In this series of tutorials, we'll talk about the steps you'll be taking to create a robust After Effects composition in Photoshop. We'll start by building a simple composition in Photoshop using a photograph and a text layer that we'll add layer styles to. Then we'll import our file into After Effects as a composition where we'll learn about the different properties and layer styles that we can adjust and animate. Next we'll build a complex composition from scratch using Photoshop. We'll go over the different methods of creating detailed layers, while keeping in mind the final goal of having layers we can animate later on. We'll finish by importing our Photoshop document as a composition inside After Effects and we'll add animations to the various layers in our composition to result in a really cool motion graphic. Software required: After Effects 12.2.1, Photoshop 14.2.1.
Alex is a motion graphics author at Pluralsight. Starting out his career in illustration and design gave Alex a firm foundation in the more traditional forms of art. As he refined his skills, he eventually was pulled into the world of motion animation, as well as product design. It was there that Alex was able to take his artistic skills to new heights and really develop himself as a well-rounded CG artist.