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In Motion: Principles of Motion Graphics, Ian Robinson shares the core concepts and techniques used to create real-world motion graphic elements in Apple Motion. The course starts with finding the initial inspiration for a project and then covers how to bring those ideas to life using the tools in Motion, including type treatments, filters, textures, and lighting. Two projects demonstrating how to animate a title sequence and how to assemble a graphics package are also included. Exercise files accompany the course.
Now this video is going to be kind of different, because I am going to play the role of your color therapist. As we go through this animation, I want you to look at each color and really think to yourself, how does this make me feel? Now I know it sounds kind of corny, but they're plenty of professional sports teams out there that paint their locker rooms different colors because it incites different kinds of emotions. So let's go through some of these colors so we can generally talk about how we feel. So this first color, yellow. It's pretty straightforward.
It's kind of like the sun. It's bright, happy, and sunshiny. Sometimes it's so bright it kind of drives people a little batty. But generally it's a good color for the morning and daylight and different things like that. So for me whenever I see orange, most of the time it makes me think of the sunset. And it's a little calming. It's one of the more calm warm colors out there. It's a perfect color if you're not quite sure exactly what level of excitement you want to bring to your projects.
Like if you went with bright yellow, that's really saying something. And if you went with bright red, well, that just kind of screens aggression. So orange is this really, really interesting color. It's sort of plays the fence in between. Now if we move down the timeline here a little bit, you know we have some different shades of yellow. This really, really bright green. Now honestly with this it's sort of reminds me of the 80s. But really when you look at green, all in all green is supposed to be a very natural color, maybe not this sort of chartreuse.
Once we actually get over towards this teal color here, these colors are more cool obviously. They should make you think of ice and some more isolated type situations. But since the green and that slight bit of yellow is blended in there, it kind of creates this sort of uneasy feeling. So if you keep moving down the timeline here, you notice we'll get into this kind of purple warm color again. But it's kind of deceptive, because it's not really warm and it's not really cool.
It's kind of playing the fence between both, because we have this warm tone over here on the left-hand side. But generally if you want to kind of have a more calm approach to things, you want to be using dark blues and purples and different colors like that, that are generally more soothing. So here's one of my favorites. I went through a phase where I definitely designed a ton of stuff in blue. It is a color that can play both sides of the fence. But all in all, it is a cool tone.
So it should be rather soothing. Now if we go ahead and scroll down here, I actually love taking color out of images and using that as a statement as well. Now I know we still have color over here in the box. But a lot of times if you really want to make things pop out, you can definitely do so by desaturating the image. Now what's interesting is the fact that this is kind of washed out. To me this creates a slight vintage feel even though it may not necessarily be a true vintage look.
Just when things are washed out and faded, it kind of gives things that little tired look. So if you've never taken a color theory course or really thought about the power of color, I implore you to give it another thought, because who knows, maybe one day it'll fill your day with bright happy sunshiny goodness.
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