Tag Archives: Motion Graphics

Sixth Animation: Koala

Things Learnt

  • Essentially all elements are created in Illustrator and then brought into AE
  • Use one of the colour schemes to create a good palette for your creation
  • Use the pathfinder to create quick shadows by duplicating the layer > offset it > select both layers and use the appropriate pathfinder button to trim the excess > darken the lower layer
  • All limbs should be on different layers for animating
  • In AE import the assets as different comps
  • For the koala comp I then rotated the limbs to make it appear it was climbing the try and then I moved the position of the background
  • Add an adjustment layer > drop on turbulent displace > increase complexity > decrease size – when your happy that’s the sketchy appearance created

Harvard Citations:

MtMograph. (2014). Summit 54 – Sketchy Style Animation – After Effects. Available: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nRdpJfixpeA. Last accessed 19th Oct 2016.

Fifth Animation: Map


Things Learnt

  • Create the map assets in Illustrator using separate layers for the separate items e.g. boat and land etc.
  • You should have 3 different illustrator files. The map, a file (the same dimensions as the map) but sliced into 5 different segments and a file with the leaflet at the end
  • Import the compositions (retaining layer sizes) into After Effects
  • First work on the comp with the slices. Parent each slice as follows; 5 is parented to 4, 4 to 3 etc. Then move the anchor points of each slice so they are on the edge of the slice joining it to the one on the right, however, 5’s anchor point is to the left
  • Make the layers 3D > go into top view > key the position of the layers and the rotation > move forward a few frames > use the y rotation on each layer to fold the map
  • Add a spot light off to the side to add shadow to the crease and an ambient light for the entire comp to light the shadows. Then lower the intensity, as it creates a white spot.
  • Go to the map comp and animate the boat by simply changing it’s position, I then added a wiggle expression to the rotation. Expression: wiggle(per second, degrees) I then played about with the values until I was happy with the result
  • Bring map comp into slices comp. Bring it below slice 1 (should be the bottom layer) > make map 3D > change track matte to Alpha Matte (map should then appear on slice 1)> parent map to slice 1. Repeat for remaining 4 layers ensuring the map layer is beneath the corresponding slice

Harvard Citations

MtMograph. (2014). Summit 38 – Animated Map Fold – After Effects.Available: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5OjedL_51zU. Last accessed 14th Oct 2016.

Fourth Animation: Paper Plane

Things Learnt

  • Create Mask Perfect Size

Have the layer selected and double click the rectangle tool, if you then want to perfectly cut it in half diagonally then click off the shape. Then click on the shape again, select a corner and press delete (or backspace)

  • Creating 3D Precomp

With the plane created, you precompose the layers and move all attributes > then with the precomp created collapse transformations & make the precomp 3D

Using what I learnt by watching the map tutorial I was able to trim a path that looks like skywriting.

I feathered out the text which I created in Illustrator to make more fluffy.

Harvard Citation:

Mikey. (2014). Create Paper Airplanes in After Effects tutorial. Available: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TNg3-lHv_WA. Last accessed 14th Oct 2016.

Third Animation : Morphing

I basically created the silhouettes of famous cartoon characters in Illustrator and then imported them into after effects.

Things Learnt

  • Create a Path on a shape layer

Set a keyframe on the path > copy and paste the paths of the Illustrator image on to the AE path and key it

  • How to Make Illustrator Paths

Initially when I tried to copy and paste the characters into After Effects, all that was appearing was the outline of the shape and not the filled in version I had in Illustrator. To fix this, I noticed in After Effects the pen tool was used to create the shapes, therefore I used that to create a character (instead of the brush tool I’d been using) then copied & pasted it in. Hey presto! It worked.

  • Pickwhipping Colour

I created a background shape and dropped the Colorama effect on it, and then alt+clicked the colour on the fill part of the layer, then dragged the swirl up to the Character’s fill colour. This means that when the colour of the Character layer changes, the Background colour changes as well.


*Make sure there are no gaps on the Illustrator paths

*Group it with the path finder so that its one solid shape

Character Outlines

Character Silhouettes

Harvard Citations:

MtMograph. (2014). Summit 55 – 5 Minute Morphs – After Effects.Available: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7p_9d7hteY4. Last accessed 13th Oct 2016.

Second Animation: Pops

Things Learnt

  • Shortcut for Masks


  • Using Masks for Pops

Create a shape > create a mask > Key the expansion of the mask to animate growth

Mask on add mode, displays more of the original shape, and Subtract hides it.


I also, added lines flowing across the screen by myself to see if I had actually learned how to use the repeater function from the previous video, and I think I can count this as a success.

Harvard Citation

MtMograph. (2014). Summit 49 – 5 Minute Accent Explosions – After Effects. Available: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7z58VpFg30k. Last accessed 13th Oct 2016.

First Animation: Ball


Things Learnt

  • Centred Anchor Point

When creating a shape (as I have experienced) the anchor points can be all over the show > go to the shape > double click the shape > it will create a shape the size of the comp

  • Create a Uniform Shape

Continuing on from above > go to the the (Specified)Shape Path 1 > Size > and then (on a mac) alt + double click the paper clip and it will make the shape a uniform size > then you can simply adjust the size to your needs

  • Drag object along axis

Hold down shift whilst dragging an object and it will stay locked on the x or y axis

  • Jumping to Keyframes

J – takes to previous keyframe and K – takes you to the next one

  • Copying Keyframes

(Like with the mouse in First Year, when I was trying to do this, I was clicking in the wrong place)

cmd+c on the keyframe you want copied and have the playhead over where you want the frame to go, then cmd+v

Harvard Citations:

MtMograph. (2013). Summit 1.1 – Intro to Motion Graphics – After Effects. Available: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mtv8QptWNbg. Last accessed 13th Oct 2016.


This is currently in progress and the one before it is uploading

Things Learnt:

  • How to Install A Plugin

Download plugin file > go to After Effects > UserPresets > Adobe > Drag & drop plugin

  • Make a loop from a line

Drag and drop Polarise effect onto the layer in question > change setting to “Rect to Pol”

  • Glass Effect

It’s good for making the fractal effect a bit more tendril-like

Harvard Citations:

Ward, C. (2016). Shockwave Tutorial 100% in After Effects! Available: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JYbgjCR8PMI. Last accessed 12th Oct 2016.

80’s Intro Logo

Things Learnt

  • How to Add Grid

Drag and drop the “Grid” feature onto the comp and the set it (in my case) to Overlay

  • How to Add Preset Effects

Download preset (in this case the VHS flicker effect) > add to project files > bring into comp > if the background is black set it to screen, if the background is white set it to multiply

  • Light Rays

Go to the effects library > drag and drop the light rays into the comp > you can then animate them racing across the surface of text like I did in this case

Harvard Citations:

Ward, C. (2016). After Effects Tutorial: 1980s Inspired Logo Reveal.Available: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jUtbH3D0XPg. Last accessed 12th Oct 2016.