Intro to Motion Graphics [2/4] | After Effects Tutorial

Tip cut greetings tipped utters tip no I don’t think I want to call you that that’s not what I’m gonna call you welcome back everyone to tip 2 episode 2 of intro to motion graphics last time we created this that’s it so we’ve done let’s carry on shall we up next n is this cool looking thing here that’s why we’re going to get through today ok all this sort of section dududududu dudududududududu and then it’s kind of filling in itself blowing up a kind of text ok Plenty’s we’re getting on with them let’s dive right in so the way I tend to work and you can not do this if you don’t want to is I make sure I clip off my layers when I think I’m finished with them I can always bring them back later so you don’t lose anything if you just hit shift to select your layers there and hit you it brings up all the keyframes that you’ve made now I know for example because we’re sort of replicating this that at the four second mark roughly this disappears and I’m never going to need it again ok so I’m going to clip off these layers to make it neat so let’s take a look it’s about there if we bring up this by hitting L again you can see that when this becomes in there that’s when all these layers aren’t gonna be needed anymore ok so if you just select all of them hit you to collapse everything and then you can select alt close square bracket and that cuts off all those layers mother does it just make some nice and nice there’s a nice visual aid to say this section is the finishing of a section ok so it also helps disappear okay well my only cuts it away now next up is the text appearing on each of the high hat hits like so okay now this again working backwards is the best way to do this within After Effects so if we move one frame along so that we know we’re working with a blank canvas all the stuff that disappeared we want to create a text layer we can click like this and we can say by let’s choose the right font let’s choose caviar dreams we’ll make it bold so you guys can see it but better and we’ll make it white okay so if you think about how that text appeared the text would actually be something like this by the end of this series I think then it moves on to the other side and of this series you will have to make this yeah okay so by the end of this series okay that’s what the text kind of looks like proper misaligned to the right under paragraph like so and it’s probably a bit bigger okay so if I go back to my motion v2 and arrange the Anchor Point by middle right now obviously if you don’t have motion v2 you can choose the Pan behind tool and move it around like so I can then position this on the stage in a way that I would like so I can go 960 by 540 that puts it directly in the center and then I can you move it along a bit to the left and then I can duplicate this layer now if I move that on to the right and change the words by the end of this series you will have learned learnt to make and then this is on the next frame okay now these ones we want aligned paragraph left which probably means there we go it’s already done it for you okay this is aligned right and this is a line left if we then shift that over like so and select both of these and choose position 960 540 and on this one 960 540 that puts those both directly in the middle and we know that if we select that and hit say shift left three times and then select this do the same we know those are equally weighted now okay now maybe give it a bit more space look so now this is where it gets a bit more complicated because each of these letters has to appear individually okay now I’ve got a plugin for this called decomposed text if I go over to window and decompose text and I’ll just drag it down there what I can do with this if I just give it more space is I can change all this text up into words so they act separately from each other so if I go decompose into words and then keep original position using expressions which means they’ll stay in exactly the same place and hit decompose you can see now in my layers palette that for each of these I’ve now got a different later okay so by the end of this series each has its own layer in the palette and then I’ve got an invisible version of the original there which I can delete now you can download this for free and I’m going to recommend that you don’t if at all possible they ask for $15 and that’s very very reasonable if you can’t then you can if you really can’t afford it you can put 0 in there and hit Add to Cart and it will let you do that that’s just them being nice I think I paid about $10 for it back when I first got this and I’ve you know there’s about seven pound 50 or something and honestly I probably should have paid more but they’re very kind people and a lay offer for free so download it if you don’t want to download it you can do the same thing by just clicking and by choosing okay new text layer the hitting okay and then new text layer and it is etc etc then you have to just line these up individually okay that’s a massive ball ache hence decomposed text very useful and it can be free and you shouldn’t feel bad if you can’t afford it but if you can I highly recommend giving them your money they are great okay so let’s hide that for now so we don’t get a bit confused and now we’ve got our original layers here by the end of this series now they is going to teach you basically how to apply the same animation to multiple layers and it’s very simple you can select all of your layers by shift-clicking now let’s go back to our other window and analyze what we need to recreate this so what happens is the text fades in so from invisible to fully there and it slides right and then disappears on the beat okay so it comes in from 0 to 100 and then disappears now so that means we need a pass at E or C through this keyframe and we need a position keyframe and the appearing and disappearing is done in the same way that these previous versions were here by just popping into existence by changing the in and out points okay so let’s select all of our layers we know we need a position so we hit P and we know we need a pass T so we hit shift T and now T is a shortcut for opacity because o is taken already so they can hypo then all you need to do is this is the fun bit you click and drag and that creates keyframes and all those layers lovely now we’re not animating to the full beat anymore we’re animating to the hi-hat beat and let’s listen to the music okay so we know this is in a 6/8 or 3/4 Skip’s yeah 1 2 3 4 5 6 like so so we want each of these words to appear each time the hi-hat that noise comes in so let’s listen one there’s another one there hear that and then another one there so that’s 3 so 1 2 there okay so that’s about right let’s have another set of key frames there okay then we can go