Insight into Effects

After Effects Classic Course: Colorama 2 – Tinting

After Effects Classic Course: Colorama 2 – Tinting

After watching the movie in the previous post, you should now be over your initial shock and fear of Colorama, and understand how it works. Now let’s put it…

After Effects Classic Course: Colorama 1 – Overview

After Effects Classic Course: Colorama 1 – Overview

The last few posts have been about both the corrective and creative uses of color manipulation. Now it’s time to get purely creative with the most over-the-top…

After Effects Classic Course: Color Balance 2 – Creative

After Effects Classic Course: Color Balance 2 – Creative

In the previous post, we showed how to perform traditional color correction duties using the Color Balance effect. In this one, we’re going to share some more creative applications…

After Effects Classic Course: Color Balance 1 – Corrective

After Effects Classic Course: Color Balance 1 – Corrective

The Color Balance effect provides an easy yet powerful way to color-correct an image without diving into a full-blown color “looks” system. However, it’s long list of…

After Effects Classic Course: Hue/Saturation vs. Color Balance HLS

After Effects Classic Course: Hue/Saturation vs. Color Balance HLS

In the previous post, we focused on the Hue/Saturation effect – but at the end, we briefly mentioned the Color Balance HLS effect which would seem to cover the same…

After Effects Classic Course: Hue Saturation Tips

After Effects Classic Course: Hue Saturation Tips

After that run of movies on blur effects, now we’re going to turn our attention to color, starting with what was one of our most-used plug-ins: Hue…

Classic Course: Lens Blur

Classic Course: Lens Blur

Continuing our look at effects that take advantage of “blur maps”, the two movies below focus on Lens Blur. This effect is a much more advanced version of Compound Blur…

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 – often…

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, etc…

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…