Insight into Effects

After Effects Classic Course: Set Matte versus Track Matte

After Effects Classic Course: Set Matte versus Track Matte

One of the most useful compositing features in After Effects is the ability to use the properties of one layer to create transparency (an alpha channel) for a second layer…

After Effects Classic Course: Set Channels & Shift Channels

After Effects Classic Course: Set Channels & Shift Channels

Earlier this year, we talked about the Photoshop skill known as “ChOps” – Channel Operations, where you manipulate individual color channels to perform a series of specialized treatments. In that post…

After Effects Classic Course: Shadow/Highlight

After Effects Classic Course: Shadow/Highlight

In addition to creating motion graphics, we are both also into mixed media art, which often means trips through Photoshop to process imagery that will be part of our final…

After Effects Classic Course: Color Stabilizer

After Effects Classic Course: Color Stabilizer

While discussing color-oriented plug-in effects, one of the more common tasks we’ve covered is fixing color imbalances in an image. Well, what do you do if that…

After Effects Classic Course: Solid Composite

After Effects Classic Course: Solid Composite

In the previous post we showed you how to use a Solid layer plus Blending Modes to tint an image. Well, a clever plug-in developer decided to encapsulate this…

After Effects Classic Course: Tinting with Solids & Shape Layers

After Effects Classic Course: Tinting with Solids & Shape Layers

In the previous post we showed you how to use Photo Filter, which is an extremely easy color tinting effect. However, you don’t even need to use a plug…

After Effects Classic Course: Photo Filter

After Effects Classic Course: Photo Filter

A couple of posts ago we were talking about using Colorama for tinting an image. If you are just trying to create a simple monochromatic color cast, you might view…

After Effects Classic Course: Colorama 3 – Color Cycling

After Effects Classic Course: Colorama 3 – Color Cycling

One of the main reasons behind the creation of Colorama is to perform what’s known as “color cycling” effects. Although often associated with psychedelic animations, it’s actually an…

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…