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Bring Icons to Life! Animate a vector Icon in After Effects

teacher avatar Andrew Pach ⭐, Animation all the way!

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Lessons in This Class

15 Lessons (56m)
    • 1. Promo Video

    • 2. Introduction

    • 3. Basics you must know in AE

    • 4. How to get a free icon to use

    • 5. Prepare the Illustrator file for work

    • 6. Create the icon yourself in AE!

    • 7. Prepare your After Effects Composition

    • 8. Animate and parent the entire icon

    • 9. How to animate the objects (Part 1)

    • 10. How to animate the objects (Part 2)

    • 11. How to make a seamless loop

    • 12. How to render a transparent video

    • 13. How to export a looping GIF

    • 14. Useful adjustments to know about

    • 15. Thank You!

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About This Class

With this series I want to teach you ways of animating any type of icon in After Effects. It's a super useful technique and will be a great skill for you to have...and you learn AE by the way! :) This is the project we are going to create in this part:


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Andrew Pach ⭐

Animation all the way!


Hi! My name is Andrew Pach, to my friends known as 'Nigel'! I am an After Effects / PowerPoint / video / graphic design junkie eager to teach people how to utilize their yet uncovered raw design talent! I run a YouTube channel called "andrew pach" which I do with absolute joy and passion. Here on Skillshare, I would like to share interesting, project-based classes that will make your design workflow a greater experience.

