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Tutorial: How to Create a Toon-Shaded Look in After Effects

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Learn how to achieve a toon stylized animation in After Effects.

The “toon shaded” look is pretty dang popular these days. There are, of course, plugins and effects that can make something look “cartoonish,” but there is always a price to be paid for convenience and that price is control over the final look. This video is a little weird in that it shows you how to get a simple-looking effect in a complex-seeming fashion. The goal, however, is to get you to THINK LIKE A COMPOSITOR when you use After Effects. It’s a tough thing to get initially, but by the end of this lesson you'll have a good idea of how to approach look-development inside of After Effects. Check out the Resources tab for more info on that Mt. Mograph tutorial that Joey mentions in this lesson.

Download the toon-shaded project file.

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