Mesmerize: Create Mind-Bending Gifs with After Effects and Photoshop

Rich Armstrong, Product Designer

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19 Videos (2h 2m)
    • Introduction

      1:26
    • Looping Theory

      1:18
    • Simply Seamless

      15:43
    • Photoshop Export

      6:22
    • Principles of Mesmerization

      2:23
    • Opposites Rotate

      5:13
    • A Unit of Animation

      1:04
    • Twirly Whirly

      9:43
    • Rolling Flowers

      6:59
    • Falling Flowers

      6:04
    • Endless Ripples

      8:51
    • Inspiration and Reference

      1:19
    • Your Turn

      1:26
    • Bonus: Working With Illustrator and Photoshop Files

      9:50
    • Bonus: Auto Sequence Your Layers

      2:47
    • Bonus: Effects and Expressions

      18:57
    • Bonus: Animating in Photoshop

      4:35
    • Bonus: Parenting, Easing, Inverse Masks

      17:25
    • The End

      0:19

About This Class

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In this class we’re going to learn about looping mesmerizing animations, the theory behind creating them, and how to create them using Adobe After Effects and Photoshop. You’ll not only learn to create seamlessly looping animations, but you’ll learn how to to make 1 or 2 second gifs feel like they last forever. We’ll discuss how to create illusions; learn how to animate with both After Effects and Photoshop; and even learn how to code a bit inside After Effects.

By the end of the class we’ll have created some really short animations that, once looped, will feel like they could be watched for hours. It’s not just about gifs, but really about mesmerizing animation. It’ll be a great way to get into motion graphics and animation as well.

Experience with the Adobe apps will help you in this class, but it’s not necessary. If you feel like preparing yourself a bit more take my Illusions of Depth layer art class – it’s a great primer for what we’re going to cover in this class.

Here's a few examples of what you'll be able to create after taking the class:

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Rich has been very clear , inspiring and joyful in his explanations. Top course. Cultural references are important here not only the content. Perhaps in the form of links? Islamic art, geometrical art, Escher, Bach, Freud, Dali.... In music minimalism, Bach, Phillip Glass, John Cage.Steve Reich.... Many thanks, Luis
Amazing! Loved this tutorial!
The best. I learned so much about After Effects and to create awesome motions. Thank you.

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Rich Armstrong

Product Designer

Although Rich calls himself a Product Designer he's more of a jack-of-all-trades / generalist / unicorn. He designs, animates and codes. And if you want to learn how to make stuff unicorn-style then read on! Rich studied multimedia design and graphic design, and taught himself to code. He's freelanced, worked for agencies and startups, and now runs a studio with his wife in Amsterdam. He creates compulsively, has super ginger-powers and can touch his nose with his tongue!

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