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Creating Circle Burst Animations in After Effects Using Shape Layers

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7 Lessons (49m)
    • 1. 00 intro4 v4

    • 2. 01 tools overview 1

    • 3. 02 creating circle burst 1 1

    • 4. 03 creating circle burst 2 1

    • 5. 04 creating circle burst 3 1

    • 6. 05 coloring and finishing 1

    • 7. 06 conclusion 1

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Create Circle Burst Animations in After Effects Using Shape Layers, and learn professional motion graphics techniques to build your portfolio. 

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1. 00 intro4 v4: Welcome to the motion design Academy. I'm absolutely and I'll be your instructor for this course. I live or 10 years of experience with various clients. And in this course, I'll be teaching you how to make something like this. I'll be walking you through how to make this. I'll also be talking about the principles of motion, tips and tricks and things that might just come up while working in the industry. All right, I'll see you in class. 2. 01 tools overview 1: Okay, so in today's lesson, we're going to talk about how to make this circle burst animation. And how we're going to do this is we're going to go ahead and we're going to do this in After Effects. And we're going to be using shape layers. This animation is a combination of a couple of different types of circle animations. And we're going to cover them and create them. All right, so let's get right into it. To new composition. I'm going to call this class exercise. And then I have it at 1280 by 720 square pixels, 23.976 resolution does matter. Duration is five seconds and moon background color is black. Press Okay? And we ever composition, we're just going to get right into it and we're gonna get right into shape layers, right? So how you create a shape layer as you go, you click on this ellipse tool. And you can go ahead and start drawing directly on the frame. Before I start drawing directly on the frame, I'm going to talk about a little bit of the basics of shape layers. I'm going to start up here. And what you see here as you see the fill and the stroke. So I'm just going to draw a circle just directly onto the screen. And you can see that what I've done is I've created a shape layer. And now we're going to talk just about these two parameters. First of all, we're gonna talk about the fill. If I click right here, you'll see that this means that there's no fill. This means that the circle is solid color and you can see that solid color right there. This means that it's a linear gradient. And this means that it's a radial gradient, right? And we're going to go and make this a solid. And I'm gonna go ahead and press OK. And then if I click on this color, I can change the shape. The shape fill color. Same, deal with the stroke. If I click on the stroke, you can see that it can be no stroke. I can create a gradient stroke and a radial gradient. But I'm going to keep this at a solid as well. And then if I go here, I can create the stroke can be thicker or thinner. I'm going to go ahead and take off the fill press. Okay? And then if you look here as we were doing all these parameters, you can see that it's automatically sort of toggled down. And you can see that there's all these perimeters here. This is the trend. The thing about this shape layer is that when you open it up and you toggle it down, and it has this transform. And if you look at any normal layer, at all of these layers have the same parameters or the shape layer has in addition to that is this contents, right? And so if we click this down, you can see we've made an ellipse, and now we have our ellipse path. And what our ellipse path does is that it varies with each type of shape. It gives you a size and a position. And in certain cases, if you draw it with a pen, you could actually even control the path. We'll talk about that later. The next thing that it does is that it has a stroke and exactly the same parameters here are exactly here. The difference is you can actually animate these by pressing the diamond key. You can go ahead and you can change the color to blue. And you can see that it's changed. It's animated. Same deal with the stroke width, with the opacity. And there are some other things like the cap you can change. You can add dashes to the circle, which is a really useful tool and you can control how thick and how many there are, how you can offset them. Great for animation tools as well. And that's what's so great about doing it. And here is that you can animate all of this. But sometimes it's a lot of windows to a lot of these things that toggled down. So it's really quick if you need it. If you just know that you need a certain colors and you don't want to animate it as fine. Same deal with the failure. You can animate the color, you can. And then in addition to the, the normal transform of the layer, you can also transform this particular shape. So say I have multiple shapes right on there, all on the same shape layer. For each one of these has their own transform tool. And you can go ahead and animate each one of them independently. So that's our little very, very brief overview of shape layers. There's a whole other parameter right here, and we're going to talk about that in a little bit as well. Let me go ahead and delete this. 3. 