Join Chris Meyer for an in-depth discussion in this video Constant vital signs, part of After Effects Apprentice: 16 Creating a Medical Opening Title.
One of the main principles of art is repetition, but with variation.…Right now I have five identical copies of those Vital Signs traces;…I mean they are going at different speeds and they are randomized a little bit…in their shape, but we have five pretty similar lines of vital signs going across our composition.…What if we made one of them say be a bit different than the other ones, …maybe a different length or do a different pattern?…I'm going to pick one that's fairly visible throughout the composition, …such as this second one from the top, Vital Signs 2 and treat it a little bit differently.…
I'm going to twirl open its Shape Group and maybe rather than have it travel…across the screen, it might be interesting to go ahead and have it on all the time.…I'll turn off the Trim Paths, so we have a tracery going across the entire composition, …that's always present, no matter where the camera move is during our composition.…It looks a bit soft later on when it's being blurred and timed to the music, …
The After Effects Apprentice series was created by Trish and Chris Meyer. These tutorials are designed for After Effects CS4 through CC, and can be used on their own or as a companion to the Meyer's book, After Effects Apprentice.
- Animating to music
- Arranging layers in 3D space
- Performing time stretches
- Working with 3D camera tracking
- Typesetting and animating text
- Adding effects like drop shadows and motion blur
- Creating and animating shape layers
- Building and delivering a broadcast package
Skill Level Intermediate
After Effects Apprentice: 14 Shape Layerswith Chris Meyer2h 20m Intermediate
The Creative Spark: Title Case, Typographic Artisanswith Jessica Hische28m 31s Intermediate
1. Roughing Out the Spot
2. Building the Hero Shot and Title
3. Creating Video Frames Using Shape Layers
4. Dressing Up the Background
5. Finalizing the Proof
6. Delivering the Results
7. Idea Corners
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