Animate your design: use the blend tool to create abstract, moving shapes and posters

Tom Appleton, Graphic Designer

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8 Videos (50m)
    • Introduction

      1:15
    • Creating your shape

      6:18
    • Warping your shape

      5:52
    • Composing the poster

      11:25
    • Preparing the document for After Effects

      4:54
    • Animating

      9:14
    • Extras

      6:18
    • Rendering

      5:01
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About This Class

In this class I will be showing how to use the Blend tool in Illustrator to make some cool shapes, and how you can use the pen tool and direct selection tool to manipulate the shapes. 

From there I will explain how to export the Ai file as layers. This allows the designer to edit each individual vector in After Effects, allowing you to create a layered poster combining motion and static imagery. 

Finally I will show the optimum way of exporting and rendering your poster designs from After Effects as video files. 

To watch my audio visual piece I mention in the tutorial, go here.

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Fun project!
Really helpful class!! I've been looking for something like this for quite sometime now and I came across your video through another tutorial you posted! Simple and easy to follow through. NOTE** Just wanted to point out in video 5 when you create the new document to paste the illustration, you need not draw the guides again as you can paste in place by using CMD+SHIFT+V
Love this! Such a good tutorial. i especially appreciated how you went through all the bend options and took the time to explain them. It was really helpful and I learned a lot
Leah Hoholick

23. Creative, animation// Washington, DC