Shawn Sheehan
Shawn Sheehan is a motion designer and illustrator working in the visual arts medium in southeast Michigan for over 15 years. He has also taught various digital art and animation courses at the college level for over 10 years. And he is a retro-arcade game junkie and comic book nerd.
  • 3D & Motion Graphics
    Rigging and Animating a 3D EyeTuts thumbnail cartoon eye
    In this tutorial, we will learn how to create a stylized, animated eye that moves and blinks using only tools found in After Effects CC. These tools and effects include CC Sphere, CC Split 2, Mesh Warp and Time Remapping. We will also set up some light animation "rigging" using expressions and null objects. This is an "eye-opening" tutorial for those looking to animate beyond the basic functionality of AE.Read More…
  • 3D & Motion Graphics
    Hang Your Logo by Dangling Strings3dmotiongraphics nov192013637pm shawnsheehan 19701908 ssheehanaesignthumb400
    In this tutorial, we're going to be working with various expressions, parenting, and nulls inside of After Effects to create a hanging sign that drops into the scene and has a realistic bounce. Let's jump in!Read More…
  • 3D & Motion Graphics
    How to Create Cartoon Smoke Using Trapcode ParticularAetuts retina cartoon smoke
    In this tutorial, we are going to learn how to use Trapcode Particular and shape layers inside After Effects to create cell-shaded smoke effects like those seen in 2D cartoons.Read More…
  • 3D & Motion Graphics
    Creating Meshing 3D Gears with Expressions in After EffectsAetuts retina meshing gears
    In this tutorial, you will learn how to create 3D cartoon gears without using Ray-traced shape layer extrusions or the CINEWARE plug-in. The gears will have teeth that mesh correctly using simple expressions.Read More…
  • 3D & Motion Graphics
    How to Create a Looping Animation Using ExpressionsAetuts sep102013632am shawnsheehan 19701908 ssheehanaeloopoutthumb400
    In this tutorial, we will learn how to use the loopIn and loopOut expressions to loop keyframed animation, allowing the animator to change the animation without having to render the loop first.Read More…
  • 3D & Motion Graphics
    How to Create a Parallaxing Background Without a 3D CameraAetuts retina parallaxing backgrounds
    In this video tutorial, we will use the Offset effect combined with comp-to-comp expressions and Time-remapping to create a parallaxing environment. Parallax is achieved by panning a camera past objects with varying depth inside a scene. We will create parallax without a 3D camera or Z-depth of any kind.Read More…
  • 3D & Motion Graphics
    How to Re-create the "Retro" Tron Lightcyle Game Aetuts retina retro tron
    In this tutorial, we will re-create the classic "Tron" light cycle game from 1982. Using a few simple tricks, we can easily build the bike's light-walls and control the rotation and velocity of the light cycles.Read More…
  • 3D & Motion Graphics
    How to Build an Animated Cartoon FireAetuts retina animated fire
    In this video tutorial, we will learn how to create our own stylized "cartoon" animated flames using only the tools in After Effects CC. There are several ways to create animated fire using third-party tools. However, we'll use animated masks and effects, such as Wave Warp, to create our own flames without having to purchase extra plug-ins. Toasty!Read More…
  • 3D & Motion Graphics
    Set Up a Simple Wiggle Expression ControllerAetuts retina wiggle controller
    In this video, we will explore the wiggle expression inside of After Effects as we look at a few simple ways to get more control over the expression with tools built right into the software.Read More…