Insight into Effects

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…

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…