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Have fun Here are several tutorials that give After Effects users that chunky, retro, 8-bit, posterized look, with or without plug-ins. Plus some 8-bit inspiration.
The first tutorial from Charles Yeager caught my eye today and then I thought, well why not expand on the 8-bit theme and give you all something really good today! Combine several of the techniques explained here and have one amazing 8-bit Nintendo-style animation!
1. Quick Tip: Create an 8-bit Style in After Effects
This will get you started with the basics. AE Tuts+ and Charles Yeager bring you a two minute After Effects tutorial on creating the 8-bit look using Posterize, Mosaic, and Hue/Saturation. He shows how to save this as a preset to speed up your workflow.
2. Digieffects Damage | Artifact – 8 Bit Gaming Tutorial
This tutorial has disappeared from the interwebs but I’m leaving it in just in case it comes back. Apparently, something on the internet IS NOT there forever! 😉
Here’s an older tutorial by Brandon Smith and Digieffects, which he creates with Digieffects Damage. Create 8-bit style video with Damage’s Artifact plug-in in After Effects, Premiere Pro, Final Cut Pro 6/7, and Final Cut Pro X. Download a free demo of Damage.
3. After Effects Tutorial: Retro 8-Bit Video Game Title Screen
This one comes from Thinkmojo and is a bit more involved than the previous two. He goes over how to create a reflection, how to use the loopOut() expression to cycle the animation, and also how to create that 8-bit look with Mosaic and Posterize in After Effects.
4. How to Animate Retro Pixel Art in After Effects, 8-bit Style
This one comes from Nick Morris at AE Tuts+. He explains the workflow for taking pixel art from ASEprite into Photoshop and then finally into an HD comp in After Effects.
5. Creating 8-Bit Animation
This is an interesting tutorial because the artist is singing while he works! He starts off by making a character with a unibrow in Photoshop and then takes it into After Effects to create the lipsync. He does this manually but I would suggest using a plug-in called MamoWorld Auto Lip-Sync, which allows you to create a mouth that automatically animates according to your voice recording.
Inspiration: 8 Bit Cinema: The Big Lebowski and Pulp Fiction
Inspiration: Retro 8 bit Video Game Title Screen
Do you make cool Motion graphics projects? Then you know that the audio is very important. At Pro Video Coalition you can find the Jeff Foster 3 in 1 tutorial, where explains: Sonicfire Pro 5 – Soundtrack Workflow with After Effects CS5, Sonicfire Pro 5 – Roundtrip Soundtrack Editing with After Effects CS5 and Sonicfire Pro 5 – Matching the Soundtrack to Motion Graphics Elements with After Effects CS5. Also you can find some tips to enhance your final product.
Below you can find the 3 tutorials, but if you want more information or a detailed explanation of the 3 tutorials you can find out here.