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Animating scale


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After Effects CS5 Essential Training

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  1. 5m 40s
    1. Introduction
      1m 30s
    2. What is After Effects?
      3m 12s
    3. How to use the exercise files
      58s
  2. 28m 14s
    1. After Effects workflow overview
      2m 18s
    2. Bringing elements into After Effects
      2m 23s
    3. Adding elements to the Timeline
      1m 57s
    4. Working with layers
      3m 45s
    5. Creating animation with presets
      3m 24s
    6. Applying effects
      3m 34s
    7. Creating animation without presets
      5m 38s
    8. Previewing your work
      2m 46s
    9. Exporting content as a movie file
      2m 29s
  3. 27m 20s
    1. Touring the interface
      6m 2s
    2. How After Effects projects work
      4m 47s
    3. What is a composition?
      4m 52s
    4. Tips for adding content to compositions
      2m 49s
    5. Understanding the properties of video
      8m 50s
  4. 57m 8s
    1. Importing an Illustrator file
      4m 57s
    2. Animation basics
      7m 12s
    3. Animating opacity
      6m 40s
    4. Understanding anchor points
      4m 57s
    5. Animating position
      6m 8s
    6. Animating rotation
      4m 41s
    7. Animating scale
      7m 19s
    8. Using the Puppet tool
      7m 13s
    9. Copying and pasting keyframes
      3m 4s
    10. Animation shortcuts
      4m 57s
  5. 9m 42s
    1. Understanding precomposing
      6m 51s
    2. Navigating through compositions quickly
      2m 51s
  6. 1h 12m
    1. A showcase of effects
      2m 34s
    2. Creating a layer for effects
      3m 1s
    3. Applying effects
      4m 54s
    4. Animating effect properties
      4m 29s
    5. Using Glow
      5m 34s
    6. Creating patterns and textures
      6m 57s
    7. Creating a fireball
      7m 9s
    8. Using the Cycore effects
      5m 58s
    9. Adding blur
      5m 45s
    10. Creating a galaxy scene from scratch
      8m 38s
    11. Distorting objects with effects
      4m 7s
    12. Creating and using lens flares
      4m 21s
    13. Creating lightning bolts
      4m 3s
    14. Viewing random variations with Brainstorm
      4m 39s
  7. 30m 52s
    1. Shortening the duration of layers
      4m 23s
    2. Trimming in the Footage panel
      4m 14s
    3. Slowing and accelerating video speed
      7m 9s
    4. Applying video transitions between clips
      6m 7s
    5. Working with image sequences
      4m 47s
    6. Importing footage with an alpha channel
      4m 12s
  8. 36m 11s
    1. Brightening dark footage
      9m 12s
    2. Changing colors in footage
      6m 34s
    3. Creating cinematic color treatments
      8m 17s
    4. Creating a quick vignette
      3m 42s
    5. Colorizing black-and-white objects
      4m 50s
    6. Using adjustment layers
      3m 36s
  9. 21m 9s
    1. Creating and editing text
      7m 39s
    2. Applying text animation presets
      4m 41s
    3. Animating text manually
      4m 43s
    4. Applying layer styles to text
      4m 6s
  10. 28m 58s
    1. Let's get better
      37s
    2. Using work areas
      3m 37s
    3. Creating markers
      6m 17s
    4. Replacing layers
      2m 35s
    5. Mastering Timeline navigation
      3m 18s
    6. Aligning and distributing layers
      3m 4s
    7. Selecting layers quickly
      1m 56s
    8. Cropping layers
      3m 43s
    9. Adjusting comp resolution
      3m 51s
  11. 23m 53s
    1. Using the paint tools
      9m 35s
    2. Using the Roto Brush tool
      9m 25s
    3. Animating growing vines
      4m 53s
  12. 40m 29s
    1. Creating and using masks
      6m 42s
    2. Exploring mask options
      7m 57s
    3. Creating masks with Auto-trace
      6m 51s
    4. Masking objects with other objects
      5m 33s
    5. Making shape layers
      3m 43s
    6. Modifying shape layers
      9m 43s
  13. 30m 44s
    1. Turning 2D layers into 3D layers
      9m 22s
    2. Creating lights and cameras
      6m 14s
    3. Creating shadows
      4m 23s
    4. Using depth of field
      4m 42s
    5. Working with 3D effects
      6m 3s
  14. 18m 10s
    1. Removing a green screen background
      4m 37s
    2. Refining the matte
      4m 48s
    3. Compositing with color adjustments
      4m 50s
    4. Compositing with blend modes
      3m 55s
  15. 25m 44s
    1. Understanding spatial interpolation
      2m 5s
    2. Creating and adjusting motion paths
      3m 55s
    3. Orienting moving objects along a path
      1m 29s
    4. Drawing motion with Motion Sketch
      2m 51s
    5. Creating pauses in animation
      3m 6s
    6. Understanding temporal interpolation
      1m 56s
    7. Easing keyframes
      5m 57s
    8. About the Graph Editor
      4m 25s
  16. 12m 13s
    1. Stabilizing shaky footage
      7m 46s
    2. Tracking the motion in footage
      4m 27s
  17. 24m 58s
    1. Setting up parent layers
      5m 49s
    2. Working with null objects
      2m 31s
    3. What are expressions?
      7m 17s
    4. Modifying simple expressions
      2m 20s
    5. Using the wiggle expression
      7m 1s
  18. 6m 52s
    1. Understanding audio in motion graphics
      1m 22s
    2. Previewing and mixing audio
      3m 55s
    3. Enhancing audio tracks with effects
      1m 35s
  19. 11m 36s
    1. Adding comps to the Render Queue
      2m 30s
    2. Exploring key Render Queue settings
      4m 11s
    3. How should I export my video?
      4m 55s
  20. 7m 16s
    1. Using Photoshop with After Effects
      2m 10s
    2. Using Illustrator with After Effects
      3m 2s
    3. Using Flash with After Effects
      2m 4s
  21. 11s
    1. Goodbye
      11s

