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Adding effects and graphics

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Now we have our rough animation created, and it's time to actually polish Okay, so I can already tell I need to add Now, as I scrub through, I can see the edge of this is very harsh.

Adding effects and graphics

Now we have our rough animation created, and it's time to actually polish things up by adding some final graphics, and some effects into our scene. So lets start by actually resetting our workspace. If your work space doesn't look like this, go up under the Workspace, and make sure you reset the standard workspace, and click Yes, to reset it to its original layout. Now your work space should look like this. Also, lets go ahead and preview our animation. Click the left button in the Preview panel, to move to the first frame in your timeline.

And then load up a ram preview. It may take a second on your system, so just let the frames go ahead and load in. And once they're all loaded, we'll go ahead and preview our animation. Okay, so I can already tell I need to add a fade or some type of transition to those swoop lines. And then, we need to actually fade out the graphics. So, I am going to press the spacebar to stop playback here. We'll start by adding a transition to our swoop lines. So, lets go ahead and scroll down to layer nine. That's the swoop lines layer, and I am going to enable Solo for this layer, just so we can focus only on this layer.

Let's press I to move to the in point of the layer, and then go up to Effects. Under Effects, let's go to Transition. I want to just choose a Linear Wipe. So we'll choose Linear Wipe, and in order to preview the animation, just click and drag on the transition completion to scrub through. And you see okay, I can definitely have these lines look like they're drawing into the scene. Right now I want them to be off the screen, and then draw in the opposite way. So, let's go ahead and change the wipe angle to a value of 270.

As you start to drag up to this left side, if you hold down Shift, it'll snap in 45 degree increments. So it'll snap right to 270. So let's change our transition completion to 100%, and add a keyframe here in the Effects Controls panel. Now let's move down to about three seconds in the timeline, and then change our transition completion to 100%. Now, as I scrub through, I can see the edge of this is very harsh. So I'm want to feather this a little bit. So I'll just go ahead and click and drag on the feather parameter, and set it to about 45 pixels.

So now these are going to go ahead and animate across the page. Let's turn off Solo, and now we can scrub through and see how these are going to swoop into the scene. I think that looks pretty cool. Now let's add our fade out for our other graphic elements here. Let's start at about seven seconds. I want to add a fade to my circles, so let's select the Circles here. Now to add a keyframe for the opacity at this point, I want it to be the current value that I have for opacity right now. But if I click the Keyframe button, this'll actually delete all of my keyframes, which I don't want to do.

So let me undo that. To create a keyframe, that's the same value as the pre-existing keyframe, you want to go down here to your Navigation buttons. And the button in between, if you click it, that'll go ahead and add a keyframe at the current value, for that specific parameter. Let's scroll up through the layers and see which other layers don't have fade outs. And as you can see training and the plus symbol don't have fadeouts. So let's select the Plus symbol and our Training layer, and just press t, not once, but twice.

Now we'll go ahead and click that Keyframe button here, to add two keyframes there. And then just press o to move to the out point of those layers. And we can just add another keyframe at zero, to add the fadeout. And we'll scroll back down to our circle layer. And have those fade out as well. Now let's say we don't want our swoop lines to disappear. Let's go ahead and just click on the right side of the swoop lines layer, and just drag it to the end of our composition. Now we scroll through, you can see our graphics are going to fade out. Everything except for the swoop lines.

So now we're actually set to add a graphic element. We're going to add our next section. The next section is just going to be called warm-up. And I want a circle to appear behind the words warm-up. So, what I'm going to do is scroll up in my timeline here. And just select my Plus layer. This is the layer just below my H+ Smart layer. Now to add text in the scene, all we have to do is grab our Type tool. But when we do that, notice these panels will automatically open. Since I want to be able to actually set some type, I'm going to change my workspace.

So let's go to the workspace pull-down, and change it from Standard to Text. Now with my text selected, let's just go ahead and click right about here, to start my text. So let's type warm ups and here I'll go back. I'm just using my arrow key to move back. And I'll press Delete to delete the space, and just add a dash in there. To set your text, grab your Selection tool, and now we've added text into the scene. With the selection tool selected, let's just move warm-ups down a little bit.

And now I want to add a graphic element underneath my text. But if you notice when I added my text layer, it automatically made that text start at the beginning of the timeline. So let's click on the left edge of the text, and drag it to the right, and hold down Shift to make it snap to my current time indicator. So we'll just have a simple fade on this text. We'll add the fade in here in just a second. Let's add our graphic element. To add a graphic, I want to make sure that none of my layers are selected. So I'm just going to click in any one of these grey areas here.

Now, with nothing selected, I can go up to my Shape tools, and I'm going to click and hold on the Rectangle tool, so that'll open up the Ellipse tool. Now, with my ellipse tool selected, see how I have a fill and a stroke, well lets say I want the fill to be more of this kind of bluish turquoise color in the background. I can go ahead and click on that fill, and grab my little eye dropper here, and just sample any of these colors. Now that's a little dark, so I'm just going to brighten it up a bit, and click OK. We'll leave the white stroke on there for now.

