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Easy Lower Third Graphic in After Effects

teacher avatar Phil Ebiner, Video | Photo | Design

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4 Lessons (22m)
    • 1. Intro

    • 2. Design Your Lower Third

    • 3. Animate Your Lower Third

    • 4. Export Your Lower Third

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About This Class

New to After Effects? Learn how to design this simple but modern and clean lower third title. 

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: in this module, I'll be teaching you how to design end enemy a clean, modern lower third graphic. This is something that you could put in all of your videos to reinforce your name and your brand. 2. Design Your Lower Third: Hey, everyone, fill here and I want to show you how to create a simple, effective, modern and clean lower third like this one. It's using a couple different techniques that will be using throughout this course using track mats. And once you understand this idea, you can make all kinds of animations with it. Please go ahead and download the project file if you haven't done so already, so you can follow along. As you can see super simple. We don't even have any files that were using just a couple text layers and just this one composition. So to start out, if you're starting from scratch, go ahead and click the create a new composition button right there on the left. You can tattle this whatever you want when I create titles and lower thirds. Typically, I just call it lt and then the name, because sometimes I duplicate this and create lower third titles for all kinds of people with settings you want it to be. 29 97 is a good idea for YouTube videos or for online videos. 1920 by 10 80 is a good idea, unless you are using some sort of other frame rate or size. If you're shooting in four K, for example, you'd want to boost up the width and the height using the film four K preset. I said the duration to five seconds. I think that's pretty good. If you want to be longer, you can do that as well. I think like, OK, the first thing we're going to do as we do with all after effects projects that include animation is we want to set it up with our titles. So I'm going to take my horizontal type tool up here. Could press command T if you want or control T If you are on a PC, I'm using a Mac. So whenever I talk about keyboard shortcuts, I typically start with the Mac version. Now I'm just going to click anywhere in the middle and start typing, so I'm going to take my name, but you should type your name on the right. You should have your character panel opened up, and if you don't see that, go to window character and if it's not here, you can move. All these panels around your layout might look a little different than mine. You might have more or less windows. If you want. You can click on any panel dragon around, make the box bigger or smaller so that you have the right windows open. We're going to be using the character panel a lot in this course and with a lot of our graphics. So I would consider just having that open all the time. I'm using Helvetica Bold. I have a red ish, grayish red color, and I also have it set to all capitals. So this little button right here, all caps that make sure everything's all caps without having to use the all caps, button or shift and typing the recipe should be set normally. This little number right there that could be at zero totally fine. And that's pretty good. The quickest way for me to duplicate and create another text layer is just by selecting this text layer in the timeline and pressing command D that's on a Mac control D. If you're on a PC and then what I'll do is just drag this down while I'm doing that, I'm holding shift so it locks it in place in that sort of vertical spot and just put it right around there. Then I'm going to double click and call myself online instructor. Now I'm going to press command A to select all control A if you're on a PC and change some of these settings. So I'm going to click the color picker over here, dragged us over the white. I'm gonna change it from bold to regular. Or maybe for this example, just do light. Even then, I'm just going to drag down the size to 40 something that looks good. I like differentiating text size, text boldness. I noticed that this P is floating up over here. That's because of this little standing right There is still a 10 pixels. I like to make sure that there's a little bit of difference. And one thing I see a lot of amateurs doing is creating titles that have the same color the same size, the same style, whether it's light, bold italics, regular etcetera. Just changing it up a little bit can make your titles look even better. I'm gonna zoom in to 100 right here in pressing the space bar. I can click and drag and move around my actual composition window just so I can see these two titles a little bit better. Now I'm selecting one and then shift clicking the other so that I can select both and move them together. These are already vertically aligned. But if say, this was off just a little bit and I wanted to align both of these vertically, I could select both. So shift clicking each one and then under the align panel, click this horizontal center alignment that just matches it up horizontally if you don't see that align panel window a line. 3. Animate Your Lower Third: Now we're going to prep for our animation. And the way we do that is with a track matte. So to create a track, matte, we're going to use our rectangle tool. The color doesn't matter, But I'm just using white. We don't necessarily need a stroke, so I just turn off the Stroger, turn it to zero now for us. I'm going toe create a shape above my name, and then I'm going to put it right in the middle of the two. So you see here the bottom of the shape, it's kind of right in the middle. It's not right at the bottom of the red text or right at the top of the white Texas just right in the middle. And I'm gonna put this shape above Philemon er Now I'm going to duplicate this shape Command de control de, if you're on a PC, move it down holding shift to lock it in that horizontal place. And then I'm just using my arrow key to move it up until it meets perfectly. So you see there? That's a perfect meeting. If I click down once, it's not so I'm gonna put it right there now I'm gonna move shape layer to above online instructor, These air