Andy Needham, motion graphics artist and animation director takes you through animating the dashboard tile elements. He calls out many keyboard shortcuts which are useful when speeding up your workflow in Adobe After Effects. When creating the goal animation, Andy uses an expression linked to a slider control to show a method of animating the content of text layers.
- [Voiceover] We are now going to animate our screens,…and we're gonna kick things off by animating the dashboard.…First, we'll animate the progress bar and the tiles,…and then we'll create an animation of the goal section…using some plug-ins and expressions.…Let's do it!…Now, I wanna clear these other compositions,…because I wanna just focus,…so I'm going to close the other timeline panels,…and jump into the first tile, which is Steps.…What we wanna animate is this progress bar,…going from zero to, wherever it is right now.…
So we know where is "right now",…because set up those properties when we were…creating the tile.…So if we press "S" to reveal the scale,…so we need to know how long we want this animation to be.…We've got our end-point,…it doesn't have to be too long at all.…I'm going to press Command+Shift and the right-arrow…to jump 10 frames,…and then just release the Shift button…and, with Command still held down,…I'm just gonna tap to the right twice to make…it 12 frames in time.…I'm gonna set a keyframe for the scale property,…
In this course, Andy Needham shows how to create an app interface from scratch using Adobe Illustrator, and then take the finished design into After Effects for animation. This is a start-to-finish project, going from concept sketches to the final product (an animated GIF). The prototype will showcase the navigation and interactive aspects of the app interface and can be used for marketing or gathering client and user feedback.
- Sketching ideas
- Planning ahead: knowing your target output
- Designing screens in Illustrator
- Preparing artwork for After Effects
- Creating reusable components
- Building and animating screens
- Adding transitions and gesture animations
- Exporting the final sequence as an animated GIF