02 creating circle burst 1 1: And I'm going to create a circle. And how I create a circle is when you just drag it, it will create an ellipse. But I'm going to undo that. If I shift, drag it, it creates a circle, right? But before we do that, I just realized I wanna make sure that my that my campus center. So I'm gonna go ahead and pull up my grid. Or actually I'm going to go ahead and pull the title and action safe. This is great for titles, but I'm using it for is I just want these center cross here because I want everything to be centered as I build it. So I just press, Go on that and then I'm going to zoom in by pressing comma or period actually, to really zoom in. Next I want to do is I'm going to create some rulers. You can create your rulers right here. You can also create it in the view. I want to pass a hotkey Apple are. And it brings up your rulers that I'm going to go ahead and I'm going to go here. You can see that there's these cursor turns into an arrow. If you pull this down, you get a guy. So I'm just going to drag it and put it on top of this cross hair. So I have, so I know where my centers are. Right, so I'm going to turn off my tidal action safe. And now I'm going to create my, my circle. And again I'm going to go ahead and I'm going to Shift drag this. And they want to do is I'm just going to move it so that my parameters are matching up with my guides. And by that I mean, I want this and this to line up with the guides. Then I'm gonna go ahead and make this a little bit, the thickness of this just a little bit better. There we go. Okay? So this circle, I'm actually just using this as a guide for now. But what I wanna do is I want to create these lines. So I'm going to go ahead. I'm going to change the color of my stroke. Mega like well let me, I'm gonna make it white. And then I'm gonna go ahead and I'm going to draw a line. And one of the things about when, whenever you're using both of these, if you have a Middle East is, but if you have your layer selected and you start drawing over it, it's going to draw a mask. You want to make sure that in your composition you don't have any layer selected. And then you can just draw or use the pen tool to click and draw your points. But that's one of the things when I was like starting out using shape layers, I kept, I kept pressing. I'd have a layer selected and I draw a circle in it. I kept drawing masks. And so just make sure you don't have anything selected when you're, when you want to create a shape layer. So I lowered the stroke down to four. And then I'm going to toggle this down. And what we didn't see in the circle parameter, which we will see because we drew this with the pen, is that when we go into the path, we can actually click the path and then we can move the shapes. I'm just going to keep drawing pads and this I'm just trying to line it up so that it matches our guide. And then I just want to create a bunch of lines around this circle. So then I'm gonna go ahead and press Apple D. And what that does is it duplicates that path. And then I'm just gonna go ahead and pressing V. I'm going to say, I'm going to move this down just a little bit. Press Apple are two so that we don't have our rulers. I'm just trying to create more realistic stay on the screen so I can see what I'm doing. Go here and here. So you can see what I'm doing. I'm basically just using this circle, the red circle as a guide for these pads. And I'm just moving the pads around On to have these separate lines. And then go ahead and duplicate this again. And you can see that it's something to always tweak. So this is just sort of roughly put in, right? If I really want to go in and make this really precise, I can go in here and create a grid. And the grid will really allow me to make sure that I've made everything really on point and precise. But because this is a class lesson, don't want to show you guys a painstaking process of moving pixels. One pixel here and there to make it perfect in your own time, I highly recommend going in and really refining this and making sure it looks really tight. But right now I kind of am just using my eye. I don't want to have you guys sit through and watch me just tweak these things frame by frame, you know, so that's why I'm kinda showing it to you guys with this circle. But you really want to go in, really go in Liga to 100 percent and, and really tweak these and have the grid and really refine it. It's to your advantage to do it that way. So if you want to, I can even bring this down even more to like one. Just make sure that the movie's somewhat close, right? So what I would do, I would actually have a grid off and make sure I'm match aligning these really well because you can see they're kind of off and I've kinda just creates, makes