Join Richard Harrington for an in-depth discussion in this video Create shape layers in After Effects, part of Motion Graphics for Video Editors: Creating Animated Logos.
…Let's bring in another logo file, and I'll show you…a cool trick that's available in newer versions of After Effects.…And now, I'm going to import a new logo file.…There it is.…And I'll just bring that in as footage, not a composition.…It comes in as basic graphics there, as a single file.…Alright let's make a new composition, 1920 by 1080.…We'll go with 2997 here and click OK.…And add the logo file by dragging.…Now it's in our comp and it's a bit small.…It's also hard to see as dark gray on black, so…let's turn the background off and scale it up a bit.…
S for scale and then drag.…Remember, if you scale a vector object, you're going to…want to choose to continuously rasterize so the vector's draw cleanly.…If you look at that, you can clearly see…the difference between the rasterized and the continuously rasterize version.…Alright.…Once you have the logo, there's a great trick.…Layer: Create Shapes from Vector Layer.…And After Effects essentially traces your logo, and turns it into a file.…And if you twirl that down, under Contents, you'll…
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- Acquiring logo files
- Understanding what file formats are supported
- Sizing a vector logo in Photoshop or Illustrator
- Saving a logo with transparency
- Importing a logo into After Effects
- Animating layers
- Extruding a logo in 3D
- Rendering the animation
- Creating cast reflections and cast shadows
- Filling a logo with a pattern
- Adding rays and glows