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After Effects Apprentice 4th Edition covers After Effects CC. More details and samples...

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An accompanying video training series is distributed by and Class on Demand. More details...

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Creating Motion Graphics with After Effects CS5, Fifth Edition was released in June 2010. More info and sample PDFs are posted on the CMG page. You can also order CMG5 on Amazon.

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Welcome to Crish Design

We are excited to announce After Effects Apprentice, 4th Edition for AE CC (release date February 20, 2016); click here for the Table of Contents and sample PDFs.

Our After Effects books and training videos have become valued references, enjoyed by beginners and professionals alike. If you're wondering which version is right for you, check out our guides to the various editions (and translations into different languages) for After Effects Apprentice and Creating Motion Graphics.

After many years creating motion graphics for clients in Los Angeles, we now reside in the East Mountains of Albuquerque, New Mexico. Despite the more relaxed pace in the Land of Enchantment, we keep busy updating our After Effects Apprentice as well as continue to build our online training library. We also enjoy other artistic pursuits; more about those in our About page.


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We have created a variety of courses on After Effects (as well as Motion, Final Cut Pro, and CINEMA 4D) which are offered primarily through

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After Effects Apprentice Video Series: All of the lessons in the After Effects Apprentice video series are now available on as well as through Class on Demand. The series closely follows After Effects Apprentice 2nd and 3rd editions and is now being updated to cover the new material in Apprentice 4th edition for CC.



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While working in Los Angeles, we created motion graphics for a large variety of media and venues, including film titles, show opens, and trade show graphics. Samples of our past work can be found in our three Portfolio sections: Movie Titles, Broadcast, and Corporate.


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Liquid Abstracts Nature Abstracts

We created a two-volume video library (in both SD and HD) for high-end stock footage house Artbeats. Called Liquid Abstracts and Nature Abstracts, these use the natural motion of water, leaves, wind chimes, and shadows as a starting point to create colorful background textures crafted to sit comfortably behind text, lower thirds, and ID bugs. We think you'll find them sensuous, as well as highly useful.


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After Effect: 2015 Creative Cloud Updates –  Online Training

Adobe After Effects CC 2015 brings significant breakthroughs in performance and shared workflows including a new preview scheme, libraries, and face tracking.

Hidden Gems Weekly

Each week Chris and Trish Meyer reveal another of After Effects' hidden gems: useful tricks, shortcuts, and features accumulated in their 20+ years of working with After Effects.

Creating Flying Logos with AE and CINEMA 4D Lite

In this entry-level project-based course, Chris shows you how to extrude and animate a flying logo using Illustrator, After Effects, and the powerful 3D plugin bundled with Creative Cloud, CINEMA 4D Lite.

After Effects: Creative Cloud Updates – Online Training

Learn about all the exciting motion graphics and visual effects features in After Effects CC. Chris reviews the streamlined connection to Maxon CINEMA 4D, highlights the Refine Edge tool for creating mattes around hair and other partially transparent areas, and reveals how to get more accurate tracks and stabilizations with Reverse Stabilization and ground planes, plus lots more.