Andy Needham, motion graphics artist and animation director demonstrates how to prepare artwork in Adobe Illustrator for use in Adobe After Effects. He does this by teaching you a workflow for cutting layers and then pasting them back in their original place but on a separate layer. By separating the flat artwork onto layers we can target the elements we want to focus on. He also shows you how to keep organised by naming the layers.
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- [Voiceover] Before we bring the screens…into After Effects, it's a good idea to use Illustrator…to separate the elements that we want to animate.…We can then target these areas and covert them…into shape layers easily within After Effects…when we're preparing the artwork for animation.…Let's start by separating these layers of the dashboard.…You're gonna have to look at our layers…so we'll just come over to here…and press this button and you can see…everything is currently all on one layer.…If we twirl down this arrow,…you can see that there's many elements…that make up this interface.…
So our goal is to make a bit more sense out of this.…Essentially, what we're gonna do is separate…this flat artwork into layers…and we'll do that by selecting what we want to copy,…copying it to the clip board, creating a new layer,…then pasting it in place.…We'll rename the layers to stay organized…and repeat that process for each element…we want to separate.…All right, so, this is our header section.…I'm going to select that area and instead of copying it,…
In this course, Andy Needham shows how to create an app interface from scratch using Adobe Illustrator, and then take the finished design into After Effects for animation. This is a start-to-finish project, going from concept sketches to the final product (an animated GIF). The prototype will showcase the navigation and interactive aspects of the app interface and can be used for marketing or gathering client and user feedback.
- Sketching ideas
- Planning ahead: knowing your target output
- Designing screens in Illustrator
- Preparing artwork for After Effects
- Creating reusable components
- Building and animating screens
- Adding transitions and gesture animations
- Exporting the final sequence as an animated GIF