back to the first keyframe by hitting the arrow and we can choose opacity 0 still got all the layers it selected and that changes here pasty on all of those layers that puff my didn’t accidentally select that one so we’ll just quickly add some keyframes there and we’ll go back that’s it okay so I just make sure got all this selected so now all of our words are invisible however they’re in the same position so we can just shift left one two three perhaps just give that a go and now if we hit play okay they’ll come in at once so now what we want to do is offset each of these by the amount of time that a hi-hat hit comes in that make sense so first of all let’s get the timing of these right we’ll go back to our motion v2 and we’ll drag that all the way up and we’ll go into here and we’ll select this original layer and we’ll smash that along so now we’ve got it coming in nice and snappy okay but that okay but we want each of these words come in on a hi-hat hit so we’ve know we’ve roughly got the timing of this hi-hi hit down so one two three is there and we can see that that is roughly the same distance between here and here as it’s been here in here enough that a human mind won’t be able to freak out about it so now we need a quick way to easily offset these layers because otherwise it can be a right pain in the ass by dragging each individual one along like this making sure it’s lined up dragging the next one along like this make it like that that’s going to take forever we’re not going to do that what you can do is select these layers make sure you’re on the final keyframe and cut them off okay like so now we’ve got all the layers that only appear for that amount of time and then they disappear again yeah so now we need to offset those by the amount of time these between the keyframes this is really really easy to do if you make sure you select the first one first and then shift-click your way down to the last word what you can do is right click any of these and choose keyframe assistant the same place we went for easy ease apart from now we choose sequence layers and a little window will pop up we don’t want any overlap so we can just hit OK BAM and you can see well that’s tons it’s taking the length of this red block the length of on time essentially and place the layer underneath it right up against the when that cuts out this new layer cuts in so if we watch it yeah and now it pops in like that now that’s not perfect because obviously the music isn’t electronic so there’s a little bit of variation so if you wanted to you could go through there for example that could be maybe one frame earlier that one could be there that one should be here there should be here so say for example you can still edit here manually but if you take a bit of time to get this right in the setup so what happened there is clearly we made these a few frames too long so you can edit those in the setup and it makes it a bit more easier okay perfect now our thing here is getting pretty crowded but bear with me by the time we do the next part I’ll teach you a way to smush all this down so it takes up less space in your timeline panel but now we want to do the next line okay so one two three four five six let’s find the next hi-hat hit there’s a nice big one BAM like so let’s create an endpoint and let’s make it visible and now let’s do the same thing decomposed text into words decomposed get rid of that original select all of these you will have learnt to make you to collapse them and then we hit P and T to get a pass at E and position up and a new keyframe then we go to the next hi-hat hit about there let’s understand because we have to tweak it back we don’t have to do that again so new set of key frames for where at least we finished go back to the first keyframe like so and shift left a few times shift one two three and make the apostate zero on all those layers okay then we select all the keyframes and we do the same thing with motion v2 as we did before give them a bit of easing go into a graph editor menu tweak that first bit like so and then go back to keyframes perfect now I just need to offset these again which was nice and simple last time if you remember you select all the layers that you want you hit Alt close square bracket go back to the first frame make sure you select them in the audio now the order is important because the order in which you select them is the order in which it will sequence them so if I were to select bottom to top for example it would go this one then this one then this one then this one then this one then this one because I’m selecting top to bottom it will do it in the correct order okay so then you just right click those keyframe assistant sequence layers okay and it sequences them for you so let’s look at whole thing perfect so now we can see for example that Jesus Christ all our layers again a bit messy so first thing I wanna do is get these ones here and to make a sequence make sense to drag them below now you can see it goes in a nice long order but it’s taking up a lot of space so what you can do is precompose it which basically puts it in its own composition but leaves it in the timeline so if you go right click and precompose and then we’ll call this one sentence intro it basically flattens all of that into one layer and now if we double click it it’s all contained within its own timeline so you’ll see that all this stuff happens here but the background is missing and everything else is missing that’s because we’re inside the layer which is inside our main composition ok so if you hit you now you’ll see that all the keyframes are gone as well that’s because all the keyframes are inside this composition too and if you wanted to for the sake of neatness you could go to the first keyframe here and when you get back to your main keyframe the timeline will actually be at that point so if I were to cut that off here and go back in you’ll see that the timeline here is at the first keyframe on the inner composition and when you go out the timeline is aligned to the first keyframe of the outer composition – ok so if I then went in to explain why that’s useful and go to the last keyframe and go back to the main one it’s moved by that amount you can then cut that off – now this faded part shows there is more to this composition however winner using it at this point in time so that’s why it’s hidden so that’s the same thing nothing is actually changed apart from it’s now easier to manage and our timeline doesn’t take up half the screen okay so moving on then we now have to make this okay so we can see here that we’ve got three parts to this there’s three three high high hits on up so it goes BAM cuts the new frame scales up and scales up again on each hit but also as it scales up on each hit the fill of this text fills itself in in