Video Tutorial: Card Dance Animation in After Effects 5
Using gradients to control the Card Dance plugin's behavior
By Brian Maffitt
Of the five free plugins you get when you register your copy of Adobe After Effects 5.0, perhaps the most bewildering is Card Dance. In this clip from "Total Training for Adobe After Effects 5," instructor Brian Maffitt sheds some welcome light on this complex plugin. Brian focuses in particular on using a gradient layer for animation. After a demonstration with a simple black and white gradient, Brian then uses the Card Dance layer's own luminance to animate the cards. Watch this clip, and you'll be sure to save room on your dance card for Card Dance!