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1. Promo Video: Hello and welcome to this course where I will teach you how to bring icons to life. We will take a vector file and animated in adobe after effects. We will make a brief stop in Adobe Illustrator to prepare this file for work. Then we'll go into Adobe after effects and prepare this entire animation from scratch. This course is perfect if you are always a little skirt about learning these programs. However, if you are already familiar with them, you can learn a new workflow, new techniques and tips to use in your daily work. It's a super found project to follow along and know how to do this time. We will use this BC website type of Aiken because it has so many nice little elements, which is a great way to train our animations. By the end of this course, you will be able to prefer any victor I can to use in after effects and completely animated to have a nice animation for your portfolio template for Web use. So enroll now. Let us open after effect and let's start the work 2. Introduction: Hello. Welcome. Let me introduce you a little bit to this course. This course will go about how you can make an ICANN animation like that. It will teach you a lot off useful things. But I want you to know what this course is and what it will teach you and what this course isn't and what it will not teach you. So this is not a big, comprehensive aftereffects course which will teach you usage of everything. But it definitely is a workflow. A complete technique on how to get a Nikon, how to take it, prepare it, use it in after effects and create an animation like that this time will not create the icon ourselves. We'll use some pre made icons which we can find over the Internet from websites Recommend. These are so amazing. It will be a sin not to use them. So that's why we will take them. And then I'll guide you through each step off the project. I'll go fairy slow, so we'll have time to watch to see what I'm doing. And then you will be able to replicate the steps yourself. I don't want to hold you back. Let's start the work because I think this will be a very interesting journey. We'll have a lot of fun. And after effects is such an amazing software to learn. So jump into it. Go forward with this lesson and I wait on you there. 3. Basics you must know in AE: Hello and welcome. It's so nice to see you in this lesson. Now. I wanted to record this introduction Every lesson for people who really don't have a clue what after effects is about how the program operates and how the entire native software looks inside. This, of course, won't be a big explanation about every feature and after effects, because I have other courses for that. This is just a brief introduction for people who are not familiar with it. So adobe after effects is very similar to other Adobe software's like photo shop illustrator. You also have layers. Only those layers work overtime. Since you're trying to make an animation so inside, that'll be aftereffect. The most important thing you need here to know is that this is your composition. And on the bottom side you will have your timeline on the timeline. You put items you put layers like these icons tell you which type of layers this are. You can right click, select new, and you have, for example, solid layers. You have shaped layers, which are icons like these solid layers are simply layers with with one solid call, or let me make a green one. And then if it's the 1st 1 it will be the 1st 1 visible. If it's the last one, it will be behind the background. Okay, let's say this is my background and you can also open up those Aiken's and they have its properties. Properties is the beautiful thing that we love about and which allows us to make motion graphics. The most important properties we will use in this course is position, scale, rotation. So it's very simple. You see this this now this background. Okay, let's say I work with this background. This background has also its position, which I can adjust its scale, which will be the size. You see what happens. And of course, it's rotation as well as other features. Oh, this is sterilization. Okay? The great thing here is that we can set key frames in after effects. Let's say I'll goto one second. I'll use this stopwatch to use a key frame. You see this key frame, Then I go one second forward on the timeline and I make this this green background to rotate. Let's make it maybe two rotations. So during one second, those two key frames will indicate this change over time, so they are inter plating between each other, so they are taking value number one value number two and mathematically there inter plating between them to make this rotation in this case. So this is how you go about animations. One very little last feature I want to say you before we go forward is that any layer can be parented toe any other layers. So let's say that this icon animation, which you see right now on the screen, can be with this option parented to this green layer, and it will now do the same things that the green layer does. So since the green layer is stupidly spinning, also, this icon will stupidly spin. This makes our animations easier because you can have 100 layers and you can parent them all toe one stupid layer, and this stupid layer will tell all the other 100 layers. What to do. There are a lot of things to talk about in detail, but you don't need all of them in order to make this Imation. Let's keep it simple. Let's focus on the thing we need to do and let focus on what's relevant to us. I hope that you already know the things I've explained now. But if you don't, it's a great introduction for you. So keep that in mind. Watch those lessons and let us proceed with the actual work we need to do. 4. How to get a free icon to use: Hello there. Let us start the work. We should start the work by selecting the icon we will use. And I can recommend you to websites to use where you can find free vector items. One of them will be free pick dot com and the 2nd 1 will be backed easy. Both of these are great websites. You mostly only have to link back to the item use and you are free to go now. I went into free peak and I've searched for a few Aiken's. I think this one would be nice to use or a store like that or, for example, a computer like this. You can find those icons by, for example, e typing in website. Let's get rid of the at and look at those icons. All of them would be great to use. For example, this one looks particularly great and we could separate out one off them and used them. They look really amazing. But from the icons I've searched through, I think this one stands out the most to me, mostly because of the vibrant background. I really like those colors, so I'll use this one free for commercial use when we attribute the site so you can check this link. I just find a vector icon like that by yourself. I think that's a great one. So I click free download and we will go straight into illustrator work with the Aiken, and then you can start the work immediately in after effects. 