Join Ran Ben Avraham for an in-depth discussion in this video Rigging the Puppet tool handles with nulls, part of After Effects: Bouncing Animated 3D Sphere.
- [Instructor] The puppet tool…gives us a lot of flexibility in our animation,…however, reaching to and grabbing hold of the puppet pins…isn't that straightforward.…Let me uncheck everything here.…And close this up and maybe make some room.…You need to mark this sphere layer.…And then you need to select the puppet effect…and only then you can select the puppet pins.…Right now it took me about two seconds,…but once you're in the middle of the animation process…and you're switching between layers and comps,…it makes the process longer and less intuitive.…
So to make the puppet tool pins more accessible,…we link them to nulls.…Let's create a new null.…Control + alt + shift + y.…And we'll rename this null puppet bottom.…Now let's duplicate this null two times…and we'll rename the second one middle,…and the top one top.…
Now in order to link the puppet tool pins to the nulls,…we first need to place the nulls where the puppet pins are.…This isn't as simple as…copying the location of the puppet pins.…Actually let's give it a try.…
This is a project-based learning experience. Each step of the process is rich with object lessons that are applicable to the variations that a motion design and compositing artist will face in the real world.
- Creating a sphere
- Adding reflections and color correction
- Creating squash and stretch animation
- Expression linking a sphere's rotation properties
- Connecting a sphere to a position null
- The bounce-decay-stop expression
- Animating the position and rotation
- Animating the sphere color map
- Creating an automated shadow