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Animating a Geometric Design in After Effects

by Mike Tosetto

In this series of After Effects tutorials, we will be creating a short animation composed of geometric shapes and patterns using After Effects. Software required: After Effects CS6, Illustrator CS6, Photoshop CS6.

What you'll learn

In this series of After Effects tutorials, we will be creating a short animation composed of geometric shapes and patterns using After Effects. We'll be starting from an Adobe Illustrator file, and we'll see the project right through to the final render. Along the way, we will cover a range of techniques, including offsetting layers to create interesting animations, using blend modes to build up interesting textures, animating text onto the screen effectively rather than using the unscalable Write-on tool, creating basic 3D made entirely in After Effects, and using the curves in the graph editor effectively to get silky-smooth movement. By the end of this tutorial, you will have learned how to use all these techniques and more to create an After Effects project without the use of any expensive, 3rd-party plugins. Software required: After Effects CS6, Illustrator CS6, Photoshop CS6.

About the author

Mike Tosetto is an award-winning Motion Designer based in Sydney. He studied a Masters Degree in Digital Media at The University of Sydney and has worked in production for several years. Mike works on promotional animations, television commercials, animated info-graphics, and corporate videos for a diverse range of clients. He currently works as the Senior Motion Designer at Interbrand, a multi-award winning studio in Sydney. Mike values the importance of balancing commercial work with self-init... more

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