5. Prepare the Illustrator file for work: hello and welcome in this lesson where I want to show you how to prepare this vector Aiken to use before we start, I would like to say you that any Aiken can be used that this a vector icon Because vector icons can have separate items which we can animate each one by one. You can use E P s files. You can use AI files an effect or former that adobe illustrator will open should work. If you can separate the layers now the way and they'll be after effect will read the Adobe Illustrator file This is will read all layers It has since we have here now, in this particular case, only one layer. As I opened it, you have groups your inside, so we need to do something in order to separate those layers. Now, if you don't see the layers panel, please goto window and select layers or press f seven because this is the only window that we are concerned to it. Now I also want to use my control are open up the rulers and see if this is about an full age decomposition. I have pixels selected here as I right click, and I see it's 5000 pixels per 5000 pixels. So perfect. This image is super big. It's even above a foolish decomposition which is okay to work. Now let me come closer with control and plus and let's select the layers. I know that I only want to use this PC, so I need to get rid off everything else. So this seems like the background as I select the items. Yes, it seems s this is the background. Okay, so these are the background objects and the background objects can as well stay in this composition. This is the PCs for us. I see. And everything else should be the magnifying glass and the tabl A so I can select those layers. Maybe I will go up here because I will see that this is the magnifying glass. Okay. I'll select those layers and I'll trash them. I see. Still a few items from the magnifying glass are here. So let me also believe that and let me check this 1st 1 Okay? It's from the background. Now. I think that the background looks really cool and it could stay like that and I will work with the PC. So I need to take this entire group and place it exactly here on the same level. So I will be able to release the layers. I'll open the PC. And I would also like to get rid off this bottom part because I think it's it's not useful for our animation. So Yep, this is the first planet. This is the background. So I need to select this object. I see. This is the one. Okay, I can click on it. Yeah, that's the one. Just trash it. And now what I need to do is I need to take all the layers ill person, the 1st 1 press shift here and select the last one. And I'll bring it up because I don't want it to be in this group once again. Select everything and bring it up. So why did I do this? I did this because I want everything to be on an equal level right now. We'll do the thing that will allow Adobe after effects reading this Adobe illustrator file . And what what I'm doing? You only have to click this layer. Click here, Selectors drop down and select release two layers and this will be the same for every illustrator file you will be preparing for after effects. Now illustrator has released everything which is on the same same level to a separate layer . Now I only need to get rid off the layer number one. So once again, select everything. Put it down so everything is on an equal level and delete the first layer because previously everything was on the first layer. But now everything is on a separate layer. Perfect. This is a absolutely great preferred illustrator file toe work. The last thing I would need to do is to double click and rename everything, so I would need to de select. Okay, this would be the bottom layer. So l select bought line, for example. This is just an example. Before I save it, though I would like to maybe make it a bit smaller than it was 5000 pixels. You can click on it, you can select everything. Then with the shift key, I'll make it smaller. To be sure, I also make the composition which is in this case, the art board smaller. So I used Ardmore Tool and I will just make it smaller like that. This is about to a full HD size. Okay. The icons should be still a bit smaller. I think this would be enough. Perfect. And we have this illustrator file prefer to use. Then you would just goto file safe s and make sure you'll save it as an illustrator file because this is the native adobe extension, and it will work perfectly in adobe after effects that way. 6. Create the icon yourself in AE!: welcome in this lesson. I would like to show you that you definitely do not have to use any vector. I can because you could also design them yourself. Even within aftereffect. Let me show you a quick example how this could be done. We could do something similar by clicking on this icon and creating a new composition. I'll make it for HD and I'll start my drawing. At first I would like a background, so we had the red background or a green one. So I'll select control or comment. Why on my keyboard to create a solid and I will maybe I'll stick with the green because I kind of like it. Then I would lock down this layer, so I'll not accidentally click it. So let's try to prefer an object we could work with. You could create on this rectangle, and by holding it, you could select rounded rectangle tool. Let me also open title action safe in this box. So I will see where the Middle East and okay, let's create a PC like that. Okay, I think this is a decent size and release it. If you want those corners to be more around it. You can go into this rectangle. Intel is rectangle pad and then you have the rounds. So I think about 20 fixes would be enough, and the filth should be more off a background filled. So I will go towards a blue color and I'll go towards gray so grayish bluish. This is a great background here. Now we need to entered screen here. I'll de select because I want that on a separate shape layer and we can again Eustis a rounded rectangle tool and just place a screen here. Perfect. We have a screen I'll click on Phil, and I will make the film white. I also go to align and aligning perfectly in the middle. And now I can maybe make it a bit smaller with my selection tool sign of its smaller go a bit up. So we have the bottom like death. Okay, I don't think that super equal, So I will take this shape and also make it perfectly in the middle. Okay. Any start to have a PC screen, we have to shape players, and this would be like our screen. Then we could go forward and create all the lines or direct angles like let me select the line and create a line like this Boom, the top big line. And I remember that you had to callers here we had the bluish and we had a yellow here. But we can of course, there's something different. It's it's only our imagination. So I have this line and I'll again align it in the middle. I also