How to Make 5 SIMPLE Animations in AFTER EFFECTS CC

– Well hello everybody,I'm Nathaniel Dodson from, welcome to this Adobe After Effects tutorial where today we're gonnatake a look at five very basic, simple animations that are perfect if you'rejust getting started in Adobe After Effects. You're gonna learn a wholelot about animation here. If you do enjoy this tutorial, well make sure you subscribe to my channel so you never miss anyfuture video editing, After Effects, Adobe PremierePro, you name it, tutorials, and without further ado, let's jump in and get this thing started.Alrighty, here in After Effects, I'm working with a new composition that I've sized to 2560 by 1440, and I'm at 60 frames per second as well. If you're creating a newcomposition to follow along, go ahead and use these settings. You can also go to composition,composition settings, and change the settings of an already existingcomposition in there. I also have my background colorset to the hex code 333333. Just a pretty dark gray. I also added this littleimage to the background, I set its opacity to 5%,locked the background down so it doesn't move or Idon't accidentally adjust it. It's not really part of this tutorial, just if you're looking atit and you see it there, that's what's going on.Here's where the good stuff begins. Alright, let's grab the text tool, and type out the words, orthe number and the word, “5 easy”, and over in the character panel, I'm going to choose Bebas Bold as my font. I'm gonna set it to 350 pixels in size. And then I'm gonna use my align panel to center this text tomy current composition. Now I'm gonna add some more text by using the type tool again. I'm gonna type out the word “animations”. One again I'm gonna use Bebas Bold, this is a separatepiece of text of course, but this time, the text isgonna be a size of 195 pixels. And again, I'm gonnaalign this to the middle of my composition. And I'm gonna drag it belowmy first piece of text to give a little spacing, just as much spacingas you think is right, I'm gonna add a littlebit here as I see fit. Now once again, I'mgonna add even more text by typing in, this time,”in After Effects”, and, I'm going to again use Bebas Bold, I'm gonna change thesize here to 113 pixels.Again, I'll align this tothe center of my composition and adjust the vertical positioning just to give a little space here as well, so just make sure all thistext is spaced out nicely. After that I can grab the ellipse tool, and drag out a perfect circle. I can do that by holdingdown the shift key. And here up in the topbar, I'm gonna chose to give it a white stroke, I don't want it to have a fill, so I can click on the word fill and just make sure Ihit the slash in there.I'm gonna add a 25 pixelwhite stroke to this shape, so you can select stroke,make sure it's filled with solid white, then chooseto make sure it's 25 pixels. Here again we'll use the align panel, and we'll get the horizontaland vertical centers aligned to this composition, and you can adjust it just a little bit or adjust your text to make sure your text is perfectly in themiddle of this ellipse.Now, grab all three pieces of text. In order to align this text, you may need to firstlock the ellipse layer so you don't selectit, because technically it is on top of all this stuff. And then just shift clickthe three pieces of text, and you can nudge themup or down like I said, just to make sure theyget really into the center of this circle. So let's get animating here. I'm gonna select thelargest piece of text, the “5 easy”, but I'm gonna select it down in the layers area. And I'm gonna hit the letter S. That's gonna bring up my scaling options. Then I'll click on that littlestopwatch icon right there, and that's gonna drop a key frame and allow me to start animating. Key frames are essential. They're the little stoppingpoints in our animation. I'm gonna set the scaling here to 0%, it's gonna make the textdisappear, don't worry.And then we're gonnamove out a little bit, and when I say move out, I'mjust dragging my playhead down the timeline a little bit, I had my playhead all theway at the first frame, I'm gonna drag myplayhead down the timeline just a little bit, itdoesn't have to be too far, but you could stretch itout as much as you like. This part is kind of up to you. Wherever you see fit, and thenI'm gonna change the scaling back to 100%.And After Effects willauto-add a new key frame and fill in the animationbetween those key frames. But, you can see here,when we play through this zooming animation, it looks bad, because it begins atthe bottom left corner and zooms in from there, I want it to look like a natural zoom up from the middle. What is going on here? Well, see this littlenode thing right here? That's the anchor point,and the scaling is done, really, based upon where this point is.If this point were inthe middle of the text, we'd scale right from the center and get a proper zoomingeffect like we want. Good news is, we can change this. It's a little weird, but we can change it. All we need to do is hold downthe command and option keys, or on the Windows, thecontrol and alt keys, and double click this toolup here in the top toolbar, it's called the pan behind tool. It's up here in the toolbarat the top of our screen. And you can watch the pointmove, boom, right to the middle, or right to the center of our text. And now when we playthrough the animation, we don't even need to reanimate anything, it works exactly like we want, except that it's still pretty mechanical and maybe a little blocky looking. That's because we need toadd something called easing. So let's add some easing to make it look a little smoother and more natural. I'm gonna select both keyframes by shift clicking them, and then I will right clickon one of the key frames and choose key frameassistant, and then easy ease.This is gonna make thewhole animation much nicer, smoother, and just more professional. Let's move along to anothertype of animation here, a fade animation. I'll leave the “5 easy” layer open so I can see the key frames down there, I'm talking about leaving it open down here in the layers panel. And then I'll open the animations layer. And I'm gonna move the