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Jon Okerstrom
Jon Okerstrom
Iowa City, Iowa USA
Iowa City, Iowa USA

I'm a television news manager and journalist by profession and freelance motion graphics designer by avocation. 

Some of my work ends up on local television or in print but a lot of it is simply for fun. Pushing pixels with software including Adobe After Effects, Zaxwerks 3D Invigorator and Zaxwerks ProAnimator gives me a creative outlet I really enjoy. I feel the same way about helping people to get the most out of Zaxwerks software on Creative Cow. The thing I like about Zax Dow is his passion for making very complex, powerful software easy to use. His focus on the user experience and elegant design is a lot like Apple -- another company I admire a lot.

I've been at this since the Stone Age of Commodore 64 and Mac SE30 computers, it's amazing to me how far the hardware and software have come. And as I look forward to Adobe's CS3 Suite and the new Intel-based Macs, I'm glad to say the future just keeps getting brighter.
You can find Jon Okerstrom hosting in Creative COW's and Zaxwerks Forum.

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Articles by Jon Okerstrom

Adobe After Effects
3D Layer Warp3D Layer Warp

In this tutorial, CreativeCOW leader and TV news guy, Jon Okerstrom takes a look at 3D Layer Warp -- one of two new tools from Zaxwerks called 3D Warps. Follow along as Jon creates a paper airplane and shows other fun things you can do with this great new tool.

Tutorial
Jon Okerstrom
Adobe After Effects
Raytracing in 3D Invigorator

Raytracing in 3D Invigorator

Imitation isn't just the sincerest form of flattery. When it comes to After Effects, building on shared techniques is a great way to push the envelope. Consider Andrew Kramer's recent tutorial on simulating raytraced reflections posted on the COW.Andrew's technique for simulating raytracing is really cool and it works for all sorts of things. Except for 3D. When Jon Okerstrom watched Andrew's tutorial, the first thing he thought of was Zaxwerks Invigorator and ProAnimator. Jon's tecnique follows. Download the demo and follow along.

Tutorial
Jon Okerstrom
Zaxwerks
Confessions of a Zaxwerks Booth Buddy - NAB 2005

Confessions of a Zaxwerks Booth Buddy - NAB 2005

The following article by Creative COW leader Jon Okerstrom contains his impressions of NAB, from a newbie's perspective. Buried in the story are some tidbits about the upcoming release of ProAnimator 4 (really cool stuff!) and some other hints of things to come.

People / Interview
Jon Okerstrom
Adobe After Effects
Transparency Maps & Custom Edges in Zaxwerks Invigorator Pro AE

Transparency Maps & Custom Edges in Zaxwerks Invigorator Pro AE

Invigorator is known around the world as the king of ''flying logo'' animations. No one does it better or faster. But Invigorator is capable of a lot more than that. A question posed by a user in the COW's Invigorator forum proves the point. The challenge: how to create a 3D crown. The solution: Use a custom edge and a transparency map. Jon Okerstrom shows you how in this project. Download the files and follow along. You'll need Zaxwerk's Invigorator.

Tutorial
Jon Okerstrom
Adobe After Effects
Layer Cycling in Invigorator Pro for After Effects

Layer Cycling in Invigorator Pro for After Effects

In this tutorial, Jon Okerstrom uses Adobe Illustrator and Invigorator Pro AE to demonstrate how Invigorator Pro AE can accomplish a 3D write-on effect.

Tutorial
Jon Okerstrom
Apple OS X
Apple Opens Mall Of America Store

Apple Opens Mall Of America Store

As I left work late Friday night, a co-worker said I was crazy for driving 250 miles to Minneapolis overnight. Yup. Crazy about Macs.

Feature
Jon Okerstrom
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