Join Owen Lowery for an in-depth discussion in this video Cutting a hole into a layer, part of Creating a Handmade Look in After Effects: 1 Paper Cutout and Stop Motion.
- I'm in chapter six, 06_02,…and I'm going to have a little fun…with positive and negative space.…I'll experiment with perspective in this scene…using the same techniques I use to add texture…to shapes but instead cut a hole through…the texture layer using the shape layer.…I'm going to turn off the eyeballs on…"NO" Outlines and my Cardboard Texture…and just hit the spacebar to playthrough…and preview this little bit of a…background animation I have going on already.…If you're using an earlier version of After Effects…we'll use a RAM preview.…
I have a little bit of motion going on here…and I'm animating a few solids…just to make it look like there's some lights moving around.…I'll hit Spacebar to pause playback again…and I'm going to turn the Cardboard Texture…and the "NO" Outlines back on.…Normally I would change the Cardboard…Texture's track matte to an alpha matte…and that would add texture to my NO shape.…But I want to do the opposite.…So, I'm going to change my Alpha Matte…into an Alpha Inverted Matte.…And now low and behold,…
Mograph artist Owen Lowery shows how to build the text and image elements, add texture, and then animate the graphics for a stop-motion look. The lessons demonstrate how versatile Adobe After Effects' tools can be when you stretch them beyond their traditional uses and employ some creative problem solving. Members are encouraged to experiment and adapt the techniques shown to other styles and projects.
- Adjusting composition settings
- Designing shape layers in a cutout style
- Creating a paper-like texture
- Building cutout type
- Animating elements for a stop motion look
- Adding imperfection and randomness with wiggle expressions