Join Richard Harrington for an in-depth discussion in this video Creating a layered file for animation, part of Motion Graphics for Video Editors: Creating Animated Logos (2014).
…Okay.…We've got a vector file.…What I want to do is prepare it for animation.…Typically this means splitting the file into multiple pieces, so…those pieces can be flown around or revealed over time.…To do this, I need to take the…single layered file, and convert it into multiple layers.…Layers are just essentially tracks that contain data.…And you can use this as a way to animate different pieces.…Now, you don't have to worry about cutting things up, or extracting them.…All the layers are actually there, they're just currently grouped together.…
Taking a look at this graphic here, I can choose Window>Layers.…And this lets me see all the layers in the file.…Right now there's really none.…If I turn that off and on, I see that everything…is on one group, and then this other layer has the guides.…Lets throw that guide away for now, and clicking on this group,…I will choose the panel sub menu, which is release to layers.…Sequence.…This will split everything into separate individual layers.…
And you see that it did just that.…
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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