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.

The Accidental CFO: Tax Flow for Freelancers

The Accidental CFO: Tax Flow for Freelancers

It’s that time of year again when freelancers in the US feverishly organize last year’s receipts, throw the numbers into a tax program (or at a poor accountant…

The Accidental CFO: The Section 199A Deduction

The Accidental CFO: The Section 199A Deduction

What was Congress thinking, passing major tax reform a week before the holidays when there was still some serious shopping days left? Even if you did take time away from…

Classic Course: Unsharp Mask

Classic Course: Unsharp Mask

We assume only the true geeks (like us) are watching video training over the holidays, so here’s a particularly geeky subject for our Classic Course series: Unsharp Mask. This…

Classic Course: Tint versus Tritone

Classic Course: Tint versus Tritone

Continuing with still-useful movies from our old “Insight Into Effects” course, this one explains why you shouldn’t reach for the standard Tint effect when you…

Classic Course: Repeat Edge Pixels

Classic Course: Repeat Edge Pixels

As we mentioned in our last post, we’re going to be publishing on PVC videos from our retired Lynda.com course Insight Into Effects that we think are still…

Classic Course: Grayscale Shootout

Classic Course: Grayscale Shootout

Back in 2009, we had the ambitious idea that we were going to release a new movies on a regular schedule that were dedicated to the built-in After Effects…

Classic Course: Natural Lighting Effects

Classic Course: Natural Lighting Effects

Since we’ve been on the subject of lighting recently, we thought we’d follow up the Classic Course on Adding Lighting Effects in Post with one on creating more…

Classic Course: Adding Lighting Effects in Post

Classic Course: Adding Lighting Effects in Post

In addition to our more glamorous broadcast and film work, we created a lot of corporate or “industrial” videos as well. We enjoyed this work, because we often found we…

Classic Course: Working with “Pulldown” Footage

Classic Course: Working with “Pulldown” Footage

We kicked off this “classic course” series with a post on working with interlaced footage. Now we can share it’s close relative: working with 3:2 pulldown and related…

Classic Course: Instant Sex

Classic Course: Instant Sex

We’re re-publishing some of our older but hopefully still useful courses for free. This technique is one of our favorites: a way to add a softening glow and…