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Motion Graphics Tutorial: Liquid Pours and Ink Chambers

This motion graphics tutorial shows how to create interesting abstract backgrounds for your effects by filming liquid pours and ink chambers in a live-action studio. Watch more at

This tutorial is a single movie from the Practical Motion Background Workshop course presented by author Rich Harrington. The complete course is 1 hour and 25 minutes long and shows how to capture footage of everyday objects and combine it with effects in popular postproduction tools like After Effects and Premiere Pro, resulting in rich, abstract backdrops for your project

Posted by: Richard Harrington on Aug 23, 2013 at 6:29:00 pmComments (1) Motion GraphicsAdobe

Tritone Effect for Creative Color in After Effects


If you’re looking for a creative way to tint your images, use After Effects. The versatile Tritone effect goes well beyond the typical sepia tone effect, as it allows you to treat highlights, midtones, and shadows separately. In addition to simple tints, you can use the filter to create stylized looks.

  1. Select a clip in the After Effects timeline.
  2. In the Effects panel, type Tritone. Drag the effect onto a video clip.
  3. Press the E key to reveal the effect on that layer, and then double-click on the effect called Tritone to open its controls in the Effect Controls panel.
  4. Click on the Midtones color swatch to open the Color Picker. Choose a color to map the midtones to.
  5. Click on the Highlights color swatch to open the Color Picker and select a brighter color for the highlights.
  6. Remap the Shadows color swatch.
  7. Use the Blend With Original slider to mix the original state with the new color effect.

For more Adobe tips, check out
Creative Cloud User.

Tritone Effect for Creative Color in After Effects Republished by Richard Harrington

Posted by: Richard Harrington on May 26, 2013 at 3:14:00 pm Motion GraphicsAdobe

Hearing Audio in After Effects Previews


When working in After Effects, you might not hear your audio tracks. This is because audio must be loaded into RAM before it can be heard.
  • Make sure that there’s audio in your composition.
  • Make sure that the speaker icon is not muted in the Preview panel.
  • Click the RAM preview to load a video and audio preview.

For more on After Effects and all the Adobe pro video tools, check out the new website — Creative Cloud User.

Hearing Audio in After Effects Previews Republished by Richard Harrington

Posted by: Richard Harrington on May 8, 2013 at 9:01:00 pm Motion GraphicsAdobe

Motion Graphics Tutorial: Using Blending Modes for Design

This motion graphics tutorial shows how to use blend modes in After Effects to create interesting abstract backgrounds from live-action footage. Watch more at

Posted by: Richard Harrington on Dec 12, 2012 at 6:46:00 am Motion GraphicsAdobe

Demystifying the After Effects CS6 Performance Cache

Adobe After Effects CS6 maximizes your system's performance. Rich Harrington teaches you how to take full advantage of this new capability for faster previews, less re-rendering and, yes, great performance.

Posted by: Richard Harrington on Sep 18, 2012 at 8:42:00 pm Motion GraphicsAdobe

Batch Processing Images in Photoshop

An oldie, but goodie. Learn how to process several photos at once. This is designed for video workflows, but all will benefit.

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Batch Processing Images in Photoshop Republished by Richard Harrington

Posted by: Richard Harrington on Dec 29, 2011 at 7:15:00 am Motion GraphicsAdobe

Photoshop and AE: Refine Edge Command and 3-D Motion Control

Photoshop and AE: Refine Edge Command and 3-D Motion Control

In this installment of PS and AE, Richard Harrington shows to use Adobe Photoshop and After Effects together to get great 3D extrusion. He'll take some photos and split them out into 3D space, as well as use the Refine Edge command and the content-aware fill option to quickly build your layers to pop out and move around in the 3D camera.

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Posted by: Richard Harrington on Dec 10, 2011 at 7:27:00 pm Motion GraphicsAdobe

Motion Control with After Effects

Rich Harrington from RHED Pixel joins Bert Monroy this week at Photoshop World in Las Vegas to show you how to do motion control in After Effects!

Motion Control with After Effects Republished by Richard Harrington

Posted by: Richard Harrington on May 7, 2011 at 8:39:58 am Motion GraphicsAdobe

Understanding Type on Pattern

Unlike most print designers, video artists must design type over diverse canvases. Often this background contains a full spectrum of color. Achieving sufficient contrast is the key to preserving legibility. When using light-colored type, it is essential to make it larger than if it were dark type. Don’t be tempted to use all uppercase to make the letters stand out. Unfortunately, uppercase letters take more time for the viewer to recognize word shapes and process what they are seeing. This is generally time they don’t have.

