Join Chris Meyer for an in-depth discussion in this video Importing Illustrator files, part of After Effects Apprentice: 15 Creating a Sports Opening Title.
The next element we'll create is the animated dial that appears on the left-hand…side of the Video panels in the first half of the animation.…The two inner dials use an expression to wiggle the rotation, and I also animate…it on the tick marks around the outside of each circle.…We are not expecting you to create anything in Illustrator, so if you don't…have it that's fine.…We did want to include some Illustrator layered files so you can see how you…would work with them, because it's quite common for a motion graphics designer…to work with Illustrator files that are supplied by a client or another graphic designer.…
So for now I am going to select the MyPrecomps folder, press Command+I to…import, and then I am going to navigate to the Sources folder and select the Dial.ai file.…You'll notice there is a pop-up at the bottom that says Import As Footage,…Composition or Composition - Retain layer Sizes.…The terminology inside this dialog has changed in recent versions.…But generally it means that if you import as footage--any layers in the…
The After Effects Apprentice series was created by Trish and Chris Meyer. These tutorials are designed for After Effects CS4 through CC, and can be used on their own or as a companion to the Meyer's book, After Effects Apprentice.
- Building a 3D world
- Working with layered Illustrator files
- Synchronizing to music
- Using text animation presets
- Rendering strategies
- Working with widescreen video, including 4:3 center cut and safe area considerations
Skill Level Intermediate
1. The Floor
2. The Video Wall
3. The Dial
4. Creating the Main Composition
5. The Camera Move
6. Creating a Title
7. Lighting and Shadows
8. Further Polish
9. Finishing the Comps
10. Client Changes
11. Render Strategies
12. Bonus: Creating the Ring inside After Effects
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