Software Archives - 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?
Choosing the right mask colors in Adobe After Effects is really important if you do lots of rotoscoping, or stroking paths, or anything involving a lot of mask work. A mask whose vertices and handles get lost among the complexity of an image causes mis-clicks which is a huge time waster. And masks that are all the same or of similar colors make it hard to select the right one, especially if you’re selecting it in the timeline where a mask is divorced from its shape.
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.
By Tony LaTorre
On 03, Jul 2013 | In Adobe PhotoShop | By Tony LaTorre
Most of the time my workaday world is all virtual. Create something on the computer, make a video and post it to Vimeo, or make a digital file that an editor cuts into an edit, which I might then see on TV some day. Nothing physical that I could hold in my hand. But lately I’ve been getting into something different: the analog world, the world of the tactile, the world of business cards.
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…
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…
I’m not sure whether to be filled with hope or unease when I find out a feature I consider to be pretty essential has just shown up in a recent version of my 26-year-old software, but that’s the case with Adobe Illustrator and variable-width strokes, the ability to make the stroke of a path vary in width. Read more…
Computer software is always changing and that’s a good thing. That’s how software improves but it can cause headaches as well. Who hasn’t upgraded their OS only to find that some of their software doesn’t work anymore? We want it both ways, to have the benefits of the new while still being able to work with the old. It’s called backward compatibility.