Photoshoping in After Effects

Photoshoping in After Effects

Posted on 20. Mar, 2007 by in After Effects

Have you ever missed Photoshop blending options like stroke, Tea Cups With Lids Amber Rings Wholesale Tea Trays Toddler Sleeping Bags drop shadow, or gradient overlay when working with After Effects?

Many Photoshop users who just switched to After Effects complain about lack of blending options, especially the lack of stroke effect. Of course there is a Stroke effects in After Effects, but it works in different way than they’re used to.

To help all you Photoshopers out there I’ve prepared few presets, than will enable you to work in After Effects the same way you work in Photoshop.

Just go ahead and download the preset. After downloading make sure to unpack it to your After Effects preset directory, that by default is: C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe After Effects 7.0\Support Files\Presets.These presets include:

  • Stroke effect
  • Drop shadow (with Spread parameter)
  • Gradient overlay

I wanted to put there Bevel and Emboss effect also, but there’s no need to make a preset for that, because all you have to do is to apply Alpha Bevel on a layer and you’ll get the same effect you’d get in Photoshop.

Download: Photoshoping presets (After Effects CS2)

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13 Responses to “Photoshoping in After Effects”

  1. Jeff

    02. Apr, 2007

    Thank you very much – I’ve been looking for something like this for a while now!


  2. Clair Staples

    03. May, 2007

    As with your other tutorials, this is very helpful to an after effects beginner like me,

  3. Luis Beyles

    06. Jun, 2007

    This tutorial was very helpful, thanks a lot!
    after i saw this, i try to import all the blending options from photoshop, but only works well with drop shadow and irnner shadow (u need a alpha layer) but works pretty good

    thnx for sharing Jerzy!

  4. ahmed

    22. Sep, 2007

    Thanx for the presets, I’m gonna use them a lot…

  5. Stem

    16. Oct, 2007

    Stroke effect is just what I need to create sharp corners but CE Color Solid seems to be obsolete. Know any other effects which perform a fill with a “blend with orginal” option??

  6. khaled

    01. Mar, 2008

    thank’s Wating for more

  7. khaled

    27. Mar, 2008

    this tutorial is great it tray do it and i get alot of information in both photoshop and after effect this is a powerful tutorial you are a creative man you know i’m a biganer ans you are my teacher please don’t forget to put new tutorial you know i’m check your website every day to see if you but anew tutorials
    thank’s for information and keep going

  8. Daphne

    06. Oct, 2008

    does it work on a mac?

  9. lucas

    02. Dec, 2008

    my name is lucas i am drwning of gurupi to.

  10. danny84

    06. Mar, 2009

    Una pregunta soy de peru y me llamo danny, espero que puedan ayudarme gracias de ante mano, descarge los preset pero no me funciona el PS_Stroke, cada vez que lo aplico a una capa en after me sale un error que me dice “ESTE FAVORITO CONTIENE 1 REFERENCIA O UN EFECTO NO EXISTENTE. INSTALE EL EFECTO SIGUIENTE PARA RESTAURAR ESTA REFERENCIA. (CE COLOR SOLID)”, bueno ese es el mensaje que me sale, espero que puedan ayudarme por favor les agradesco de ante mano. saludos desde peru. bye bye.

  11. danny84

    06. Mar, 2009

    Una preguntita amigos porsiacaso no tienen el efecto CE COLOR SOLID, porque es lo que me falta para que me funcione los efectos que descargue please se los suplicaria que si lo pudieran poner para poder descargarlo, muchas gracias, bye bye.

  12. Maltaannon

    07. Mar, 2009

    Creo que en efecto se dispone de CS2. Creo que fue sustituido por SÓLIDOS COMPOSITE. Trate de que su lugar.

  13. Art Meier

    13. Nov, 2009

    What is the work around for “CE COLOR SOLID”?