Storytelling with Type in After Effects

In this series of After Effects tutorials, you'll learn a step-by-step approach to creating a type-based project - in this case, a Public Service Style Announcement on Food Safety. Software required: After Effect CS6.
Course info
Level
Advanced
Updated
Mar 18, 2013
Duration
7h 30m
Table of contents
Introduction and Project Overview
Storytelling with Type in After Effects
Telling Your Story 11m Using the Pathfinder and Align Panels to Create the Faucet Asset 16m Creating the Hardware and Bacteria Assets 15m Using the Stroke Panel and Creating Clipping Masks 14m Painting Vector Assets with the Blob Brush 13m Warping Text and Typing on a Path 10m Creating Borders, Star Shapes, and Text Distortions 15m Preparing Illustrator Assets for Import to After Effects Using a Script 18m Importing Assets to After Effects and Using Precomposing to Group Assets 13m Creating a Flickering Background 4m Animating the Opening Composition 18m Finishing the Title Opener 11m Animating the Faucet Handle and Pop-up Tab 17m Combining Animation Techniques to Animate the Text and Assets 18m Animating Water Drops Using an Expression 5m Adding the Camera and a Null Object for Control 8m Animating with Masks, Expressions, and Animation Presets 15m Transitioning to the Step-2 Composition 13m Adding Follow Through to the Knife Asset and Transitioning Compositions 13m Introducing the Cutting-board Composition 12m Duplicating and Rotating the Cutting Boards 12m Transitioning to the Meat 9m Creating a Cascading Animation for the Meat 13m Introducing Step 10m Bringing in the Steak with the Cook Message 18m Animating the Cook Sign 11m Introducing the Thermometer and Its Text 19m Re-timing the Stroked Text Animation 7m Adding More Camera Moves and Creating a Drop of Bacteria 6m Creating a Pre-render 11m Introducing the Harmful 16m Transitioning Between Two Compositions with Opposite Meanings 12m Bringing in the Steak and Finishing the Transition 7m Animating the Contents of the Tender 10m Revealing the Call to Action with the Word-processor Preset 12m Adding Final Animation Polish to the Whole Project 7m Compositing Lens Effects 11m
Description
Course info
Level
Advanced
Updated
Mar 18, 2013
Duration
7h 30m
Description

In this series of After Effects tutorials, you'll learn a step-by-step approach to creating a type-based project - in this case, a Public Service Style Announcement on Food Safety. We take some time at the beginning of the tutorial to talk about many of the techniques used to create the assets for the project in Illustrator. We don't look at the process for creating every piece, but the techniques you will learn are exactly what you would need to create every asset for this project on your own. We then go on to learn a very important step of the process, for getting highly-detailed assets out of Illustrator and imported to After Effects. From there, we learn every step for bringing the Illustrator created assets to life inside of After Effects. We discuss the thinking behind leading the viewer's eye in the order you want something to be read. This training is a must for anyone wanting to learn more about creating motion graphics that convey a message only using words on the screen. This powerful medium is fun to learn and lends itself to endless creative possibilities. By the end of this tutorial, you will have your own animated typography piece as well as the knowledge to create your own message and convey that message with the tools and workflows that Illustrator and After Effect provide. Software required: After Effect CS6.

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 series of tutorials, we take a step-by-step approach to creating a Type-based, public service-style announcement on food safety. We take some time at the beginning of the course to talk about many of the techniques used to create the assets for the project in Illustrator. We don't look at the process for creating every piece, but the techniques you do learn are exactly what you would need to create every asset for this project on your own. We then go on to learn a very important step of the process for getting highly detailed assets out of Illustrator and imported to After Effects. From there, we learn every step of the way for bringing the Illustrator-created assets to life inside of After Effects. We discuss the thinking behind leading the viewers' eye in the order you want something to be read. This course is a must for anyone wanting to learn more about creating motion graphics that convey a message only using words on the screen. This powerful medium is fun to learn, and lends itself to endless creative possibilities. By the end of this course, you'll have your own animated typography piece, as well as the knowledge to create your own message and convey that message with the tools and workflows that Illustrator and After Effects provide.