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Need Some Free Sparks?

In a recent experiment, I needed a ton of sparks to fill the frame but I couldn’t find an easy alternative. Although using Trapcode Particular was a popular option, it wasn’t a ‘fast’ option, not something I could just slap on. I didn’t need total control and parameters like Particular, I just needed a lot […]

by VinhSon Nguyen • December 25, 2011

Kuler 5 Project

The Kuler 5 Project is a community project I want to start right here on CreativeDojo. Similar to the Five Second Projects by Nick Cambell & 99 Frames by David Drayton, the Kuler 5 Project is going to take a fun and creative community project to new heights. So What’s It All About? Basically, people will […]

by VinhSon Nguyen • December 5, 2011

Keeping the Inspiration Flowing

Inspiration is probably one of the most important factors for an artist, without it, our works end up being very boring, bland, and lacking energy and emotion. Aside from these, the biggest downfall from lack of inspiration is the painstaking dreadful feeling of working. If you’re not inspired to create something, it’s going to be […]

by VinhSon Nguyen • November 23, 2011

Glitchy and Twitchy

Aside from lens flares, we’ve all probably tried creating the mograph abstract ‘glitchy’ or ‘twitchy’ effect, whether it’s for your abstract blob render from Cinema 4D or your sci-fi trailer. Whatever the reason is, there are plenty of awesome tools out there to help you achieve this effect nicely, such as the infamous Twitch plugin […]

by VinhSon Nguyen • November 17, 2011

Revival of the Reviving After Effects Lens Flare

Knoll Light Factory and Optical Flares are great plugins to create stunning and amazing lens flares, but only if you can afford it. For those who are amateurs and don’t necessarily want to shell out some extra cash for lens flares or you’re hesitant because you hardly use lens flares, you can actually achieve some […]

by VinhSon Nguyen • November 7, 2011

Take a Break to Get Better Designs

Have you ever walked away or finished a project only to come back and feel unsatisfied with your work? Unfortunately, that frustrating feeling isn’t going away because a good designer never ‘finishes’ his work. The point is, if you feel unsatisfied with your work, you’re on the right track for future improvements. How could you use this ‘walk away […]

by VinhSon Nguyen • November 1, 2011

Wait, After Effects Isn’t A Video Editor?

Well in short, not really, it depends on how you define ‘video editor’. For the most part, people do not consider After Effects a video editor even though the literal meaning of video editor means ‘something that edits video’. “Video editing is the process of manipulating and rearranging video shots to create a new work. Editing […]

by VinhSon Nguyen • October 23, 2011