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After Effects: Principles of Motion Graphics
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Creating custom type presets


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After Effects: Principles of Motion Graphics

with Ian Robinson

Video: Creating custom type presets

If you're on that big green energy kick, you might want to roll that into your life as a motion designer as well by conserving your energy. What do I mean by that? Well, whenever you're working on a project, undoubtedly you'll be constantly going through the process of painstakingly keyframing some beautiful animations. Then it really doesn't make any sense, why you wouldn't want to save those to use in future projects? I mean you can save yourself some time and hopefully get a little extra money and save these complex animations as some presets in your future projects.
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  1. 3m 37s
    1. Welcome
      1m 1s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 4s
    3. Defining motion graphics
      1m 32s
  2. 11m 11s
    1. Workflow for creating motion graphics
      5m 7s
    2. Organizing projects for motion graphics
      4m 25s
    3. Defining a motion graphics "package"
      1m 39s
  3. 12m 58s
    1. Collecting visual inspiration
      2m 14s
    2. Listening to imagine
      3m 20s
    3. Creating elements for inspiration
      7m 24s
  4. 33m 4s
    1. Essential theories of typography
      6m 34s
    2. Understanding shortcuts for setting type in AE
      7m 27s
    3. Converting type from Photoshop
      5m 51s
    4. Importing type from illustrator
      9m 44s
    5. Creating shapes from text
      3m 28s
  5. 36m 30s
    1. Understanding the role of timing in motion graphics
      8m 1s
    2. Creating and using markers
      7m 58s
    3. Creating animation with markers
      5m 16s
    4. Using audio to create animated graphics
      5m 47s
    5. Editing techniques for graphics and video
      9m 28s
  6. 49m 27s
    1. Understanding different kinds of type in After Effects
      15m 53s
    2. Using animators with type
      7m 59s
    3. Using type presets
      7m 35s
    4. Creating custom type presets
      4m 35s
    5. Animating paragraph type
      13m 25s
  7. 45m 51s
    1. Exploring the use of color in motion graphics
      10m 40s
    2. Creating and using color palettes
      13m 45s
    3. Exploring color correction tools in AE
      6m 46s
    4. Advanced correction with Color Finesse
      8m 30s
    5. Creating custom color presets
      6m 10s
  8. 59m 6s
    1. Exploring textures in motion graphics
      8m 30s
    2. Building an animated background texture
      16m 48s
    3. Creating textures for type
      10m 19s
    4. Animating seamless textures
      15m 1s
    5. Creating custom vignettes
      8m 28s
  9. 38m 25s
    1. Understanding lighting in After Effects
      12m 57s
    2. Intro to lighting techniques
      5m 17s
    3. Using material settings to enhance lighting
      7m 36s
    4. Adding polish to a light setup
      12m 35s
  10. 50m 32s
    1. Animating swoops and swooshes
      12m 37s
    2. Creating repeating light trails with the Vegas effect
      6m 28s
    3. Repeating patterns with shape layers
      8m 11s
    4. Exploring graphic transitions
      10m 37s
    5. Exploring video transitions
      5m 16s
    6. Adding dynamic elements to a video transition
      7m 23s
  11. 22m 23s
    1. Working in 3D
      8m 36s
    2. Rigging cameras for animation
      8m 45s
    3. Working with depth of field
      5m 2s
  12. 50m 54s
    1. Creating storyboards in After Effects
      10m 20s
    2. Creating an animatic
      18m 14s
    3. Polishing the animation and timing
      8m 45s
    4. Applying the final effects
      13m 35s
  13. 47m 53s
    1. Preparing a map for animation
      7m 59s
    2. Animating and styling a map
      8m 24s
    3. Designing a lower-third graphic
      8m 22s
    4. Adding animation to the lower-third graphic
      9m 10s
    5. Creating bumper animations
      13m 58s
  14. 14m 17s
    1. Defining the toolkit
      2m 2s
    2. Preparing templates
      7m 12s
    3. Creating a style guide
      5m 3s
  15. 1m 3s
    1. Next Steps
      1m 3s

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After Effects: Principles of Motion Graphics
7h 57m Intermediate Feb 09, 2011

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After Effects: Principles of Motion Graphics with Ian Robinson covers some of the core principles used to create motion graphics, breaking them down into smaller groups of applied techniques in After Effects. The course explores everything from gathering inspiration to integrating traditional typography, transitional elements, animated textures, color, and more into motion graphics. Instructions for building a toolkit with templates and a style guide for future projects are also included. Exercise files accompany the course.

