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Grant Swanson
Grant Swanson
www.VideoApex.net
Minneapolis, Minnesota USA
Minneapolis, Minnesota USA

Grant Swanson is a film maker and visual effects artist from the inside out.  He started making movies at 10 years old with his neighbor's hand-cranked camera!  He started to incorporate special effects shots a year later and visual effects shots at the age of 13, and has worked on many large productions since then.  Now, he runs a business in which he teaches After Effects lessons and tutorials to students of all ages, as well as creating various promos and videos for different events and activities.

In his spare time he enjoys cooking, especially grilling, playing tennis, skiing, video-editing, watching movies, rock-climbing, listening to music, and playing ultimate Frisbee.



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Articles by Grant Swanson

Adobe After Effects
Out of the Rabbit Hole - Text Transitions

Out of the Rabbit Hole - Text Transitions
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Learn tips about working in 3D, using cameras, expressions, and the graph editor - all while making a unique Carroll-esque motion graphic title sequence.

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Grant Swanson
Adobe After Effects
Anamorphic Lens Flare in AE

Anamorphic Lens Flare in AE
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In this video tutorial, Creative COW contributing editor Grant Swanson will demonstrate how to create anamorphic lens flares using only effects that are native to Adobe After Effects.

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Grant Swanson
Adobe After Effects
Bleach Bypass EffectBleach Bypass Effect
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In this video tutorial, Creative Cow contributing editor Grant Swanson demonstrates a quick, easy and very high quality bleach bypass effect right inside of After Effects. Understand what the term refers to and how to simulate it in the digital intermediate process or on digital video, using After Effects.

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Grant Swanson
Adobe After Effects
Creating Digital CinemaCreating Digital Cinema
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In this video tutorial, Creative Cow contributing editor Grant Swanson will explain how to simulate many elements to enhance your DV footage. Many techniques in this tutorial will show how to create effects similar to those in a popular software package.

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Grant Swanson
Adobe After Effects
Motion StabilizingMotion Stabilizing
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In this video tutorial, Creative Cow contributing editor Grant Swanson will explain how to use the After Effects Motion Tracker to remove unwanted jitter and movement while still retaining the original motion of the sequence through the use of an expression or manual keyframes in After Effects.

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Grant Swanson
Adobe After Effects
Sin City Effect part 2Sin City Effect part 2
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In this video tutorial, Creative Cow contributing editor Grant Swanson will cover important and useful techniques for working with alpha channels that are specifically derived from certain color luminance values. He will explain how to extract the color of a certain area of the image, turn it into an alpha channel, and use it to manipulate the image.

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Grant Swanson
Adobe After Effects
Mystic TextMystic Text
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In this video tutorial, Creative Cow contributing editor Grant Swanson will take you through an effective way of tracking Mystic Text onto a wall or screen. This technique can be used in horror films, commercials, or promos. He will cover the basics of the After Effects paint tools, some basic 2.5D motion tracking, and some simple yet effective compositing techniques.

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Grant Swanson
Adobe After Effects
Creating the Sin City EffectCreating the Sin City Effect
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In this video tutorial, Creative Cow contributing editor Grant Swanson will take you step-by-step through the easiest and fastest (and extremely effective) way of creating the popular Sin City effect - colorized objects in a black and white world. You will learn basic techniques when working with color, and some useful masking/rotoscoping techniques.

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Grant Swanson
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