called track mats and I'm going to rename them that. So for this one, select this layer press return on my keyboard tm to and shape layer one t m. One. Now we're going to turn on the track Matte option. If you don't see that option, just click the toggle switches modes, but it Select your Philemon or text or your own name texts and change the track. Matte to Alfa Matt tm one Where this is saying is it's telling aftereffects to show the text wherever the track matte is the track matte, you'll notice turns off this little eyeball icon right here. It turns on and off the visibility. See, if I move this around, it's on Lee showing the text where that shape is. So I'm going to undo that. And this is how we make thes titles appear kind of out of thin air. Same thing for online instructor text or your text to change of the track. Matte toe Alfa Matt tm to now was enemy. So if you've never animated before, I'm going to walk through the instructions kind of slowly. If you have just bear with me. So I'm going to select both my text layers. So I'm pressing one and then command clicking the other. No, I'm not shift clicking the other because if I do that, it selects all of the layers between the ones that I clicked as well. So if I click this top one, then shift. Click this bottom one. It selects all of them. But if I cut man, click or control click on a PC, you just select two. Now I'm going to press P on my keyboard to bring up the position of this layer. If I don't want to do that, I can just click this arrow over here on the left, then transform. And that brings up all of our transformed properties, including position, scale, rotation, opacity, an anchor point. But I just want to see the position. So I'm going to press P. I'm going to click this little stopwatch icon, which sets a key frame. That means that at this point in time, we're telling after effects to put this text right at this position, and then I'm going to put this these key frames which are highlighted. I can click one and move them both to one second. Now I'm going to click off of the text layers and then just select the online instructor text layer and move it up. I can either click and drag it up. I could press up on my keyboard with my arrows or shift and then up to jump it up. Same thing for my Philip in our text. I'm going to shift and then press the down arrow to move it down. So now I'm telling outer effects that at this point I want my tax to be down here. At this point, I want my text to be up. So what happens between an animation? It moves from Point A to point B. So if we play this through which you can do if you have a full keyboard, you can press the zero button on your full keyboard. Or you can press the control zero button. If you're on a Mac or to do a ramp review, you could also go up to your preview window. If you don't see that window preview and then press this space play button and you'll see that you can change the shortcut for playing from space bar to shift space, numb pad zero or any of these other options. So if I press space bar depending on how fast your computer is, it'll play right through. If your computer is not fast enough, it might be a little jittery. Looks pretty good, but we're going to make this motion a little bit more fluid. It kind of starts slow and it ends abruptly. So what I'm going to do is select all of these key frames, impress F nine on my keyboard or right click key frame assistant Eazy E's. Now what this does is it ramps up the speed, it goes slower, it ramps it up too fast, and then it slows down into this key frame. So if we play it, it has a little bit more of a bounce. I think that looks a little bit better to give it even more of a more unique motion. I'm going to click this graph editor button. So now we have this graph that represents the speed of this animation. You can see the pixels per second on the left hand side, so it's at zero, and then it increases and then it decreases if I select the key frames on the right. So there's two key frames right here because I have both. The position he frames highlighted for both of these layers. If I click and drag over them, I give this little yellow handlebar and I can drag this to the left. And when I dragged us to the left, what this means is that it's going to start faster, and it's going to take a really long time to get to its final resting spot. So let me just play through that. It's kind of more of a pop. See the difference than what we were seeing before A nice little pop. And I like that for our motion. I'm going to click off of the editor, and this looks pretty cool. But the last thing I'm going to do or second, the last thing I'm going to do is actually stagger the animations. So I'm going to take the online instructor player and drag it to the right about 10 frames . Play through and see how that looks. It's a little bit too long. Let's go around five frames or so. I like how the Philip inner text comes on first, and then the online instructor text. So to reverse this animation, there's a couple ways to do it, but one kind of easy way to do it just by recreating these key frames. So to set a new key frame at the end of this composition, what I can do for each layer is just click this little add or remove key frame button. It's a little diamond on the far left, and if I do that adds a new key frame that's automatically easy eased. Because if we have easy eased key frames on a layer and then we add a new one, it automatically has that disease. If I click the stop watch, what happens is it deletes all of the key frame, so we don't want to do that. So click this little icon for adding a key frame, and then let's go forward about a second. Then let's copy this first key frame cause right now it's saying at this point, leave it at that same spot. But a second later, we wanted to go back to this verse spot where it started, and we can do that by just copying. Selecting it. Command C Command V. It's like this other one Command C Command V. So now they animate off. But let's stagger them again. So we're going to drag the Philemon or text to the right a little bit. The key frames about five frames so that the online instructor text comes off just before. Maybe not as dramatic as before. Something like that. The motion is weird, though. The timing of it's off. So we got to go back into our graph editor, So let's select all four of these key frames at the end. For that final animation, click