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30

Apr
2014

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By Tony LaTorre

After Effects Plugin Review: Un-Precompose

On 30, Apr 2014 | No Comments | In Plugins, Reviews | By Tony LaTorre

We all know about pre­com­pos­ing, it’s one of the most use­ful tools in After Effects. But have you ever had the need to do the reverse, to un-precompose a com­po­si­tion in your time­line, bring­ing the lay­ers it con­tains into your cur­rent comp?
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Feb
2014

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In After Effects
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Software

By Tony LaTorre

After Effects Script Review: CopyMask2Layer

On 17, Feb 2014 | No Comments | In After Effects, Reviews, Scripts, Software | By Tony LaTorre

A lot of After Effects scripts are pretty mun­dane, but that’s ok. They improve sim­ple things you do a thou­sand times a day but because of that they can make a big dif­fer­ence. They’re not eas­ily mar­ketable dif­fer­ences, which I sus­pect is why their func­tion­al­ity has not been included in After Effects, but they fill crit­i­cal holes in the software.

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Jun
2013

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In Adobe Illustrator
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By Tony LaTorre

Illustrator Plugin Review: WidthScribe

On 26, Jun 2013 | No Comments | In Adobe Illustrator, Reviews | By Tony LaTorre

Con­tin­u­ing on from last week’s inves­ti­ga­tion of Illus­tra­tor plu­g­ins from Astute Graph­ics, today I’m look­ing at Width­Scribe. Width­Scribe is an enhance­ment to the vari­able width stroke tech­nol­ogy that was intro­duced in Illus­tra­tor CS5, and that I wrote about a few weeks ago. Read more…

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19

Jun
2013

In Adobe Illustrator
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By Tony LaTorre

Illustrator Plugin Review: VectorScribe

On 19, Jun 2013 | In Adobe Illustrator, Reviews | By Tony LaTorre

With all the posts I’ve recently writ­ten about Adobe Illus­tra­tor and logos and such, read­ers of this blog might be sur­prised to know that the pro­gram I do most of my work in is Adobe After Effects, and I promise I’ll get to that even­tu­ally, but for some rea­son Illus­tra­tor has been more in my life lately. Appar­ently I’m not the only one, because I went to my monthly motion graph­ics (DMA/LA) meet­ing last night, and what do they have but a demo on a plu­gin for…Illustrator. And then a pre­sen­ta­tion on char­ac­ter design from an Illus­tra­tor. So maybe there’s some­thing in the air right now. Read more…

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02

Mar
2013

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By Tony LaTorre

Review of “Filmmaking with the iPad & iPhone”

On 02, Mar 2013 | No Comments | In Reviews | By Tony LaTorre

 

cover of the book "Filmmaking with the iPad and iPhone"

The name of the book “Film­mak­ing with the iPad & iPhone” by Taz Gold­stein might cause many, even sea­soned pro­fes­sion­als, to think this is a book about shoot­ing footage with the iPad/iPhone. After all, what gets cov­ered in the press these days is the mirac­u­lous feat of film­ing a movie on a phone (parts of the Oscar-winning doc­u­men­tary “Search­ing for Sugar Man” were shot on the iPhone). To be sure, shoot­ing is one part of the book, but this is a man­ual on how to use the iPad/iPhone through every stage of the process of mak­ing a film, from con­ceiv­ing a screen­play, to pitch­ing the project, prep­ping the shoot, film­ing, post­pro­duc­tion, all the way to post­ing your fin­ished mas­ter­piece to the web. Of course, you don’t have to do it all on an iOS device, (although Gold­stein proves that you can if you want), but what’s great is you can pick and choose which pieces will work for you and use just those.

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