Grid Transition in After Effects - A Photo Gallery Animation Series (Part 2) | Andrew Pach ⭐ | Skillshare

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Grid Transition in After Effects - A Photo Gallery Animation Series (Part 2)

teacher avatar Andrew Pach ⭐, Animation all the way!

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6 Lessons (21m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Compose the composition

    • 3. Learn to snap & guide

    • 4. Making a pixel perfect Grid

    • 5. Use Null Objects & parenting

    • 6. Adjustments and final word

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About This Class

Hello! This is my After Effects Photo Gallery / Grid Photo Transition series where in each part I will teach you how to create a different variation of this kind of grind transition. This will allow you to create a template or just use it in your project where you can go from one photo to another in such a fashion:


It will teach you useful After Effects shortcuts, usage of various tools and an entire workflow from start to finish to create the above animation. If you are ready hop in any time!


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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. Introduction: hello and welcome in this little animation which we are doing together. I want to teach you how to make a great transition and after effects which will teach you how to make an information like that. This class will be not only about teaching you how to make the animation, but I'll teach you essential things about creating a pixel. Perfect, great snapping objects to each other. This is something that I want to talk about you during creating this animation. So I hope we will have a lot of fun together and you will learn a ton about aftereffect. So why wait? Let's go. Let's start to create this animation together. 2. Compose the composition: Okay, Welcome. And let us start with the class with the tutorial. At first you should go to a website, for example, like pixels dot com. And you should find a few photographs, for example. Photographs like that. It would be helpful if they are. Landscape photographs in that size is you can go inside the images. You can click here, and you can download a large or just age the versions. I have your custom scent on my HD sizes and I'll download images like this. This is an easy step. I believe you will be able to download 10 or 15 photographs like that, and we see each other in the second in after effects. Once you've done that since I had my photographs, I want to go inside aftereffect. I want to hit on a new composition. I want to call the transit the transition, the composition transition hashtag to because this will be the second consecutive transition we are doing here. Full HD sizes off. The actual composition federation should be at least five seconds because I was doing a different product background color. I'll switch it back the way plain black, just in case I need it. All right, This is your comp. And the most interesting thing we are doing here will be to create the actual grit police Start off by going to your toolbar and double clicking on the rectangle. This will automatically perfectly filled the screen with a rectangle. Nice. Okay, we have that. So you want to right? Click on it. You want to select pre compose, and you want to call it photo one or placeholder one over or something like that because this will be duplicated. Now, the entire essence off this transition will be to create a perfect grid around this image. And this is normally a bit problematic in after effects if we duplicate and we try to place things perfectly so I'll show you what shortcuts to use and how you can make the great perfect. Okay, I'll stop here in the first lesson because the next listen will be, I believe, the most important one. Where ill, you explain slowly and with details how to achieve a perfectly around. This is very useful after effects knowledge, which you'll definitely use in other projects. So stay tuned and we see each other in the next lessons. I'll delete this for now and see you in a moment 3. Learn to snap & guide: Okay. I'm really glad that we already pre composed this photo number one. And now welcome the essential work. I would like to have a great A perfect great off photographs lying next to each other, for example, 369 maybe 12 will be enough. So you should select the photograph. One here. You should press control D in order to have at least 12 off them. So I just hit the A couple of times. Now I have everything prepared. I will select with my shift key. Hold it down. All those compositions, all those pre compulsions. Now we just take and they throw them inside my work area. All right. You see what they have? I have this kind of nicely sorted, but I would like to move them around to make this perfect great. Which I was talking about. Let's start going down my photograph. Number two, If you are moving and shifting something at first, you should consider here on the top side you have the snapping option. But that's not the only important thing. If you want to snap, snapping helps you a tremendous amount. As you can see, it already automatically snaps with the anchor point, but we kind of have troubles fitting it perfectly on top here controls. Let's place control. How can I achieve that? Well, it's pretty simple. You click on this composition, you're press your shift key pressing and clicking Shift will make sure that I can move it in the horizontal like here and vertical line outgoing from the original position. So the perfect way to start with the click press shift and go up now what about this snapping? There's another shortcut. I'm holding my shift key all the time, and I can also press the left control key once you press the left. Control key, as you can see you automatically snapped, is perfectly to the side. Let me show you another example before we will start doing