Video Tutorial: Creating a Lava Lamp Effect

first_img1Create a new composition. 33. Create a new white solid and a black circle shape layer. 4Use the motion sketch tool to apply a custom tracked “wave” effect to the black circle. Create a groovy lava lamp animation in After Effects.In this Premiumbeat exclusive tutorial, you’ll discover how to create a lava lamp effect in Adobe After Effects. The tutorial covers intermediate level techniques including:Using fast blur and levels to create a “morphing” effectUnderstanding the motion sketch toolSimulating metal using the “light sweep” effect.Prefer reading to watching? Check out the full step-by-step tutorial below.Can you think of any other situation in which using the fast blur and levels slider can be helpful? If so, please let us know in the comments below!Lava Lamp Animation in After Effects 6Add a fast blur and levels effect. Condense the level sliders to make the layers morph. 8Animate the offset from 100 to – 100 over the course of 10 seconds. 2Create a lava lamp outline on one shape layer. Add a light sweep effect and adjust to add shimmer to the base. 7Create a mask around the lava layer. 5Repeat 4 times and precompose.last_img read more

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Tennell, Nagasu, Chen earn US Olympic figure skating spots as Wagner left off

first_imgWinter Olympics 2018 Share on Messenger Share on WhatsApp Share on Twitter Topics Bradie Tennell wins surprise US figure skating title ahead of Mirai Nagasu Share via Email Read more Share on Facebook Figure skatingcenter_img Share on Pinterest Bradie Tennell, Mirai Nagasu and Karen Chen, the top three finishers at the national championships, were selected Saturday to the US team for the Pyeongchang Olympics.Three-time US champ Ashley Wagner, who complained vigorously about the marks after the free skate, was not included. Four years ago, Wagner also finished fourth but was placed on the team ahead of Nagasu. Wagner wound up with a bronze medal in the team event. “I really took time to remodel myself, because I didn’t want to feel that regret,” Nagasu said during the announcement on NBC’s Today show. “This has been about my journey and my goal to get here. To accomplish it last night has been a dream come true.”The 19-year-old Tennell and Chen, 18, the 2017 US winner, made their first Olympics. Nagasu, now 24, was fourth at the 2010 Games.Alternates are Wagner (first alternate), Mariah Bell (second alternate) and Angela Wang (third alternate). Only Wagner has been to an Olympics among those three.US Figure Skating uses a committee to decide the squad, and it went with the results of Friday night. Past performances and a variety of other data are included in the decision making.The remainder of the team – three men, three ice dance couples and one pair – is scheduled to be announced Sunday.Rising star Tennell’s near-perfect free skate earned her first national crown. Tennell, a long shot entering the season, was spotless in the short program two days ago, then as the final skater in the long program she didn’t miss a trick under tremendous pressure. Her top competitors, Nagasu and Chen, already had put down superb routines.“I just had to keep calm and focus on what I knew I could do,” Tennell said. “There’s the initial butterflies, but I kind of start to lose myself and keep going.“I don’t think it’s sunk in quite yet. I’m still kind of shocked. It’s indescribable to me.”Nagasu, US champ 10 years ago and a 2010 Olympian, capped a sensationally sweet comeback with a flowing performance to finish second, assuring a spot in next month’s Olympics – a berth she was denied in 2014 by the selection committee. That position for Sochi was given to Wagner, who had a better overall record.Chen, the defending champion, was third Friday night.After overpowering the entry and two-footing the triple axel that no other American woman tries, Nagasu hit six triple jumps, including a loop in the final seconds of a stirring program. She was so moved by her performance that she broke out in tears and covered her face, trying to gain control of the emotions that often had betrayed her in critical moments.She was still crying in, appropriately, the kiss and cry area when the marks showed Nagasu she had shattered her personal best by nearly 20 points with a 213.84.Chen’s big season last year had not translated into achievement this campaign. She put those struggles to an icy death with a superb showing that had one flaw toward the end. She, too, was overcome by tears for a 198.59 score.Tennell made it a trio of tears with her career best of 219.51. Tennell announced herself as an Olympic team threat with a third place at Skate America. Hardly ice shattering, but then she ratcheted up everything for nationals.Wagner had the crowd going for most of her energetic routine, but a flawed lutz as her final jump was costly. She responded to the fans with a deep bow when she finished, yet was shaking her head “no” when her marks were posted.Hours later, after she verbally campaigned to be placed on the Olympic team again, Wagner was left off. Share on LinkedIn Since you’re here… Support The Guardian … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Reuse this contentlast_img read more

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Jamaica Can Benefit Significantly from Accredited Conformity Assessments

first_imgStory Highlights The engagement includes certification, inspection, testing, calibration, validation, and verification activities. A conformity assessment directly or indirectly determines whether a process, product, service, or person meets and fulfils stipulated technical standards. Chairman of the Inter-American Accreditation Cooperation (IAAC), Randy Dougherty, says Jamaica’s industry and commerce sectors can benefit significantly from the globally recognised accredited conformity assessments.A conformity assessment directly or indirectly determines whether a process, product, service, or person meets and fulfils stipulated technical standards.The engagement includes certification, inspection, testing, calibration, validation, and verification activities.These are performed by certification, inspection, validation or verification bodies, as also testing and calibration laboratories, collectively called conformity assessment bodies (CABs).Mr. Dougherty said an accredited conformity assessment allows locally manufactured products to be recognised regionally and globally.“It opens up the market for industries… moving the market beyond just being Jamaica. [Producers] also don’t have to be concerned about being subjected to additional testing when they try to sell in other markets,” the Chairman added.He was addressing an accreditation seminar at the IAAC’s 23rd Annual General Assembly at the Hilton Rose Hall Resort and Spa in Montego Bay, St. James, on Monday (August 27).Mr. Dougherty noted that accredited conformity assessments provide flexible alternatives to regulation for governments and regulators.“It provides for efficient monitoring because (an) accredited conformity assessment is not a one-shot deal… it is an ongoing activity,” he pointed out.This, the Chairman added, will engender consumer confidence in and assurance of the quality and standard of products they use.IAAC Annual General Assembly is being hosted locally for the first time by the Government through the Jamaica National Agency for Accreditation (JANAAC), which falls under the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, and forms part of JANAAC’s 10th anniversary celebrations.The General Assembly is being held from August 25 to 31.JANAAC provides accreditation services to CABs, such as laboratories and inspection and certification agencies, regionally.In the past three years, Jamaica, through JANAAC, has established itself as an accreditation services market leader in the Caribbean, with the agency having a presence in seven CARICOM states.The IAAC is a regional organisation that works through the joint efforts of organisations and professionals in the area of accreditation and conformity assessment. Chairman of the Inter-American Accreditation Cooperation (IAAC), Randy Dougherty, says Jamaica’s industry and commerce sectors can benefit significantly from the globally recognised accredited conformity assessments. last_img read more

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