the graph editor and you'll see if I extend this, you'll see the motion. How there's this little pop in the motion over here on the right, There's not a pop. So let's select the first to part, actually, the 2nd 2 and then dragged to the left. Let's see what that looks like. I actually don't like that. What I'm going to do is do the other way, just like the 1st 2 in that final animation and drag to the right to try to match the animation of the start so it kind of slows and then pops off looks really good. The last thing I'm going to do is to turn on motion Blur, which I have to do two things for each of these layers that are moving the text layers. I'm going to check on this little motion Blur column, which is the three little circles right here. So check that on for both of those layers that enables it for these layers, but it doesn't enable it for the composition. To do that, I have to click this enable motion blur for all layers but in right here, in on top of the timeline. So now if I play through it, you'll see that it pops on pops off. There's a little bit of motion blur you can see right here. There's a little bit of blur at the top of the letters. If I turn this off, it's sharp, and that's a personal preference. But it more matches what we see with our human eyes. If things are moving, there's a little bit of blur. To test this out, wave your hand in front of your face. Those blur. It's not sharp, so adding motion blur makes things look a little bit more natural. Awesome. So that's how we create this Lower Third in the next video, I'm going to show you how to export it so that you can use it on top of any of your videos and you can use it over and over and over. 4. Export Your Lower Third: Now I'm going to teach you how to export this lower Third for using in your video projects , and I'm going to show you two ways. One is by actually exporting the video file itself. And then the other one is by using Adobe Dynamic Link, where I can actually take this Lower Third and bring it into an adobe premiere Pro video project. And it's actually alive graphic, meaning I can come back to after effects and make changes if I need to. So let's start out with that way you'll need to have saved your project first. So let's save this project. Then you also have to open up Adobe Premiere Pro. Now I have a video that I created for our video production boot camp that I'm going to test this lower third on now. Go back to after effects and I'm tabbing over on a Mac. It's command tab and believe on a PC. It's just controlled tab. Now what I'm going to do is actually select this composition from my project. I'm clicking it. I'm holding onto it. I haven't unclipped yet, and I'm going to tab over to Adobe Premiere Pro and I'm going to drop it into the project folder for Adobe Premiere Pro. Now I have this graphic and I can take this and add it on top of my video. So now if I am going to turn off them the audio if I play through this hope there, Sam s so we don't want it there. But we move this to the beginning. Now for this clip, I already have a title on it, so that wouldn't really work that good right here. But here we can see that it looks pretty good. And within Adobe Premiere Pro, we can make some adjustments to the size and position using the effects controls window. So I congest move it up If I want, I can even put it on the right side. Maybe I want it not a traditional lower third, but maybe I want up here sort of right next to me. I could even make it smaller. I don't want to make it bigger, because if I make it bigger, it's going to actually reduce the quality and the resolution of it. But that looks pretty good. The thing I don't like about this is that it has this red text. That's a little bit hard to see on this background. And this is why it's good to use Adobe Dynamic Link because I can actually just go back into after effects. I can easily change the color of my text, maybe something a little bit brighter, like so and then go back to Adobe Premiere Pro. And now you have the title and it looks a little bit better. We can add a drop shadow if we want. We can move it around to somewhere that's a little bit darker on the screen, and that looks pretty darn good. So that's how you import a lower third graphic in Adobe Premiere Pro using Dynamic Link. The other way is to actually export this and to export anything in after effects and easy ways to go up to composition. Add to render queue. Now here we have to change our settings Right now. It had the default settings for the export as H 264 I'm going to change this by clicking H 264 and the first thing I'm going to do is go into format options and change the video. Kodak from H 2642 animation. You can also do this with Apple Pro Rez Animation is going to be a full quality, high resolution file. Then click OK and back here, we're going to change our channels from RGB two RGB plus Alfa for output. I'm just going to turn off the audio output click OK, then I'm going to click this output to not yet spare, specified and choose where I want to save it. I'll just say that in the same spot that I created my project and then click Render. Depending on how fast your computer is and how intensive your graphics are, it will render out once it's rendered out. We confined it in our files, import it into Adobe. Premiere Pro just deleted the lower third from before, and now I can take this exported clip and put it on top of our video and has the animation . We can still move it around if we want. We can change the size, make it smaller, and now we have this video clip in our finder that we can put into any other project, and this is nice toe. Have a lower third exported and ready to go for any YouTube videos. Any Facebook videos, any videos where you want your lower third rather than having to open up adobe after effects and use the adobe dynamic link over and over. Because to do that, you'll have to open up after effects. First, open up your Premiere Pro Project. Add it to your premiere Pro Project. Now you have this file that you could add. Or you could even send this to an editor if someone else's editing your videos. So that's how you export a lower third graphic with a transparent background. It's the same way we're going to be exporting any graphic with a transparent background. So remember that when we move forward with our other projects, thanks so much for watching and we'll see you in another lesson.