want to take this this anchor point so I select why, like Anchor Point and the original anchor point from this rectangle is already here. But the anchor point from this shape layer let him place it here. Just so it's a year later to work with. Okay? And now I can just click on this line Control D selection tool, shift key, move it down, make it smaller. And this is how you design an icon like that in after effects. We would also like to have this graph here and let me show you how you can create it. You take the rectangle toe the normal rectangle and you would create direct angle like that . At first, I want no stroke. Definitely. Please. No stroke. Okay. This shape layer by having it selected. I see. I have rectangle number one here. I want to use the panto and have this selected tool creates shape. I want three shapes here, so this will be my second shape. Boom. Let's say this is my graph, OK? This graph is shaped number one should have a stroke. OK, I'll open up stroke and I'll de select Phil. Perfect. So this is my shape number two. By having the selected here, I look like on the shape and I'll press control D to duplicate the straight because I would like this upper color to be different. So the way I can do this is by having this shape selected. Now, I will de select a stroke and select the film off course. I want a different Phil. Let's make it maybe bluish. And don't worry about this ugly filling out right here, because we will adjust the shape. We want this shape to be going like that. Okay, Now select Alpental and remember that you need to have shaped number two selected. And now click here, Go up. Boom! Now we have this shape. So we have three shapes here we have this upper shape we have these thesis line and we have the under shape. Let me make the pad visible. I I think the shape number two should be under it because I wanted the line to be bigger. OK, And now something is wrong here Something is off because we would like to restrict this area only to this box. This would be no problem. Let me show you. I'll de select it and recall aerate, please duplicate this object. Open this object. Open contents Delete shade number one, delete shade number two and only direct angle is remaining. So this is our mask. MSK is the portion off this object which will be revealed so selective bottom one Go to track matte and select al format shape layer number six. Now, this may sound complicated, but let me explain you once again how I did this. I did an object with three items the background layer, the the graph stroke and the upper layer. So we took We duplicated stroke. Any closed up the stroke. So we have the upper layer on a different color. We have the background layer on a different color and we have to stroke on a different color now, since we made the stroke a little bit bigger and the upper color a little bit bigger, we had to somehow close this everything down to the original shape. It couldn't go above it because it would look ugly. So the way I did it, I used track matting track. My thing is away off hiding certain portions off layers with other layers. So that's what we did. We took the original layer. We copied it over. It has the same size. We deleted everything. We only left with the one layer and then we track method them together. So this upper layer it's restricting this entire object to own its original size. I hope you don't understand this. This is a matter off practicing, and once you get a little bit familiar with that, you should have no problems creating something like this. I'll continue to create those objects, but as you can see, there's nothing more difficult Onda. We could, for example, used to shape you already have. I'll maybe change the color to this blue one because this blue one looks really cool. And now I could just go with this with this yellow and blue. I can take this object I can press controlled the I can place it somewhere else. I can make it smaller, for example, like days I'll also renamed the Layers and I can totally skip Illustrator if I would like to work with this one. Thank you so much for listening. I hope you did learn a lot, especially about Shay players. It's not crucial for you to know this, but it's very important to understand how a normal workflow like that would look like, and it's very useful information, so I hope that you've enjoyed it. 7. Prepare your After Effects Composition: Ah, I'm excited to work because this will be really interesting. We have toe, I can prepared. And you can, of course, use any icon you downloaded. You can even use some simply, Or I can spit for the sake of this tutorial. Just watch how it's done. So I'll take this icon and import it into after effects. I place it like that and I tell it to import. It s a composition that's very important. Not as footage s composition. Now the footage dimensions, layer sizes. Okay, aftereffect create this folder with all the files here, which are all the layers and a pre made composition. Now, this is the composition that do not worry about. We'll create a new one and just use those elements. Let's create a new composition, and I want to make sure that my composition is full. HD 1920 by 10 80 30 frames and 10 seconds long. I click OK, and I have my beautiful empty composition. Now, please get back to the prepared composition Hit control A to select everything Hit control C go to this company. Breast Control V. Now the first thing I want to do is to prefer the background and forget about it completely . I'll click on the red background. And the great thing here is that we have everything perfectly prepared. So I guess it ends here. Yep. All these are background items, so I'll shift. Click. I will make them orange just so I see. Yes, this is the background. Let me take the background color, place it more in the middle and just resize it. I can even go a bit above it now. I always liked the circle. Oh, these are the two circles now. You just can't select both of them. Shift, click Select may be placed in here. This one? Oh, it's a cut one. So it should be on the bottom side. And depending if you have snapping on if you have snapping on it, will snap to those guidelines. If not, you can sell it control to temporarily disable it. Okay, I'll put this here. Now those circles are snapping. I think they are pretty good. Okay, Apart from the circles, I was like everything else with my shift click and l position it more in the middle again, snapping tries to help me. I guess it does on this occasion. Okay, Now I see the circles could be placed a bit better and perfect. We prepared our composition for work. Now the last thing I want to tweak here before we start I would like this background to be pre composed, select everything. If you have only a color for the background. That's perfect. I went for those items because they really make this. I can look a bit better. So I right click and I'll just select pre composed and I'll call it Be decomp. Remember