segments okay up up up like that nice and easy to do I’m going to show you how so let’s move on there so we find the peak of that audio like so we go in go to the last layer and we cut this off so that it disappears on that frame okay so then we go to the next one it’s gone now what we want to do is change the color of the background so the best way to do that is to set our background layer layer hit ctrl D to duplicate it then if you got to layer and solid settings you can just change the color of this solid say for example I go to my flat UI colors page and I choose this nice turquoise here I can go back to After Effects now paste that in and voila if done we’ve now got two layers however you can see that this has because you’ve duplicated it it still starts at the beginning we want to alt an open square bracket to make a start there and then when that frame comes along it changes to green just snaps right into it okay zoom in a bit and then meat belongs we know we’re on the right fighting frame and now we need to make the word this and have all the bits that come out with that which is fine we can do that I’ll just cut that off too so now we just need to go to a text tool type here hit the word this full stop and we’ll make it we’ll keep the caviar dreams make it a bit bigger like so I’ll tell you what we’ll make it italic – BAM like so now mmm we have our text excuse me we’ll have cap blocks on there and we have our text we need to make the anchor point go in the middle using the motion v2 or using pan behind if you don’t have motion v2 so now we need to think about how we’re going to make this we need a stroke in the same way that we did in episode 1 and we need to fill in the same way that we did in episode 1 so say we’re happy with this text best thing to do would be to right-click and choose create shapes now this duplicates that layer we can actually delete this original if you want to we’re never gonna need it again so now we’ve got the layer this with a white fill so if we duplicate that again to have it on top we can remove the white fill by alt clicking until we get the red line and we can add a white stroke instead we said of it being 2 pixels and make this one a bit thicker try 10 now you can see doesn’t look like anything’s changed but we’ve actually now got two layers one of which is a stroke around the edge and one of which is a fill in the middle ok understand so now we can use these to animate our text in the same way that we saw before so we’ll select both of them we’ll put them in the middle of the stage like so and and we will tie the fill to the outline in the same way that we did before with the pick whipped click that drag it to outline which means that any keyframes you make on this layer here this one will follow it okay so we’ll call this instead of this outlines to make a bit easier we’ll call this this inner and we’ll call this this this outer there’s bad choice of words actually isn’t it start with cool so we know now that we want this to start here so we can alt open square bracket to cut that off so it doesn’t appear in the meantime and we know that on each hit of the hi-hat we want this to grow slightly so we need a scale keyframe create a new keyframe there and find the next type there yep okay bye there we wanted to scale again and then it’s we had a keyframe then the next one about there I think let’s have a look oh there and then we’ll shift that so it’s even okay good so we’ve got the scale now but obviously doesn’t change so here we want it to be maybe a hundred and ten here we want it to be a hundred and here we want it to be 90 then if we grab all three of those key frames and we add our motion V to easing we hit our graph editor we select all the frames we seem right in and we can adjust that start point so it’s got a nice bit of snap to it okay like so doo-doo-doo one oops fix it again one two and then we need one more that’s funny to actually go change frame about there but we need that key frame in here so that it still expands that size before the cut if that makes sense we’ll set that to be 120 and you see what I mean they did that load now this is a mistake that I’ve made here you can see I’ve actually only created two keyframes so all the motion is happening in between those two need to delete that one and move this along okay now the motion happens between those two so if we do this so we’ve got the scale now let’s just reapply that easing doo-doo-doo-doo reapply the easing go to the graph editor for some reason it hasn’t applied that easing so we just do it manually like so oh yeah one two three oh and then a cut that’s where you want it okay so we can cut that there like so nice one let’s also cut the layer underneath it okay so we’ve done the scale keyframes now as you can see that goes up and because the layer underneath it is tied to it that also ties to those keyframes so now all we need to do is create an a pasty keyframe on this layer by hitting T move log to the next new opacity move onto the next new opacity keyframe and move on to the next new a pasty keyframe then we can go back and make this one seventy-five make this one fifty and make this one twenty-five now this means that it starts on 25 animates to 50 animates 75 animates to one hundred however I’m not sure I like that maybe what we actually want is the first one to be zero the second one to be thirty three point three this one to be okay so now that’s also in thirds if that makes sense if actually just make these a few frames earlier just to tweak it a bit ding-ding-ding now it goes from completely invisible to a third visible to two thirds visible to completely visible to cutting out okay perfect so let’s grab those add in the easing and watch it go perfect there we go great so let’s see what we’ve looked at today then so so far and the whole thing we’ve done this perfect ok so what’s up next let’s take a look okay I think we move on to that bit next time because that involves rotation it adds line trims back in there again it has positions it adds different texts and colors ok let’s end it there for now then so we’ve actually done quite a bit today we’ve taken a look at opacity we’ve taken a look at keyframe changes in timing and speed take a look at binding layers to others we’ve taken a look at strokes you’re taking a look at solids we take a look at cutting layers in and out wonderful that’s a lot to take in and that’ll do for part two tuning the next time we’re going to take a look at some more complicated stuff that involves colors rotations tying two layers line trimming and all sorts of other nonsense as well so thanks very much for watching everybody and I’ll see you all next time remember to subscribe for more tips tricks and tutorials thanks for watching

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