Join Richard Harrington for an in-depth discussion in this video Creating animated transitions with presets, part of After Effects Guru: Effects and Preset Management.
- Most people think that if they need a transition, they'll go to an application like Premier Pro. But After Effects does have its own transitions. Rather, though, than having to keyframe these or do something elaborate, you could turn to presets to really speed up the process. Let's revisit our arrows from before, and what I want to do is reveal these over time. If I take a look at the transitions category, and yours might have these separated out, I just organized them by putting them in a subfolder, so that it was a little bit cleaner.
You'll see here the ability to add movement, as well as dissolves. Let's isolate one of these for a second and take a look. Here's that 2D fractured look, and you'll see that it produces a pretty cool split-apart effect, and then lands. or maybe you want to try the pixel storm, and this creates an effect where the layer blows up and reassembles. All sorts of choices here, and these are quite useful to break things up a bit.
Here's the card build, using 3D space. I avoid the insets, because that's more of a picture and picture effect, but you'll see here some cool things, like stretch and blur, or slide. Let's try a straight slide here for a second. And I see that it slides into place. I like that. On top of that slide, I'd also like you to do a little bit of a stretch and slide, additionally.
Remember, the preset goes off of the play head, so you might want to put that back to the beginning, and then apply it afterwards. So now, I get a much more dramatic slide in. There we go, I like that. Easy enough. Let's select all of these here, and choose edit copy. Now I'll un-solo that layer, and select the other layers and choose edit paste. Well that's great, but if I look at that, they all moved at exactly the same time, which isn't what I wanted.
So, with the layers selected from top to bottom, I can choose animation, keyframe assistant, sequence layers. My current composition is 20 seconds long. So, I'll tell these to overlap by 19 and a half seconds. And click okay. Now, there's a nice staggered effect of one after another, creating a more complex animation. Let's watch that again.
That looks pretty cool. Now, these presets are just a starting point. Remember, you can combine them like I showed you, modify them, or of course come up with your own. But by building up a good library of transitions, you could speed up tasks like logo animation or text builds, and this will really add a little bit of simple animation, that goes a long way to adding emphasis and revealing things over time.
- Applying and viewing presets
- Composing and saving presets
- Refining animation presets for custom results
- Browsing and loading presets
- Getting useful results from built-in presets