Join Owen Lowery for an in-depth discussion in this video Composition settings, part of Creating a Handmade Look in After Effects: 1 Paper Cutout and Stop Motion.
- Before I ever start designing or animating,…I like to set up an empty composition with the…frame rate and settings I want to work with.…There are a few small settings that could make…a big difference when purposely screwing around…with less common frame rates and image quality.…I'm going to make sure I have the folder 02 Comp Settings…& Frame Rates selected under the exercise files and then…make a new composition by going up to the composition…drop down menu and selecting new composition.…The default aspect ratio on this is 1920 by 1080,…which is good because that's what I want to work with.…
If you want to work with a different…aspect ratio, that's fine.…The pixel aspect ratio is at square pixels,…and I'm going to leave it at that so I'm not…stretching out or squishing any of the frames…and just designing how it's going to look.…The big thing I want to focus on is the frame rate.…Classic stop motion animation uses a lower frame rate…than the normal 24 frames per second.…This is because stop motion takes a long time to do.…
Mograph artist Owen Lowery shows how to build the text and image elements, add texture, and then animate the graphics for a stop-motion look. The lessons demonstrate how versatile Adobe After Effects' tools can be when you stretch them beyond their traditional uses and employ some creative problem solving. Members are encouraged to experiment and adapt the techniques shown to other styles and projects.
- Adjusting composition settings
- Designing shape layers in a cutout style
- Creating a paper-like texture
- Building cutout type
- Animating elements for a stop motion look
- Adding imperfection and randomness with wiggle expressions