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After Effects: Futuristic Graphics (Part 2)

teacher avatar Duncan Rogoff, Video Editing & Motion Graphics

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9 Lessons (23m)
    • 1. HUD PART 2 INTRO

    • 2. Creating Our First Shape

    • 3. Working With Stroke Effects

    • 4. Repeating The Process

    • 5. Adding Additional Elements

    • 6. Audio Spectrum Effect

    • 7. Creating Depth

    • 8. Creating The Radar

    • 9. OUTRO

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About This Class

In this awesome, 5 PART COURSE we'll cover a wide variety of techniques for creating and animating some really cool graphics inside of After Effects. 

You'll learn how to create and design your graphics using only After Effects' built-in tools, how to animate your graphics using basic keyframes and simple expressions, and lastly how to get a solid green screen color key, motion track live-action footage, and composite your animated graphics over top for a final look. In PART 2, you will learn how to create a circular graphic using shape layers and stroke effects.

Look ahead for PART 3 where you'll learn how to animate the rectangular graphic using basic keyframes and simple expressions.

After this course, you'll have what you need to advance further in the software and tackle your first projects!


Other After Effects Courses in this Series:

Futuristic Graphics (Part 1): Building the Rectangular Graphic


Futuristic Graphics (Part 3): Animating the Rectangular Graphic


Futuristic Graphics (Part 4): Animating the Circular Graphic


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Duncan Rogoff

Video Editing & Motion Graphics


Freelance video editor and motion graphics artist based in San Francisco, CA. Almost entirely self-taught and has spent many hours gaining knowledge from online tutorials on sites like

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Clients include: Apple, Nissan, PlayStation, Charles Schwab, Visa, Salesforce, Facebook, Apple, WeChat, FICO, Slingbox, Marc Jacobs, Kat Von D, Sephora...