Applying a stroke, outer glow, or tight drop shadow is an effective way to getting a contrasting edge. The biggest problem with type and video is that there will always be light and dark elements in your scene. It is crucial to add a contrasting edge to any type that is going to be keyed over a full-chroma, moving background.

A Hue/Saturation adjustment layer offers a nondestructive way to check contrast of type over a patterned background.
One way to test your contrast is to convert the file to grayscale. This can be achieved with several methods:
  • You can print it out in Grayscale.
  • Add a saturation adjustment layer, and desaturate (set to 0% Saturation).
  • You can use the History panel to create a duplicate document that you flatten and desaturate.
Adequate separation between foreground and background elements will make for better viewing for your audience. Think of color as tonal value. Some combinations show very low contrast when desaturated.

Be sure to check out Photoshop for Video

Understanding Type on Pattern
Republished by Richard Harrington

Posted by: Richard Harrington on Jan 19, 2011 at 11:59:57 pm Motion GraphicsAdobe

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Posted by: Richard Harrington on Oct 23, 2010 at 6:46:16 amComments (1) Motion GraphicsAdobe

Making Cast Shadows

Instructor Richard Harrington shows you how to make reflected or cast shadows in Photoshop.

Making Cast Shadows

Republished by Richard Harrington

Posted by: Richard Harrington on Sep 30, 2010 at 6:44:45 am Motion GraphicsAdobe

Master Transparency in Photoshop

Peachpit has just posted a free sample from my new book Photoshop for Video called What About Transparency?

One of Photoshop’s greatest powers lies in its ability to preserve complex transparency. It’s possible to have several different levels of transparency within a Photoshop document, which leads to greater flexibility in compositing multiple layers together. For example, in an image set to 8-bit mode, Photoshop supports 256 levels of transparency. Switch to 16-bit mode, and that number jumps dramatically to 65,536 levels. By employing masks, both in layers and embedded into the saved files as alpha channels, this transparency data can travel seamlessly into the nonlinear editing (NLE) or motion-graphics environment.

Read the whole article here for free.

Master Transparency in Photoshop Republished by Richard Harrington

Posted by: Richard Harrington on Sep 21, 2010 at 8:26:33 pm Motion GraphicsAdobe

After Effects Stacking Order Matters


Things can get tricky when you start to layer 2D and 3D layers in the same timeline. As a designer, you need to understand how After Effects interprets things so you can build your compositions correctly.
  • When working in 2D, the highest layer in the Timeline is in front of all the other layers. The lowest layer is behind them.
  • 3D layers are stacked based on their Z‑position value (assuming the camera is pointing at their fronts). This means that the object closest to the Active camera is in front of the other layers. This is true even if the layer is at the bottom of Timeline stacking order.
  • Track and Alpha mattes must always be immediately on top of the layer they are matting. This is true for both 2D and 3D layers.
  • Layer blend modes still follow the stacking order in the Timeline.
  • 2D layers mixed with 3D layers are ordered by their spot in the Timeline stack.
  • If two or more 3D layers have overlapping z‑position values, After Effects uses their Timeline stacking order to determine top position.

If you want to keep a logo bug or other element always on top of your 3D layers it's easy. Just place the element on the topmost layer in After Effects and don't enable the 3D switch. You can also do the same for a background layer that you want behind all your 3D layers. Just put a standard 2D layer at the very bottom of the timeline.

From the new Adobe Press book –
Motion Graphics with Adobe Creative Suite 5 Studio Techniques

After Effects Stacking Order Matters
Republished by Richard Harrington

Posted by: Richard Harrington on Aug 20, 2010 at 5:31:39 pm Motion GraphicsAdobe

Active Cameras Switching in After Effects

Many don't realize that they have the ability to add multiple cameras to a 3D composition. This makes experimentation easier as you can try out different camera moves without throwing the previous away. As you design, you can look through any camera you want with the 3D View Popup.
You can trim the layer handles for the camera to control when a camera becomes active.

The gotcha is that only the Active Camera will render. Which one's active? The answer is it depends:
  • If you have two overlapping cameras, the one on top of the layer stack takes precedence.
    • If you want to edit between cameras, you can adjust the in and out points in the timeline. Then sequence the camera layers so you can cut between them.

From the new Adobe Press book –
Motion Graphics with Adobe Creative Suite 5 Studio Techniques

Active Cameras Switching in After Effects Republished by Richard Harrington

Posted by: Richard Harrington on Aug 2, 2010 at 5:28:00 pm Motion GraphicsAdobe


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