Logo Animation for Motion Designers in After Effects

In this set of tutorials, we'll go through the process of animating three logos in After Effects. Software required: After Effects 12.0.2.52.
Course info
Level
Intermediate
Updated
Mar 14, 2014
Duration
4h 3m
Table of contents
Introduction and Project Overview
Logo Animation for Motion Designers in After Effects
Breaking Apart Logos for Animation 11m Separating the Logo Onto Different Layers for After Effects Import 9m Importing Logos to After Effects as Compositions 8m Using the Puppet Tool to Animate the Leaves 7m Creating Shapes from Vector Layers and Animating Them 8m Creating a Scale Animation for the Flower Bud 4m Adding Exaggeration to the Stem and Buds 6m Creating a Sway for the Flowers 6m Using the Wiggle Expression with Rotation to Create Sway Over Time 7m Creating an Animation for the Text 9m Creating an Interaction Between the Text and the Logo Mark 8m Giving the Flowers Rotation as They Rise and Fall 6m Adding Sliders to the Wiggle Expression to Control the Rotation Over Time 8m Changing the Values of the Sliders Over Time 8m Finishing Touches to the Poppy Shop Logo 5m Setting up the City 8m Creating the Pizza Drop 8m Adding Bounce to the Pizza 5m Crushing the Buildings with the Pizza Using 3D Layers 7m Adding a Bounce to the Buildings as They Fall 6m Animating the Entrance of the Flag 7m Adding a Wave Warp Effect to the Flag 6m Precomposing the Dog and Creating a 3D Animation 8m Polishing the Camera Movement 8m Moving Anchor Points and Creating Parent Chains 5m Creating the Pick-up of the Leash 9m Smoothing the Pick-up Action 4m Using the Puppet Tool to Rig and Animate the Leash 8m Creating a Swing for the Other Side of the Leash 8m Using the Puppet Tool to Animate the Tail 9m Smoothing Hard Edges with a Shape 8m Creating a Swing Down Animation for the Text 7m Smoothing the Camera Movement 10m
Description
Course info
Level
Intermediate
Updated
Mar 14, 2014
Duration
4h 3m
Description

In this set of tutorials, we'll go through the process of animating three logos in After Effects. Logo animations can be difficult to create without the proper preparation in the program in which they were originally designed, so we take the first few lessons of the course to split apart the assets in Illustrator. This way, when they're imported to After Effects, we have a much easier time animating them. We learn techniques for using the Puppet tool and some of the challenges that come along with that tool. We also use expressions and sliders as well as some parenting chains to create a paper-doll-style rig. Each of the three logos present a unique challenge and have lots of different techniques to cover so that when you're faced with a logo to animate on your own, you'll be ready for anything. By the end of this course, you'll have a great understanding of the methods for animating 2D logos and what it takes to give them realistic movements. If you're serious about adding logo animations to your motion design body of work, this course is a must-watch. Software required: After Effects 12.0.2.52.

About the author
About the author

Laura is a passionate visual effects and motion graphics author at Pluralsight. Ever since her first exposure to After Effects in college, Laura has had an eternal drive to learn more about motion graphics, and teach others what she has discovered. Laura began working at Digital-Tutors (now a Pluralsight company) as a motion graphics artist, creating visually-appealing advertisements and informative art for the site.

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Section Introduction Transcripts
Section Introduction Transcripts

Introduction and Project Overview
Hello, I'm Laura with Digital-Tutors. In this set of tutorials, we'll go through the process of animating three logos in After Effects. Logo animations can be difficult to create without the proper preparation in the program they were originally designed in, so we take the first few lessons of the course to split apart the assets in Illustrator. This way, when they're imported to After Effects, we have a much easier time animating them. We learn techniques for using the Puppet tool and some of the challenges that come along with that tool. We'll also use expressions and sliders as well as some parenting chains to create a paper-doll style rig. Each of the three logos present a unique challenge, and have lots of different techniques to cover so that when you're faced with a logo to animate on your own, you'll be ready for anything. By the end of this course, you'll have a great understanding for the methods of animating 2D logos and what it takes to give them realistic movements. If you're serious about adding logo animations to your motion design body of work, this course is a must-watch.