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1. HUD PART 2 INTRO: Hey, everybody, Dunkin Rogoff Fear with a really great aftereffect Siris for you. In this five part course, I'm gonna teach you everything you need to know. To make futuristic screens and heads up, display graphics entirely inside of after effects. Without any plug ins, you learn how to design layout and simply animate two different styles of graphic. And then how to get a clean green screen key in motion. Track your footage in order to composite your elements. The live action footage for finished piece This series is great for all skill levels and whether or not you have a need to make this particular style of graphic, the tools and techniques you'll learn are applicable for a wide array of projects. In part, one of this series will teach you how to design a graphic based on rectangular elements using after effects built in tools and layout features in Part two. Well, design and create a second graphic comprised of circular elements and taken in depth look at stroke facts. Part three will animate a rectangular graphic in its entirety, learning how to create a polished animation, all using simple key frames and some easy expressions. Part four will cover. Animating are circular graphic manipulating our layers and three D space and working with the camera to create depth in Part five. We'll put it all together. We'll show you how to get a clean green screen color key and then teach you some tricks in order to get a solid motion track of your live action footage. Well, then composite everything together to create our final piece. I'm really excited about this course, and I hope you are, too. In Part two, we'll talk about design, shapely and even stroke. So let's hop on into after effects. Start creating our first element. See in class, you know we owe. 2. Creating Our First Shape: Okay, so here we are, inside of after effects. And this is what we're gonna be creating today. Now may well, complicated. But we can actually achieve this look with a few simple effects. So let's go ahead and we'll get started from scratch. We'll go ahead and will create a new composition by clicking the composition. Act on. And we're just name this circular grab. Probably don't need 15 seconds. Five seconds should be plenty. We'll go ahead and we'll quick. Okay, So the very first thing, the basis over entire graphic is gonna be a simple circle. So will turn on our title in action safe here. Just to get an idea of where the center of our composition is, we'll go up to our shape, layer tool and select the Ellipse tool. We can also do this by pressing Q on the keyboard, and you can see that if we press Q, it'll actually cycle through our shape layer options. So it's like Philip still here. Well, quick in the center, we'll drag outwards Now. If we drive, you can see we get sort of just a knob long lip shape. And that's not really what we're looking for. So I'm just gonna go ahead and delete this. I don't select our lives to again. I don't cook in the center. And now if it quick and drag while holding shift will create a perfect circle Really quick and drag. While we hold shift and command, we'll create a perfect circle from where we made a click. So go ahead and won't drag that out. Never perfect circle. Don't go toe our line tab again and we can make sure we've aligned this right to the center . And here we actually don't want the Phil. So you can just press Ault and cook on the field here and we'll bring this struck back. Make that white and something like 10 pixels should be gate. Just go ahead and where you name this outer ring. 3. Working With Stroke Effects: Now all we're gonna do is really easy. We're gonna make some simple variations of the same struck. So take our outer ring will duplicate that by pressing command de on the keyboard. We're going up to edit duplicate. We'll go ahead and press s on the keyboard to bring up our scale parameter. We can just drag this down so it's inside of our first right. We'll go ahead and make this stroke little thicker. Why don't we make it so then I 30 or maybe even 50? And if we 12 down this air of here we go into our content, go into the stroke. We can change the way our stroke looks by adding some dashes. So this press plus on it on the dash is here now have created these nice ridges. And if we want, we can increase the length of these but dragging out the dash parameter again, change the offset to rotate them around. But we can even add a second dash and increase the gap and another one to create a much different look. We can adjust the length of each of our two dashes all to taste again. There's no right way to do this, so it's really up to your preference. Now let's say we actually don't want to have a complete circle for the second set of dashes here. We can go into this ad modifier and at the trim paths operation go here in torturing path. I just adjust the star parameter between zero and 100%. You can see we begin to cut off part of Reiser. Let's bring that back down like 75 or so. And now we're gonna do is we're just gonna make a couple copies of this. Repeat the same process, making slight variations to each of our rings. 4. Repeating The Process: so we'll go ahead and won't duplicate this again by pressing command. D We're going up to edit. Duplicate press has to bring up the scale. We'll scale that. That we'll change. The width of our stroke will make us something smaller. Maybe a small stroke, Something like five. We'll come into our contents, change our term paths. We can change the offset to move this around the circle We change your stroke and edit the dashes. Great, larger second dash. We can add 1/3 dash if we like, or even 1/4. You can change your trim paths to reveal some more that no, we have very simply created something that looks completely different. Puts you on the keyboard to hide up perimeters. I'm actually gonna duplicate ring to again and go into our contents into the trim paths. And I'm gonna offset that somewhere over here. Make it a little bit thinner. Something like 35 maybe slightly off to the dashes. Let's go ahead. It will make a few more duplicate Ring three present command D will scale it down. Bring upscale by pressing s will shrink that down to make this sticker again. We'll go ahead. Well, just a trim paths. Maybe we'll just make this complete circle. We'll go ahead. Everything changed or dashes again. We will add another dash and even something like that looks cool to make press you to hide a parameters. Duplicate this rain going to scale it up Here, make that really thick. Coming to our trim paths. Just the start. And if we bring the end in the chairman from the other side just to create a little variation, press you on our keyboard, duplicate our fifth rain pressing command de scaled down to the inside, then my path a little bit and headed our dashes Maybe some small ones here Well, duplicate that well, said it some. The other side You make it a little bit smaller. Make the strokes thicker. Now, if great, it's a variation. 5. Adding Additional Elements: gonna go ahead and create a Texan center. But selecting the text tool, it's cooking on a composition. Well, just type 88%. It's like that scale that up. It's maybe 100 you know, like maybe Gotham Book. We're going toe our line window here, and if you don't see this, just come up to a window. The line. You could center this horizontally and vertically so that this is right in the center. I just want to create a couple of triangular elements to add a little separate detail. So go ahead and do that again. Will come into our shapewear tool or compress the letter Q. On the keyboard. Now it's like the polygon tool assumes I click and drag will do it. Over here, you see, I've created is polygons. But, well, I still have the quick depressed. If I press the up era, I can add point store polygon or if I pressed the down era and get rid of points until I have a triumph. So we'll get rid of the stroke or pressing all time clicking on the stroke. We'll bring back our white cell. Now we have this triangle. I can go ahead. I could scale down if I come into our contents here into Polish star and into the Transform and go ahead and change the rotation here so that our point is actually facing Senator. So just call that triangle jangle one. I'll duplicate this by pressing command de on the keyboard, and now the press are on the keyboard to bring up rotation. I can rotate this around, and since our anchor point is actually in the center of the composition, rotate this triangle directly around the center, so I've created to little triangles. 