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Creative Cow Offers particleIllusion Training DVD

wondertouch announced PARTICLEILLUSION FUSION VOLUME 1: THE FUSION OF ADOBE AFTER EFFECTS AND WONDERTOUCH PARTICLEILLUSION, the first training DVD in the new Creative Cow Master Series.

PARTICLEILLUSION FUSION is designed to teach experienced and beginning level users of particleIllusion, wondertouch's award-winning, sprite-based particle effects software application, how to work efficiently with After Effects, Adobe's leading motion graphics and visual effects software.

The tutorial is hosted and written by Aharon Rabinowitz, an accomplished educator, animator and particleIllusion Creative Cow Forum Leader. Known for his visually stunning, technically compelling animation, particleIllusion and After Effects expertise, and succinct and humorous communication skills, Rabinowitz brings a thorough and uniquely entertaining style to the series.

According to wondertouch president Alan Lorence, a large percentage of particleIllusion users successfully use it as a companion product with After Effects, creating their particles in particleIllusion, rendering out video elements, and then compositing footage together with whatever After Effects elements they are working with.

Situations do arise, however, in which particleIllusion artists are forced to use work arounds to effectively integrate the rendered particles into After Effects. Using work arounds requires a more in-depth knowledge of the software.

"We are delighted that Creative Cow has issued this quality tutorial that promises to provide enormous workflow insights and practical tips to our customers using After Effects," said Lorence. "Aharon's incredible work as a particleIllusion animator, his feedback over the years suggesting ways to incorporate After Effects-friendly features into particleIllusion product development and his very entertaining style make him the ideal host to provide content creators with this comprehensive look at how to easily and successfully integrate both applications."

Rabinowitz adds, The tutorial is 'jam-packed' with answers to many of the most common questions I've seen posted on the particleIllusion Cow Forum with respect to After Effects, and also attempts to elevate users' understanding of fairly complex concepts such as displacement maps, slow motion effects and 3D position matching. More importantly, these tutorials focus on overcoming some of the current inconsistencies between two exceptionally powerful software systems."

particleIllusion is a standalone particle effects application designed as an easy-to-use, low-cost, high performance tool to quickly and simply add particle effects to any image, animation or video footage. particleIllusion features an ever-growing collection of hundreds of preset effects such as smoke, fire, explosions, water effects, sparkles, colorful artistic effects and many others. particleIllusion features OpenGL hardware acceleration to provide realtime (or near realtime) previews of most effects and ultra-fast rendering of final output.

As a website for media professionals, Creative Cow (www.creativecow.net), is a vital resource for those in the fields of film and video, animation and effects, audio and other related fields such as DVD authoring and production

wondertouch (www.wondertouch.com), headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri., is an award-winning software developer specializing in particle effects for the visual effects industry.

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