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Adobe After Effects: Creating Transitions

Chapter: Compositing Tools and Techniques

Topic: Transitions

How many times have you watched the opening credits of a movie and thought, “I wonder how many masks they had to use for that?” I am going to show you how to to create some interesting effects without the use of masks using a built in tool in After Effects 6.5 called the Gradient Wipe. Now you are probably thinking “oh great, that’s all we need is a bunch of cheesy Star Wars screen wipes.” I am here to tell you, gentle reader, that the Gradient Wipe can be a powerful tool in your arsenal. The gradient wipe is used to transition one image to another by using the luminance values of a layer in the timeline. That layer could be an image, text, or as the name implies, a gradient-Basically anything that contains pixels.

http://www.layersmagazine.com/aftereffects-tutorial-creating-transitions.html

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