Topics include:
  • Converting type from Photoshop and Illustrator
  • Creating shapes from text
  • Using markers in animation
  • Editing techniques for graphics
  • Using type presets
  • Animating type
  • Exploring color correction tools
  • Building animated textures
  • Creating custom vignettes
  • Understanding Lights and Material settings
  • Adding dynamic transitions
  • Rigging cameras for animation
  • Working efficiently in 3D space
Subjects:
Video Motion Graphics
Software:
After Effects
Author:
Ian Robinson

Creating custom type presets

If you're on that big green energy kick, you might want to roll that into your life as a motion designer as well by conserving your energy. What do I mean by that? Well, whenever you're working on a project, undoubtedly you'll be constantly going through the process of painstakingly keyframing some beautiful animations. Then it really doesn't make any sense, why you wouldn't want to save those to use in future projects? I mean you can save yourself some time and hopefully get a little extra money and save these complex animations as some presets in your future projects.

So now let's go and look through the project. As we scroll through the beginning of this animation, look at the first linotype. As you can tell, there's some animation that's been applied, and what I want to do is save that text animation for use in future projects. In order to do that, all you have to do is select the layer that contains the animation and press the U key. The U key is telling me exactly which parameters have animations tied to them. So, for example, I have these two range selectors.

When you have range selectors that's letting you know that there's actually been some kind of animation applied to a type layer specifically. Now to save the preset for the entire animation for this text, what we need to actually do is collapse the layer, open it up, and literally select the entire animator. So this first animator was renamed Fade and that contains the range selector that we saw a second ago adjusting the opacity down to 0.

Also, Animator 1 contains the next line of animation where we change the Fill Color and change the Opacity to 35. So what we want to do is select the Fade animator and hold down Shift and Select Animator 1. Now that we have these two animators selected, we can save this as a preset by going to Animation > Save Animation Preset. Now by default, After Effects is going to try and save your presets in a preset folder that's already been created.

One of the things I like to do is actually add a little tag to the name of any presets that I've created, so I know specifically these are ones that I created. So let's name this FadeColor, and I'm going to add -i at the end of it. That way I know I am the one that created it. Now when we click Save, this will save into that folder, and now if we want to apply this to any other text layer, we can go right back up under the Animation menu and it should be in your Recent Animation Presets list.

Now, you can also go back to Browse Presets and apply it straight from the Bridge, but before we do that, let's go ahead and just create another text layer to apply our preset to. Just grab your Type tool and click anywhere on the canvas to begin typing. I just typed "now it gets interesting", and press Enter on your keyboard once you're finished entering your text. Now with that layer selected in the Timeline go back up under Animation and choose Browse Presets.

Now, I know that that preset is saved in my Text folder under Mechanical, and sure enough, there is FadeColor-i. So if we double-click that, notice my text has now disappeared, and if I press U to open the Uber key, you can see that's because my preset has been applied. So if we move our playhead back to the beginning and load up a RAM preview by pressing 0 on our keypad, you can see here we have our first layer of type and then our second layer of type with our preset animation.

Let me just press the Spacebar to stop playback. Now I want to stop for a second and just sort of tell you something important about saving presets. I saved a preset for this text animation, but actually in After Effects, you can save any of your animations as a preset. So, for example, if I applied a filter or animated keyframes for position and scale data, I could go ahead and select all those specific parameters and filters, et cetera, and save those specific things as presets to apply to future layers and projects.

So there you have it, save yourself some time and energy by saving your own custom presets. This is yet another great way to build your own individual animation style, while adding yet another tool in your motion designer tool belt.

Find answers to the most frequently asked questions about After Effects: Principles of Motion Graphics.


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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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