After Effects Tutorial

5 Tutorials using the Liquify Effect in After Effects

The Liquify Effect in After Effects is a versatile filter that can be used for a number of interesting effects. Here’s a sampling of what you can do with the filter.

Liquified Text in After Effects

Charles Yeager at Envato explains the basics of using the Liquify effect to animate drippy liquid text in Adobe After Effects. Perfect for your chocolate covered text for your Valentine, dripping with love!

How to Explode a Head & Regrow it back Tutorial

VideoFort shows how to do a fun Men in Black-inspired effect which utilizes the Rotobrush and  Liquify Effect.

Liquify Objects Distortion

Here’s another tutorial from Film Venture Studios, using the same Liquify effect. This tutorial shows liquified clouds.

Liquify Tool Transition

aFaRoS, working to a funky jazz rendition of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, shows how to use the Liquify Effect to create an interesting, slightly trippy, distortion transition.

Animate Lines/repeater using the Liquify effect in After Effects

Piling up and layering effects in AE is always a great way to create some interesting looks. In this tutorial, Hen Papirman shows you an interesting motion graphics look. This one is edited nicely to the music too!

Bonus Tutorial

Tutorial: Split Personality – Hemlock Grove

Mikey Borup shows a nightmarish mind trip of an effect showing a person splitting in two. The effect is based on an effect seen on Netflix’s Hemlock Grove. Fun stuff and it’s fairly complicated too. He uses multiple instances the Liquify Tool to give the stretch effect and adds some interesting color correction too.

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After Effects

Google’s Sketch2AE Script and Inspector Spacetime Scripts

Sketch2AE Script allows UX Designers to import Google Sketch artboards straight into After Effects as editable shape and text layers, without the tedious task of redrawing everything in Illustrator first.  Inspector Spacetime allows you to bring motion specs from Sketch to After Effects. Both are from Google SUMux Motion Design.

Just so we’re clear, this is not SketchUp, but Sketch for creating UI design for apps. I have not used this software and from what I’ve read, it produces a lot of layers, however, it looks like it would be very useful for people designing apps.

Learn more: Sketch2AE Learn more: Inspector Spacetime

Inspector Spacetime

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After Effects Photoshop Premiere Pro

Adobe Releases Updates for After Effects, Premiere Pro, Photoshop and Audition

The update for After Effects offers new format support and memory improvements, Photoshop gets selections improvements and advanced support for Windows high-density monitors.  Audition introduces more than 50 usability, performance, and stability improvements, and Premiere Pro gets some exciting new enhancements.

updates for after effectsWhat’s new in Adobe After Effects (Jan 2018)?

The latest update to Adobe After Effects CC includes more than fifty bug fixes, as well as new format support and memory improvements for VR workflows. It is a recommended update for all users.

New Format Support

This update includes support for three new formats across After Effects, Premiere Pro, and Adobe Media Encoder:

  • Variable frame rate video with audio sync
    Footage recorded with a variable frame rate, such as from screen capture software or video shot on mobile phones, now maintains audio sync when played back or exported.
    Footage captured by the ARRI ALEXA Mini camera in MXF/ARRIRAW format (ARRIRAW codec in an MXF container file) can now be imported.
  • HEVC (H.265) QuickTime
    HEVC (also known as H.265) codec footage in a QuickTime (.MOV) container, such as produced by an iPhone or iPad with iOS 11 or a DJI Phantom 4 drone, can now be imported into After Effects, Premiere Pro, and Adobe Media Encoder.

VR Improvements

Work with higher-resolution VR footage with lower GPU memory requirements through more efficient cubemap layout. The Create VR Environment and Extract Cubemap tools now generate the intermediate cubemap in 3:2 format instead of 4:3 format, enabling 6K VR (monoscopic) workflows at medium quality on GPUs with only 4GB of memory.

Key Bug Fixes

  • After Effects no longer crashes when you copy shape layer data from mocha AE CC or mocha Pro.
  • Parameter values no longer overlap in the Timeline panel on Windows when display scaling is set to 150 percent.
  • Context menus now work in undocked panels on a secondary monitor on mac OS 10.13 (High Sierra).
  • Keyboard shortcuts assigned to commands generated by plug-ins now work on Windows.
  • The recent fonts list at the top of the font menu in the Character panel is no longer missing.
  • The sourceData and sourceText expression attributes now correctly decode Unicode characters in JSON files.
  • Expression-heavy compositions no longer render more slowly than After Effects 14.2.1.
  • DNxHD and DNxHR codec QuickTime files exported with alpha no longer have a dark halo in the alpha channel.
  • QuickTime or AVI files exported via the render queue will no longer be missing the last frame if you have selected a codec that is not native to After Effects and the project is set to Mercury GPU Acceleration.
  • XML project files (.aepx) saved in a previous version of After Effects no longer open with all effect names removed and all masks renamed to “Mask”.
  • If the Media Cache location is set to the root directory of a drive, Premiere Pro 12.0.1 no longer fails to load a Motion Graphics template created by After Effects or shows a warning that After Effects needs to be installed.

