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Add Animation to Your Logo: Easy to Learn 2D Animation Technique

Patrick Davidson, Expat Animator

Add Animation to Your Logo: Easy to Learn 2D Animation Technique

Patrick Davidson, Expat Animator

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6 Lessons (16m)
    • 1. Class Trailer

    • 2. Setting Up a New Project

    • 3. Let's Animate

    • 4. Export to Quicktime

    • 5. Compositing Over Video

    • 6. Recap

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Do you want to add some animation to your logo? I'll show you just how easy it can be. This class will teach you how to add some 2D animation to your logo. We will be creating a hand-drawn effect to help bring your logo to life. You will then be able to add this to your own video projects. Class requirements are a computer or tablet with the program Rough Animator. A drawing tablet is recommended for this class as well. If you are not familiar with Rough Animator, don’t worry. It is only $5 and has an easy to learn interface. This class is for beginners but animation fans and professionals are also welcome.


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1. Class Trailer: Do you want to add some animation to your logo? I'll show you just how easy it can be. This class will teach you how to add some two D animation to your logo. We will be created a hand drawn effect to help bring your logo to life for our class project, we will be adding an animation effect to your logo. We will then be adding that animation over a video clip the class requirements are a computer or tablet with the program. Rough Animator. A drawing tablet is recommended for this class as well. If you're not familiar with Rough animator, don't worry, it's only $5 it's pretty easy to pick up. This class is for beginners, but animation fans and professionals are also welcome. Hi there. My name is Patrick Davidson. I'm a graphics freelancer and part time animator I've been animating for over 20 years now , and I've worked on projects from TV commercials to feature films. I worked mainly in two D or hand drawn animation. My favorite personal animated projects are the Web comedy series Traveling Green Goes and My Action, Siri's Trip. I'm also an expat from California living in my new adopted country of Costa Rica, but enough about me. Let's get into this class 2. Setting Up a New Project: welcome to this class today. We're going to animate logo within rough animator. So I'm gonna use my expat animator logo and I've already went ahead and created two images of the logo. I'm using my reverse white version of the logo on a black background and then I've got another version where I've blocked out the portion of the logo that I want to animate. So we need two versions of the J peg with the black background, and these are what we're going to use to get started. Now, if you want to just practice using my logo, I will add these two files to the project. Resource is so you can practice with mine, But if you have your own logo you want to animate. This is how you want to sit up your logo before we go into Rough animator. So let's go ahead and create a new project in Rough Animator and let's hit New Project and we're gonna make it 10 80 p 30 frames a second as that's the size we created RJ pigs at and let me zoom out to show the canvas. And the first thing I want to do is I want to make the background black. So let's go to background layer like black and I mean use the paint bucket tool and just click it once. And now we've got a black background. If we go up the layer one hair, we're gonna go ahead and bring in our logo image. So we want the full logo and we're gonna bring that in and it's already placed. So fight it selected with a pink, and that means that I can move it around. But I'm just going to select anywhere in the gray, and it places it permanently on the layer. So this layer, when to call it logo. And now I want to bring in one more the other image. So before we do that, we need to add an empty layer, modify layers at empty layer, and now we can bring in the other image. So import image and we're gonna bring in the no logo version. And then we're gonna place that So click anywhere in the gray here and now they're both placed. Let's go ahead and rename this no logo. Now, what I want to do is I want to bring the opacity of no logo down so we can see the logo beneath it. So maybe I'll go about 75% somewhere in there, and then we want to take the logo layer, and we want to get the timing set up. So if we're gonna have about approximately a four second animation, then we need to take 30 frames times four seconds, which would be 100 and 20. And let's add that in here and hit Enter. And now you can see if I pull my timeline horizontal zoom down. You can see we've got 1234 seconds and then the background automatically get scaled with the layer that we just added that to. So the trick that we're going to be doing here is we're going to be making it look like our logo is animating by actually erasing this no logo layer as we go. So we've got our first frame, and that's if I pull the opacity up. This is what it looks like. So this is what we're going to start with its our logo without any of the word animator, and I'm gonna bring that capacity back down. So we want that frame like that and we're going to start on frame too. So we're gonna hit, add drawing, and we're gonna duplicate after and get used to this duplicate after we're going to be hitting that a lot over the course of this project. So we're gonna start here unframed, too. And now we can go ahead and zoom in. And now is the point where I like to switch from my mouse to my pen tablet and switch over now and let's get started with the animation. 3. Let's Animate: So we're on frame to hear What I want to do is I want to click the eraser and basically, we want to a race a portion of this layer, the no logo layer, and then we come up when we hit at drawing, and we're gonna duplicate that we that that we've just done. And now it's on frame three and I'm framed. Three, We're basically going to do it again. Were based. What we're doing is we're a racing no logo so we can see logo behind. We're just gonna keep doing this over and over again. Let me do a few here to get us started. And this is the tricky part rating here cause I don't want to. If I go too far, we're going to start bringing in that. We don't want to do the this stroke yet. We're gonna come back and do that, so I'm gonna undo that and try and keep it right in there. But and I try and keep the tip of what I'm doing here kind of rounded, so it looks like a pin brush is going through here, There. Okay. Duplicate that we get We're gonna just kind of inter away along here and keep and we keep going. And again, what we're doing is we're erasing this layer were not drawing. Let me do a few more here, and then I'm gonna animate this to show the effect that we're getting One more here, Holmes. Okay, now what I want to do, we're on frame. 