Chris and Trish Meyer

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.

After Effects Hidden Gems Weekly: Fading Multiple Layers

After Effects Hidden Gems Weekly: Fading Multiple Layers

The strength of After Effects is its ability to composite together a stack of layers to create a compelling final image. However, a funny thing happens when you try to…

After Effects Hidden Gems Weekly: Pixel Motion Blur

After Effects Hidden Gems Weekly: Pixel Motion Blur

When you shoot a fast-moving object with a longer shutter time (half of the frame’s duration is the typical “filmic” setting), you will get natural motion blur. However…

Motion Tracking, After Effects, and CINEMA 4D Lite

Motion Tracking, After Effects, and CINEMA 4D Lite

After Effects features a 3D Camera Tracker that examines already-shot footage and attempts to reverse-engineer where the camera was during the shot, creating a 3D camera to match…

After Effects Hidden Gems Weekly: Mixing Audio

After Effects Hidden Gems Weekly: Mixing Audio

After Effects offers two ways to adjust the volume of an audio layer: the Levels parameter in the Timeline, and the Stereo Mixer effect, which can be added to a…

After Effects Hidden Gems Weekly: Preserve Frame Rate

After Effects Hidden Gems Weekly: Preserve Frame Rate

After Effects is a very logical program if you know it works underneath the hood, and a baffling mystery if you don’t. One example of this is the subject…

After Effects Hidden Gems Weekly: Wiggle Paths

After Effects Hidden Gems Weekly: Wiggle Paths

One of the features we miss the most in the old, discontinued Vector Paint effect for After Effects is the ability to automatically wiggle our strokes. Fortunately, you can recreate…

After Effects Hidden Gems Weekly: Dashed Lines

After Effects Hidden Gems Weekly: Dashed Lines

Lines: They show up everywhere, from underscores for text to animated elements flowing across the screen to mapping out paths. Many After Effects users employ the woefully under-featured Stroke…

After Effects Hidden Gems Weekly: Write-on

After Effects Hidden Gems Weekly: Write-on

The Stroke effect in After Effects is a workhorse, but it has one major limitation: It’s width is constant over the entire length of the stroke. You can edit…

After Effects Hidden Gems Weekly: Revealing Curved Shapes

After Effects Hidden Gems Weekly: Revealing Curved Shapes

A favorite motion graphics effect is wiping on an intricate, curved object (such as handwritten text) as if it was being painted or drawn. It would seem that animating a…

After Effects Hidden Gems Weekly: Swarming Shapes

After Effects Hidden Gems Weekly: Swarming Shapes

We were commentating on a Faceoff competition at the annual Motion Conference, where three artists have to finish an opening animation within an hour while onstage with the hosts breathing…