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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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In the last couple of movies you needed to access Illustrator in order to animate these dials. If you don't have Illustrator, click forward the Project panel and you could open this composition Dial*starter and then you can use this comp going forward. Here we've already apply the masks and animated them with the Stroke effect. If you're following along, just ignore that little tip. I'll close that comp and return to this comp we were working with. In this movie we're going to apply some color to the Effect names in the outer ring.
In Illustrator, this is composed of white text, and it sits on top of a black stroke circle. So select the layer, event names, and let me show you two effects that are very handy for applying color to Illustrator layers. My go-to effect is Generate > Fill. If your Illustrator layer is just one color, the Fill effect is wonderful because all it does is take a color and fills the Alpha channel with that color. And the opacity value blends between transparency and whatever color you have in the Fill effect.
So this is a great effect which is replacing the color of a simple object. For instance, when I have those black lines for both the outer and inner ring, if I didn't want to animate them and I just wanted to make them red, I could have simply applied the Fill effect. However, it doesn't work for the event names because it wants to fill the entire Alpha channel. Instead, let's try the Tint effect. We'll find that under an Effect > Color Corrections > Tint. What's nice about the Tint effect is it allows you to apply two colors.
One to everything that's black and another color to everything that's white. So let's say I wanted to make the black maybe a dark red and I wanted to make the white color-- let's just make it a bright yellow so you can see it. So quite often I will create elements in Illustrator that are black and white and then just apply the Tint effect in After Effects, and that way I can even use the Eyedropper to eye dropper from different colors, perhaps in the background movie. So let's just set this up. I think I'd like something maybe like a pale orange for my white text.
I think I'll leave the background set to black for now. Again, don't sweat these colors too much. You'll be changing them in a later step. In the next movie, we'll apply the wiggle expression to the outer and inner ring.
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