Join Owen Lowery for an in-depth discussion in this video What you should know and the exercise files, part of Creating a Handmade Look in After Effects: 1 Paper Cutout and Stop Motion.
We'll be working with assets designed for the Oh No Robots Project. But I'd like to encourage you to treat this more like a guide and create designs, robots, and elements that are all your own. If you're a member of the lynda.com online training library you have access to the exercise files. Once you download the exercise files, you'll see After Effects projects contained within the folder. All the assets used in the project are linked to the Footage folder here as well. I'll be working in After Effects CC 2015 but there are exercise files back-saved as far as CS6 within the folder.
If you're working in a previous version of After Effects the main difference you'll notice is how Preview works. Anything from CC 2014 and earlier uses RAM Preview which has changed in CC 2015. Don't fret, it just means some people will be using the RAM Preview and others the space bar. When you open up the project you'll find individual folders labeled to correspond with the chapters of this course. Most folders contain compositions and assets that we'll be using for each specific chapter. Some compositions will span multiple movies or chapters because we'll be designing and building assets as we go.
Some folders might be empty. That isn't a result of neglect on my part, it's because we'll be creating assets in that chapter and I just like a nicely organized place to put it. Some elements we create will already be in your assets folder, but don't worry about that. Everything you need for each chapter will already be in that chapter's folder. To get the most out of this course, you should have a basic understanding of Adobe After Effects. I'll be referencing keyframes, parenting, trimming, and labeling layers in the timeline.
Most actions I'll call out while I do them for you to follow along, but I won't be slowing down to explain some frequently performed tasks, like renaming a layer. Hint, select the layer and hit Enter. But I will be slowing down when focusing on techniques specific to this course. If you don't have access to the exercise files, or have your own project to work on, that's not a problem. Just relax and follow along. The techniques we're using are not specific to the Oh No Robots Project. They can easily be adapted to tons of other projects and styles.
Mograph artist Owen Lowery shows how to build the text and image elements, add texture, and then animate the graphics for a stop-motion look. The lessons demonstrate how versatile Adobe After Effects' tools can be when you stretch them beyond their traditional uses and employ some creative problem solving. Members are encouraged to experiment and adapt the techniques shown to other styles and projects.
- Adjusting composition settings
- Designing shape layers in a cutout style
- Creating a paper-like texture
- Building cutout type
- Animating elements for a stop motion look
- Adding imperfection and randomness with wiggle expressions