this yourself because I would like you to open after effects and try this yourself. We have the anchor point here and just look at that. I press my Y key, which is depend behind Tool, which normally moves this anchor point around. Let's say that you have older version off aftereffect light like CS six, and as I remember, the snapping off the anchor point wasn't easy. there. And sometimes people made the mistake that they just placed the anchor point. And okay, it's kind of in center. No, you can take this anchor point. You can press your left control key, and the snapping will be automatically enabled in after effects. And this did work in adobe after effects steer six. So since that version until the most recent version, you definitely need to remember about the control key. All right, this was I don't want to say after pig with this is essential to creating animations like that, staying perfectly in line and trying to be pixel perfect when there is the need to Because not every animation needs to be like that. But here, since this is already the second iteration, I want to show you those things. All right? I'll go back with what I did. I just turned on snapping back again because in general I would like to have it and what I need to do now and what you need to do as well. You need to try and establish a great I will just move along. I think photograph, number, tree I press V I just take the next photograph, shift to the right and I make sure I will snap it. With my control key, I can again click a shift, and by holding down the control, I can snap it here. I am certain if I come closer that I have perfect, perfect, perfect connections here. All right. See you in the next lecture where I will complete this great. And then we can start thinking about inserting our photographs. You can see we have from photo 12 photo 12. So you should have 12 photographs downloaded or if you are a bit lazy, you can also use the same images twice. Maybe no one will notice. So see you in the next lecture. I would like you to train this a bit. Train using the shift key, the control key moving around and don't bother. Don't Don't be afraid if something goes south, because it does at the beginning, I remember, as I was learning after effects and overall graphical software's This is always a pain. So it's essential that you put in the little bit off effort and work to get familiar with how this all works. 4. Making a pixel perfect Grid: moving forward with what we are doing. Photo number three Photo number For now, it's just a matter off creating a perfect great. I'll just take the photographs. As you can see, they are already snapping. I can snap it here. Then I can press the shift and control photo number six. I just shift control photo number seven. You see how easy it is? Once you are getting the hang of it, you just shift. You just control. Sometimes you get a little little problem because, well, this is software related, so you can't always perfectly rely on those programs. Okay, with the last three, maybe this will be a bit more off a bigger problem, because here, it doesn't want to snap together. But we have plenty off ways off addressing this. Okay, let's say that photo number 10 is here. Photo number 11. I will be snapping it here. And a photo number 12. I was never here, so I have one to entreat Now. I just want to take photo number 10 using my left control key. I'll click here, click here. So I have those tree. I'll take them without clicking anything. It's snapping all right. And we are already here and maybe with my shift key, I'll just try to position it perfectly by hand. I can come closer with my scroll wheel. I just come closer even closer. Oh, sorry. I'm not sure if I'm not getting too close. Okay? And now I see they overlap each other perfectly. All right, so I have that done. And I have such a beautiful great. If you have, like, more troubles here, remember that you can always try to open the not the title action safe, but the rulers. You can take a ruler and place it. Firstly, here. Maybe this will help you a little bit. So it's easier to connect everything later on. All right. And I can see now that we need another tree. So you need to take 10 11 orders the 12th 1 and control de Control de Control De. We need at least a total of 50 ones. Why is that? Because this is the initial photograph. This will zoom out. It will move forward, and another, like nine images will be showing so well, something here on the left side. So you just take those out. Sorry, I need to take 15 14 13. Place them under it just in case. And we need to repeat the steps. Number 2013 here. Number 15 for example. Here, I'll take Ah, 13 14 15. Starting. Forcing 15. I just place them here. They are really not helping me. Okay? I should need to come closer again. In order to really make this better. I want to come really, really close. Whom I connect them. Okay, Perfect. So in that zoom, I'm able to connect imperfectly. Now we have a beautiful great off 15 images, not 12. Like I anticipated. I made a little mistake, but just duplicate three more. And at this point in the animation, you should have such a great preferred. I'm waiting for you once you're done with that and see you in the next one where we will do the real animation. Finally 5. Use Null Objects & parenting: okay? Just before the fun part and dropping the photographs in, we can maybe start with the actual animation. You gonna click on the timeline you consider layer new and you want a new nil object Boom. We have another object in its place is perfectly here until object is an invisible object which will help us to handle all this. Okay, I want to take with my shift. Keep everything. I want to connect it to the nail object because the object will be the animation. And I would like to distinguish those two because those two are the image place holders. So I'll maybe changed the color to the 1st 1 will be blue, and the 2nd 1 will be maybe