Join Chris Meyer for an in-depth discussion in this video Creating variations of the design, part of After Effects Apprentice 02: Basic Animation.
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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.…
The After Effects Apprentice videos on lynda.com were created by Trish and Chris Meyer and are designed to be used on their own and as a companion to their book After Effects Apprentice. We are honored to host these tutorials in the lynda.com Online Training Library®.
- 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