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30 Days of After Effects, The Series

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30 Days of After Effects, The Series

30 Days sounds like a long time, but it's going to fly by and we've got a lot of knowledge to cram into that cranium.
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1Watch: Write On!

Learn three ways to do write on effects in After Effects, a skill that every MoGraph Artist needs to know.

2Through the Wormhole

Master the Polar Coordinates effect in After Effects and create a GMunk inspired sci-fi space tunnel.

3Gear Rig with Expressions in After Effects

Learn how to make gears automatically rotate using Expressions in After Effects.

4Fake It!

Today you'll learn how to create a fake 3D world in After Effects from a photo.

5Bless the Keyframes Part 1

In this tutorial you'll learn how to create a fake 3D world in After Effects from a photo.

6Bless The Keyframes Part 2

Learn how to automatically control your animations using MIDI data in After Effects.

7No Need To Go

Learn how to put the 3D system in After Effects to good use in this tutorial.

8The Predki

In this tutorial you'll learn about the importance of having a "go to" move for your animations in After Effects.

9Watch: Morphing Skills

You'll learn how to morph one shape into another in After Effects using letters as an example of this technique.

10Craft Construction with Cineware

Today you'll learn how to use Cineware to create a 3D room in After Effects.

11Automatic Follow-Through

Today we'll learn how to use principle of animation, Follow Through, to make your animation look better than ever in After Effects.

12Watch: Walk the Walk

In this tutorial you'll learn how to break down and animate a character walk cycle from scratch.

13Watch: 8-Bit Problem Solvers

Learn how to make your animation look like it's from an old-school video game in our 8-bit color cycling tutorial for After Effects.

14Watch: Color Like a Pro

In this tutorial Joey is going to show you some basic color theory tips you can put into practice right away to make your work look better.

15Watch: Precomp Power

In this tutorial you'll learn how to use the precompose feature in After Effects to save a ton of time.

16Watch: Getting Kinetic Part 1

In this three part tutorial series you'll learn everything you need to know to build your own kinetic typography videos from scratch.

17Watch: Getting Kinetic Part 2

In part two of this three part series on building a kinetic typography video in After Effects you'll continue working on your project.

18Watch: Getting Kinetic Part 3

In this three part tutorial series you'll learn everything you need to know to build your own kinetic typography videos from scratch.

19Watch: Like a Rollin' Cube

Learn how to rig and animate a rolling cube in After Effects. This lesson is packed with info on expressions and animation principles.

20Watch: Yard Birds Part 1

Learn the basics of compositing in After Effects in this two part series that covers keying, planar tracking, color correction, and more.

21Watch: Yard Birds Part 2

Learn the basics of compositing in After Effects in this two part series that covers keying, planar tracking, color correction, and more.

22Watch: TOON-SPLOSION

In this tutorial you'll learn how to make a cartoon styled explosion in After Effects.

23Watch: On The Big Screens

In this tutorial you'll learn how to create and manage animations in After Effects that are meant to be viewed on non-standard screen sizes.

24Watch: Ooey-Gooey-Toonimation

In this tutorial you'll learn how to create a cartoon effect that makes your work look like it's done in an old-school cel animation style.

25Watch: Let's Grow

Learn how to make vines and leaves grow using the amazingly powerful Trapcode Particular plugin for After Effects.

26Watch: Text Animator Techniques

In this tutorial you'll learn how to take the stock text animator effects that come with After Effects and use them to your advantage.

27Watch: Meet The Master of Weird

Learn some compositing tips in tricks as Joey recreates an animation by Cyriak. It's a weird one, but you'll learn a lot.

28WATCH: Making Mograph

Learn how to fake the Cinema 4D MoGraph Module in After Effects using some clever expressions.

29WATCH: 3D Comp Master

To be a top MoGraph Artist you need to know how to use 3D assets in your After Effects workflow and this tutorial has you covered.

30WATCH: Stop Motion in C4D

Learn how to create a mixed-media animation in After Effects by using real stop motion footage and standard After Effects animation.