6. Audio Spectrum Effect: There is one more piece on ad own at an audio wave spectra. So go ahead and press command, why on the keyboard to create a new solid or go upto layer new solid, we'll create a white solid, make it the size of composition and press. OK, we'll come into our effects when they're here. Well, type end audio. We'll just add the audio spectrum by double clicking to our solid layer. And you can see here that we've created these dots. And if I select our shape layer tool by pressing Q and going down to the lips still will create another circle from the centre were quick in the center breast shift and command Drag that out. And now for path here in our audio spectrum options, we can select mask one and you can see now. No, I've created this circular path. We can change our colors. The way that was cool about this effect is this will animate with some audio prayers. If you like the dots as they are, feel free to keep him like this. But I have an audio clip here. If I drag this into our composition, you come back into our white solid and where it says audio layer here, instead of selecting itself, you go down to our audio layer. We could drag us back so we actually have some music you can see. That's what scrub through this time line these bars will animate to the music. We don't actually even need to hear the music, but this gives it a little extra motion so you can just turn off that speaker there so that we render. We don't hear the music, but it will still effect our pattern. We also have a couple options turnout for mass bath in the way this looks when you change the display options from digital analog lines and so create some waving lines that usually look better in straighten out, go ahead and sold that for now. So those scripts through we can see how these animate do analog dots that animate up and down. We can adjust the height here so they move further from the center. More music plays if you bring back our circular path. These are kind of cool tohave to add a little random motion. We also have the option to change sides, so if you only want me to be on one side. So now our dots will only move towards the center of the circle. Or, if we go to side B a docile and move away from the center. Well, we can keep on, but you change the thickness here. If we want bigger dots, make a smaller. And if you just these bands here, you can make more dots. If you bring it down, you can have less. So again, this is something. Adjust all the taste. There's no right around here. Just whatever you think looks good. So on. So that. And I think these dots as is make things. What kind of messy. So let's go ahead and switch that back to digital. These bands are a little high, and I actually only want them to go towards the center of the circle. So switch that set now. Is that play through? Get this nice motion. I want to scale this up a little bit so that it hits the outside of our circle. We can go ahead and we can bring this underneath all other layers, so everything plays on top of it. No, create a little more depth, but in a couple simple blurs 7. Creating Depth: So take this initial outer may well duplicate that by pressing command d Bring that to the bottom and all this title this circle boy, we'll get rid of the stroke by pressing all time clicking on this drug. I'll bring back our white sip. Now we have this circular, Phil, we're going to our effects and presets. One type in fast for take this fast where we'll drag it onto our layer. We'll just drag us out Now I've created really soft circle so I can do that Could scale this down again to fit the boundaries of our circle and lower the capacity by pressing t to bring up a passage e lowering this way, way down, subtle effects. So even something like 20% of the planet. Now you can see we've created a little extra little extra definition for a middle party if we won't compress scale on a scale that back up, we can decrease or increase the amount of the boy. Do you have something we lack? Maybe 200 is good. Maybe even a little less on the A passing something like 15. I also want to use a similar technique to create a border for a text soap rescue on her keyboard to bring up a rounded rectangle tool. Or you can just go up here and select the rounded rectangle. I'm just gonna go ahead. I'm gonna draw rough border beyond the text, you stretching the width of our certain. And I want to take this And I actually want to make this black. I'll drive us beyond behind the text layer again. We'll have this fastball. We'll just go ahead. Well, Blair, this way out, we'll lower rapacity something like 25% maybe a little more and get a lot more definition. Maybe bring down where touch. Now you can see we've created defined area for our test. Last thing I want to do is I want to add the radar. 8. Creating The Radar: were to get into some slightly more advanced techniques for this part. So I'm gonna go ahead. We turn our title in action, safe to make sure I'm right in the center here in a press G on the keyboard to bring up our pen tool. Or it could go up here and select the pen and make our first point in the center. That would cook on the outside and drag to create some handles, which will just later I'll make another point up here. Click and drag to make a slight curve, then a quick back in center to finish that up. Not impressed V on the keyboard to bring up our era or select the era No. One. Adjust our handles here, but select this hand on the outside and I press ship adjust on the one hand. So I bring that in to create a structure mine, drag the 2nd 1 out, create more of a curve, do the same thing for the other side. Now I've got a triangle. It's not perfect, but we can tweak it as much as we want to sort of find two things. Next thing I want to do is I want to add a new, solid oppressing command. Why on the keyboard were going toe layer? New, solid. Make this comp size press? OK, well, come to our facts here. We'll type radio generate a radio is now. You can see that's respect to the timeline. Begin to admit some waves in the center position. We'll change the East away, and we can adjust some of the parameters. Let's start with an end with, and if we change the frequency here, we'll get more lines or less lines. If we adjust the expansion, the move outwards from the center of the circle at a faster rate. So maybe we'll just come up to something like two. That's looking good. Now what I want to do is on a duplicate or triangle here by pressing committed de on the keyboard, going to edit duplicate. I'll move this above our white solid that has our radio ways. Let's go ahead and label that radio way so we know. Why don't we go ahead and name this radar triangle? We'll select our radio ways. We'll go into the track matte option. If you don't see the track matte often. Let's click this button down here. Toggle switches, slash modes. We'll just go ahead and select Alfa Matt shape layer three. And now you can see what this did. This limited the view of our radio ways to just the area of that trying. I want to take this tribal on a lower The opacity of it. Maybe something like 50%. No, actually, I want this to be what? Go ahead and make that way. We'll lower the a past even more. Maybe like 25. We'll go ahead. We'll bring that on top of our radio. I'm going again. You had a fastball. Come over here to our fax one. Now type fast on board this out. Maybe something like 50 pics us. So now we get kind of a softer feel. Softer. It been a copy. This effect by selecting impressing command, See on the keyboard. Going up to edit. Copy. I'm also gonna pace this when I'm at for a radio ways. So now what you see here that happened. Zoom in. You can see that Are radio waves begin to bleed out of the side of are trying and also a topic. And if we increase this boy notably down more. Or if we decrease, it will get a little softer. Something like 35 seemed good. Now, maybe this is a little big. If I select this and scale it down just a little bit will make sure it stays in meetings, sir, We'll go ahead and we'll just take these these elements that we want to make sure they're below our text board here. Just go ahead and weaken. Rename this. This shapewear texts quarter. And there you go. We're now ready to enemy. 9. OUTRO: with a few simple effects. We've created something that looks pretty complex, but it's really easy to achieve. Its great. All we did was create a couple circles using shape players and their included stroke. And then we adjusted some of the stroke parameters by adding dashes, changing the size of the stroke, incorporating trim paths. Operation check out part three. We're gonna animate our first graphic, are attending a graphic, and then we'll move on to part for where we begin to animate this circular graphic. Thanks so much for joining me, seeing the next court way how we out.