So this is the idea corner. The idea is, you just play "what if?"…you experiment with some of the timing, maybe add some more animation to some of…the other layers, and just see what you end up with.…Now I don't know what I am going to end up with,…so the first thing I will do is I'll File > Increment and Save.…That way I will have a new version in case I make a big mess.…Another thing you could do is select the composition, and Command+D to duplicate it.…Not only will you have a version of your original comp, but this is also an easy…way to make variations.…
This is all about experimentation, so don't be afraid to try things.…I have only two elements animating: the title, and the snowflake.…They also don't quite synchronize.…I will select all the layers and press U;…that will reveal all of the keyframes that are applied.…You can see that I purposely let the title animate a little ahead of the snowflake.…I could synchronize these keyframes.…Now the snowflake and title stop at exactly the same time.…
After Effects Apprentice is created by Trish and Chris Meyer and designed to be used on their own and as a companion to their book After Effects Apprentice.
- Starting a project from scratch
- Building a composition
- Arranging and transforming layers interactively and numerically
- Animating parameters including motion paths
- Applying and re-using effects
- Creating variations and rendering the final movie
- Importing layered Photoshop files
- Understanding alpha channels
- Avoiding common mistakes
Skill Level Beginner
Q: This course was updated on 11/09/2012. What changed?
A: We added new movies on using the exercise files that come with this course, and working with the Global Performance Cache in After Effects CS6. We have also added exercise files designed for After Effects CS6.
Q: This course was updated on 11/07/2016. What changed?
A: We updated eight movies to stay up to date with the latest changes in After Effects CC.