About

Hi, I’m ShiveringCactus.  Pleased to meet you.

I’ve been using Adobe After Effects for 20 years.  Mainly as a hobby, but sometimes professionally.  Unfortunately for me, my current job doesn’t really need VFX.  So for the first time ever a couple of years ago, I had to start paying for Adobe CC myself!  I know… shocking.   But what I learned was that there are so many times when I would reach for an expensive plugin or look for some stock footage when actually, AE had the capability all along. 

In 2019, I started a tutorial series (Makin’ Planets) with the following aims:

  • Keep the tutorials short
    Most of the time people only need one element explained and then they can take over the artistry.
  • Provide project files where possible
    Sometimes you’re just in a rush and need something done for you.
  • Wherever possible only use the included plugins or free ones
    Us hobbiests need to stick together, we don’t have studio money to burn.

I had such a fun time making the solar system, that I then decided to embark on a second series, called Startin’, explaining the basics of After Effects in short, fun guides for the complete beginner.  CreativeCow.net asked if I would be willing to make it an exclusive to their channel and I was honoured.

I’m still making tutorials, check out my YouTube channel – I’d be thrilled if you decided to subscribe.

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