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Nothing but Cubes

So I was browsing around and saw Nick Cambell’s 5 Second Project, this time it was “Nothing but Cubes”. Interestingly enough, I love animations with primitive objects but never had the time to experiment much with such simple shapes. Well what the heck, it’s only 5 seconds. This animation took about 30 minutes and  I’m sure […]

by VinhSon Nguyen • April 30, 2012
After Effects Blog

Glossy 3D Particles with Particular

Yes, we’ve seen many cool custom particles for Particular, whether it’s smoke, fire, leaves, or vines. I’ve tried many custom particles before, but oddly enough I never did try HDRI images with Particular. With a bit of experimenting, you can achieve some pretty convincing objects as seen in the images. HDRI stands for “High Dynamic […]

by VinhSon Nguyen • April 14, 2012
After Effects Blog

After Effects CS6 Video Tutorials & Resources Roundup (Updated)

So everyone is pretty stoked about the upcoming After Effects CS6 release, there are quite a few artists that had the amazing and lucky opportunity to test drive After Effects CS6 (one of those lucky people doesn’t include myself). With all the new great features, there has been quite a few video previews, tutorials, and helpful articles […]

by VinhSon Nguyen • April 12, 2012
After Effects Blog

What’s New in After Effects CS6

So Adobe just announced the CS6 Production Premium suite bringing some major changes to After Effects, Premiere, and other products. Here are some of the key new features in the new After Effects CS6. Full Ray-Traced Extrusion After Effects now has the feature to fully extrude text and shape layers through it’s new ray-traced 3D […]

by VinhSon Nguyen • April 12, 2012

Watercolor Stop Motion Style?

So recently I’ve been working with a client that really wanted that ‘semi real, semi watercolor’ effect, you know, the effect where you usually have ink drops, paint splatters, and organic fades? The goal was to achieve this particular effect with a touch of ‘stop motion’ applied, meaning very choppy frame rates to existing footage(s). […]

by VinhSon Nguyen • March 27, 2012
After Effects Blog

Decaf Expressions: Variables, Axes, and Evolution

Welcome to this new ‘series’ where I will be talking about the basis of expressions. Expressions may seem daunting at first (trust me, I thought the same), but they’re actually very useful and more people should learn to use them! Rather than boring you with complicated explanations like Java and other programming books, I’m going […]

by VinhSon Nguyen • March 9, 2012

Critique Session: Kuler 5 “Once Upon a Time”

The second Kuler 5 project has come to a close, the theme this time was “Once Upon a Time“. The amount of submissions are still kind of struggling low but this time the quality has increased dramatically! We had some amazing results this time around and I’d love to see everyone join in on the […]

by VinhSon Nguyen • March 7, 2012