Photoshop Tutorial: Make a Cinemagraph in 7 steps or Less

Cinemagraphs are so hot right now--perennial favorites of digital marketers and designers for their subtle use of movement, cinemagraphs have moved to the mainstream and are making waves online. Reminiscent of Harry Potter’s Daily Prophet and its magically moving pictures, these graphics are eye-catching and mesmerizing. Not-quite movies and not-quite stills, they add a touch of magic and a little something special to your digital content. In this tutorial, we will walk you through the creative process of finding dynamic content—including … Read more about Photoshop Tutorial: Make a Cinemagraph in 7 steps or Less

11 Eye Catching After Effects Templates YouTubers Love

If the internet never forgets, give it something to remember. Creating videos is as easy as point and shoot, and making a career on YouTube is more common than ever. But to really succeed, it takes creativity, consistency, and exciting content that screams, “watch me!” That’s a lot of pressure—fortunately, you don’t have to be a one person army. We’ve pulled together a list of 11 After Effects templates YouTubers love that will give your videos that extra little something to catch your audience’s attention. From slideshows and logo … Read more about 11 Eye Catching After Effects Templates YouTubers Love

The RomCom Toolkit: All the Romantic Stock Media You Need for the Ultimate Meet-Cute

February is the month for love, and in the filmmaking world this means only one thing: box offices are filling up with romantic films for the season. While dramas like Fifty Shades Darker or The Notebook are fine for some, romantic comedies have a more universal appeal. Just remember all of the romcoms that are a part of everyday pop-culture: When Harry Met Sally, Sleepless in Seattle, The Wedding Singer, Pretty in Pink, (500) Days of Summer—the list goes on. But the power of the romcom isn’t limited to the big screen. Indie … Read more about The RomCom Toolkit: All the Romantic Stock Media You Need for the Ultimate Meet-Cute

Top 10 Surrealist Videos: Stock Footage That Reimagines Creativity

“Sometimes I’d believe as many as six impossible things before breakfast.” —The Red Queen, Alice Through the Looking Glass The everyday can be so boring—why not be extraordinary? Great storytelling doesn’t always have to be realistic. Some of the most memorable films of our time are built on the idea that reality isn’t always what it seems: The Matrix, Inception, not to mention Harry Potter. The world is full of fantastic—and maybe slightly weird—possibilities. For filmmakers, dabbling outside of the ordinary can be … Read more about Top 10 Surrealist Videos: Stock Footage That Reimagines Creativity

After Effects: A Beginners Guide to Basic Effects & Animations

By Ryan Nau It’s time to brush up on the basics and get animated. From eye-catching logo reveals and title sequences to mesmerizing alpha channel animations, After Effects is a vital tool for all filmmakers looking to up the production value of their projects--especially when working with shoestring budgets. Although there are many tutorials for creating individual effects in AE--or for working with ready-made After Effects templates--sometimes you need a more comprehensive introduction to working with the program’s animations. That’s why … Read more about After Effects: A Beginners Guide to Basic Effects & Animations

The Ultimate Guide to Adobe Premiere Keyboard Shortcuts

If you’re interested in creating any kind of video project, chances are Adobe Premiere has a permanent place on your toolbar. The go-to editing platform of pros and novices alike, Premiere allows you to easily edit stock footage for all kinds of purposes--outpacing other industry leaders like Final Cut and AVID--and is now indispensable if you want to create high-quality films, commercials, promos or YouTube videos. Of course, time is of the essence in any field--and especially in ours. Between deadlines, shoot dates, high-maintenance … Read more about The Ultimate Guide to Adobe Premiere Keyboard Shortcuts

16 Hottest AE Templates of 2016—The Templates Filmmakers Loved Most This Year

Pop and sizzle aren't just for champagne—every video project needs that "extra something" that makes it standout. Customizable After Effects templates can help you do that quickly and affordably while still wowing audiences. Not sure which template is right for you? Crowdsource your answer. From dazzling animations to smooth title intros, these are the templates our creative community loved and downloaded the most in 2016. We’ve taken some time to look through our collection of After Effects templates and pulled the top downloads of the … Read more about 16 Hottest AE Templates of 2016—The Templates Filmmakers Loved Most This Year

7 Essential After Effects Animations to Take Your Video Effects to the Next Level

Cross-dissolve just doesn't cut it anymore. To make studio-quality videos, you need polished animations—that’s why we’ve pulled seven essential After Effects template animations for video production. From logo reveals to intro slides, these template categories are the standard-bearers of the industry. Templates are a great way for filmmakers, marketers, and creatives to quickly and easily create professional projects without needing to build them from scratch, frame by tedious frame. Easily customized with text, photos, and footage, AE … Read more about 7 Essential After Effects Animations to Take Your Video Effects to the Next Level