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 02: Design and Animation.
- 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 this project are linked to the Footage folder here as well. We'll be working with assets created 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 other elements that are your own. 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 previous versions of After Effects, the main difference you'll notice is how Preview works. Anything from CC 2014 and earlier uses RAM Preview, which is changed in CC 2015. Don't fret, it just means some people will be using RAM Preview, and others, the space bar. When you open the project, you'll find individual folders labeled corresponding 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 elements we create will already be in your Assets folder, and at times we'll access that folder to use a few pre-created elements. 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 previewing the Timeline.
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 you're working 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.
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