Graham Quince's Blog Here you'll find a bunch of tutorials for using After Effects (mainly). I have a YouTube channel, called ShiveringCactus (long story - not funny anymore) where I post the videos. en-us Fri, 21 Feb 2020 11:00:00 GMT PHP Script Just the Tip: Making a Twister / Tornado in After Effects using CC Particle World Here's a quick tutorial showing how you can create a particle Twister in Adobe After Effects, using just the native plugins, mainly Cycore's CC Particle World with a bit of CC Vector Blur too. I use a set of expressions from a previous tutorial, Linking CC Particle World to a 3D Null in After Effect Sat, 15 Feb 2020 10:47:42 GMT Just the tip: "Utimate" guide to looping footage / compositions I created this tutorial after spotting quite a few posts from people new to AE who didn’t know about the options. Then I started trying to come up with an utlimate, time-saving, plug-and-play expression that would take care of loop compositions for you. And I succeeded! (I know, it suprised me as Sat, 25 Jan 2020 11:36:21 GMT Just the tip: White balance, scale and focus reference card for easy compositing Here’s a short tutorial and giveaway of a digital (and physical) asset I use to help me composite greenscreened actors and CGI elements into a physical scene. This tutorial covers using the reference cards in Adobe After Effects, Video Copilot Element 3D and the included Lumetri Color, Camera Lens Wed, 01 Jan 2020 13:32:21 GMT Just the tip: Free tracking images for tablets and phones for easy screen replacement Here's a giveaway for anyone interested in trying to do a screen replacement for their iPad, iPhone, Tablet or phone. After a lot of trial and error, I've created these two images which makes it much easier to track your screen using After Effects and Boris Mocha. The video has a brief tutorial show Sat, 21 Dec 2019 11:35:31 GMT Makin' Planets - Adding an atmosphere using Video Copilot Element 3D By special request, here's an extra Makin' Planets tutorial, where I don't use Video Copilot's free Orb plugin to make a planet but instead use Element 3D to add an atmosphere.   Most of the time, Orb is the best approach for planet making, but if you need to add other 3D objects, you might want t Sat, 23 Nov 2019 11:30:50 GMT Just the tip: Linking CC Particle World to 3D Null Here's a quick tutorial to help you make the most of AE's built-in particle system. CC Particle World works in 3D space, but it’s coordinate system is different the rest of After Effects. Use the expressions below to solve that problem by adding them to the Producer settings. Expressions: Position Sat, 09 Nov 2019 17:40:23 GMT Just the tip: Hologram / Projector beams in After Effects without plugins There's loads of "how to make a hologram" AE tutorials on YouTube, but they all seem to miss out the beams from the projector. This mini-tutorial shows you how to use CC Radial Blurs and Expressions to achieve responsive, changing beams of light. ----------------------------------------------------- Sat, 02 Nov 2019 16:07:33 GMT Just the Tip (a new set of mini-tutorials for After Effects) - Rolling a ball using Expressions I'm currently prepping a much larger series of tutorials, but to take a break from those, I've also be creating a series of short tutorials for the things I go back to again and again - but not so frequently that I have them memorised. I find myself searching the internet (and the Cow of course) for Sat, 12 Oct 2019 15:39:27 GMT Makin' the Sun using Video Copilot Orb Here's a tutorial for creating a 3D Sun in After Effects using Video Copilot's excellent free Orb plugin.  The video starts builds on an earlier Andrew Kramer tutorial for creating a solar surface, but then applies the textures to VC Orb and adds a corona or halo and uses particles and another Vide Sat, 24 Aug 2019 20:14:25 GMT Makin’ Pluto: using Cinema4D Lite to create a double planet system with a shared atmosphere Here’s the last in my solar system tutorial series. This video uses After Effects CC and Cinema4D Lite to create both Pluto and its moon Charon, then use a Loft object and circular splines to create a shared atmosphere linking the two bodies. Project file: Fri, 16 Aug 2019 19:31:19 GMT Makin' Neptune: Using Cinema4D Lite to create a gas giant In this tutorial, I'm tackling a different way to create a Gas Giant.  Instead of creating a texture map and applying it to sphere, I'm going to use Cinema4D Lite to create a visible light that looks almost solid. I will be using Video Copilot's free Orb plugin as well to create the edge atmosphere Thu, 08 Aug 2019 21:56:53 GMT Makin' Uranus and using CC Particle World to add its rings Here's the next part of the Makin' Planets tutorial series, this video looks at how to use After Effects and Video Copilot's free Orb plugin to create the planet, then use CC Particle World to add a ring. There's a slight problem with CC Particle World though, it doesn't allow for things to sit insi Thu, 01 Aug 2019 16:00:11 GMT Makin' Saturn: Adding a 2.5D Ring Here's what I thought would be a challenge, but turned out to be quite straight-forward, (I won't say easy). In this video, I use Video Copilot's Orb plugin to create Saturn with a texture map from Solar System Scope, then I use After Effect's built-in effects to create a ring and have the planet ap Fri, 26 Jul 2019 16:18:21 GMT Makin’ Jupiter: Animated Textures vs Procedural Clouds Here’s a tutorial on how to create a texture for the largest planet in our solar system. I’ve actually take two approaches to creating The Gas Giant and in this video, I’ll show you how to both animate a static texture map and use Fractal Noise, Tint and Turbulent Displace effects to reproduce Fri, 19 Jul 2019 16:23:45 GMT Makin’ Mars: Adding orbiting moons and having them cast shadows in Video Copilot Orb Here’s the next instalment of Makin’ Planets. This time it’s Mars. In the tutorial, After creating Mars, I then create Phobos and link it’s orbit to Mars. Then using expressions and lights, I have it cast a shadow onto the surface of the red planet. ------------------------------------------ Fri, 12 Jul 2019 16:29:14 GMT Makin’ Earth - storms, labels and auroras Here are three separate tutorials for adding extras to a 3D Earth using Video Copilot’s Orb. There’s no point in a tutorial in recreating Earth, as Andrew Kramer has already made an excellent tutorial covering that (which is also included below), so instead, I’ve focused on adding some extras: Fri, 05 Jul 2019 19:34:44 GMT Makin’ Planets - VideoCopilot Orb tutorials I’ve launched a new tutorial series, Makin’ Planets, for After Effects. Each week I’m looking at different techniques to recreate one of our solar system’s planets using Video Copilot Orb. Each tutorial launches with a Teaser / Preview on Mondays, with the actual tutorial going live on Frida Mon, 01 Jul 2019 20:15:48 GMT After Effects tutorial: Converting a 2D effect to 3D (using a bit of Maths) to make a Black Hole Long title, but it about covers it. In this tutorial, I'm demonstrating how to get the look of an Interstellar Movie-type Black Hole using the Bulge effect, 3D layers, adjustment layers and how to use expressions to compensate for the fact you can't use Bulge in 3D space. I've included the project f Sat, 26 May 2018 16:00:59 GMT