Join Mark Christiansen for an in-depth discussion in this video Get started with Essential Graphics, part of After Effects CC 2017 New Features.
- [Instructor] Essential Graphics is the biggest new feature in After Effects. It allows you to build a motion graphics template with custom controls to use in Premier Pro, where it's also a big new feature. Essential Graphics replaces another recent feature known as text templates. It's more straightforward and does more. Here's a quick overview. So before I get started designing in Essential Graphics template, I'm going to switch to the new Essential Graphics workspace.
Now on the small monitor, this makes my composition here very tiny, but I'm not going to worry about that right now. So over here, you see the Essential Graphics panel, and as I work with it a little bit, I'll show you a few things that it will do. So first of all, I'm going to select the composition that I'm working in right now, which is just called Title. I'm going to add a little bit of text to this, I have my text tool already selected. And I'm just going to type in, text. Having done that, I'm going to select Solo Supported Properties here.
Now this shows me the properties that I can add to my template. I'll explain more about that in a separate lesson, but for now, I'm going to add source text just by dragging it up to the panel. I'll give it a custom name, we'll just call this Title. And, since opacity is open, I think I'm going to fade this out at the end, so I'll just go here, set a keyframe, click the end key to go to the end of the comp, and set that to zero. And let's make a little something happen here at the beginning.
Under Animation Presets, Text, Animate In, I'm just going to choose Decoder Fade In, and I'm going to change the timing. Now to do that, I'm going to use one of my favorite short cuts. If I click U, I see just the keyframes, in this composition, and I'm just going to bring this one in. So let's give this little preview, I know it's very tiny, and you can see the letters animating in there.
Okay, I will name this Simple Title, and I'm going to leave it at that, and now just choose Export Motion Graphics Template. So it asked me to save the project, I'll go ahead and do that, and it asked for a destination. I'll just use the default, Essential Graphics, and now we'll go to Premiere. Now, in Premiere, there is a corresponding Essential Graphics panel, which I'll open up, and if we switch to list view, I can more easily see what's here.
Most of these are default templates that come in when you first open Premiere Pro, but there's also Simple Title, that I just added. So I'm going to just drag that one in to my timeline here. Now you can see that the size doesn't match, but beause it's just text over an empty background, I'm not going to worry about that right now, either. What I will do is select that layer, and over here you see under Edit, the one property that I added.
It gives me the opportunity to change that text. So I can call this Thailand 2017, click outside, and let's preview it. And it fades out. So those are the basics of Essential Graphics and creating a template. This new feature provides a method to allow editors to adjust designs created in After Effects without having to leave Premiere Pro, and it also provides After Effects artists, not only the means to easily share a motion graphic, but also a new control panel to edit a composition.
In the next lesson, we'll go into more depth on what this new feature can do, and what some of the limitations are, in this first version.
The November 2016 release is just the first of many for After Effects CC 2017. Mark will update the course as soon as new features are released. Check back often for new tutorials.
- Using the CINEMA 4D renderer
- Workflow improvements
- Syncing with Typekit
- Applying Unmult as an animation preset
- Performance enhancements
- Collaborating on team projects