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2016: Toolfarm’s Most Popular Posts

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2016 was a fantastic year for content all over the web. Just in case you missed them or want to see them again, here are the most popular articles we posted in 2016.

8 AE must havesIn Depth: 8 Must-Have Plug-ins for Motion Graphics in After Effects

This is a question that I get quite a bit. It’s usually someone who is just out of college and getting started in the biz. They often use the phrase “the best bang for the buck”. Nobody wants to spend money on tools they will never use either. Because this field has some diversity, I’m breaking this into a multi-part feature for motion graphics in After Effects, visual effects in After Effects, editing, and more. Here are my picks must-have plug-ins for motion graphic artists using After Effects.

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media encoderTutorial: Rendering Workflow: After Effects vs. Media Encoder

Roei Tzoref looks at the difference between rendering in After Effects and using Media Encoder to get the most out of encoding your H.264 Video.

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skin retouchingIn Depth: Skin Retouching Part 5: Some New Tools & Tutorials

Since I started this series, there have been a couple of new tools on the market for skin touch-up and smoothing, as well as a couple of useful tutorials on the topic. I’ll talk about Sheffield Makeup Artist III, which came out in February, and Boris Continuum Complete Beauty Studio.

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stranger thingsTutorials: Stranger Things Titles and VFX – Recreating the Open, Upside Down Look

The popular new Netflix Series Stranger Things is a nod to Spielberg classics, such as ET and Goonies. Learn how to recreate the 80’s-style opening sequence in After Effects, and the “Upside Down” world Look – from Red Giant’s Seth Worley.

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