It’s almost like I can do actual animation now! My most recent adventure into Adobe After Effect CS6 was a chapter on animating a multimedia presentation. It was a nice little project to work on, actually designed by a real illustrator and resulting in a respectable 10-second long animation.
I got to incorporate still images, videos and sound all together, and it was a blast to do!
Please keep reading below the cut for further details and the results of the tutorial:
So, what did I learn? Here’s a list:
- I animated object on several layers so they could pass in front of and behind each other
- I learned that I can change the duration of a specific layer so that if an object moves off-screen it can simply disappear from the composition.
- I can add a layer mask to a video, and include that in my composition – Video-ception!
- I got to practice applying keyframes to objects, changing their positions, scales and rotation.
- I animated the layers within a Photoshop file and added that to my composition.
- I applied an effect to a solid layer (creating ‘radio waves’)
- I added and looped some audio.
It was quite a lot! And fun! On to the next; here’s the results from this one: