Join Owen Lowery for an in-depth discussion in this video Looping toggle hold animation, part of Creating a Handmade Look in After Effects 01: Paper Cutout and Stop Motion Styles.
- Let's open up 07_06.…Remember this little bot from earlier?…Well, he's got an inkling to dance…and I want to make him dance…in a really staggered, stop motion style.…So I'm going to use toggle hold keyframes…instead of the default linear.…I'll also use a loop expression on my keyframes…so I don't have to waste a bunch of time…copying and pasting keyframes over and over again.…In my composition, I have all of my textured layers…locked and set to shy guy.…So all I have to do is select…the shy guy in the layer settings…and I've got a lot less to worry about.…
I'm also going to lock off the head parts…and the body knobs because all I want…to worry about for this is animating the body shape.…I'll twirl open the body shape and twirl open the contents.…I have all these groups with all of the different…robot body parts labeled nicely…right arm, left arm, right leg, left leg, head, body.…So I can go into these groups,…like I'm doing with the right arm and open…the transform controls and do all my animation from there.…
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