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Enchanted Waters Now Available!

Posted by Jon Geddes
1:56 am on April 29th, 2009

Pro Motion Menu Kit: 02 - Enchanted Waters

The highly anticipated Pro Motion Menu Kit: 02 – Enchanted Waters is now available for purchase!

This advanced motion menu can be used for a large variety of projects, especially Wedding Videos. Go check it out.

Just a few of it’s unique features:

  • Photorealistic Flowing Water Reflections
  • Streaming Particle Effects & Flames Throughout
  • Separate Sound FX & Ambience tracks for more control
  • Ability to Toggle the Flames On and Off with a Switch
  • In addition to the usual custom color controls, easily change the Water Color to anything you like

Now go download it and seriously impress your audience!

Your comments are welcome.

Tip on Printing DVD Covers

Posted by Jon Geddes
3:11 pm on April 25th, 2009

I’ve gotten a few emails regarding how we print our DVD/Blu-ray covers and I thought I might post a tip here for everyone to read.

We use to print them in our office with a nice $1000 Canon 600 DPI Color Laser Printer. Since our Cover templates are 300 DPI, we figured a 600 DPI printer would handle it no problem. Well we were wrong. A while back, one of our projects required over 100 copies, and we didn’t feel like burning through all our toner cartridges in one sitting, so we saved the cover image as a jpeg onto a flash drive, drove it over to Fed Ex Kinkos, and had them print off all the copies on standard Color Laser Paper. All I can say is WOW. A huge difference from our printer. The colors were much more accurate, more vivid, and the clarity and crispness of the image was unbelievable. Ever since then, ALL our covers are printed there.

Since their printers are in excess of $100,000, I expected the image to be better, but I was truly amazed at the difference. So if you want the quality of your printed covers to look amazing, you know what to do.

Even for small projects where only a couple covers are needed, it’s well worth the 50 cents to print it at Kinkos (or whatever your local print shop is) instead of using your office printer. 

I hope this information will be helpful to your business.

Wet Your Appetite

Posted by Jon Geddes
10:41 pm on April 22nd, 2009

Pro Motion Menu Kit: 02 - Enchanted Waters Preview

Yes, pun intended.

As I work out some challenges with the DVD Cover Template for the Enchanted Waters Menu, I thought you all might like to see the menu in action.
I’ve uploaded videos to Youtube and Vimeo, though neither of them look nearly as good as the original.

Vimeo Link: http://www.vimeo.com/4289339

Youtube Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x_ClxxJF6kE

The final release should be within days!

NEW TUTORIAL: Vector Sunburst

Posted by Jon Geddes
7:07 am on April 15th, 2009

Tutorial 03: Vector Sunburst

In this tutorial we go over the best way to create vector based sunbursts in Photoshop, and then import them into After Effects.

Many tutorials on this type of design element either don’t create a vector based sunburst, or do it in an extremely inefficient way (such as creating each ray one at a time!). This is the only tutorial you will ever need for creating these, and we even show you how to bring them into After Effects correctly and maintain it’s ability to scale up infinitely without losing quality.

So go check it out!

Watch Tutorial

Note: If you don’t want to spend the 30 seconds or so that it takes to create the sunburst on your own, you can download our pre-made sunburst custom shapes for Photoshop from our download section.

New Download – Vector Sunburst

Posted by Jon Geddes
8:24 pm on April 14th, 2009

sunburst_preview

As a prelude to our next free tutorial, we are releasing a new free download!

Sunburst Custom Shapes for Photoshop

I’m sure you’ve all seen these used in many professional designs, so now you can use them yourself, completely free and vector based. You can easily bring them into After Effects to be used with motion graphics, or even to spice up our Pro Motion Menu Kits. Simply follow the directions on the download page or stay tuned for our next tutorial where we will go over everything you need to know about creating these yourself and using them with After Effects.