And then just click and drag, in the project, and drag it over top of the text. Perfect, now notice when I created the shape, it automatically put it at the top of the layer hierarchy. So what I'm going to do is just click on the Shape layer, and move it down below my Text layer. And you guessed it, we're going to trim the start point of this layer, just by clicking on the left, and dragging it back to my current time indicator. So let's go ahead and make sure we have the selection tool active, and then we can just reposition our shape accordingly. So now we're just going to add a quick fade to this, to have them fade into the scene.

So I'm just going to move a little bit down the timeline, just by clicking up in this area here. I'm going to move to about frame 812. And I'll select both layers two and three. And press Option+T or Alt+T on Windows, to automatically add a keyframe for Opacity. So now I can press I to move to the in point of those layers, and just change the opacity setting to zero, since I had both layers selected, it automatically added the fade to both layers. So now the only thing that I'm noticing that I want to adjust, is how this background graphic element is blending with the background.

I'm going to go ahead and select my Shape layer here, and if you don't have your nodes up, go ahead and toggle your switches and modes, till your in nodes, and let's change the blend mode, I want to choose Soft Light. Now when I deselect that layer, you can see here's my graphic, and it's blended into the background using the soft light blend mode. And this is pretty much exactly what I wanted to create. To preview our animation, just move back to the first frame, and then load up a run preview.

Once your preview is loaded, then it'll go ahead and play in real time. And you can see, we successfully completed our animation, and added graphics into the scene.

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After Effects CC Essential Training