playhead to where the “5 easy” animation stops, and I'm gonna hit the letter T to bring up the opacity option. And I'm gonna drop a key frame here by once again clicking onthat little stop watch icon, and I will choose toreduce the opacity to 0%. This is gonna make our text disappear. Then I'll move the playheaddown the timeline a little bit.However far we want. And I'll change the opacity back to 100. Select both of these new key frames, we're gonna do that same easy ease trick, it all looks pretty good. Now that we've got ourfirst two animations down, let's do a pop-out animation with sort of an added bounce effect at the end of the animation. We're gonna take things alittle step further here now that we've gotten twobasic animations down. Select the with After Effects layer, down in the layers area, and hit S to once again open up scaling. And once more, I will holddown the command option or control alt key, andI'm gonna double click that pan behind tool. Again, that's just toreset my anchor point to the center of this piece of text. And then I'm gonna drop a key frame by clicking on the stop watch icon, where on the timeline thefade in animation completes.Then I'm gonna go and I'm gonna deselect that little chain link icon here between my scaling, this isbetween the X and the Y axis, this is gonna allow usto change the scaling of just one axis of our text, while not messing around with the other. I want to reduce the X axis scale to 0%, and move the playhead downthe timeline a little bit and reset the X scale to 100%. This will give us this effect where the text is just sortof shooting out side to side, from the center of this piece of text. It's a really neat little animation. Now what I want to do is selectboth of those key frames, again by shift clicking them, add that easy ease by right clicking and go down to the key frame assistant and choose to apply that same easy ease to these key frames as well. But with these key frames still selected, we're gonna click on thislittle graph editor icon, to bring up this kind ofcomplicated looking graph. This is where the magic happens. I'll drag this littlehandle and pull the red line up past the dashed line.This will tell After Effects kind of to overextend the animation before letting it slide or snap back to the proper 100% size. We can tweak this graph line here to perfect the easing as well, if we want. Now, let's click on the graph editor icon to get back to the original timeline. I'll preview the effectand see how it's looking. Pretty, pretty cool. There are so many greatapplications for this effect. Definitely something you want to remember. Now let's animate our circleto draw around this text as soon as it finishes appearing. That is, as soon as thetext finishes appearing.I'm gonna unlock the shape layer and twirl down the littlearrow and find contents, and twirl that down, andget down into ellipse one. I'm gonna hit the littlearrow next to add, right there on sort of thetop right corner if you will of that layer, and I'm gonna choose to add a trim paths here. Move the playhead to wherethe text animation finishes on your timeline, and reducethe end parameter to 0%. This is going to sort of zip up and hide the entire ellipse stroke. Then just move theplayhead a little further down the timeline, setthe end parameter to 100%, and let After Effectsdo the auto-key framing and animation magic for you. Let's go ahead and previewthis effect at this point, and it's looking pretty good. I think I'm gonna selectboth of my key frames here, and move this animation back, so it takes place kind ofas the final piece of text is animating in, to helpthis whole animation to feel just a little bit tighter and more well put together.We can also select both these key frames and add an easy ease to reallycomplete the animation here. Now there are also a ton ofgreat animation possibilities within some of the pretty amazing effects offered in After Effects. So let's do something cool here. Right click within the layers area, and choose to create a new, and within the new menu choose solid. And let's name this solid waves.Now, we're gonna open up theeffects and presets panel by going window, effects and presets. And I'm gonna run a search foran effect called radio waves. Then I'm gonna drag that out and just drop it onto our solid. Then we're gonna look forour effect controls panel, again if it's not open,window, effect controls. I've got mine over here on the left. And I'm gonna make some changes in here. First of all, I'm gonnachange the frequency to four. I'm gonna change the expansion to 25. Lifespan, we'll shift that to 1.2. I want the color to be white. And I'm gonna set the opacityto 0.25, which is 25%, this runs from a zero toone scale here on opacity.I'm gonna change the start width to 20, and the end width, I'mgonna set it to one. Now what I'll do is I'll dragthe solid on the timeline, I'll drag the edge, so thiswhole radio wave nonsense begins right where all theother animation completes. There might be somebetter ways to do this, but this is kind of justa quick and dirty way to make this work for the time being. So I'll go ahead and I'll preview this. And I can watch the entireseries of animations that we covered here today, all take effect andplay out before my eyes. And I think it looks pretty good, for a series of beginner level animations. We talked about a simple zoom animation, a fade in animation, aone-axis scale animation, adding that cool littleeasing bump effect, and of course, this reallycool repeating wave animation from the radio waves effect. So that, my friends, Ibelieve will wrap this one up, for learning about keyframes and stop watch icons, and easing, and bumpingand all the little things we covered in this videotutorial, guys, that's it.Get it, got it good. Daniel Dodson,,I'll catch you in the next one. And before you go, make sureyou subscribe to my channel for more great tutorials every day. Also, buy my course. It helps us do what we do,and this channel is supported by viewers just like you. You can also just click the thumbnail and watch another video from this channel. See you next time, guys. (downbeat music).

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