green. Okay, now, if I select all the layers you can see those are the important ones, the photograph ones. Okay, we have our new layer, and we need to press s going to press shift and we need to press p. This will open boat, the scale and the position property. We can keep dreamboat just in case. If we need to ski frames, we go a bit forward like one second forward and we start to work on the scale. Okay. The little problem is that everything is red here. This is why we actually need to place the photos in. So you see the distinction between those but the scale. I said it perfectly to 60% just out off. Yes, scale can be set to 60%. It's no problem. And going forward from here, we also under pollution to start moving. So he placed an order of key frame. We go forward in time like two example two seconds and he start to move the position. What's great here that we are not touching the second access? We are Onley moving in the X axis and we're not moving the Y at all. So we can for a shift to make it quicker. And now we need to make sure that a green one will be perfectly in the middle. In order to do this, I need to click on the green one. I need to open their title action safe here. And I want to make sure by coming closer that witness animation the green one will be perfectly in the middle. I can go about it like that. It's a matter of a few pixels, I will come even closer. I just Okay, so in my case, this will be 3000 to 64. I believe this will be the perfect middle. Okay. Maybe like 0.1 towards the right. And now it's a perfectly metalized point. OK, Right now I would like to bring the scale back up so the green photograph now will grow into my entire screen. So I need to go back to 100%. But what's the problem here? If I scale it back again, you can see the actual nil object is here and it scales from this point instead of this point what to do now? So actually, there is a very simple work around that we have the scale, the position, and we need to select layer new and at another nail object. This is also a very, very useful, useful thing to know about after effects for you. You can link no objects with the parenting options to another nail object. By the way, if you don't have the parenting option, right click here. Select, calmed and select Parent. Now this new new object, you can process you can click on the scale. You can do a bit forward or you can placed here, and you can scale this back up to perfect proportions. In order to do this, I really should drop in the photographs now. So before we finalize those key frames, I will delete the first position. Key frame. Actually, we don't need it. All right. In the next lesson, I'll drop in the photographs and we will work with the entire animation. So these green photo will be perfectly in the middle. See you in a second. 6. Adjustments and final word: Okay, We arrived here, and this will be like, the most enjoyable part off this animation. I just take my photographs. I have 15 photographs downloaded. And that mighty beautiful thing is here that we have full HD compositions. And also at least I downloaded photographs which are to this size. So I just drop in the photos 13 14. Okay. I did drop in my photographs. You can very quickly close those compulsions with control and w shortcut. Just like you can close taps on your browser. Like chrome or Firefox. I'm going back to the tradition itself. The transition. Let me extend this. Starts like that we have this autumn like leafs falling photograph it goes back, the information flows. The little objects animate everything. We have the next photograph in the middle, and now you need to make sure with the scale that the scale hits perfectly this corner of the composition. So I just take the November 2. You see, I am going a bit too quick with this so you can press. Always remember If you press shift, you go quicker. If you press control, you go slower. So I'll try again. I think I've hit the spot. Okay? No, I try to make this pixel perfect. 1 66 is the perfect sweet spot. Okay? And basically, we have the animation ready right now. The animation I'll close down the tight election safe, the rulers, Because I want to see more here in my screen right now, we only have to adjust. The key frames that position s is is already working. It just looks stupid because all those key frames are not adjusted. But in fact, the animation itself is already working properly. And we are beautifully transitioning between those photographs. If you want to adjust the key frames, if you are in the same spot, right click key frame assistant, Select Eazy E's. You can go inside the graph it or and you can ease every step of the way. Actually, after easing, it's already good. Maybe when it comes down to the position you can, for example, overlap those key frames. Move the position here, overlap it here. So while it's still scaling, it starts to move. And basically, you are done with this animation. This is how you create a transition like that. For example, I maybe don't like this part, it starts to slow. So you take on the position. I won't go into the graphic the door, and I would see Okay. Yeah. It needs to be a quicker one. Okay, two quick. Let's maybe make it like that. Okay? The actual transition between them can be shorter. Yeah, overlapping looks better. A bit too artificial, So I've overdone it. I maybe should stay with the slow movement, but actually, this also has a nice vibe to it. This is just a matter of personal preference. I like those strong, curvy and quick animations. So I'd prefer this tradition to look like that. Okay. Yeah. Now I overdone it. Totally. With what? A quick transition like that we get this animation. We are pixel perfect on the corners. We have a beautiful great which is animating along. And this is just a pleasure to watch. Also, this teaches you a lot about aftereffect. Thank you very much for listening to me. And I hope we see each other in other ones like that. See you along