it a little bit sloppy. And we just want to make sure we're really on point. And, um, and to really just go in two hundred and four hundred percent, have the grid up, make sure that these are really lining up and are really good and precise. And you can see like, I don't have a grid up. You've been I'm not counting the grid and stuff, but it is sort of this like long process of making sure these things are on point. I'm going to fit this to the screen so we can see what we're doing in turn this off. So it's pretty close. And then the next thing I'm going to do is I am going to you, we had this as a stroke on and turn off the stroke. Well, I'm going to keep the stroke on when I get actually a little bit thicker. And then I'm going to turn the fill on, make it any color you want. I'm going to make it red. And then I'm gonna go up here. And I'm actually going to animate the circle, right? So if you see what I'm gonna do is basically I'm going to put this circle on top and I'm going to make it an Alpha Matte. So this is our, our lines and this is just a circle, right? And so what I wanna do is I want to animate this circle, to animate the lines. Instead of going in and animating each key of this, I'm going to just animate that circle, Ever me to do that. I'm gonna go ahead and I'm going to press and alphabet. And basically what an alphabet does is whatever is inside this circle is seen, and whatever is outside of the circle is not seen, right? So that's what an alphabet looks like. And if I create an Alpha Inverted Matte, Well it's just the opposite. Now, I'm gonna go ahead and I'm going to animate the scale. You can see that what it's done, one thing that we're kind of running into is that the anchor point is, is off center. So we're just gonna go ahead and bring our gods back. And we can do that by going into view. Show, nutshell guide. Show Guides. Okay? And I accidentally turn that vaccine. Okay, so with the circle, we want to make sure we just align our, our anchor point. And we can do that by going into our contents. And it's just the way we drew it out. We'll actually, we can just go into the Shape Layer and just animate it. So it just animated directly through the shape layer instead of the overall transform layer. And you can see that there's two which I discussed before. And so there's multiple anchor points. And so what we're seeing is the anchor point of the layer. We can alter the layer scale and do it that way, or we can do it directly in their shape layers. And since this is a class about Hitler's mother who just do it in scale inside the transform ellipse. And you can see that just by me animating the scale. We're kind of animating the lines. And that's sort of what we want. We want to kind of find the smartest way possible to approach this. So I'm gonna go ahead and I'm going to move the skull all the way down to 0. And I'm going to put a keyframe. And then I'm going to move it all the way out to like two seconds. Let's scale it up. And if you just press Enter. So what happens, right? And that's what we're going for. I'm actually going to, It's very slow. So I'm going to actually put this out like less than 1 second. And the next thing that happens is that we also want to animate our shape as well. So we wanted to kinda start small and then scale all the way up. So we're gonna do that by pressing S. We're going to go into our individual shape layers. I always forget. I think that's one of the things about shape layers is that if you press S, it automatically goes. There's no like, I don't know the keyboard shortcuts are for shape layers or no. So if we go to the beginning and we put the scale all the way and not completely but a lot. And then we press Enter. There's a burst, right? And I actually kinda just wanna see how this is translating down here. But that's essentially what we're going for. And if you want to make it a little bit thicker, you can. Okay, So the next thing we can do, I feel it gets a little too thick. I don't know what I've put this. I'm going to make it like 11. And if you move the keyframes around, singing you because they don't line up. If you want to make them both line up at the same time. See that I can change the animation just a little bit. Another thing you can do is if you want these to be bigger, you can create a null layer new object and have both of these is hashed to that null. And then go where it ends right there. And then just press Scale S and just scale it up. Because these are shape layers. We don't have to worry. We can scale them up as much as we want and scale him down. So you can just use this to control the scale and position of these. One thing we're going to talk about real quick is we're going to talk about these key-frames, right? If you press U, you can see all the keyframes you got. And I'm doing it to both of them. But basically, these are linear keyframes. And what linear keyframes means is that it's always at a constant rate or constant velocity, which is just the speed of the animation. And then you can change these. If you right-click, you go to keyframe assistant