VideoCopilot ORB plugin for AfterEffects released

VideoCopilot just released another amazing tool – the ORB plugin for Adobe After Effects. And it is absolutely free!

Though, the officially supported version of After Effects is CC2014 and above, the plugin does work with CS6. Here is a test I did awhile ago:

Project file and textures download

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Vector Path 2 plug-in released

ImageHi!
The version 2 of the Vector path is available in the Downloads section.

Currently, only Gimp 2.7+ is supported (will take me a few days to get the 2.6 version out, too busy at the moment).

Changes from v1:
Bug fixes
Changed plugin dialog
Added multiple strokes with offset, rotation, scale
Formula Viewer helper app updated

For feedback, bug reports etc. for this version, use the comments section below.

Cheers!

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Gimp Plug-in – Animated Brush Creator

This is a simple script that duplicates a layer n number of times with rotation. Optionally add white background (and convert image to Grayscale) to create either RGB or grayscale brush.

Grab it in the downloads

Known Bugs:

The script misfires sometimes –  the source does not get copied to the duplicated layers (it remains as floating selection). Not sure if this is my fault or a bug in Gimp.

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Interweaving Strokes

Overview

This is a quick tutorial on creating interweaving effect with paths generated by Vector Path and SpiroGraph plug-ins. Read more >

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SpiroGraph and Vector Path plug-ins updated

I updated the SpiroGraph and Vector Path plug-ins. Please re-download corresponding packages.

SpiroGraph Update Details:

  1. Added “Reverse Path” option to the dialog.
    This allows to create a duplicate path with opposite direction. Useful for certain effects – like interweave (see this tutorial )

Vector Path Update Details:

  1.  Added “Reverse Path” option to the dialog.
  2. Added “Vector path Segments” script.
    It generates a given number of segments instead of a single path and strokes them on separate layers. This allows for easy animation.
  3. Updated Formula Viewer – added presets feature, bug fixes.

Known Bugs:

  1. Vector Path Segments  – in Gimp 2.8, stroke doesn’t seem to follow path correctly when performed procedurally, brush size seems to have no effect on the stroke (This does not happen when path is stroked manually)
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Video Copilot Matte Painting Challenge

Andrew Kramer of Video Copilot posted a Matte Painting challenge for an upcoming VFX tutorial. Here is my entry.

Matte Painting Plate

VCP_Matte_Painting_entry

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Vector Path Plug-in for GIMP released

Ok, the script is now available. I haven’t had a chance to test thoroughly in Gimp 2.8, but it seems to work ok. So, as of the moment there is only one version of it (1.0) for both – Gimp 2.6 and 2.8. For the formulae – all standard python Math operators and constants are supported plus phi and phi_inv.

Grab it in the Downloads section.

Enjoy.

If you have questions or feedback, drop them in comments below.

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New Gimp Plug-in: Vector Path

This script has been in the works for some time now, and I think it is ready to go. I will release it in a couple of days.

This is a vector path generator script, includes several modes:

  • Random
  • Random Linear
  • Random Smooth
  • Perpendicular
  • Formula

“Formula” mode is really what this script is all about – allows user to specify mathematical expression for X and Y coordinates. This ought to be fun for those math freaks among you. I also include a “helper” application which allows to preview your curve interactively.

More info in a few days… 😉

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SpiroGraph Plug-in for GIMP released

The SpiroGraph plug-in is finally out, two versions are released – for Gimp 2.6 (version 1.0) and 2.8 (version 1.2). Look in the downloads section for it. Read more >

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New Gimp Plug-in: SpiroGraph

I am excited to announce a new Python plug-in for GIMP – SpiroGraph, which will be released in a few days. It is a symmetrical circular vector path generator with a bunch of parameters. I’ve been playing with it and I am sure Gimp users out there will enjoy it. 😉

SpiroGraph Plug-in example

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GIMP plugins updated for GIMP 2.7-2.8

For those of you who have been asking, here it is.

All plugins are updated to the API changes in GIMP 2.7+.
I coded them in GIMP 2.7.3 Portable.
If some of you can confirm whether everything works smoothly in other versions, 2.8 RC1 etc., I would really appreciate it. Just post a comment or drop me an email.

All plugins listed below have new version (1.2) that works with Gimp 2.7/2.8?,
there are no changes in plugin functionality.

Cheers!

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Greyscalegorilla’s Glass Mesh in C4D v11.5

Nick Campbell of Greyscalegorilla.com not so long ago released a “Softbody Glass Mesh with Dynamics” tutorial, using Cinema 4D R12.

Myself and many others were able to achieve much the same result in earlier versions of Cinema. Some people were asking me about my setup in R11.5, so here it is. This also can be done using Cinema 11 or 10, but nesting spheres inside the softbody object would be harder using the standard Dynamics module rather than the new MoGraph dynamics.

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Turret gun – Cinema 4D, Xpresso

Here is a recent Xpresso exercise I did – a sci-fi turret gun.

  • aims at the target
  • vertical barrel movement restriction
  • fire is triggered when target is within range.

XPresso setup:
xpresso editor screenshot

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New Python plugin for GIMP – Word Art

Word Art - GIMP Plugin Screenshot

Here is a new plugin for GIMP written in Python.
Check it out >

It creates random text art based on a number of settings.

I think the setup is pretty cool (I am quite proud of it) – lots of options/possibilities for the user.
Aside from controlling the following:

  • Image dimensions
  • Background color
  • Base Text color
  • Text color variation
  • Base opacity
  • Opacity variation
  • Base text size
  • Text size variation
  • Rotation variation
  • Random seed
  • Text input (font names or user input)
  • Flatten result toggle

you have ability to set font range – either all installed fonts, or an indexed range; you can control iterations – font number (i.e. currently selected number of fonts) or a custom number.

Anyway, it is easier to try and see then for me to explain the variations possible.

Any questions, comments and critique are welcome.

Cheers.

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Snowflakes in After Effects

Recently I was plying around with creating some snowflakes in After Effects. I tried few approaches –  creating design in external program like Flash, Illustrator or Photoshop then bringing it in to AE, as well as doing all the steps inside After Effects.

The second method proved to be quite effective in producing custom snowflake patterns and variations (fast!) and it’s quite fun.

Basically, you recreate a kaleidoscope effect to create the designs. I tried CC Kaleida at first, but it didn’t work for me.

The work flow is as follows:

  1. Create a base design element comp (single layer, just play around with mask shape)
  2. Bring that in a new comp where you duplicate element in a circular pattern (this is your snowflake)
  3. Render out a still image of your snowflake and import it back to AE for use in the final composition.

To create different designs, just add more layers to the first comp (base element) with different mask shapes, hide other layers.

The rendering stills step is optional, it just speeds up the processing. If you have a powerful system (I don’t) you can keep all the elements live – just duplicate the base element and snowflake comps as needed. Then you could animate each individual snowflake pattern on the fly as well.

Here are some examples:

Custom Snowflakes with particular

Custom Snowflakes 5 second loop

Animated masks:

snowflake animated

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GIMP Python Plugins

Gimp-PythonI have added a few button generators for GIMP written in Python to Downloads.

Check them out >

If anybody has any questions or comments regarding the plugins or running Python with GIMP, drop them in comments here. I’ll do my best to be of help.

Cheers!

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The Site is now Live!

Greetings to all! The site is now live! Happy Birthday to bytes-and-pixels.com.
Added some Adobe Illustrator brushes to downloads.

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