12 year. I'm gonna switch my playback range right now to 12. And that way we're just gonna loop what we've drawn here. So let me zoom out. If I hold down my space Barkey, it turns my eraser into the hand, and that's a quick way of moving around the whole canvas. So we're gonna go dragged back to the first frame here and we're gonna hit play, you'll see what's going on. So that's the effect we're getting. And we can see it better if we pull the opacity fully up on this logo. No logo layer and we'll play it again. So that's so That's the effect that that we want and that we're creating by doing this technique. So let's go ahead and dragged the opacity back down a little bit on no logo and let's continue doing what we're doing. The animation, by erasing the no lower layer and at this point I'm going to fast forward is to get through all of this quickly, and then we can discuss exactly what has happened. But before we do that, let me change the playback range back to 1 20 At this point, let's add duplicate after and keep going. So I'm going to speed up the video here so you don't have to sit through the whole process , but basically try and pay attention to the way that I'm drawing each frame. It's just a little bit of new line work coming in per frame, and you don't want to make it 22 short of a line because then it will take forever to animate. And if you make it too long of a line than its can animate too quickly. So you may have to do this a couple of times through to find a good speed for the line to animate that you like. But most likely you can get this done on the first or second pass. Remember, all we're really doing to the stage is erasing the top no logo layer, so we can see underneath it. Okay, So something weird just happened and everything disappeared. The reason that is is because I've drawn over my estimated four seconds here. So we need to do is I need to go back to the local layer, and I need to add more frames to it. So I just had one frame, even evens it out. But I knew that I need a few more frames to finish this up, so I'm gonna add a whole another second to my logo layer here, which would get us to about 1 50 So I'm gonna add that. And if I pull my timeline horizontal zoom back, you can see I've given myself some breathing room. So let's go ahead and go back to that last frame that were animating on. And we can continue on and we're almost done. So at this point, you see that I've finished the word animator, but we still have to cross the t and dot the I and the A. So what I imagine is the animation plays out like this, and then the brush goes back to the beginning and we're going across this cross. That and then dot the I. So that's the order that I want to do this in. So I'm gonna add a blank drawing here, duplicate after, and then I'm going to start, uh, one more duplicate after and then I'm gonna start on this point here and keep going. And before I dot the I, I'm going to give a couple of blank frames here. So let's add a duplicate, and I'm gonna do it one more. That's just going to give us a little hesitation before the dot comes in on the I. At this point, I've done animation. It's almost five seconds long hair and there's a few frames to finish up. So I'm just going to go ahead and extend that last frame a couple of frames, and now we're at a full five seconds, so I'm gonna zoom out. What I want to do is I want to take no logo layer and change the opacity to a full 100%. So let's play it now, and there it is. Looks pretty good at this point. I want to save my work before there's a crash or anything. So you see the black dot here, that means we have not saved our work. It let's go file save. I'm gonna save it to the desktop. And I'm just going to call this logo animation and hit save. 4. Export to Quicktime: so we could export it at this point. What I would like to do is that I want to add some space at the front and at the end. So we've got this one frame here I'm gonna add. I'm gonna add about a second to that. So let's get up to about 30 and you'll notice that we also need to extend our logo here. So if I pull back onto timeline horizontal zoom so we can see the whole timeline, let's go ahead and go to the end here and frame, and I'm gonna make that 30 frames as well, so that at least gives us a second in the front in a second at the end. And within your video video editor, you can always make that longer or shorter if you need to. Let's take the logo layer and get that about two the same frames as before, which looks like it's two of six. So this is now almost a seven second clip because we've added a second to the front in the back and at this point is when I would want to export my work so I do a quick, quick save here and then we're going to export. And I'm gonna export it as a quick time movie and save it to my desktop. And now I can go into a video editor and show you how you can add this to your video. 5. Compositing Over Video: go ahead and hide rough animator. So let's go into final cut pro. And I've already created a little mini project here with just a little video clip, and we're gonna add our logo on top of this. Go ahead and import the movie we just created of our animated logo, and we're gonna drop that on top of the video clip and you'll see that we still can't see the video underneath it. If we come over here toe compositing blend mode and we switch this to add, then we get a clean reverse logo that's going to animate on top of our video. And I don't really like it animating right on top of our sloth buddy here. So I'm gonna just move and scale it down a little bit and it done and let's see what that plays like. And I think that looks pretty good. And that's how you get your animated logo to play over your video. Using Rough Animator 6. Recap: congratulations on completing this skill share class, but we're not done quite yet. Let's recap what we just learned in today's class. We learned how to add some animation to your logo. First we learned how to set up a new project in Rough Animator. We learned a new animation technique using only the eraser tool. This class showed us how to create two D animation without drawing a single frame. Next, we went over the export to quick time option within Rough Animator. And finally we learned how to combine our new animated logo over a video clip. Remember to post your work to the your project section of this class, I will do my best to check all of the projects that come through and give feedback. Please follow my profile here on skill share. As I have plans to create a lot more animation classes and thank you for taking my class today. I hope you were able to learn something valuable. This has been Patrick Davidson, the expat animator. See you next time