Free: Boiler for Flash and Animate

Are you a Flash or Animate user? Check out Boiler, a free plug-in from @MegaCharlie159, an animator, programmer, and artist.

The plug-in lets you animate a boiling effect on text or other vector elements or traced bitmaps in Animate or Flash. This can give your outlines an animated look. Users can adjust the smoothing to experiment with results.

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Design interactive vector animations for games, apps, and the web. Bring cartoons and banner ads to life. And add action to tutorials and infographics. With Animate CC, you can quickly publish to multiple platforms and reach viewers on the desktop, mobile, and TV.

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Photoshop Plug-ins

Free Photoshop Plug-ins and Filters for Designers

Mashable has an article about free plug-ins for Photoshop in 2014, and I posted about this at AE Freemart. You know how it is… 4 years go by and half the links are dead.

I’ve updated the post with a few more recent free plug-ins that have been listed at other sites. You’ll see some plug-ins posted over and over, so that must mean that they’re really good!

  1. 28 Best Free Plug-ins – a huge list of free plug-in at
  2. The 17 Best Photoshop Filters & Plugins of 2018 – at Hubspot
  3. The 40 best Photoshop plugins – at Creative Bloq

Toolfarm has loads of Photoshop plug-ins, too, if you need anything that isn’t on this list. Most are discounted by 5% every day, too!

See more Photoshop posts at AE Freemart

After Effects

conSOLIDator by David Torno – ProVideo Coalition

VFX guru David Torno has finally completed his After Effects scripting pet project, conSOLIDator.  conSOLIDator does pretty much what it says. It consolidates the Solids and Nulls in your project files into as few as possible. Now you will have less Solids to look at in your Project Panel.

conSOLIDator – Free & Open Source

David started this little project back 2015 at the request of Harry Frank. However, life got in the way and it was put on the back burner for a while.  Then, Victoria Nece, Adobe Product Manager for Motion Graphics and Visual Effects, contacted him about a user request to consolidate nulls and solids.  So, he resurrected the scipt, completed it, and is now offering it to the After Effects community.

The script is free and even open source so you can see all the code.

David has more info about this handy script as well as download links and a tutorial on how it works, at ProVideo Coalition.

Happy conSOLIDating!


Autodesk Sketchbook is Now Free!

Do you like to draw? Maybe your kids do? Autodesk Sketchbook is a great tool that is now available for free on both mobile and desktop platforms! You can create your concepts for your animated projects with Sketchbook. It’s a fast and easy way to illustrate!

At Autodesk, we believe creativity starts with an idea. From quick conceptual sketches to fully finished artwork, sketching is at the heart of the creative process. You never know when a great idea will strike, so access to fast and powerful creative sketching tools is an invaluable part of any creative process.

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