I recently got some notes on my tutorial, "Custom Shatter Maps" from the creator of the "Shatter" effect, Brian Maffitt. He tells me that there are a couple little things I misinterpreted.
1) Shatter maps do not "ignore" black, they ignore transparency. In my case, the background was set to black, so what I was calling black was actually transparent.
2) "Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Blue, Green, Red, White, and Black. Those are the only important colors to consider when making a Shatter map, and anything else will be "clamped" to those colors inside Shatter. You can turn off "interpolate palette" in Colorama to force the primaries in the shatter map, which will give you an excellent visual preview of the results."
So there are a couple notes straight from the creator. Keep them in mind when you are making your shatter maps.
Well, I admit it took more then a couple days, but the free After Effects preset, Quick Gravity is now online.
I recently posted a tutorial on creating gravity in After Effects. This preset takes all the work out of creating that same effect. Simply drag and drop it onto the layer you want to animate and you are ready to go. The preset comes with several easy-to-use controls that make customizing your bounce simple and quick.
For those of you who have seen the tutorial, you should know that this preset contains more complex functionality than what was described in the walkthrough. I encourage you to download it to see the improvements, for example I have coded it so that a bounce always happens on a visible frame, and added quick switches to turn the effect on and off as well as creating auto frequncy. The entire expression is coded with comments that explain everything that is going on. Please feel free to look through and add any improvements you see fit. If you make any interesting changes, please let me know, I'd love to see what you come up with.
So I've been working hard on getting the site organized. I've made changes to the After Effects Template and Stock Footage pages. I re-arranged the clip information so it is presented in a way that is easyer to understand. All of the specs for the clip or template are laid out in a clip information box. This lets you see everyting you need to know at a glance. More changes will be made over the next couple of days.
Also in the works: I've got a couple more tutorials and a free After Effects preset coming up. I hope to get the free preset online within the next couple of days and a new tutorial soon after.
Check back soon for all the new content.