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Happy 20th Birthday Adobe After Effects!

Happy Birthday After Effects! It’s hard to believe it’s been 20 years. While I didn’t know you from birth, you came into my life when you were a couple of years old – just before your new family at Adobe adopted you. Not unlike a toddler in their terrible two’s my first experience with you was a bit overwhelming. Let me explain. My background was graphic design. You were my first move into the world of motion graphics. And for that, I am forever grateful. But I must admit, it took a bit of time for me to get to...

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why do you do what you do?

Simon Sinek presented a TEDx session in which he said, “People don’t buy WHAT you do, they buy WHY you do it…“. Later, motion 2011 speaker Joel Pilger, Creative Director at Impossible took this a step further in an interview with the The Denver Egotist, where he asked each of us as creatives to ask ourselves: “WHY do you do what you do?” Creatives are a unique breed. Michael Waldron, Creative Director at TV Land in New York City asks, “Why do we as designers keep opening ourselves up to failure time...

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AWS Recipe: Increase EC2 Volume Size

tech recipes from a girl geek… Outgrown your current volume size on your Amazon Web Service EC2 instance? Here’s the recipe to get the volume size you need: ▪ login to your AWS console▪ navigate to Instances > Instances▪ select your EC2 instance ▪ in the Description area, click on the SDA1 link▪ make note of the volume number ▪ navigate to Elastic Block Store > Volumes ▪ right click on the volume with the Volume ID that matches your instance ▪ select Create Snapshot ▪ it may take some time to create the...

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Tutorial: After Effects CS6 Create Shapes from Vector Layers

One of the great new features in After Effects CS6 is Create Shapes From Vector Layer. And…it’s simple to use! In the tutorial below, I’ll take you step-by-step through the process. First, let’s take a look at the piece we will be creating: [jwplayer config="elainemontoya" mediaid="2421"] AE CS6 convert to shape layers Now, follow along with this tutorial and learn how easy it is to combine After Effects with Adobe illustrator to make creativity happen! [jwplayer config="elainemontoya"...

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Minimalism. A New Approach for Adobe.

I’m an avid fan of Adobe software applications. I love the way Adobe products easily integrate with one another and facilitate efficient workflow. I have been a long time user of After Effects, Photoshop, Illustrator, Dreamweaver, Flash – in fact, most of the applications in the Adobe Master Collection. Over the past few years, I’ve noticed a trend where Adobe is introducing more and more applications – each meeting specific needs of a narrow target market. More often than not, these ‘new’ applications ultimately...

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speaking at motion 2011

I’ll be speaking at motion, October 9-11, 2011 in ABQ. NM. motion is a mind-bending two day ride – what we refer to as the “TED talks” of our industry. motion speakers are the top creative thinkers and innovators in motion graphics, animation, and vfx. A concept borrowed from TED, each speaker is on stage for 20 minutes giving the talk of their life on subjects they’re passionate about. Talks that revolutionize the industry. Talks that revitalize the creative muse. I’ll be presenting When Time is of the Essence – join...

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speaking at The Adobe Post Show

I’ll be speaking at The Adobe Post Show, October 12-14, 2011 in ABQ. NM. The Adobe Post Show takes place immediately after motion. It’s 2.5 days of Adobe Production Premium workflow sessions designed specifically for pros in the film, broadcast and game industries. I’ll be presenting Putting it all Together: My Strong Suite, and a mini-lab: You’ve Got Flash in My After Effects. Putting it all Together: My Strong Suite Throughout The Adobe Post Show you’ve had the opportunity to explore the majority of the Production...

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