that this beauty camp is 10 seconds long. If you would need it to be bigger, you go inside the camp or you right click here you said a composition settings and you can extend it here. But right now I think it's perfectly prepared and we can focus only on this. I can. I'll get rid off the background comp by selecting this shyness layer and activating the shyness for entire composition. Now it has disappeared. Okay, this is how you prepare your composition for war and in the next lesson will start to fight with this icon 8. Animate and parent the entire icon: hello and welcome in this lesson where we will finally start the animation. At first I want to make it a bit bigger. So I will select fit. Yeah, fit. So depending on how big my screen it will be, it will always fit. Now, I would like this icon too come towards me. And what a little spin. So it's not so boring. So the way you go about this in general is going from the most bottom layer. So you go from behind and then you parent everything so they will all come together. Let me show you how you will select the most backward object, which is in this case, off course, the background. And in most cases, it will be like that. So to start the work, I want to select the main background press s on your keyboard to open up scale. I'll additionally press shift and are to bring up the rotation because I know that I'll work both with the scale and with the rotation. So this will be my first animation. Okay. Lets like the scale Please keep frame it at defecating at 0% it has disappeared. Maybe l a solo also this layer. So I only see this This little object I'm working on and I'll go. How long should be the entire animation? Let's say for the beginning, in two seconds and I'll bring it back up to 100%. Or maybe the solo doesn't work as nicely as I thought. Okay, this is the first animation before you proceed with the work. Please select all remaining objects. So selected, like that shift, click the 1st 1 and you have the parenting options. If you don't see them, make them visible. They should be here. If you don't see the parenting options just right, click columns and open up a parent, okay. And parent everything. So this main background layer now every animation we will be doing will be inherited by the other layers as well. Okay, so we have the first innovation like this. But we would also maybe like a little spin on it. So I will go to the beginning and you can animate any icon like that. I clicked my stopwatch and do a negative spin a negative because we will go slowly towards zero mark. So here it's two seconds. We should arrive at a zero degrees spin. Okay, let's preview how it looks, and this is like, How do you feel about it? I feel that it's a tiny bit too much of a spin, so I'll make it negative 1 38 degrees. Okay, and it's definitely to slow the way you go about those key frames now is selecting the last ones and bringing them forward. This will make it the animation quicker, but you remember that you will animate everything here. So I think two seconds will be safe for the entire animation. The last week you need to do here is to adjust those key frames, select all key frames, press right click key frame assistant, Eazy e's so the animation will flow in a little bit. Nicer will be east. Okay, it starts to look better now by having those key frames selected. I'll go into the graph editor and currently I have the value graph. But I would like to go to the speed graph because I want to pump up the speed a little bit . So the duration off two seconds is okay, but I want to select all those key frames and by pulling the handles. I have influence how this innovation will play out. Maybe this also a bit to the back. A really beautiful animation. And the great thing here is that those icons, I mean those key frings can be also used later because later, once you do those other animations, we can also take those key frames because these are scale key frames and rotation key frames, and they are already perfectly adjusted. So this is your initial animation for your Iken. Thank you so much for listening to this tutorial. And let's head over to the next lesson. Were real slowly built up this animation and other elements animated on it. 9. How to animate the objects (Part 1): Hello and welcome. Now we have this animation, and we are continuing to build it up. So I think it stays a bit too long in this this area, and this can be still adjusted by selecting their the rotation. And I would like it to be more rotated in disposition. So maybe I go a bit backwards with this this rotation key frame. Okay, so we will have more time to see it, and all right, now I need to consider about the white background. I think that we don't need any animation on the white background because it should be introduced right away. Especially that we have so many items here. And those items should be visible right away. And I would like to start from the top side. So let me select the bottom upper line note. Have a big line. Yep. Top big line. I have an idea that this stop big line should grow from the middle outwards and the great incurious that we can use the simply instincts position. Rotation scale. Okay, let me go to the top of big line. Let me open it and press s like scale. Once you have the scale. You need toe unlinked it because if it's linked, it'll grow and shrink like that. But I would like it to only grow horizontally, not vertically, so the height shouldn't be adjusted. Okay, I'll unlinked this and watch. Now. Now I can work with this first value, and it'll grow and shrink like that. So let me go to about disposition key. Frame it. Zero go forward. 100%. Perfect. Now select those key frames. Right. Click key frame assistant. Easy East. Go into the graph editor and adjust the motion a tiny bit. Okay, let's preview. What do we have? Yeah, perfect. And if you would like it to happen quicker, you just take those key frames and you shift them a bit to the left. Since the upper line is growing like that, why not make the bottom line appear like this? So we could, for example, for example, use a mask for that. Let me go to the end where I see the entire composition. I come closer because I only work with this line and let me also select continues restaurants. So it will be always high quality. So this little line Okay, let's create a mask for it. Um, I'll select this rectangle tool and I'll create a rectangle vic enough to cover the entire line. Oh, let's make it another color. Let's make a dread. So we see it exactly. Let me also put it just above the top narrow light. Now I will do the same. I will create an animation by opening this rectangle rectangle Pat and I have the size. Let me unlinked the size go backwards and make the size to zero. I'll show you in a second. Why am I doing this? And now this line should animate outwards. Oh, I think it's not in the middle. It's not perfectly in the middle. Oh, sorry. Take the straight