FreeForm V2 for CS6: Fast, Flexible and Ferocious!
As you may have noticed, FreeForm is no longer bundled in CS6. Luckily, a much faster version, FreeForm V2, is available for CS5 and CS6, at mettle.com.
Of course, all projects created with the version of FreeForm that came bundled with CS5 can be opened with FreeForm V2.
FreeForm V2 is a must-have 3D mesh-warp plug-in for After Effects. FreeForm V2 still offers waaay more functionality than the built-in bendable layer in CS6. Howz that you ask?
1) Waaay more control of the layer that you want to bend, twist and distort.
FreeForm V2 displays up to 20 x 20 control points along each edge of your plane = 400 tangent control points! Kinda like AE’s Mesh Warp, but in 3D. Sick…
All control points and tangents are displayed in the AE comp window, and can be manipulated and animated in 3D. Woohoo!
2) 3D Displacement Mapping:
Use a layer’s luminance values to push in or pull out a 3D image on the z-axis! Animate it over time… Yowza!
Don’t Wait, Create!
Nancy Eperjesy is a motion graphics professional with over 20 years experience. A graduate of both McGill University (BA Psychology) and Pratt Institute (BFA Visual Communications), she started off her career as a graphic designer. She began using After Effects when it was still called CoSa After Effects, and is an enthusiastic user. A partner at Mettle, she has been involved in the development of the Software Plug-ins: FreeForm V2, ShapeShifter AE, and FreeForm Pro.