show it off to someone not also in the tech lab? Maybe put it into some editing software? Maybe put it on youtube. Well you better get cozy with the render queue because you’ll have to go through that briar patch of crap to get the pot of gold on the other side. In this case the pot of gold is some passably exported video.

Saddle up and open wide for some some learning about the Render Queue!

Check out the other videos in this series:
The Render Queue: Output Module
The Render Queue: Render Settings

If you have questions, leave them in the comments!

The Render Queue: Output Module – Adobe After Effects Tutorial

So you want to know more about the Output Module. It’s kind of complicated so I’ll talk slow I suppose? Or maybe I just do that because I’m Canadian and can’t help it. Either way sit back and let’s learn what all those options are for when exporting video. They’re important and not very exciting but you will need to know them some time so let’s get exporting some awesome videos with the render queue and it’s output modules!

Check out the other videos in this series:
The Render Queue: Overview
The Render Queue: Render Settings

If you have questions, leave them in the comments!

Make Gradient Backgrounds

Ah gradients, they beat the pants off flat colours any day of the week. Do you spell it colors or colours? I’m Canadian so I say the “u” when I speak it.

There are many ways to make gradients but this is by far the best way. It’s way better than that silly way you were making them before, believe me… I know.

These are great for adding a nice subtle and classy background to things and after you get used to the technique you can crank them out in no time at all! Or take your time and do a good job, that’s an option too but it’s not for everyone.

Want to make things look good in other ways?
Learn about Layer Styles?

Learn about Textures?

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Working With Textures

Ah textures. Sometimes I just like to go rub my face in them… usually after I’ve had some “candy” at a “candy party”. If you get why those are in quotes… good for us. If not that’s cool too.

Textures are just high res photos of something that has a nice real world, non specific, even surface that you can re-purpose to make things interesting. Kind of like how I re-purpose lamp shades to make myself look more interesting at candy parties.

Want to make things look cool another way?
Learn about gradients?

Learn about Layer Styles?

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After Effects Layer Styles

If you’re a stylish person like me you already know it’s better to look good than it is to feel good. And after effects knows it too. That’s why it has no feelings and layer styles. these things are awesome and you will love using them if you have cs4 or later. If you don’t… then you will love wishing you could use them.

Learn more about making cool things look cooler!
Learn about gradients?

Learn about Textures?

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Extrude 3d Letters

Make your words, letters, whatever 3d inside adobe after effects! No plugins or fancy expensive 3d programs needed! All boring vanilla after effects. All you need is a little expression and a lot of duplicating. So we can’t actually make something “really” 3d but we can make it “fake” or “imaginary” 3d using many layers like plywood or 3d printers. 3d printing is so hot right now right?

The expression used is:
value+[0,0,index*thisComp.layer(“Controls”).effect(“Slider”)(“Slider”)]
BUT the “thisComp.layer(“Controls”).effect(“Slider”)(“Slider”)” needs to be changed to whatever your slider control is… so use the pick whip to make it happen.

For those who are wondering duplicate is ctrl+d or command+d as a short cut and I use it a lot of a lot of times in this one. I really need to watch my short cut slips. How about I do a series on JUST short cuts so we can all learn them together.. as a team?

Anyway, people have been asking for more typography tutoirals so here’s one just for you… yes you. And if you have any comments or questions or suggestions for upcoming tutorials holler at me in the comments or on twitter or facebook or even my own site right here?

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The Wiggle Expression

It’s the wiggler! Not just a really greasy hairless wrestler from the 70s but a really commonly used expression in Adobe After Effects. Everyone uses it but who really understands this strange creature. You’ll learn how to wrangle the wiggler and wiggle your way around riding it like a sand worm.

Want to download the project file? Go for it!
http://www.mediafire.com/?1cswft6b4ttuxny

The expression is correctly spelled wiggle() with a comma in between it’s respective parts.

here are the expressions used:
COMPLEX FANCY PANTS WIGGLING
seedRandom(1)
x= wiggle(effect(“X – Interval”)(“Slider”),effect(“X – Amout”)(“Slider”));
y= wiggle(effect(“Y – Interval”)(“Slider”),effect(“Y – Amout”)(“Slider”));
[x[0],y[1]]

SIMPLE WIGGLING
wiggle(1,500)

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