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Animated YouTube Subscribe Button with Click in After Effects

teacher avatar Phil Ebiner, Video | Photo | Design

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2 Lessons (14m)
    • 1. Intro

    • 2. Animate a YouTube Subscribe Button Popup

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Want to boost your YouTube subscribers?

Add an animated YouTube subscribe button with a mouse click to your videos to get more YouTube subscribers. 

You'll learn how to do that in Adobe After Effects right now!

Using motion graphics will make your videos look more professional, and can help you increase audience engagement. 

Download the project file in the Class Project after enrolling to follow along.

This course is taught in Adobe After Effects CC 2017, but you can use any version of After Effects to create this lower third.

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Phil Ebiner

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1. Intro: If you have a YouTube channel, you probably want more subscribers, and in this module you will learn how to get more subscribers with an animated subscribe button and an animated mouse click. This is something you can put in all of your YouTube videos, so let's dive right in. 2. Animate a YouTube Subscribe Button Popup: in this lesson, you're going to learn how to create a subscribe pop up button like this. When that pops into the screen, a mouse highlights, it clicks on it, and then it wipes away. So let's get into after effects of you haven't done so already. Go ahead and download the project file and the assets for this project. You will need them. The includes a YouTube button and a hand the mouse hand icon. Important those two things into after effects and then click the new composition button started. New composition. You can call it whatever you want, Whitey Click YouTube click and the duration about two seconds May. Let's just do 23 seconds to be safe and then click. OK, in this lesson, we're going to be taking it kind of a step further and using some techniques that we haven't learned before in this course. So pay attention and get ready to impress your fellow YouTubers with a cool graphic. The first thing we need to do is bring in our you tube graphic so you can just drop it down onto your timeline and extend it, so make sure it's on the screen. I'm going to change the size down a little bit. So I'm going to press s changed the scale to 60. Now, let's bring in our hand some going drop that on top of our YouTube subscribe button. And the size is pretty good, actually. Maybe make it a little bit smaller is Let's just put it at 80. That looks pretty good. So the first thing I want to do is enemy the hand coming onto the screen. So put it at what you think is a good final resting spot. I'm gonna put it right about there, not covering the subscribe text at all. Then I'm going to go to about 20 frames about 2/3 of a second and bring up position for my hand and then select the key frame. But inner the stopwatch to add a key frame. I'm also going to bring up the rotation so are on my keyboard. Then click the stopwatch to set a key from there and press you again to see both the key frames for position and rotation. There on my frame, I'm going to go back to zero frames and I'm going to first rotate just slightly to the left to see a little bit of rotation about negative 11 and then I'm going to click and move this office screen down at the bottom. So now it kind of comes on and it rotates as well. Just making a little bit more dynamic. I might be able to make this a little bit more negative 20 So it's a little bit more dynamic. Of course, we're going to Eazy E's So f nine on your keyboard or right click Easy Frankie Frame assistant Eazy e's. We're also going to turn on motion Blur. Let's do it for both of these layers, then go into our graph editor and add a little pop. You know, I love the pop, so select all the key frames, drive the left ones in and the right ones and as well. So now we have this mouse at his hand flying in. The next thing we're going to do is add the little button push. So we saw here. We got the little button push so a little size or scale animation is going to be good for that. So right here after it comes in maybe a few frames after, let's like both the hand and the YouTube button and press s start a key frame for the scale . Then I'm going to go over just about five frames. I'm going to press command on my Mac control on a PC and then press the right arrow button on your keyboard about five frames, then set a new key frame here by just clicking the add or remove key frame diamond right there and then right in the middle. We're going to change the scale. So with hand or let's start with the button, let's go down to 58 Little push the hand. Let's go to 75 and let's actually move these last key frames in just a hair just like that . Let's just see how it looks. Looks pretty natural. I don't think we need to Eazy e's, these ones that actually might as well. I love easy easing, so it's f nine. Those select them at Eazy e's Cool, so that's pretty awesome. The other little sort of detail, I added, was that the subscribe button sort of darkened as the hand hovered over it. So let's add the brightness and contrast effect to the YouTube subscribe button. You can find it by searching for bright in your effects and presets. Now, as soon as the hand hovers over right there ago, right where it starts to go over the subscribe button. Let's set a key frame for brightness and contrast. Actually, just brightness is fine. Let's president you on our keyboard to bring that up. Then let's also go to the last key frame after the subscribe button kind of pops up back to the normal size. And let's duplicate that key frame just by copying and pasting it, or by clicking the diamond button right there to the left. Now a few frames after this, what's darken it up? Let's just take the brightness down to negative 70 or so negative 70. And then let's copy that key frame mover on our timeline to right before the button push actually, right in the middle, when it's down and then paste it, that looks pretty good. I'm going to just extend this transition just a little bit. It's actually going to start darkening just before, but I think that will look a little bit more natural. Maybe just make it a little bit slower, like so nice. Love it cool. So now we're going to add a little pop up for the YouTube subscribe, but in itself, and this is done just with a couple key frames. So for the YouTube subscribe button and let us bring up scale and said a key frame right around, you know, just a few frames into the animation, then are to bring in the rotation and set a key frame. Then you to bring up both those key frames. Let's go back. Let's rotate about negative 18 and then set the scale to zero. So now we have this popping up. Maybe the rotation to negative 25 or so. That's pretty good. Let's add Eazy E's to the rotation so you know how to do that. F nine on your keyboard or right click key frame assistant Eazy E's. Let's make that rotation just a little bit more dramatic, so let's go to Native 45. That's pretty cool. The other thing that's very subtle, though, is that this subscribe, but it actually kind of like pops on, and it's bigger, and then it shrinks. So to do that, we could create another scale key frame and make it bigger than 60% and then have a go down to 60%. But an easier way to do that Little pop is with the graph editor, so select the scale key frames. Open up your graph editor. Let's zoom in here and let's actually change the graph type. So click this. Choose graph type and options button and change it from edit speed graph to edit value graph. And now this is saying that at zero frames the value of the scale of zero and then at the sixth of frame, it's at 60. Let's take this little yellow marker and drag it up. So now what's happening is that it's actually going above 60%. So it's getting bigger, and then it goes back down to 60. If we want to make it super dramatic, Weaken. Go like this. See that if we want it to be really dramatic, But I like a little bit more subtlety in my animations. Something like that. Let's turn off our graph editor. Zoom out just a little bit, looking pretty good looking pretty good. It's a little bit fast at the beginning, so let's just extend these key frames just a bit. That's pretty cool. Let's just take all these key frames, move them to the right a little bit so that the subscribe button just stays on the screen for a little bit longer. Before the animation. The next thing I'm going to do is wipe these off the screen like so just wiped down. We could add a position key frame animation to both these layers, but easy way to do it is with a no object. So let's go toe layer new. No object. This is basically an imaginary or an invisible layer that helps us control other layers. The first thing we're going to do is to parent the hand and the YouTube subscribe button to the null object, so select both of them and you'll see the parent column. If you don't see it, click the toggle switches modes. Extend this little area so you see it. We kid click this drop down for either of these selected layers and choose from none. We want to select Noel to, or we could take this little pick whip tool. I call it the twirly gig, but it's actually called a pick whip and drag it to know, too. See how that change from 1902 Or we could just do it with the drop down menu. Now, whatever we do to the no object happens to the other two layers or whatever layers are parented to it. So if I bring up scale, for example, and increase the scale, it happens to both. Pretty cool, right? So what do you think we're going to do to animate it off? We're going to add a position animation. So bring up position with P right around two seconds. Set a position key frame to go forward about half a second and then drop it down. So now everything animates off. Let's easy, easy. These two guys function F nine or F nine on your keyboard. Key frame Assistant Eazy E's Go into your graph editor. Let's change it back to edit speed graph from Edit value graph and then select these key frames and drag them in. So there's a little bit more of a pop in this animation pop off. Let's go back into that graph animation and maybe a little bit faster, coming off in a little slower when it's off. Cool. Pretty darn awesome. So now if we want to go ahead and take this into a premiere pro project, we can use Adobe Dynamic link by just taking this composition. Clicking on it tabbing over to Premiere Pro by doing command tab are Keyboard control tab. If you're on a PC, dropping it into our project window and then dragging and dropping this onto our project, I'm going to delete the sample that I had created before. Put this on top of this video and now we have the subscribe button pop up. Say this is too big. We can make it smaller. It's totally fine drags down to say 50. The problem, though, is when the hand comes on the screen. See how the hand comes in the middle of the video right here. What we should do is, if we make it smaller, let's just drag this whole composition down to the very bottom edge. Maybe something like that, or even down further. If you just want it in the bottom corner and we can still see it pop up, just gotta animate it, just moving in the right position so we see the whole hand pretty darn cool or we can go back and edit the size and position of everything. And we could even animate where the hand comes in from if we wanted to come in from the left side of the screen or the top, we can do that. And, as always, if we want to export this so that we can use it in multiple projects easily just go up to composition. Add to render queue, change the output module from H 264 or whatever setting you have by clicking on the format options. Changing it from H 2642 Animation clicking Okay, changing the channels from RGB two RGB plus Alfa clicking OK, changing the output to wherever you want it to export. Click, save and then click render, and now it will render out as a file. And you can take that quick time file wherever you want, in whatever video you want and add it to your videos to get more subscribers. Thanks so much for watching. I hope this was a fun one. If you have any questions, let me know. Otherwise we'll see one another lesson