player. Take the move toe or with your arrow keys. Try to find the middle. I think this would be perfectly enough. Okay, this is the middle. And now I do this animation key Frame the size Go forward Make the size big enough. So it covers the entire line off course. You should also keep from assistant Eazy e's them a little bit. Take this information adjusted slightly, but okay. And now this this shape layer will be a mask. Reveal. Er okay. It's called mask Regular for this top narrow line, the only adjustment you need to make is to select the top narrow line. Select the second button, so you will see the modes entrapment and in the track, matte select alpha matte mask reveal. Er, am I right? Okay, I'm right. So this is one way of doing this animation, so I think Okay. Now, depending on where the mask will be put here, let me press you where the key frames are. This is how the innovation will look. I think this animation should be kind of aligned, but this should be a first. This should be second a bit later, a bit longer. And let's preview. What do we have here? I hope you notice this little error. Yes, it's an error. Because we should also apparent this to our main background. And why is the rotation so ugly? It's because we have the anchor point here. So let me get control. Z pressed. Why? On your keyboard? To use the pen behind. Tool and place depend behind toe in the middle. Okay, Now it should better we select the main background and it should rotate together with this object. Ok, Perfect. We have the animation preferred and this is what we have until now. Of course, I made the worst mistake and I make the animation this same way around. So I need to select those key friends. Right? Click key frame assistant Time reverse key frames to make the animation completely proper. You just need to select Alfa Alfa inverted man so it will work the other way around. Okay, let's proven of the animation. I think it's nice. It should be a bit quicker. So make it like that. Yeah, beautiful. And it appears that this 2nd 1 should finish a bit quicker. It will look, maybe a bit better. Okay? No, it doesn't. So it's a matter off previewing checking everything out. And now those lines and those lines could be animated very similarly so we can take the bottom line here. It's called bottom line. So the only thing you need to do is control. See control Z damask above it Do the same here also met Alfa inverted Matt Mosque, regular number two and the only thing you need to change is off course. The position off this mask because the position should be here. So you sorry I shouldn't select the background. I should select mask reveal. Er, maybe with shift gear and the arrow keys I should placed here. Okay, It's in the middle, and now it will work again. I'm forgetting about the parenting. I'm sorry, but now it would work. Definitely. I don't know. Why do we have irritation here? But let's just make it zero r zero. Maybe I mis clicked. Okay? And we have this very beautiful animation. Place it more in the middle. Perfect. I do like this motion. And for the upper line. We should copy this animation. So it was topic line. And we have the key frames already prepared. So select this upper line control V you and we can see what happens. Beautiful. All lines come together. And also those lines. I think this scale animation is very beautiful. Control V, right line a bit for control V. And the thing here is that you can control a everything. You can press you and you'll see the key frames. You can also press the tilde key by holding it here. And you see, you know how the animation happens. I think those animations should finish kind of together. But we'll see what looks better currently. Yeah, it looks really beautiful. I like the motion we are doing here, and currently we have all the lines animated. Do not make this lesson too long. I would like to go forward in the next lesson because in the next lesson will try to work with those boxes. And since this is, for example, one area, it should be kind of animated. Similarly, also, those little buttons and this object. It's like the main object, so it should get It should be a little bit nicer. I think it should pop backwards and pop a little bit, but I'll think about it in the next lesson. Let's just freestyle. We know what we should use and what we can use for that, and we'll go over that in the next lesson. 10. How to animate the objects (Part 2): Okay, So much is going on on the screen. And now let's work the boxes. Let me select everything Empress you So I will have averaging hidden because I don't want to see it right now. Okay, This is the animation that we have. Everything flies very nicely. So now let's work on this object. I see the anchor point is in the middle. Thank you. After effects, at least once you can place the anchor point in the proper position and let's know work with it. At first I would maybe work with the position and I also at three d so we can not only animate in X and y space, but also in the Z space which is closer and further away. So you see, the position can be it can also bounce your like that. So let's think about the position or with scale first as always, we maybe you should start with the scale. But we already have the scale animations. So go to the main background press You click on scale. Take those key frings control. See goto this graph and here Control V Okay. Um sorry I opened everything we have to graft and it's scaling upwards now. I would like this animation to pop a little bit because it's kind of too boring, so you can go to the graph editor for that. And this is the speed graph. It shows you the speed off the animation, but you can also select the value graph, which shows you the actual values off the animation, and you see the values go like that for the scale. But what if you you took the scale, you took the handle and you would place it a little bit above here. What would happen? It would pop a little bit forward before it shrinks back. And this reminds me that right now we don't need the treaty layer because I was planning on doing it in the turd space. But But why? If we can use over shooting, this is called over shooting because you are taking an animation and you'll you are shooting it a little bit over the normal values, and that's a great they need to know about. Okay, that's not far too quick. Let me go forward. It starts to look really beautiful, but the pop was too long. The pope was taking, like, half a second, and it shouldn't be like that. Okay, now it starts to become beautiful. I still need to adjust it. I'm sorry. I'm doing so much address mints, but you need to do this step by step and option by option. Okay, Now we off course need also a little bit off rotation. We had already rotation, but do you want to use the same one? I think at least it will get us somewhere at the start. So grab control. We also the rotation shift are to open up a rotation, place it in a better position, and maybe this time we don't want a negative amount. You need to be exactly in this place to in order to change this key frame. If you will be somewhere else, it will just create a new key frame, and everything will get weird. So go in the same place where the key frame is and select a positive amount. A positive amount off a 100 degrees should be okay. Beautiful. And I like that. The lines are like the main part here, but this one appears a little bit later in a little bit slower because we wanted to highlight it a little bit. Okay, maybe that's too slow. I'm sorry. Yeah, Beautiful. Very nice rotation every night. Scale animations. And I think for this kind of animation, this should be enough. We should do something similar on those objects. Or if you don't want to animate anymore. Here's copy those key frames you can do all that ones controversy. Click on this object place your your play had here. Control V. You have all those key friends here? Of course, they should be shorter. Maybe split a bit so everything won't be so similar. Or maybe the rotation. You see, we have still a little rotation here. I would also like to go once again to the rotation to the graph editor. And maybe I overshoot irritation a little bit as well. I overshoot it here on the bottom side. Really beautiful. Really nice and simple animation. Okay, now we know that this rotation is very beautifully done, so we can once again press you take those key frames. Sorry it was the red block. You take this key frames and just switch them up a little bit throughout the entire design . Now, this one press you. And maybe since I'm here, I'll change the rotation once again to a negative amount. So both off these and I offset it a little bit. Don't worry about the length. Now, focus on the animation because here it's still invisible. It's only visible once the key frame start. So it doesn't matter if it's too short. You can also select everything and trim it like that with the old and left bracket key. So do not worry about this at all. Okay, let me preview the animation. Okay? The relation maybe stays here in too long and deputation was too strong. Let me make it smaller, like 40 degrees. Okay. I think this thesis okay, but the overshoot will be now too strong. Yep, we have this animation. Maybe I should be like that. Okay. It slowly fades into the screen. Now this box. And what do you want for this book? We had already a scale. So for this one, let's head over to this big one again. You and you see, it's not really much off work because once we have a few animations, we can just copy and paste this object and make it a bit shorter. Longer, depending on how you want it. Boom. And those dots, those little boxes could maybe again have those rotation information. So I remember the scaling and rotation control. See, look here. Control V Control V. The only problem is that they are shifted forward. Okay, shift them back. They should be shorter. I would like them to be a little animation pop at the end, like boom. Okay. And let's preview our entire animation. Now, this is how we animated this icon. And I only don't like this. This rotation on the box. Mm. I think it's a bit too late. Also, this one. Maybe I overdone it with the overshoot. I'm sorry, but that's the name of the game. You need to check everything. Maybe if we do it a bit slighter. Yeah, that's much better. And this one should have it similarly down. Ah, just irritation. We have the value graph. What about the speed with Yeah, and I see the speed is messed up. So let me change this value. Let me pull the handle back. And now I know why this animation was a little bit weird. I don't know when it happened, but it happened. It doesn't really matter. Okay, now we have this animation a bit corrected. Yeah, beautiful. And what's the entire design? Let's go to fit. And this is the entire preparation off this animation. Well, once again, press my till the key, and we only have no key frames at the bottom lines because the mask is actually animating it for it. Okay, We also have the power button, but the power button I just called the power button. It doesn't require animation as well. We could, of course, make this came for it. But I think it's not necessary. So this is how the animation in general would look like. Okay, let me prepare the composition. I have it like that and hear the animation ends. So oil press and on my keyboard to trim it down. Now I have a little looping animation. So this is my animation buildup for this type of ICANN. This type of animation can be used, really for everything we can use scale. We can use rotation. We can use position. And with those few simple things, we can really make beautiful animations for nearly any type of Aiken Let's head over to the next lesson. Well, package up this this entire object. Well, maybe exported as a tiff file as, ah, separate animation. So you can use it for showcasing what we are doing. What we are doing in motion graphics, and we'll pack it up everything properly. Thanks for listening to this tutorial. Please head over to the next lesson where we'll continue toe work with our Aiken. 11. How to make a seamless loop: If you would like to have this animation animating on and off the screen, you could take everything with control A apart from the background, of course, you could right click and select pre composed, and I would call it Animated Icon. Okay, I have that animated Aiken around here. It starts to inmate, and here it finishes the animation, so I will select old and right bracket key. I'll duplicate this layer. I will put it forward to the exact position where it ends, and now I can right click on this composition, Select Time and Select Time Rivers Layer. This will make the animation go away in disposition. Well, it will go away at the end of this composition, So depending on where you put it, this will make the length off your animation. Let's say that I would like my animation to take about maybe six seconds, so I had put it here. They can overlap each other. It's no problem because they are standing still in the middle, so I would have an animation like that. The innovation comes on the screen. Get wait a little bit and then it fades off again because it's time reversed. So everything is working backwards to front. Okay. And this is how you make the animation. If you would like to make this animation longer, just extend this composition, place this compression here and resize it here because in the middle we make sure that the composition is long enough to be extended. Our composition happens for about our composition happens for about 19 seconds, and the animation takes, like, three seconds to play. So we have enough space to extend it and to work with it as we want. 12. How to render a transparent video: okay, We arrived at the point where we have our animation finished and we can render it out. So this is our animation, and we can now decide if we do want to use the background. Or you would like to have a transparent video with Justice Aiken to use outside of after effects or anywhere we would like to have it. Okay, let me show you how you could render it out transparent. So you have. This comes number one, the icon this in the middle. And I think that's a prepared composition to render out. This is a pretty big composition. It's a full age decomposition, but it's OK. So this comes number one, which is here. We can go toe composition and add it to render Cube. Since this is a quick and simple animation, we don't need to use the adobe media encoder. We can do it straight. Britain aftereffect Click on the outward module. Click here in the form of quick time in the channels. You would like it to be RGB plus Alfa, but we need to use another Kotick. So goto format options and the H +264 doesn't handle transparency in videos. It doesn't handle Alfa channels, so we need to select animation. Select. Okay. In the channel. Select RGB plus Alpha. And that's it. Hit. Okay, come. Number one, I'm rendering it out. It's pretty quick because this was a simple animation. Now I will go to my project file and we have comp number one. In this case, it turned out to 30 megabytes. I think it's fairly okay. And now we can use it over any background we'd like. We have a prepared, ready animated icon to use for our products. I think it looks very cool. And it was super fun to prefer. 13. How to export a looping GIF: if you'd like to create a J from this, I can just selected and place the movie inside the photo shop. We have this animation if you'd like. You can use the background leads, for example. Create a red background for it. Phil, read. Okay, we have a red rectangle and I need to put the rectangle in the back. Now it's not visible. Let's place this rectangle here while I made the red a bit too strong. I'm sorry. Let's make it less vibrant. Okay. Like that. I think this is fine. Now the background layer is too long. I'll make it similar or the same size. Okay. And we have this innovation inside a photo shop. Now I would go to file safer web and I would create a looping GIF. The looping GIF can be selected here. I want to make sure that this file is fairly small. So 1 28 colors is okay. The deter could be up a little bit because I want to remain on high quality and of course, the image size. I don't need such a big gift. Let's go for 600 pixels, this would be completely enough. And on the bottom left corner. I can see the chief size. It will render for a little while, but then we have it 200 kilobytes. I think that's really perfect. Off course. The looping options should be set to forever, and we have our looping GIF animation. We can save it and we can use it everywhere. We want to showcase this little animation. Just imagine having a set off icons animated like that. I think this looks really beautiful and it's something super useful to learn. 14. Useful adjustments to know about: Hello again. I wanted to give you a very small quick tip at the end off the work. If you feel that this takes a little bit too long, it's no problem. You know that this animation starts about at the beginning and finishes it about two seconds so you can right click on this layer. You can click on time and you can enable timer mapping. That's an amazing feature. Look how time remapping works. You have zero seconds. Here you go forward to the normal two seconds and maybe 20 frames. Where the entire animation place you take a key frame here and instead off two seconds and 20 frames playing two seconds and 20 frames. You can take it a little bit back and now two seconds and 20 frames will play during one second. Let me show you boo! You see, this animation would be now super quick. By putting the key frame later, you'll make it a bit slower. That's a super simple and quick way by adjusting the entire animation and not having to enter the composition and do everything by hand. The second thing I want to show you is how to make the animation a bit different. I used here a rotation and scale animation. But let's say that you want something different. You can, for example, enable the treaty option for this layer so you don't have to go by hand and use treaty inside the composition here. You don't have to work with those icons you can globally make the adjustments to use treaty and now just animate by pressing are like rotation X axis. Why excess Z X is how we want. We already have an animation here, but we would like it to have one more flip. No problem. Goto this part go for why go, for example, for negative 100 Go forward where the animation and and let's place zero here. You see, apart from the normal spin we had, we have one additional spin. I think this looks fairly Okay, Maybe you should go for a positive amount because it doesn't quite work with the rotation now. Yeah, okay. And you see, you definitely should tinker around with this. I should off course ease them in. I would go into the graph editor and I would now see what to do. Well, it's nearly okay. maybe a little faster at the beginning. Perfect. Maybe a bit quicker, because here at the end, because here at the end, it should finish before the I can. Animation finishes play, and I've adjusted this icon to have a completely different feeling Now the animation would play as previously. I would, of course, have to do the same here on the second layer, or just duplicate this ended those few adjustments. We really finalized the work. I hope you do really enjoy descriptive. Remember, you can use time remapping, and you can also make global adjustments to the actual Aiken by working on the composition , for example, using treaty and working with the rotations. 15. Thank You!: I'm so happy and proud of you that you arrived at this point in the course. So by now you should have finished this animation. It should go into the screen. It should go off the screen. It should be nicely animated, and I wanted to thank you for the time spent on learning with me. It was really a great pleasure. I really enjoy those animations. And I think animating icons is something very useful to to have in your skill set because you will come across icons for your entire life. Let's face it. Icons in logos and animations in intros there, used everywhere in presentations on websites. And it's such a cool thing to be able to animate them and to use them in a variety of ways . If you did enjoy the content, annoyed the pacing and overall the course, I'll really appreciate a time's up. A positive review for the stores. This is the best thank you. You can give me feel free to check out other of my courses if you would like to learn after effects. I have courses covering the entire aftereffect usage and courses which teach you projects like that so If you are interested, please check them out. And I'll be happy if you do so for now. I'm thanking you once again for the time spent on learning with me. See you in the next tutorial, I will record.