Using real-time inspiration
Video: Using real-time inspirationOne of the things I find most interesting about working in Motion is the simple fact that it's real-time. It's one of the few tools that I can use the motion of an animated graphic as inspiration in my projects. If we look at our project here, we have a title, "interview in a dream." Now as a designer, obviously, certain words will help generate imagery in your brain, but a lot of times I like to browse through the Motion library to see if there are any other graphics that I might be able to layer in, to inspire an animation.
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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.
- Shortcuts for previewing and setting type
- Using type as a design element
- Creating dynamic transitions
- Creating and using color palettes
- Working with particles to create depth
- Adding details with lighting
- Integrating audio in a project
- Editing techniques
- Animating a lower 3rd
- Animating and styling a map
- Building a storyboard
Using real-time inspiration
One of the things I find most interesting about working in Motion is the simple fact that it's real-time. It's one of the few tools that I can use the motion of an animated graphic as inspiration in my projects. If we look at our project here, we have a title, "interview in a dream." Now as a designer, obviously, certain words will help generate imagery in your brain, but a lot of times I like to browse through the Motion library to see if there are any other graphics that I might be able to layer in, to inspire an animation.
So let's go to the Library tab in your File Browser on the left side of the page, and in the Library section, let's go down to the Content folder. Now typically I'd browse around through things like the generators and the particle emitters, but let's skip all that, so I can just get right to the point. If you go to the Content folder, go to the Search fields and browse the word Bokeh. It's called Bokeh and it's actually in affect that you would get by rack focusing a camera. In any out of focus areas you get this neat kind of Bokeh effect with certain images.
I happen to love this. I thought it was very dreamlike. So what I did is added it to my project, and that in turn inspired me to create animation for the type. So press F5 on your keyboard so we can see the Layers tab here, and just click and drag the Bokeh file and drop it right onto the Inspiration layer. Now that we've added our Bokeh into the Inspiration layer, let's go ahead and close our Layers tab for a second, and I'm just going to click to the left side of the canvas so I can deselect that layer, and let's watch our Motion project.
I think that's very dreamlike and beautiful and that's kind of inspiring me to move the letters around in a similar fashion to the Bokeh. So I'm just going to stop playback and turn on to one of the other layers. Press F5 and if you turn off the Original type layer, turn on the group layer down her at the bottom. This was the animation that I came up with, and don't worry. I'm going to show you how I created this a little later in the type chapter. For now, let's go ahead and watch the animation.
I know it's really subtle, but I just love how things are going to float around and flicker in a very similar fashion. So I can't stress enough just how much fun it is working in real-time. It seems to free up a whole different level of creativity with motion graphics.
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