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premiere proWhat’s new in Premiere Pro (12.0.1)?

The January 2018 release of Premiere Pro has some exciting new enhancements.

  • Updates to Add media cache expiration policies
  • Variable Frame Rate (VFR) support
    • Detection of VFR footage
    • Improved audio sync with VFR footage
  • Toggle multi-cam in source monitor for active camera to fill screen
  • Support for more video footage formats
  • Option to keep clips vertically aligned as you move them across tracks
  • Improved options to solo audio track in source monitor
  • Ability to make existing project into a shared project alias
  • Preview VR360 clips on HMD
  • Option to match frame sets in point
  • Sub-sequence improvements

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adobe photoshopWhat’s new in Photoshop (19.1)?

Photoshop releases version 19.1 with selections improvements, advanced support for Windows high-density monitors and more.

Select Subject

Select the prominent objects in your images in just one click with the new Select Subject feature. Then refine your choice further with selection tools or in the Select and Mask workspace.

Improved support for high-res monitors

Photoshop now scales for each of your high-resolution monitors individually. And there are more options to set UI scaling just right. Windows Creator’s edition and later only.

Select and Mask improvements

A slider in the Decontaminate Colors option now allows you to easily adjust the amount of decontamination applied to your images.

Better integration with Microsoft Dial

Easily change brush parameters including size, opacity, and other brush settings — right as you paint using Microsoft Dial.

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adobe auditionWhat’s new in Audition (11.0.1)?

The January 2018 update of Audition (version 11.0.1) introduces more than 50 usability, performance, and stability improvements.  This update is available now through the Adobe Creative Cloud desktop application, or by selecting Help > Updates… in the Audition menu bar.  Please save and close any sessions and files and ensure Audition is closed before updating.

The improvements and bug fixes include:

  • Smart Input monitoring no longer enabled by default (to prevent issues with certain audio device configurations)
  • Potential crash when adding Essential Sound effect during playback
  • Prevent level change, corrected channelization issues, when applying Sound Remover effect
  • Improved Auto-Ducking stability
  • Correct behavior when using Channel Mixer effect on Master track
  • Clip Z-Order intelligence improved when pasting clips to new tracks
  • Silent clips during mixdown in some circumstances fixed
  • Full Reverb effect processing and meter improvements
  • Playhead position returns after playback of a selection when toggled
  • Improvements to Center-Scrolling behaviors – smoother scrolling, no more jumping
  • Fixed Loudness Radar meter stability on certain operating system configurations
  • Improved playhead synchronization with ARRIRAW MXF video files
  • Corrected behavior of volume automation envelope in certain circumstances
  • Fixed long-standing waveform zoom issue when recording into a new file on macOS
  • Improved clip crossfade UI behavior
  • and much more…

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All four of these products are available individually or as part of Adobe Creative Cloud.  Learn More

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News: Toolfarm Top 10 Plug-in Awards 2017 – After Effects Results

The Overall Toolfarm Top Ten

This year we had a fantastic voter turn out in the 2017 Toolfarm Top Ten Plug-in Awards. These are the top plug-ins and products of 2017 as voted by our Adobe After Effects, Premiere Pro, CINEMA 4D, Avid Media Composer, Final Cut Pro X, and DaVinci Resolve Users! We had several ties this year, so we are listing the top products for each host. See all results

If you took the surveys and entered your contact info, keep an eye on your inbox as we will be contacting the winners soon! This year we had a lot of repeat winners from previous years and over multiple hosts. Congratulations to the winning plug-in companies!

Top Ten Adobe After Effects Plug-ins

1 Trapcode Suite

Trapcode Suite

The industry-standard package for motion graphics in After Effects.

Red Giant Trapcode Suite is a set of 11 tools for 3D motion graphics and visual effects. The Suite includes Trapcode Particular 3, Trapcode Form 3, Trapcode Mir 2, Trapcode Shine 2, Trapcode Tao, Trapcode Sound Keys, Trapcode Starglow, Trapcode Lux, Trapcode 3D Stroke 2, Trapcode Horizon and Trapcode Echospace.

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2 Video Copilot Optical Flares

3 Video Copilot Element 3D

And rounding out the Top Ten for 2017: