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Creating the outer ring

From: After Effects Apprentice 15: Creating a Sports Opening Title

Video: Creating the outer ring

Now that you've seen that, creating this outer circle is pretty darn easy. I go back to my Comp, I'm going to double-click its size, right-click > Reveal Layer Source in Project. 415 is probably an inset quite a ways here. Actually, I'm looking at my Info panel. I'm seeing that my Y is 97 there and 121 there. Let's say that circle is roughly 360 pixels diameter--and again we can adjust these things later, because shape layers are so easy to edit inside After Effects.

Creating the outer ring

Now that you've seen that, creating this outer circle is pretty darn easy. I go back to my Comp, I'm going to double-click its size, right-click > Reveal Layer Source in Project. 415 is probably an inset quite a ways here. Actually, I'm looking at my Info panel. I'm seeing that my Y is 97 there and 121 there. Let's say that circle is roughly 360 pixels diameter--and again we can adjust these things later, because shape layers are so easy to edit inside After Effects.

I go back to my Comp, make sure nothing is selected, because I want to start a brand-new shape group. And let's go ahead and create this quickly. Apostrophe, ellipse, center out my cross-hair, drag, add the Shift key, add the Command or Ctrl key, drag it out until it looks pretty good. Twirl it open. Look at its size. Let's say that I want 360, so let's enter a smaller value. By the way, these are easy to edit or animate later on. You can also edit or animate the transform for the entire layer.

Let's add the tick marks and these titles. Go ahead and use that Pen tool. I am going to select the pen. I'll click once here at the top. Again, I'm referencing my Info panel to make sure I'm nice and centered. I am going to move up a little bit, hold the Shift key to make sure I'm drawing straight line, and click again. Now that I'm done I'll press P, and I'm back to my Selection tool. After Effects likes to create a new shape groups whenever I draw in the Comp panel, but that's okay. If I like I can take that path and drag it down into the Ellipse group and delete this spurious group.

Now to create more tick marks, it's the same deal. I'll go back for reference. I counted these earlier. There are 36 of these ticks around that circle. Come back here, Add > Repeater, drag it after the path, twirl it open, 36 copies, transforms, no position offset, but I do want 360 divided by 36 equals 10 degrees of rotation per tick mark. Pretty cool! If I wanted to edit the path, no problem.

I just go ahead and select one of its points, carefully drag it, shorter or longer, off to an angle, whatever I want. And now you can see why it's good to create this artwork directly inside After Effects. You have a lot of flexibility than having to go back to Illustrator or go back to the original artist and ask for modifications. But anyway, I'm going to press the Shift key to constraint movements, get the length of slash that I want, twirl up the Repeater, add Trim Paths. It landed after my Shape groups.

We'll go ahead and do all shapes Individually and then animate this group on. A lot of fun, huh?

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  1. 3m 39s
    1. Welcome
      1m 39s
    2. Using the exercise files
      2m 0s
  2. 17m 38s
    1. Building the grid floor
      8m 48s
    2. Creating a radar sweep
      5m 13s
    3. Adding lightning
      3m 37s
  3. 14m 18s
    1. Building the video panel
      4m 34s
    2. Using the Block Dissolve effect
      3m 52s
    3. Stylizing the footage
      2m 15s
    4. Duplicating precomps
      3m 37s
  4. 21m 22s
    1. Importing Illustrator files
      5m 47s
    2. Working with paths and masks
      4m 54s
    3. Animating the Stroke effect
      4m 20s
    4. Tinting the event names
      2m 42s
    5. Wiggling the rings
      3m 39s
  5. 33m 35s
    1. Starting a new composition
      1m 48s
    2. Spotting music
      5m 55s
    3. Building the floor
      5m 27s
    4. Adding a video panel
      3m 40s
    5. Creating a reflection
      7m 47s
    6. Adding the dial
      4m 7s
    7. Arranging the frame
      4m 51s
  6. 9m 22s
    1. Setting up the final pose
      4m 28s
    2. Keyframing the camera
      4m 54s
  7. 14m 39s
    1. Adding a text layer
      5m 16s
    2. Using text animation presets
      3m 16s
    3. Customizing the preset
      6m 7s
  8. 6m 56s
    1. Adding a Spot light
      3m 41s
    2. Casting shadows
      3m 15s
  9. 12m 7s
    1. Improving consistency
      2m 43s
    2. Adding a 2D background
      4m 29s
    3. Tying up loose ends
      4m 55s
  10. 20m 37s
    1. Overview of Main Comp 2
      3m 32s
    2. Grouping layers
      4m 39s
    3. Animating the swivel
      9m 2s
    4. Assembling the final comp
      3m 24s
  11. 25m 56s
    1. Adding a transition
      7m 0s
    2. Keyframing the camera
      3m 20s
    3. Adding a filmic glow
      4m 0s
    4. Increasing the motion blur
      4m 2s
    5. Retiming a video source
      7m 34s
  12. 13m 4s
    1. Exploring render settings
      2m 48s
    2. Outputting for archiving
      1m 15s
    3. Outputting anamorphic widescreen DV
      1m 57s
    4. Creating a 4:3 center-cut version
      2m 31s
    5. Outputting for web
      2m 23s
    6. Exploring components for editors
      2m 10s
  13. 12m 49s
    1. Creating the inner ring
      5m 19s
    2. Creating the outer ring
      3m 9s
    3. Creating the text ring
      4m 21s

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