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This course pulls together the skills you've been learning in the previous After Effects Apprentice installments to create a real-world video promo. Trish leads you through building the artwork and components used in the final piece, and then Chris shows how to assemble these precompositions into a 3D world, timed to music. Along the way, Trish and Chris also share their thoughts as they design a video project, including unifying the overall look and handling change requests from clients.
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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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