Getting Started in After Effects: Flag Animation

Laurentiu Lunic, Motion Designer

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10 Lessons (39m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Class Overview

    • 3. Illustration In After Effects

    • 4. Texturing In After Effects

    • 5. Method 1: Flag Animation

    • 6. Method 2: Flag Animation

    • 7. Method 3: Flag Animation

    • 8. Method 3: Character Animation

    • 9. Export Your Work: GIF or MP4

    • 10. Final Thoughts

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About This Class


In this class, you will learn how to animate any shape of flag or banner in After Effects. We'll cover three methods so that you can animate flags in a just a few clicks and explore more stylized methods. The skills you will learn can be applied in a wide range of animation projects ranging from branding to GIFs on social media. 

What You'll Learn:

I'll walk you through a simple process in which you will learn to build and rig a simple flag for animation.  You will also learn about the duration of a flag animation cycle and how a flag would behave in the hands of an actual character. Lastly, you will learn how to stylize your illustration in After Effects and export it for you to share it on Skillshare and any other online platform.

We Will Cover:

  • Illustrating in After Effects. I will be showing you some easy ways to illustrate your flag in After Effects or use any kind of flag, even an image.
  • Animating in After Effects. We will walk through my three methods of animating a flag in After Effects.
  • Simple Frame By Frame Animation. In the last method of animating a flag you will be able to animate a flag in a  frame by frame fashion all in After Effects
  • Applying Effects & Techniques In Other Types of Animation. You will be learn how to apply what you've learned in other areas of animation beyond flags and add these techniques into your workflow
  • Project: Export Your Animated GIF. I will be showing you how to export your finalized artwork both as a gif and as an mp4.

Why Should You Take This Class?

This class will help you develop a solid understanding of how flags should behave in a motion graphics video.

Animation has become integral to the world of design. Expanding your design skillset to learn basic animation skills will give you a leg up by adding depth to your portfolio to helping you land larger client projects.

Who Is This Class For?

If you are an aspiring animator or an illustrator looking to add motion to your work this class is for you!