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Motion Graphics for Video Editors: Creating Animated Logos

with Richard Harrington

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Learn how to create an animated logo with After Effects, and get the motion graphics experience you need to succeed as a freelance video editor.
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Motion Graphics for Video Editors: Creating Animated Logos
Video duration: 0s 2h 33m Intermediate


Everybody wants an animated logo these days, which is great news for freelance video editors. But what if you're new to motion graphics? Motion Graphics for Video Editors breaks the workflow down into easily understandable chunks, showing how to use the tools most video editors already have—in Adobe Creative Cloud—to complete basic motion graphics tasks. In this course, Rich Harrington introduces a few different ways to get and prep logos that are the right format and resolution, and use Photoshop or Illustrator to convert the files into layered images that are ready to animate. The real work then takes place in After Effects, where Rich shows how to animate the logo and add reflections, cast shadows, patterns, texture, and glows that will impress your future clients.

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Topics include:
  • Acquiring logo files
  • Understanding what file formats are supported
  • Sizing a vector logo in Photoshop or Illustrator
  • Saving a logo with transparency
  • Importing a logo into After Effects
  • Animating layers
  • Extruding a logo in 3D
  • Rendering the animation
  • Creating cast reflections and cast shadows
  • Filling a logo with a pattern
  • Adding rays and glows
After Effects Illustrator Photoshop Premiere Pro

Series intro

Hi, my name's Rich Harrington. And I'd like to welcome you to a brand-new series of videos that we're producing for It's called Motion Graphics for Editors, and we're focusing on all of the core skills that you need to create motion graphics. But unlike a lot of the training out there that already assumed you're a wizard at things like after effects, I'm going to build it from the ground up. We're focusing on things that are easy to do, fast things for when you're on tight deadlines. And I want to make sure you can get results that make your clients happy.

Now, you don't have to be a video editor to benefit from this class. If you work in broadcasting or you just need to get motion graphics done quickly, on point, with great looks but not tons of effort. I think you're going to really enjoy this class. I'm going to share with you years of practical experience I gained working in the broadcast industry, and as a professional video editor. I've mapped out a whole series of topics that we'll be releasing over the coming months, and you're going to want to check these out. Each course can be viewed independently, but all of the skills will build upon each other.

So that after completion of this series, you really will have a collection of skills that give you what you need to get the job done. This is all about making great graphics that are going to please your clients, and really make your project pop without having to work really hard. Because I realize that if you're working as a video editor, or you're working in a medium like broadcasting, you're probably on some really tight deadlines. So, we're going to explore tons of things that help you get the job done, and give you results really quickly.

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