Join Richard Harrington for an in-depth discussion in this video Using an environment layer for reflections, part of Motion Graphics for Video Editors: Creating Animated Logos (2014).
…We have our base logo here, but the surface is pretty…flat, because it's just a black object in the middle of nothing.…Let's bring in something to reflect on the surface to give it a little bit of life.…To start, I'll import in an environment map.…Here we go.…And I'll also bring some footage in.…Good.…Let's put the footage layer behind for a second, so you can see that.…There's our logo.…I'm also going to bring in the Environment layer.…This is just a graphic file that's…essentially a specialized photo shot to produce reflections.…
Let's start with just the Environment layer here.…And if we twirl this down, one of the things I could do is right-click…And choose Environment Layer to specify how this Environment Layer behaves.…And you'll see that it starts to draw in the scene.…Now what we're going to do here is twirl this down, and…tell it to only appear in the reflections on the object.…And our logo itself just needs to be tweaked a bit.…As a black logo its going to be a little…hard to see those reflections so lets modify the colors.…
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- Acquiring logo files
- Understanding what file formats are supported
- Sizing a vector logo in Photoshop or Illustrator
- Saving a logo with transparency
- Importing a logo into After Effects
- Animating layers
- Extruding a logo in 3D
- Rendering the animation
- Creating cast reflections and cast shadows
- Filling a logo with a pattern
- Adding rays and glows