Join Ian Robinson for an in-depth discussion in this video Understanding data sets, part of After Effects Guru: Working with Photoshop Files.
Animating with data sets give you the ability to push all kinds of data through your After Effects projects. And, you don't necessarily have to stop down to focus on things like spelling and formatting of individual names. Because, all of that is taken care of with a spreadsheet. Once you get a spreadsheet of names, we can take that spreadsheet, Load it into Photoshop, define specific regions in Photoshop that will be variable. And, then based on those variables, we can export multiple copies of the exact same file.
And, Photoshop will automatically swap out all the names, all the titles, anything that we've set up as variable elements. So, I hope you find this as useful a workflow as I have. Because, it'll really help speed things up. Especially when you're creating multiple versions of a similar element, like Lower Thirds.
- Isolating still images with channels and masks
- Preparing layer groups for After Effects
- Working with layer styles and vector shapes
- Importing compositions in After Effects
- Converting Photoshop type
- Animating with layer styles and depth mattes
- Fixing video issues in Photoshop
- Creating data sets