Join Chris Meyer for an in-depth discussion in this video Animating scale, rotation, and opacity, part of After Effects Apprentice: 02 Basic Animation.
At this point, my snowflake is animating into position.…I think I'll make it more interesting by also animating scale, rotation, and opacity.…I'll select the Snowflake layer, press Shift+S to reveal Scale, Shift+R to add…Rotation, and Shift+T for Opacity.…Now I'd like these keyframes to synchronize with the last position keyframe.…You can do that by adding the Shift key or by using the Keyframe Navigator.…Now when I turn on the stopwatches for Scale, Rotation, and Opacity, I know they…will be in sync with the Position keyframe.…
When you're turning on multiple stopwatches, by the way, you can just drag across…them, as opposed to clicking each one individually.…I'll press Home to return to zero and decide what Scale value it should have.…Let's say I think it needs to be bigger, maybe even 100%.…Remember, I don't really want to go above 100%, so let's just type 100%.…Since my snowflake will fade up over time, I'll never actually see it quite this big.…
For my Rotation value, I have to bear in mind that my second keyframe is at 0 degrees.…
After Effects Apprentice is created by Trish and Chris Meyer and designed to be used on their own and as a companion to their book After Effects Apprentice.
- Starting a project from scratch
- Building a composition
- Arranging and transforming layers interactively and numerically
- Animating parameters including motion paths
- Applying and re-using effects
- Creating variations and rendering the final movie
- Importing layered Photoshop files
- Understanding alpha channels
- Avoiding common mistakes
Skill Level Beginner
Q: This course was updated on 11/09/2012. What changed?
A: We added new movies on using the exercise files that come with this course, and working with the Global Performance Cache in After Effects CS6. We have also added exercise files designed for After Effects CS6.
Q: This course was updated on 11/07/2016. What changed?
A: We updated eight movies to stay up to date with the latest changes in After Effects CC.