Video: Animating scale

The last of the five transforms is Scale, basically resizing. So, what we are going to do is open up the Sun and go ahead and press S for Scale. So, as you can see here, we can click and drag this up or down, or in other words, to the right, we can increase in Scale. So, now, for example, it would be 241% of its original size. We can also drag it to the left to make this smaller than it initially was. So, this is 45% of its original size. Typically, you would not want to increase an object or a layer above 100% unless you know what you are doing.

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After Effects CS5 Essential Training
8h 39m Beginner Apr 30, 2010

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In After Effects CS5 Essential Training, author Chad Perkins discusses the basic tools, effects, and need-to-know techniques in Adobe After Effects CS5, the professional standard for motion graphics, compositing, and visual effects for video. The course provides an overview of the entire workflow, from import to export, as well as detailed coverage of each stage, including animating text and artwork, adding effects to compositions, working in 3D, and rendering and compressing footage. Exercise files are included with the course.

Topics include:
  • Understanding the After Effects workflow
  • Precomposing footage
  • Explaining the basics and beyond of animating
  • Creating glows, patterns, textures, and more with effects
  • Color correcting footage
  • Working with text
  • Manipulating video playback speed
  • Masking objects and shape layers
  • Removing backgrounds with keying
  • Compositing multiple pieces of footage
  • Integrating After Effects with the rest of the Creative Suite
Subject:
Video
Software:
After Effects
Author:
Chad Perkins

Animating scale

The last of the five transforms is Scale, basically resizing. So, what we are going to do is open up the Sun and go ahead and press S for Scale. So, as you can see here, we can click and drag this up or down, or in other words, to the right, we can increase in Scale. So, now, for example, it would be 241% of its original size. We can also drag it to the left to make this smaller than it initially was. So, this is 45% of its original size. Typically, you would not want to increase an object or a layer above 100% unless you know what you are doing.

In the case of Illustrator files, and this is part of the magic of why it's so important to work with Illustrator in After Effects, but when you are working with Illustrator files, you can scale them up beyond 100% and it still remains crisp. That's part of the relationship between After Effects and Illustrator and the nature of Illustrator itself. So, I am going to change this;. Just click in here and type 100%. Now, you will notice that there are two values here, just like Position. And like Position, they represent the same thing: the X axis and the Y axis.

In other words, the X Scale, the left to right Scale, and the vertical Scale, the Y Scale on the right here. By default, there is this little chain-link, which means that the proportions are constrained. So, if you adjust X or Y, then both dimensions move equally. But if you were to click this to uncheck it, then you can scale width and height independently. Now, in the case of the Sun, that looks just terrible. So, I take this back to 100%. And actually what I am going to do for Scale, to animate it, is I want to start at the beginning before the Sun even animates on, maybe like right here.

I want to take this down slightly smaller, maybe 75%. We will start there and see how that goes, and click the Stopwatch for Scale. We want to animate this. I am going to drag my Current Time Indicator to the end of the composition and make this a little bit above 100%. Maybe that's too big, maybe around 115, 120, somewhere around there. Then if we preview this, we have a sun that comes up that scales and gradually increases.

Now, that's way too heavy-handed for my liking. So, I am going to actually take this back to maybe 110%. Also, I am going to take this other value, again, making sure that I am seeing a gold diamond here. So, I am actually on the frame with this keyframe. Take this up to 85%. So, this is going a shorter distance, only from 85 to a 110, rather than 75% to 117%. So, now if we preview this, the sun comes up and slowly grows on.

