Shine in After Effects

How To : Use presets to make shine effects in After Effects

People like shiny things. Especially titles it would seem, since so many modern titles seem to have had shine effects put on them using After Effects. Now you can do so at home! This two-part video will show you how to create shine effects in After Effects without downloading ...more

How To : Get started with Trapcode Shine in After Effects

Shine is a 2D plug-in that simulates 3D volumetric light effects within your editor. TV and movie pros use it daily to create light rays that sweep through logotypes or any kind of footage. Learn how to get started with Shine in After Effects in this tutorial. Shine will also ...more

How To : Create a promo in After Effects

In this After Effects tutorial, Creative Cow Contributing Editor Eran Stern takes you behind the scenes and show you how he created the background animation for his DVD Promo using Trapcode 3D Stroke and Shine. Part two continues to show you how he designed the 3D Titles for h ...more

How To : Use Trapcode plugins in Final Cut Pro

This software tutorial will show you how to use three of Trapcode's plug-ins for Final Cut Pro. Normally these plugins are used in After Effects, but they are available for Final Cut Pro, as you will see in this tutorial. Learn how to work with Trapcode 3D Stroke, Shine and St ...more

How To : Create a 3D Gobo light in Trapcode Shine

This software tutorial shows you how to create a 3D Gobo light in Trapcode Shine. Shine is a 2D plug-in for After Effects, Premiere Pro and Final Cut Pro that simulates 3D volumetric light effects within your editor. TV and movie pros use it daily to create light rays that swe ...more

How To : Create a fireball in After Effects

Devin shows you how to create a fireball or energy ball effect in this After Effects tutorial. There are many ways to create a fire ball effect and this is just one of them. So watch the After Effects tutorial to get the idea then get creative with your own energy fire balls. ...more

How To : Create a Binary Transition with Trapcode Form

This two part episode shows you how to use Trapcode Form to create a dramatic transition where footage breaks into binary code, and re-forms as different footage. In Part 2, Aharon shows you how to improve on and finish the binary transition project by working with Time Remap ...more

How To : Create a rainbow in Photoshop

Open the picture you wish to place a rainbow within. A good scene has clouds that are receding into the distance and the light angle coming in from the front of the scene. A rainbow effect appears when by the sun is shining from behind you into the mist-filled air where it is ...more

How To : Restore your American Girl doll's shiny silky hair

In this tutorial, we learn how to restore your American Girl doll's shiny silky hair. You can wash and condition the hair, use a flat iron on the lowest setting, trim the ends and fly-aways with scissors, and more! If you have done all of this and it's just not shiny enough, y ...more

How To : Do macro photography shots for beginners

Macro photography is a type of photography used to create interest by focusing the lense on one thing in a picture, generally something that's located in the foreground. The rest of the image (the midground and background) fades out into a blur. This is a special effect that ...more

How To : Make your nose look smaller

There's no need to get plastic surgery if you don't have the best looking nose. With a few simple tricks, you can make your nose look smaller without needing to go under the knife. If you’re looking for a picture-perfect nose, hold off on that plastic surgeon, and dig into yo ...more

How To : Make a mini polymer clay knife for a dollhouse

Garden of Imagination is demonstrating how to make a miniature knife for the doll house. This knife has a clay blade and a metal handle. The metal handle is made of a hanging earring finding. Now some black clay is taken. It is rolled and flatten and made into the shape of the ...more

How To : Paint a rainbow, multi-colored manicure

Here are instructions on how to create a rainbow manicure 1. Apply a base coat to nails to protect them 2. Apply a thin stripe of pink nail polish to the side of your nail. Don't be afraid to get nail polish on your skin; you want it as close to the edge of the nail as possib ...more

How To : Build a big ass lava lamp

To create a massive lava lamp, you're going to need vegetable oil, Alka Seltzer, food coloring, and a water jug (a massive jug, like the ones you see in offices). Fill about one fourth up with water, and use vegetable oil to fill the rest. After filled, use an entire bottle of ...more

How To : Make blobs in a bottle with a Lava Lamp effect

The World's Easiest Lava Lamp! This is an easy, fun science activity that is great for any age. In fact, our video crew ended up taking the extra bottles home to show their friends. It is also a great demonstration of liquid density, the release of gases in a chemical reaction ...more

How To : Weather rolling stock model train cars with chalk

Does the new plastic shine on your model train cars ruin the overall effect of a realistic model train layout? Turn minutes into years, by creating an aged finish on that fresh plastic surface. Watch this hobby how-to video and learn how to age and weather rolling stock model ...more

