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After Effects Blog Freebies

Squash and Stretch by Mamoworld

The folks over at Mamoworld have again created a very simplified tool to create some very complex and artistic animations. Squash and Stretch is their latest FREE tool aimed at bringing handcrafted easing, squashing, overshooting animations to your projects with a click of a button. The animations are handcrafted and keyframed by animators, which are […]


by VinhSon Nguyen • December 14, 2017
Blog Scripting

Adobe CEP Extension Development Experience

CEP extensions (Common Extensibility Platform) have been around since the start of the Creative Cloud days, but they weren’t, and still aren’t widespread amongst developers and users. Even today, most extensions in my opinion are mostly Photoshop and InDesign related stuff – hardly anything for After Effects. Despite this, there has been a growth in AE […]


by VinhSon Nguyen • February 21, 2017
Blog Cinema 4D Motion Graphics Visual Effects

Cycles 4D Renderer by INSYDIUM

INSYDIUM, the developer of the very popular particle systems X-Particle for Cinema 4D, has announced that they are working on creating a bridge in Cinema 4D to utilize Blender’s GPU based render engine, Cycles. The plugin, Cycles 4D, hopes to create a true link to Blender’s Cycles, claiming users will be able to follow any […]


by VinhSon Nguyen • October 3, 2016
After Effects Blog Freebies Motion Graphics

Kuler 5: Shapes (Massive Giveaway)

Another Kuler5 contest has arrived, and this time we have a ton of amazing prizes from Zack Lovatt and Tomas Sinkunas. We usually pick a very specific theme to challenge your creative minds, but this time we’re going simple: shapes. Kuler5 For those who are new, Kuler5 is a contest where you create a 5 second […]


by VinhSon Nguyen • September 15, 2016
After Effects Blog Inspiration Motion Graphics

Interview: UI Designs with Nicolas Lopardo

Today we have a special interview with Nicolas Lopardo, a very talented designer well known for his intricate FUI/UI/HUD designs and animations on Twitter and social media. I thought it would be a great idea to ask him where he gets his inspiration from, how these beautiful detailed graphics are created, and how he got […]


by VinhSon Nguyen • May 6, 2016
After Effects Blog Scripting Tutorials

Learn How to Write After Effects Scripts

After Effects scripts are coded tools to automate processes that would be too tedious to do manually, such as bulk renaming layers, shifting certain shape layers, importing text from a spreadsheet file, or organizing your project structure. In essence, scripts can do the manual tasks you can do, except faster. It cannot do things you […]


by VinhSon Nguyen • January 11, 2016
Blog

Why You Should Rent Gear

As a video and photo hobbyist, I’m always wanting to push the limits of what I can capture, and depending on the conditions and occasion, am limited by the equipment. A lot of times, these limits can be overcome by thinking of creative alternative solutions, but occasionally you run into events where you simply do […]


by VinhSon Nguyen • November 23, 2015