and you go to easy ease. And what easy ease does is it curves it. And a curve means. And if we go into the graph editor and it'll show you as much better. So this is a curve, this is what it was before, right? A linear keyframe which meant it was one line to another line. And then the minute we were able to right-click, go to keyframe assistant and easy ease it. It creates a, it makes it a curve. And we can move these curves around. But basically what this means is that in the beginning it kind of slows up and then it speeds up. And then it eases and slows down. Whereas a linear keyframe, it just sort of is one line of action. And I can show this to you as if I just turn this on. You can see it eases. And if I wanted to alter this a bit, if I click here, you can see the handles. If I press Shift and I drag was all the way. What you'll see is it'll be fast speeding up and then really slow speeding down. And you can kinda see that I could accentuate this even more. If I go into this, press Plus, Plus, Plus, go really into this, and I click this, he frame and I shift this all the way, right? And you'll see really goes and fast and it goes slow. And if I, if I put this, turn this off so we just see how it's affecting our lines. Well, you can see that it's barely even showing because our lines also have their own scale into it. So we can do is we can shift and drag this all the way out and see how that goes. And you can see that this has changed the animation as well. Also, I kind of accidentally push that down. So I'm gonna go ahead and shift, drag this a little bit so you can kinda see, you can see how this alters the animation just a bit. And what I really wanna do is I just want to ease them a little bit. And then I also wanna do it to the scale as well. And you can see that this is a linear keyframe. If I go and select these and right-click and go to Easy Ease or a hotkey shortcut is F9. And I'll make those just a little bit more. He's done. And if it feels a little too fast, which would kind of is feeling a little fast for me. In kinda scaled a little bit differently. I mean, pushed the keyframes out. We can even have one of this, like this one come on. And you can see how much of a difference that makes right? And if it goes a little too off, the frame will just go into our null. Go to a frame where we can see where it's just two, right here, and then just scale it. And so, and you can see that this is sort of our first kind of circle burst, right? So I'm actually going to go ahead and I'm going to pre-comp these. And what that means is that it just may create a group and call it circle burst 1, 0, 1. That's a pre-comp that we've just made. So I'm going to create a folder and call it PCs for pre-comps. I'm just going to put our circle burst one in there. Okay, and I'm going to turn off this layer, and then we're going to make the second circle mers. 4. 03 creating circle burst 2 1: Okay, so for circle first two, we're gonna go ahead and we're going to animate some thick circles. So I'm going to go ahead and I'm going to have the ellipse tool. I'm actually going to turn the stroke off, keep the fill on. I'm actually going to make the fill white for now. And then I'm gonna go ahead and draw my circle. I'm gonna go ahead and move this man, Frankie, my anchor points centered. So instead this time I'm actually going to just anchor point of this circle instead. And by that I mean, I'm going to go ahead into the ellipse path, smoother center of it a little bit. And move it and just align it a little bit. Bring the scale in touch. And I was pressing that, but I mean to fit it so we can see. I'm gonna bring this down a little bit. And it's pretty much lined up. You can go in really close to like 400% and make sure you're completely lined up for, for the purposes of this course. I'm going to leave it as it is. Okay, so the next thing I'm gonna do is I'm going to take this same thing and duplicate it. And with that same concept that we talked about before about creating an alphabet or an Alpha Inverted Matte. I'm just gonna go ahead and I'm going to do that double scaling again, right? So in press S, and you can see this is what we're going to do, right? We are going to make the scale of this 0. Put a keyframe. And then we're gonna go to like frame 12. And we're going to make it a 100 percent. In fact, we're going to make it a little bit beyond the a 100 percent so we know that it's the circle B Gone. And same deal with this. And go into the contents, the ellipse path. We could also do this in the transform ellipse, which I'm going to actually do in here and put the scale to 0. And you can see, because the anchor point is a little bit off, that it doesn't actually scale correctly. Because we kinda adjusted everything in the ellipse file. So that's fine. We'll just animate it in this size here. And this all the way down to 0. And then we'll go here. And we'll bring this. One thing that's. Little bit dangerous about doing that is actually undoing this. I'm going to go over here and I'm going to set the size key frame just because I couldn't