Chris & Trish Meyer founded Crish Design (formerly known as CyberMotion) in the very earliest days of the desktop motion graphics industry. Their design and animation work has appeared on shows and promos for CBS, NBC, ABC, Fox, HBO, PBS, and TLC; in opening titles for several movies including Cold Mountain and The Talented Mr. Ripley; at trade shows and press events for corporate clients ranging from Apple to Xerox; and in special venues encompassing IMAX, CircleVision, the NBC AstroVision sign in Times Square, and the four-block-long Fremont Street Experience in Las Vegas. They were among the original users of CoSA (now Adobe) After Effects, and have written the numerous books including “Creating Motion Graphics with After Effects” and “After Effects Apprentice” both published by Focal Press. Both Chris and Trish have backgrounds as musicians, and are currently fascinated with exploring fine art and mixed media in addition to their normal commercial design work. They have recently relocated from Los Angeles to the mountains near Albuquerque and Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Classic Course: Compound Blur

Classic Course: Compound Blur

An important concept in After Effects is the idea of a “blur map”: a layer that tells you how to blur another layer. This is often used in compositing…

Classic Course: Compound Effects

Classic Course: Compound Effects

The next couple of blur effects we want to show you look at the contents of a second layer to decide exactly how to blur the layer that they are…

Classic Course: Smart Blur

Classic Course: Smart Blur

Smart Blur – along with Bilateral Blur, which we discussed back in January – was originally created to help blur out flaws in an image (such as dust, grain, skin flaws…

Classic Course: Directional Blur

Classic Course: Directional Blur

After Effects has long supported the ability to calculate motion blur of layers animated inside AE. However, that could add a lot of time to your renders. Therefore, some users…

Classic Course: Radial Blurs

Classic Course: Radial Blurs

After a break for NAB where you got to learn about all the cool new features in After Effects (how about that Content Aware Fill?), we’re back to help…

Classic Course: Channel Blur

Classic Course: Channel Blur

To wrap up our exploration of ChOp (Channel Operation) effects, we’re going to look at a fun one that we touched on earlier in this series-within-a-series…

Classic Course: Channel Mixer

Classic Course: Channel Mixer

Continuing our exploration of a few choice Channel Operation effects, we look at the initially daunting Channel Mixer. In short, the Channel Mixer allows you to create a custom mix…

Classic Course: Channel Combiner – Transparency

Classic Course: Channel Combiner – Transparency

One of the more confusing points on working with images is straight versus premultiplied alpha channels. With a straight alpha, information in the color channels is at full strength, and…

Classic Course: Channel Combiner – Alternate Color Spaces

Classic Course: Channel Combiner – Alternate Color Spaces

After Effects converts all of your source material into RGB color space, with a separate alpha channel. However, sometimes it is useful to process an image in an alternate color…

Classic Course: Channel Combiner – Overview

Classic Course: Channel Combiner – Overview

“ChOps” – Channel Operations, where you process individual color channels of an image (including the alpha channel) – is considered a Kung-Fu skill of advanced Photoshop users. After Effects also…