Join Chris Meyer for an in-depth discussion in this video Using Motion Sketch, part of After Effects Apprentice 03: Advanced Animation.
After Effects has lots of ways to help you craft an animation, but sometimes the…best way is to merely draw it by hand.…This is where Motion Sketch comes in.…If you have the exercise files that came up with this lesson, open up the Comp…05a Butterfly Flight *Starter.…You can also substitute any object of your own choice, or you can even just…create Llayer > New > Solid and make yourself a small solid, say something…about 100 pixel square.…Anyway, I've got a butterfly, so I am going to play with that for now.…My goal is to have this butterfly fly around the scene. Maybe start in this…flower, go around happily, and then back up on this flower.…
It looks a little bit big for this image, so let's go ahead and type S for…scale and scale him down until he looks more appropriate given the size of flower, somewhere around 60%.…Next comes opening up the Motion Sketch Assistant.…There are a couple of ways of doing that.…I can go to window and select Motion Sketch. Another approach is to go to the…Workspaces and select Animation.…
After Effects Apprentice is created by Trish and Chris Meyer and designed to be used on their own and as a companion to their book After Effects Apprentice.
- Understanding how keyframes work under the hood
- Controlling the anchor point to create more predictable animations
- Mastering the Graph Editor for the ultimate control over keyframes
- Animating parameters including motion paths
- Hand-drawing motion paths to simplify complex movements
- Applying and tweaking Motion Blur
- Using hold keyframes
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