Today’s post covers the 3 new effects that come with the Adobe After Effects 13.6.1 version. We have already covered the improved previewing and workspace, the Face Tracker and the Character Animator.
Now you’ll find more about these 3 amazing effects:
Cycore is a company based in Sweden that years ago dove deep into the After Effects engine and created these great effects that use the engine and the effects that are built into After Effects to create these even cooler effects. They are all plugins that you can buy.
Adobe saw the value of Cycore stuff and said, “Let’s just include it with the After Effects”. I presume they have a licensing agreement worked out. I don’t know the details but now you’ve got tons of Cycore effects inside After Effects.
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Now let’s see how you can find these CC effects in AE.
You should just type CC in the search box. That gets you to all various CC effects and CC stands for Cycore.
1. CC HEXTILE
Let’s search HexTile in the search bar.
If you double click on HexTile, it will add it to this particular clip.
There’s HexTile which looks kind of like a beehive.
Now you’ll see how to modify it, by using the control panel on the left side.
It has a center. It’s hard when the tiles are so small.
You can increase the radius. I can drag it to his eyes, then I can change the size of the tiles.These are obviously key framable and you swirl around that.
You can rotate it around the center like so and smear it. You can pull away from it like that. It’s called smearing.
Then, there’s three different kinds of tiles.
There’s a standard tile like that and two other ones that get pretty wild and wacky.
They are called folded. They’re folded in themselves but they retain the cell structure (the fold aligned ones). If you go to fold seamlessly, you’ll get rid of the cell structure.
That’s CC Hex Tile. I’ll delete by selecting it and pressing delete.
2. CC VIGNETTE
After searching for it, double click on it.
It immediately puts a vignette around the image.
A vignette either darkens or lightens the edges.
You can choose to do so by using the Amount feature.
You can also change the center.
Another cool element is pin the highlights.
There are some highlights inside this painting. If you pin the highlights, then you retain the highlights.
It’s a really cool feature, that you don’t lose the highlights even though you’re making it darker.
So that’s CC vignette.
Quick tip on applying a mask the old way
Old way of applying a mask
The old way of doing this was you typically apply an oval to the image using a mask. The way you do that is by going to the shape and getting an ellipse tool, just double clicking on it and it automatically adds – it’s called a mask.
What it does, the mask protects an area and makes the other areas transparent and so basically you have this black area here. Then, you can adjust this in terms of opacity and also soft edges to it. That will put the mask. And you have the mask feather, you can feather this a little bit like so. And you can reduce the opacity on it. That will be the typical way to make a mask.
That’s now been changed to CC Vignette.
The reason it’s funny is because there’s a vignette option inside Lumetri.
I’ll double click on that and apply Lumetri.
I mentioned earlier that Lumetri effect maybe is not as cool as you would first think because it looks like a huge effect. But if you go to the color effects, you can say, “Wow! Look at what they’re doing here.” They’re giving us this great color correction effect here inside After Effects.
But the immediate purpose for the Lumetri color effect to be added in After Effects is because it’s a big powerful feature now inside Premier Pro. It was added to Premier Pro as a way to change the whole color workflow inside Premier Pro.
And so, they have it in After Effects now such that if you bring a clip, if you link a clip from Premier Pro in After Effects, which I explained in two previous lessons, then the Lumetri effect makes that voyage into After Effects so you don’t lose something when you come to After Effects. They have it here for that main reason but it doesn’t mean you can’t use it.
If you want to do your color correction work in After Effects, fine.
It’s just that it doesn’t really lend itself as much to color correction as to Premier Pro because there’s no scopes, like the way for a scope or vector scope inside After Effects.
Without them, you really are kind of handicapped in terms of how you do your color corrections.
Feel free to use Lumetri but be aware that you’re much better off doing your color correction inside Premier Pro or Color Finesse which is a plugin that comes with After Effect but I really prefer Premier Pro.
But say for example, we want to warm up the mid-tones here. You just click here in the mid-tones and drag it toward the orange and it will start warming up the mid-tones. The mid-tones are basically everything here besides the highlights here in his shirts. Those are the mid-tones.
If you want to reset it, just double click here and that resets it back.
You can make the mid-tones brighter. But you can make the mid-tones lighter and these are the things you can do here.
If you go down the bottom here, you’ll see there’s a vignette.
You can change the vignette but it’s not as cool as the Cycore vignette. Even though there’s midpoints here, it really just means that midpoint. The Cycore vignette is a better one available here inside Lumitre.
Have you already used these new Cycore effects? Drop us a comment and share your thoughts!