Join Owen Lowery for an in-depth discussion in this video Grouping shape layer content and saving shapes to compositions, part of Creating a Handmade Look in After Effects 01: Paper Cutout and Stop Motion Styles.
- So I'm purposely designing shapes…to look rough and ugly,…but I still want clearly labeled…and well organized elements.…I've already started by creating specific robot elements,…like its body. the knobs, and facial features…on separate layers.…But now, I'm going to delve into the contents…of those shape layers to label and group…elements so I know what I'm looking at…when working with them later on.…First things first, I'm going to parent the head parts…and body knobs layers to the body layer,…so everything is connected and moves together.…I'll do this just by grabbing the little pick wick…on the parent menu, and dragging it, and letting go.…
I'll do that again with the body knobs layer.…Grabbing the little pick wick, dragging, letting go.…So now if I select the body, and I move this robot around,…everything moves together, and nothing is going…to be accidentally nudged or moved off of each other.…I'll deselect that by just clicking in the timeline.…If we take a look at the head parts,…and twirl open the contents in the shape layer,…
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