135 video lessons · 63580 viewers

Ian Robinson

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  1. 1m 8s
    1. What is After Effects?
      1m 8s
  2. 1h 5m
    1. Welcome
      1m 11s
    2. Using the exercise files (CC 2014.1) NEW
      1m 57s
    3. Using the exercise files
      1m 19s
    4. Understanding and managing applications with Creative Cloud (CC 2014.1) NEW
      2m 32s
    5. Which versions of After Effects CC does this course cover? (CC 2014.1) NEW
      1m 40s
    6. Relinking missing footage
      1m 54s
    7. Working with keyboard shortcuts
      1m 23s
    8. Different ways to use After Effects
    9. Exploring the interface of After Effects (CC 2014.1) NEW
      13m 22s
    10. Exploring the interface of After Effects
      12m 0s
    11. Exploring important preferences, and setting up the cache (CC 2014.1) NEW
      8m 44s
    12. Exploring important preferences and setting up the cache
      6m 20s
    13. Video terminology (CC 2014.1) NEW
      6m 19s
    14. Video terminology
      4m 24s
    15. Updating After Effects with Creative Cloud
      1m 25s
  3. 1h 0m
    1. The six foundations of After Effects
      11m 5s
    2. Understanding compositions
      10m 35s
    3. Creating and manipulating layers
      9m 49s
    4. Building animation
      6m 29s
    5. Working with effects
      7m 5s
    6. Introduction to 3D
      8m 45s
    7. Understanding how to render
      6m 48s
  4. 38m 54s
    1. Importing elements
      5m 53s
    2. Organizing projects
      3m 51s
    3. Building compositions with layers
      6m 17s
    4. Animating with keyframes
      10m 0s
    5. Adding effects and graphics
      8m 7s
    6. Output techniques
      4m 46s
  5. 44m 49s
    1. Exploring composition and project settings
      6m 48s
    2. Importing Photoshop files as compositions
      8m 39s
    3. Importing Illustrator files as compositions
      7m 41s
    4. Viewing files in the comp panel
      4m 42s
    5. Understanding Pre-compose
      4m 21s
    6. Positioning layers with snapping
      4m 55s
    7. Interpreting footage
      4m 0s
    8. Keyboard shortcuts for compositions
      3m 43s
  6. 1h 5m
    1. Defining layers
      5m 4s
    2. Creating type layers
      7m 38s
    3. Precise typesetting techniques
      5m 42s
    4. Creating layer solids and shapes with masks
      9m 6s
    5. Creating design elements with shape layers
      6m 10s
    6. Layer compositing: Masks, switches, and blend modes
      7m 35s
    7. Using track mattes
      4m 49s
    8. Precise compositing with variable-width feathered masks
      9m 24s
    9. Working smarter by swapping layers
      7m 6s
    10. Keyboard shortcuts for layers
      2m 35s
  7. 1h 35m
    1. Understanding animation
      6m 20s
    2. Adding and adjusting keyframes
      9m 52s
    3. Understanding keyframe interpolation (CC 2014.1) NEW
      8m 52s
    4. Understanding keyframe interpolation
      6m 20s
    5. Adjusting keyframes in the Graph Editor
      8m 26s
    6. The power of parenting
      5m 26s
    7. Using null objects
      6m 46s
    8. Creating expressions with the pick whip
      6m 25s
    9. Creating and adjusting motion paths
      9m 56s
    10. Building complex graphics with Pre-compose
      4m 54s
    11. Preparing audio for animation
      8m 57s
    12. Generating graphics with audio
      9m 13s
    13. Working smarter: Navigating the Timeline
      4m 32s
  8. 58m 59s
    1. Understanding the order of effects
      5m 58s
    2. Generating backgrounds with effects
      5m 33s
    3. Generating a scribble effect
      8m 12s
    4. Animating strokes with effects
      6m 37s
    5. Using adjustment layers
      5m 52s
    6. Adding gradients and glows
      4m 30s
    7. Saving pan and scan presets
      5m 20s
    8. Fixing exposure with Levels
      3m 5s
    9. Fixing color casts with Color Finesse 3
      9m 57s
    10. Masking individual effects
      3m 55s
  9. 1h 17m
    1. Understanding 3D in After Effects
      9m 2s
    2. Intro to cameras (CC 2014.1) NEW
      10m 50s
    3. Intro to cameras
      7m 51s
    4. Intro to lights and material options
      8m 56s
    5. Animating cameras (CC 2014.1) NEW
      11m 11s
    6. Animating cameras
      12m 39s
    7. Creating depth of field
      6m 48s
    8. Exploring the ray-traced 3D renderer
      10m 8s
  10. 3h 40m
    1. Understanding CINEMA 4D Lite and After Effects (CC 2014.1) NEW
      1m 53s
    2. Understanding CINEMA 4D Lite and After Effects
      1m 32s
    3. 3D foundations (CC 2014.1) NEW
      9m 49s
    4. 3D foundations
      10m 43s
    5. Matching CINEMA 4D Lite and After Effects projects (CC 2014.1) NEW
      7m 14s
    6. Matching CINEMA 4D Lite and After Effects projects
      8m 9s
    7. Understanding the CINEMA 4D Lite interface (CC 2014.1) NEW
      9m 49s
    8. Understanding the CINEMA 4D Lite interface
      7m 31s
    9. Creating 3D projects from Illustrator files (CC 2014.1) NEW
      7m 20s
    10. Creating 3D projects from Illustrator files
      7m 28s
    11. Exploring modeling in CINEMA 4D Lite (CC 2014.1) NEW
      11m 7s
    12. Exploring modeling in CINEMA 4D Lite
      8m 8s
    13. Applying deformers (CC 2014.1) NEW
      4m 50s
    14. Applying deformers
      5m 59s
    15. Understanding materials (CC 2014.1) NEW
      10m 29s
    16. Understanding materials
      7m 32s
    17. Lighting your scene (CC 2014.1) NEW
      11m 20s
    18. Lighting your scene
      8m 14s
    19. Looking at detailed materials
      7m 51s
    20. Working with presets (materials and lights) (CC 2014.1) NEW
      7m 44s
    21. Animating in CINEMA 4D Lite (CC 2014.1) NEW
      5m 52s
    22. Animating in CINEMA 4D Lite
      6m 51s
    23. Adjusting keyframes in CINEMA 4D Lite (CC 2014.1) NEW
      7m 42s
    24. Animating cameras in CINEMA 4D Lite (CC 2014.1) NEW
      5m 49s
    25. Animating cameras in CINEMA 4D Lite
      5m 45s
    26. Working with CINEWARE (CC 2014.1) NEW
      8m 11s
    27. Working with CINEWARE
      9m 38s
    28. Render settings and the multipass workflow (CC 2014.1) NEW
      7m 28s
    29. Render settings and the multipass workflow
      8m 38s
  11. 23m 35s
    1. Rendering with Adobe Media Encoder
      4m 45s
    2. Recommended settings for rendering graphics
      10m 21s
    3. Creating presets in the Render Queue
      4m 0s
    4. Prerendering with Import and Replace Usage
      3m 18s
    5. Working smarter: One render, multiple outputs
      1m 11s
  12. 36m 53s
    1. Creating type animators
      8m 52s
    2. Creating and animating type on a path
      5m 32s
    3. Animating shape layers
      8m 45s
    4. Animating brushstrokes with Paint
      5m 54s
    5. Animating text and prepairing templates for use in Premiere Pro (CC 2014.1) NEW
      7m 50s
  13. 23m 31s
    1. Retiming with Time Remapping
      8m 56s
    2. Retiming footage with Timewarp
      9m 10s
    3. Smoothing shaky camera footage with Warp Stabilizer VFX
      5m 25s
  14. 16m 6s
    1. Getting started with Keylight
      8m 43s
    2. Refining your key with Keylight
      3m 42s
    3. Cleaning up keys with masks
      3m 41s
  15. 26m 47s
    1. Rotoscoping with paths
      6m 47s
    2. Introducing the Roto Brush
      5m 58s
    3. Refining the Roto Brush
      6m 12s
    4. Using the Refine Edge tool
      7m 50s
  16. 27m 13s
    1. Creating a single point track
      7m 38s
    2. Applying motion with Warp Stabilizer VFX
      4m 29s
    3. Warp Stabilizer VFX: Reversible Stabilization workflow
      7m 47s
    4. Solving cameras
      7m 19s
  17. 6m 30s
    1. Archiving your projects
      3m 50s
    2. Removing unused footage
      1m 25s
    3. Moving compositions between projects in After Effects
      1m 15s
  18. 2m 24s
    1. What's next?
      2m 24s

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