Join Chris Meyer for an in-depth discussion in this video Creating the outer ring, part of After Effects Apprentice: 15 Creating a Sports Opening Title.
Now that you've seen that, creating this outer circle is pretty darn easy.…I go back to my Comp, I'm going to double-click its size, right-click > Reveal…Layer Source in Project. 415 is probably an inset quite a ways here.…Actually, I'm looking at my Info panel. I'm seeing that my Y is 97 there and 121 there.…Let's say that circle is roughly 360 pixels diameter--and again we can…adjust these things later, because shape layers are so easy to edit inside After Effects.…
I go back to my Comp, make sure nothing is selected, because I want to start a…brand-new shape group. And let's go ahead and create this quickly.…Apostrophe, ellipse, center out my cross-hair, drag, add the Shift key, add the…Command or Ctrl key, drag it out until it looks pretty good.…Twirl it open. Look at its size.…Let's say that I want 360, so let's enter a smaller value.…By the way, these are easy to edit or animate later on.…You can also edit or animate the transform for the entire layer.…
Let's add the tick marks and these titles. Go ahead and use that Pen 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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