That's kind of what we are looking for here. Oftentimes I will use Scale for this kind of like brooding, slowly coming towards you, in your face thing. Something about it is very engaging. Actually, if you want to go over to the other Composition in this project here, the Hansel and Petal Ad, which we saw earlier on in this Training Series - we didn't talk about this, because it was a little bit too much to get into, but for the final components of the logo, all I did was I animated the Scale value of this Hansel and Petal text. So basically, what it's doing is it's scaling up, and it appears to be coming towards you.

Again, it's getting your attention more because it is kind of coming towards you like that. And then also, we have a basic rotation on the flower petals and the ampersand on the right here is just slowly moving to the right. So, I basically just animated the basic parameters here, the five basic transforms: we have Rotation, Scale on the text, and Position on the ampersand. As a matter of fact, if you look closely in the background, you will see this kind of cool texture here. And basically, that's just position on these textures overlay on the background. So, again, it's just the five basic transforms, but those five basic transforms can do so much together.

Again, you see in the result of Scale here on the text. It's kind of the same thing I was going for with the Sun. Now, one other kind of interesting use for Scale - I am going to turn on the Bridge layer. This might not work, but I want to show you the principle here. I am going to hold the letter Y, and I am going to move the Anchor Point over to the bottom left-hand corner of the bridge here. Now, as we hit Scale for the Bridge and we scale this up, you will see that it's scaling from that point. That's kind of a cool look as well.

So, it looks like the bridge is coming towards you, but still coming towards you in perspective. You may also want to unlink these values and Scale them independently. So, you will notice as I am doing this, it almost looks as if we are panning a virtual camera around in three dimensions. So, Scale can be good for faking those 3D perspective effects as well. Now, we can't go all the way over here, because the graphic cuts off along the edge, and oftentimes little technical issues like that, you need to be aware of. Sometimes, like in the case of this Bridge here, there really aren't any fixes.

You just have got to come up with some kind of bubblegum, duct tape, hackneyed solution. But I am going to play with this a little bit. I am going to Scale this along the X axis actually. Let's actually start here, where it's completed. Actually, let's go a little bit farther, and the Stopwatch for Scale and move in time. With these values unlinked, we are just going to animate this along the X axis, so it appears to kind of grow on and go to the right there.

That's kind of cool. What we can also do is animate the Position of this. So, we might want to animate it so that I will select the layer and hit P for Position, and we might want it to like, I don't know, end up right about there. And then, move it a little bit earlier, and increase the Y axis until the Bridge hides underneath the signage here. So, then as we go scrub this in time, we could see these different components animate on.

Now again, it's a little bit too intense and distracting with the Bridge. That's way too much, so I am going to hit S for Scale, go back to the last keyframe, and I will take this down to something a little bit more modest, maybe 110. So, now as we take this back and play it, that's kind of cool. So, just take some slow, gradual movement here. This kind of makes this still feel alive even after the elements have animated on the screen. Now, you can see we haven't done anything with the hills, and then the hills seem now painfully boring, because they come up, and they are fun. And if everything else just came up and just stood still, then it wouldn't be that big of a deal, but everything else is still kind of full of life and breathing.

So, to have the hills there, I guess the contrast is kind of interesting. But anyways, that's our little project so far. Pretty cool! Now, we do have kind of a main character, a protagonist, in this project, if you will, and that is the biker. We have not really touched the biker yet, but we will, in a major way, in the next movie.

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Q: In the "Creating a fireball" movie in Chapter 6, the author showed how to make a fireball. Unfortunately, it all centered around a blob layer that he made without showing how to make a blob layer. How does one go about creating a blob layer like the one used in the video?
A: To create a blob layer, make a shape layer using the Pen tool. Animate the anchor points over time to make it move. These concepts are reviewed in depth in Chapter 4, "Learning to Animate."
Q: In the Chapter 5 video "Understanding precomposing," the exercise file provided does not seem to match up with the file the instructor uses. My file does not include a "Biker Body" layer. Is there an error in the exercise file?
A: Unfortunately, the exercise file originally distributed for this chapter was incorrect. A new file was issued in February 2011. If you downloaded the exercise files prior to then, you can download the corrected file on the Exercise Files tab of the course page.
Q: How do I transition from one piece of animated type to another in After Effects?
A: There isn't an effect that can create these types of transitions. It's really a matter of animating the type and camera, using basic keyframing and positioning.
 
If you understand the basics of moving the anchor point of a type layer, animating the parameters of that layer (Scale, Rotation, Position, etc.) and then separately animating the camera around the type layers, you can achieve different types of transitions.  Check out the following videos for more information:

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