remember what it was. And then I'm gonna go to the beginning and make that 0. Press Enter. Nothing happens because we want to delay this a bit. I'm going to push this a little bit like that later. And you can see that is what we are going for. So we can kind of make this a way slower and make this the both of them a little bit slower. And then just like before, we're going to go ahead and we're going to ease these keyframes. I'm going to go in here and press F night. And I'm gonna go in here and press F9 again. Another way to do this is by right-clicking and easy easing them. And then like we talked about before, I'm just going to go ahead and click on this graph editor. I'm going to go here and I really want to make sure this feels really smooth. So I'm going to Shift drag this out. And you can see that only that one key frame is affected like that. Do the same thing here. And one thing you can see is that I can't see this at all. And press space bar and scrap this and shift drag it all the way as much as I can. Go left. And now you can see it feels very fast. But if we just create Megara keyframes just a little bit longer, pushing it down and then extending our work area. You can see that it kinda like has this nice ease to it, right? And then we're gonna do this one more time. All right, so we're gonna go ahead and we're going to take these exact keyframes, shift select them and press Apple D. Now we've duplicated this exact same thing. And what we're gonna do is we're going to make this even later. Come on a little bit later, just the beginning of it, and push it down ever so slightly. So we're creating multiple circles with this. And we can end just by altering the keyframes. You can get a very different animation each time. But I want to keep the end the same. I just want to start a little bit earlier. I could push this back a little bit and see what the end looks like if I push it. And then if you want to see how it's working with your first circle versus just turn that on. So do I want to make this a little bit? You get a little bit sooner. All right, so that's circle V2. I'm going to pre-comp these bargainers, leave them as they are, but I just kind of want to group them right now. That's okay. And I just want to like organize myself. So I'm gonna put it into my pre-comps folder. And then I'm going to create a circle verse 3. And I turn these eyes off and then go ahead and. 5. 04 creating circle burst 3 1: Okay, So for a circle verse 3, I'm going to use a combination of 12. So in fact, what I'm gonna do is I'm going to go ahead and and I'll show you guys. You can just go in there and literally grab Apple C. And then grab, press Apple V. And we have circle burst from circle V2. And then I'm going to grab circle verse 1 and grab this, these two layers and bring it back. Presentable be. And I just wanna go ahead and I want to combo. I need to make sure I see what happens if you just though, it'll end up copying it in the order in which you select it. So you want to make sure you really are careful how you selected I selected it from the bottom up. And you really want to make sure that you're selecting it from up to bottom. And then go ahead and shift select it, press Apple C, go back into the next exercise and press Enter. And now you see that it's brought it in the correct order. Go ahead and press enter. And with this, I'm actually I'm not going to keep it at all these. I just want to kind of simplify it, right? Because circular Bruce 3, I just wanted to be as simplification of 12. So I'm gonna go in here and in my contents tool, I'm just going to go ahead and delete some of these paths. I'm going to go in a little bit, and I'm just going to play it this path, this path. I just want the ones that are along the axis really. So I'm gonna keep this one. This basically what I'm trying to do is I'm trying to really simplify these, right? So that kinda is a bit more simplified. And then I'm going to go in and I'm just going to press V to go to my arrow tool and I'm going to move this show is ever so slightly. I'm going to, I'm actually using the arrow keys and pressing Shift. And what I wanna do is I can even just move it just using the arrow key. But I'm just making it a really, really simplified view. And I'm just gonna grab this. She's out like right here. And then grab this and push this array. So it's like an upside down P sine not or hay. And then the next thing we can do is we can really just go in and make the stroke really thick. And we can alter this, these guys a little bit, even more. So. Now you can see even just by doing something like that, fit, I've already created sort of a different animation. And you can see how quickly, you know, you just take it. And you can do all these different iterations of the circle burst, right? And you can probably see how, I mean, I think the timing of it, I'm going to change it. So I'm just going to go select all of these, press U and then move these around just a little bit. But because everything's all set up, it's really just a matter of finding something that looks really