Join Owen Lowery for an in-depth discussion in this video Using blending modes on lines, part of Creating a Handmade Look in After Effects: 2 Design and Animation.
- In Chapter Three 03_01 I have my rough robot outline with some scribbled in color variety going on, but it's still too clean for anyone to believe it's actually drawn on the paper background. I'll begin fixing this by using blending modes to mix the lines into the background just a touch. Before I get started with that I'm going to unlock and delete this reference image I've been using to draw with in previous movies. With that out of the way, now it's time to blend. I'll select Robot Outlines and change the blending mode from Normal to something like Darken.
Now I can see that something happened, but it's really obstructed by the layer controls that are blocking my stroke lines. So for now I'm going to go to View and uncheck Show Layer Controls. This way I can see what's actually happening. If I need to turn them back on later for editing that's no problem. Now I'm going to go back and change this back to Normal to see how it originally looked and compare that to the Darken blending mode. It looks pretty good and I think I'm going to stick with that. If we open up the Blending Mode menu you can see that there's a whole bunch of different groups with darker ones, lighter ones, and options that mix color and saturation and other values.
But once again, Darken, that's my favorite. Now I can stop here or I can go a step further and play with the blending modes of the different groups for the contents of my shape layer. What's nice about these is that they only blend into each other. It will only blend colors within the shape contents into other colors also within the shape contents, not into the background. I've done a little experimentation with this already and I found that if I move the yellow lines above the orange lines and set that to Soft Light and then twirl open my yellow lines and twirl open the transform controls of those yellow lines and take it down to an opacity of about 80% it looks really nice.
I'll Command + to zoom in there a little bit and we can see how that yellow and orange is kind of blending into each other a little more organically like ink or paint might. I'm going to hit Command - to get this centered and close out my yellow lines. It's nice having multiple blending options with both the shape layers and the shape content groups. That little bit of variety on how different colors blend into each other imitates ink or paint blending in a nice subtle way.
Want to create another lo-fi mograph effect? Check out Creating a Handmade Look in After Effects 01: Paper Cutout and Stop Motion Styles.
- Using the Pen tool to create hand-drawn shapes
- Animating shape layers to look drawn on
- Giving a wiggle to drawn elements
- Customizing and animating handwritten fonts
- Looping animation with expressions
- Using the Paintbrush tool to create animated painted lines
- Adding texture to lines
- Creating write-on type