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30

Apr
2014

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In Plugins
Reviews

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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16

Mar
2014

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In After Effects
Software

By Tony LaTorre

My Favorite Mask Colors

On 16, Mar 2014 | One Comment | In After Effects, Software | By Tony LaTorre

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.

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17

Feb
2014

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In After Effects
Reviews
Scripts
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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03

Jul
2013

In Adobe PhotoShop

By Tony LaTorre

Trading Codecs for Press Checks

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.

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26

Jun
2013

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In Adobe Illustrator
Reviews

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
Reviews

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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12

Jun
2013

In Adobe Illustrator
Software

By Tony LaTorre

The Joy of Variable Width Strokes

On 12, Jun 2013 | In Adobe Illustrator, Software | By Tony LaTorre

A sample of a path with variable width stroke

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…

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05

Jun
2013

In Adobe Illustrator
Logos

By Tony LaTorre

CBM Logo Design

On 05, Jun 2013 | In Adobe Illustrator, Logos | By Tony LaTorre

The back story and thought process behind the logo for the talent management company CBM.

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29

May
2013

In Final Cut Pro X
Software

By Tony LaTorre

7toX Bridges FCPX’s Backward Compatibility Gap

On 29, May 2013 | In Final Cut Pro X, Software | By Tony LaTorre

7toX LogoComputer 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.

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