good. I actually kinda wanna keep this and I want to push these down just a little bit later. So a little bit. And I want this to be a little bit fast, slower. And I want this to be a little bit faster. Now I kinda, it's way too fast and circles, I'm going to push this back. Push this up a little bit, too much. Back, a little bit swoosh too. So you can see like just by playing around trial and error, I'm just trying to make something that kinda looks a little bit different. And you can just see just by playing with the keyframes, you can get all these different types of animations. Actually the way it was originally. And then if you want to see how these work, but the other two is turn them on there right now this looks like they're not really like you can't really see them, right, because we made everything white. And so now would be a great time just to go in, to save. And then to go in and change the colors. 6. 05 coloring and finishing 1: So you don't want to, it doesn't really matter on the mat, but it really matters on this, right? So I'm gonna go ahead and I'm gonna make these just like different colors. I think I'm gonna go in here and make this like a blue. I'm just going to remember this color. And blues and oranges. And already you can kind of see like it brings, it gives it a different sort of it. You'd, we can see the difference in here. Right. Because right now it's like all feeling like they were like the same. And then with this this first circle burst, we can actually just go in and change the color. You can do that by going into effects and presets, or you can just go into Layer Styles, Styles by pressing right-click. You can see layer styles and you can do a color overlay. Automatically defaults to read. Let's change it. Make it like a yellow. Press Okay. Tall that back. And then circle V2. We can just go in it because there are two circles, right? So we wanna go in here. And we can just individually change these colors to change the fill of it. And I'll make this like pink. And with this one, I'll make this my green. Go back to our cat class exercise. Now each of these are separate color. And you can see, we can see every, all the animations. I mean, kinda looks a bit crazy right now because I'm going to change the color back to a blue and an orange just to keep it all a bit more consistent. And then if I go into my circle verse, I might actually turn off the layer styles and turn off the color overlay so it just stays to white. And then email and my cultivars one, you can change the order of them. So if I'm like up here or it feels like a little bit like it's slow. We can go in, press U and make this like wave faster because it just feels, it feels fast when you see individually. But then when you see it together, it's just like they all feel like they're the same rate. And so just constantly tweaking and see what works. And then also bringing this circle burst maybe above. And then also timing it differently. Having this come on later and bringing these on. I want these to act as a unit, so I'm actually going to pre-comp these now that I have them colored and call it circle. First three. And now that three is coming on later. I kind of, I want this to come on later as well too, and encircled V2. And so you can just see like this is more of an animation thing, but changing the layers, kinda changing the keyframes around gives you a lot of different varieties of animation. So I highly recommend you guys like play around with it. And then it for a final thing, we're just going to create a background. And this background, I'm going to make like a darker blue. So glad. Put it behind. And maybe even circa verse 1, I can. And it's really like whatever you like the most. And whatever speaks to you the most. But I think that looks pretty good. I'm gonna go ahead and save and render this app. And ago, a defaults to losses if you press the lossless. And you're going to format options at defaults to animation, which is a great Kodak. That's fine as far as I usually use pres 42 or for for for H.264 is good as well. I'm going to go ahead and make this for two to press. Okay? Okay. And then pick where I want to render it. And there's render it out. 7. 06 conclusion 1: Okay, So this is our final render. And you can see that with this, we learned how to use shape layers. We talked a bit about the fell and the color. We talked a bit about keyframing and the easing and using the velocity of the curves to sort of adjusted. We created these shapes using alphabets and shape layers. And we animated a pretty complex animation just by the constant, despite creating circles and lines. And we were able to create something like this using shape layers. Alright, so I hope you guys learned a lot in this class and we covered a really fun part of after effects. And I hope that if you do, if you did learn that you did learn something in you enjoyed this class, please take the time to leave a positive review. I hope that these concepts and techniques are things that you can take out of this classroom and into your careers. Thanks, Have a good one.