After Effects Workshop 2

In todays workshop we continued learning some skills on After Effects. We experimented with particles and creating a real life ‘Winter Scene’. In order to create this, we had to pick a winter photo from Google Images which preferably showed a perspective line. I chose this image:


I uploaded it into After Effects and scaled it to the size I wanted it. I then created a Null Object which allows you to parent other layer to it so that you can resize and reposition them proportionally. The next stage was to insert the ‘Camera’ layer which enables you to animate the position of the photograph as if a camera is panning and zooming – hence, giving a 3D/Real life aspect to the photograph.

After I felt I had perfected the position and movement of the image over the 15second duration, we had to add in the ‘snow’. This was done using the effects and presets tool. We searched for the particle creator and made a mixture of large and small particles and altered their colour to white in order to represent snow. This was all accomplished via trial and error and playing around with the various different levels of the effects. Below is the final outcome of the animated winter scene:


After Effects Workshops

Today we started to use Adobe After Effects. I have never used this programme before so was very excited to learn how to create animation using the computer as that it what I tend to enjoy using to create things. We started off with simple movements as there were others like me who were unfamiliar with the program and its tools. We first learnt that each separate screen shown is a different composition and this allows you to keep organised when making an entire animation. To begin we did just one composition but were shown how to transition into other compositions as this was required of us for our next task (Kinetic Typography).

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We learnt that you have to arrange what you want your final image to look like and then you work backwards through the animation and decide what you want to appear first and how you want it to appear. This is all achieved by the use of key frames and the transformation settings.

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You can change the opacity, scale, rotation, position and finally 3D position (you can make text appear like it’s swinging). Another thing we learnt is inserting a ‘Null Object‘ this allows you to parent all the layers of text to this null object and increase the size and position of them together – saving time and effort! Below is the final image, displaying the layout of the key frames.

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The next workshop, we used green screen and keying on After Effects to insert ourselves into an object and then have text appearing next to us. I decided to put myself into an iPad and then have the text appearing on the right hand side of the screen. I inserted an gradient background behind my head after I had keyed out the green screen. I then used the skills I learnt in the previous workshop to add in some text which appeared on the screen in various ways. I found this workshop really helpful as it gave me another chance to practice using After Effects before going away for reading week and having to create the Kinetic Typography task. Below is the outcome of the second workshop.