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Lighting Effects in Post using Final Cut Pro, Motion, and After Effects

Published by | Tuesday, June 16th, 2009
Chris Meyer

Chris Meyer

Several recent training series from Chris Meyer have focused on techniques for achieving a particular category of motion graphics effects using various applications. His latest courses demonstrate how to use any version of Final Cut Pro, Motion, or After Effects to easily add animated lighting effects to existing footage. Going beyond basic techniques, Chris shares his personal experience and uses many examples to teach the best way to select and fine-tune lighting clips to enhance a variety of underlying shots. He presents techniques for subtle enhancements that will help hold the viewer’s attention while adding production value to virtually any shot.

These courses were created and produced by Chris Meyer. We are honored to host his material in the Online Training Library®.

Create dynamic visuals with Maya particle effects

Published by | Monday, June 15th, 2009

Particle effects can be used to create everything from realistic smoke and light to abstract design elements. In Maya Particle Effects, Audri Phillips demonstrates the particles she has found helpful in her work creating dynamic visuals for video games, film and fine art. This course goes deeper than the basics, tackling topics like saving time by reusing MEL expressions, implementing physics to create realistic effects, and manipulating paint effects to give particles the look and feel of an envisioned design.

Finish your photographs: learn Photoshop CS4 image adjustments with Jan Kabili

Published by | Thursday, June 11th, 2009

Photoshop CS4′s adjustment features offer unparalleled opportunities to correct and manipulate images. In Photoshop CS4: Image Adjustments in Depth, senior trainer Jan Kabili explains how to use all the major Photoshop adjustment features. She shares the best techniques for adjusting image quality, and shows how to use the new Adjustments panel to streamline a photo correction workflow. Jan also demonstrates multiple ways to eliminate color casts, and explains how to use the new On-Image Curves control to adjust brightness and color. This course offers a detailed look at the techniques photographers and designers use to master image adjustments in Photoshop.