How To : Get longer eyelashes

Make your eyes look bigger and brighter by lengthening your lashes. You Will Need * Silicon * Castor oil * An eyelash primer * A curling iron or an eyelash perm * A lengthening mascara * False eyelashes or eyelash extensions * An eyelash growth product * An eyelash transplant ...more

Important Astronomers : Isaac Newton

In my opinion, Isaac Newton is definitely the number two astronomer, right below Galileo Galilei. His discoveries were very important to uncovering the secrets of space, and he deserves to be remembered. Isaac Newton (January 4, 1643 – March 31, 1727) Isaac Newton was born t ...more

News : Astronomical Observing News (3/28 to 4/3)

Grab your binoculars and telescopes, because there's a lot going on in the night skies this week. The usually dim Little Dipper will appear brighter as it moves to the right of Polaris, creating a cool effect with the Big Dipper. There's also a first-quarter moon and a really ...more

News : Don't Kill the Messenger, or the Makeup Artist!

I’m terrified of you. Yes, you- Director of Photography (DP). Your framing is beautiful, but your lighting could kill me, and my career. I am the Makeup Artist, and I don’t believe we’ve met. In most Film schools they’re still teaching using film in this digital age.  Same is ...more

News : 10 Photography Tips for Mastering Your Camera Phone

If you're always taking blurry and underexposed pics with your mobile device, try using some of the tips below to turn your phone into a valuable photography asset. It doesn't matter if you have an iPhone, Android smartphone, or even a first-gen camera phone... you can still t ...more

How To : Choose the Right Path

Choose the Right Path Making a choice What do you do, when you do not know what to do? Perhaps, you do nothing. But such inaction may be unhealthy and even suicidal. Someone said, “The only thing for the evil to triumph is the good should do nothing”. Many people have been i ...more

How To : Heavy Water & Light Ice Experiment

Heavy Water & Light Ice Experiment. What happens? Ice floating over vegetable oil but it decreases in baby oil. While the ice melts, water is reduced in both liquids. Implemented gas grows and melt water falls. Then the boundary between the melted water and oil shows a beauti ...more

How To : The Secret to Making Strawberries Taste Like Candy

I'm as adventurous an eater as just about anyone, but some foodie trends leave me scratching my head and wanting nothing more than a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. But sometimes the trends become trends because they're, well, brilliant. Such is the case with strawberries, ...more

Whisking : We're All Doing It Wrong

Whisking liquids seems somehow quaint, especially since there are good, cheap devices out there like immersion blenders and hand mixers that can whip cream, turn egg whites into meringue, and mix batters for you. However, I still love my whisk and use it often, and here's why ...more

How To : This Hack Turns Any Phone into Black Light

Black lights come in all shapes and sizes, and are useful in a variety of ways—they can help you spot fake currency, urine stains, interesting rocks, deadly scorpions, or even just some cool fluorescent artwork. Most black lights work using a filter or coating over the bulb t ...more

How To : 60 iOS Features Apple Stole from Jailbreakers

Overall, iOS is more impressive than ever with its stability enhancements, security tools, suite of apps and services, and intuitive user interface. With each passing update, things just get better and better for iPhone users. But don't think for a second that this is all beca ...more

How To : 5 Must-Know Tips for Better Home-Baked Cakes

It's very easy to get your hands on a good cake. These days, a store-bought cake or even one made from boxed cake mix will usually be pretty good. Heck, make the first simple recipe you find on the internet, and it's likely to taste fine. Don't Miss: The Secret to Making Del ...more

News : The 5 Best Free Camera Apps for Android

Practically every smartphone comes with a built-in camera app, but these apps are generally created by the device's manufacturer. And let's face it, manufacturers are hardware companies first and foremost, so they don't always produce the best software. Luckily, though, Andro ...more

News : The Best Smart LED Lighting for the Smart Home

One of the latest home-improvement gadgets out there today, smart lighting, has become more popular as prices come down. That being said, its still quite a penny to shell out. In this article, I'll go through a few of the top products out there today, including the Philips Hue ...more

How To : The Ultimate Guide to Customizing Your iPhone

Cases and stickers are always great, but they aren't the only way to customize an iPhone. The software on your device is full of customization options, from a better-looking home screen and cooler lock screen wallpapers to app icon changes and a system-wide dark mode. There's ...more

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