Join Eran Stern for an in-depth discussion in this video Blue-print design comes to life, part of After Effects Breakdowns: N-Trig Commercial.
- After the 3D render is in place, it's time to bring…the paper to life.…Most of the work in this stage was done inside Photoshop…by laying down all the elements in separated layers.…Then, those layered PSD documents were imported…into After Effects as separated comps.…And, few of them were also animated to reveal…the pen outline shape with some text remarks.…All of this together can create the sense of an animated…blueprint, so let me show you how some of these steps…were achieved in order to create this movie.…
So, I'm still inside this paper pre-comp…and I've already activated the eye for the blueprint paper.…This is the comp that we are going to analyze,…so I'm going to double click on it in order to show it…to you.…We can see that we have four layers.…We're going to open the paper layer in a moment,…but I just want to explain what the other three…are doing here.…So, the 3D render line is the 3D render…that we saw in the previous movie,…and this is set to be a guide layer,…meaning that After Effects is not going to render it.…
The featured product is the N-trig pen, a digital pen that "draws the line from idea to technology." You will reverse engineer the finished project to understand the practical steps and creative decisions the filmmakers made along the way.
Eran Stern shows how to decode a client brief, present design concepts for signoff, create previsualizations and animatics, and then transition the design to After Effects. Many of the effects, such as dust layers, streaks of light, and geometric lines, are achieved using some of Eran's favorite third-party plugins (Particular, Form, and Plexus). The lessons are full of practical examples for broadcast television as well as online distribution. Along the way, Eran weaves in tips, shortcuts, and professional techniques that will amaze both veteran After Effects users and new motion graphics artists.
- Analyzing a client brief
- Presenting to a client
- Creating animatics
- Integrating 3D renders with After Effects
- Animating lines and particle effects
- Creating an animated paper-to-digital transition
- Modeling a digital pen with third-party plugins