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After Effects Backgrounds

Fake Frost with AE only By Ko Maruyama
In After Effects, there are several effects that will help you to edit simple shapes into more complex images.  Here is a procedure to create a spline that looks like a frosty or "icey" shape. 

In a tangent to the series on making backgrounds using only the tools and plugins that ship with After Effects standard and production bundles, this tutorial shows you how to make a simple frosty shape using only a mask, stroke and distortion blur to make a graphic element.

You can find the backgrounds and other tutorials like this in the After Effects pages at http://aftereffects.digitalmedianet.com.

This is a QuickTime movie tutorial.  You can either play it in the pop-up window, or download it.

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Ko Maruyama is a freelance animator in Los Angeles.  In addition to working on film and broadcast animations, Ko teaches at Pasadena's Art Center College of Design - focusing on motion design.  When working, writing or testing software allows, you can find him lending a hand in the After Effects board and lurking among the Cinema4D, Visual Effects and Photoshop posts within the DMNForums.
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