In an ideal world, when creating 2.5D movies using existing photographs we would like all the separate elements within the image to have been shot separately and using the same light.
Paul Wyatt speaks to the up-and-coming animator Tom Baker about his work for TV, games promos and his own Combat Wombat.
Sam Hampton-Smith explains how floating-point colour enables you to use advanced lighting effects to transform a photo into video footage.
Motion graphics designer Ingi Erlingsson outlines the techniques used to add movement to your illustrated elements in After Effects.
You can have smoke without fire. Brothers JJ and Robbie Johnstone talk you through creating track-matte effects using just a tank of water and After Effects.
By directly connecting artist and audience, the internet has shattered traditional constraints on musical creativity. Mark Penfold explores how pop videos have evolved in response.
Use Adobe to create a dynamic showreel. J.J. Johnstone shows you how to prepare, produce and publish your own reel...
In this tutorial James Wignall shows you how to create and animate your own animated ringtone. No need to spend money on costly subscription services! (Admittedly, you will need a whole bunch of Adobe software, though...)
Now is the time to blow the dust off that horror film you always wanted to make. Affordable HD and the DV Rebels can help, says Jason Arber.
Effective use of motion tracking can transform your live-action footage. Motion graphics pro JJ Johnstone reveals how to use motion tracking when undertaking complex 3D compositing in Cinema 4D and After Effects.
This month, Computer Arts talks to London-based designer and animator Chris Thompson about his work in animation and title design and his recent plans to work at Loyal Kaspar in New York.
and share many common features, which makes for a fluid workflow. JJ Johnstone reveals how to create an impressive title animation using the two applications side by side.
It's easy to add extra depth to your motion graphics work using Illustrator's Collapse Transformation function to create simple 3D objects. Regular JJ Johnstone gives you all the know-how you'll need...
Switch off your computer, clear your desk, grab your stills camera and get ready to have some fun with an old-school stop-frame animation.
Thanks to an impressive wealth of talent, innovation and creativity, motion graphics is still an emerging area for designers. Nick Spence catches up with a number of leading industry practitioners to find out what it takes to make it big.
He's been in the London news described as a renegade artist and keeps his identity hidden. We talked to D*Face, the man behind some amazing London street art.
Tom Hingston's career in music design has taken in everything from creating flyers for club nights to putting together some of the most memorable cover images of the last few years...