Join Chris Meyer for an in-depth discussion in this video Creating the inner ring, part of After Effects Apprentice 15: Creating a Sports Opening Title.
Earlier in this lesson, Trish showed you how to import the Dial artwork which was…created in Adobe Illustrator as a composition.…We do that for expediency, but also because quite often clients will supply to…you their logo or other pieces of artwork as Illustrator files, and we want to…give you some experience in handling them.…However, you could also create this element directly inside After Effects using…Shape and Text layers.…So let's see how'd you do that.…This composition size is 600x600.…So I'll create a brand-new comp with the same dimensions and a good duration of 10 seconds.…
I'll click OK, Transparency Grid is already on, and that's going to be handy for…seeing what we create.…Let's look that inner dial first.…I am going to select it, right-click on it, Reveal layer Source in Project.…And I see that its outer dimension is 248 pixels.…So we are going to say that ring is 240 pixels in diameter.…I'll go back to my comp. I have No layer selected. I'll go up to my Shape tools…and indeed select the Ellipse tool.…
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.
- Building a 3D world
- Working with layered Illustrator files
- Synchronizing to music
- Using text animation presets
- Rendering strategies
- Working with widescreen video, including 4:3 center cut and safe area considerations
Skill Level Intermediate
1. The Floor
2. The Video Wall
3. The Dial
4. Creating the Main Composition
5. The Camera Move
6. Creating a Title
7. Lighting and Shadows
8. Further Polish
9. Finishing the Comps
10. Client Changes
11. Render Strategies
12. Bonus: Creating the Ring inside After Effects
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