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Social Media Pop-up Graphics: Adobe After Effects

teacher avatar Phil Ebiner, Video | Photo | Design

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5 Lessons (13m)
    • 1. Intro

    • 2. Design Your Graphic

    • 3. Animate the Graphic

    • 4. Quickly Reverse Your Animation

    • 5. Export Your Graphic

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Want more social media followers?

Howabout add a popup graphic to your videos?

Learn how to create neat little motion graphic popups for all your social media accounts in this After Effects tutorial.

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

Video | Photo | Design


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Since 2012 have been teaching people like you everything I know. I create courses that teach you how to creatively share your story through photography, video, design, and marketing.

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1. Intro: as a business, you probably have some social media profiles, and you want to get more followers with this graphic. You'll do that. I'll teach you how to animate a follow us called action for any type of social media profile you have included are icons for some of the most popular platforms. But of course you can do this with any social media platform out there. 2. Design Your Graphic: in this lesson, we're going to be creating some social media icons. It's a little pop ups that helped promote your different social media profiles. So we're going to be doing some new things in this lesson, including creating some pre compositions and how to easily reverse an animation, no matter how complicated it is. There are some project files for this project, including this project if you want to follow along. But more importantly, I have a number of icons that you can download, including Facebook, Google Plus Instagram etcetera, so you can use the same technique for any of these icons. So let's first import those and then create a new composition. Five seconds is fine. I'll start with Instagram. I've already done Twitter, so I'll do instagram Click. OK, next we're going toe design our graphic. So let's bring in our Instagram, p and G, and we're going to decrease the size quite a bit. Probably around 30. We might even make it smaller. Next, let's take our rounded rectangle tool and create a rounded rectangle behind our instagram graphic. So I'm just going to create it on our composition and then put this layer beneath our Instagram graphic, then using our move tool that as just moved the instagram graphic. So it's unlined in our background bar. And let's just type this call this top of bar. Next, let's add our text. So let's create new text with our horizontal type tool. You can say whatever you want. Follow us and our Texas white, so I can't see it. So I'm going to select it all with command A. And I'm going to use the color from our instagram logo by selecting this color picker and clicking on the Instagram logo. Now I can see my text. I can move it around. I can complete it, Follow us and let's just make it a little bit bigger, something like So you remove this icon just a little bit over something like that. Give it some good balance, and I'm actually going to make this a little bit bigger, so there's not as much negative space a little left over white space from that back bar. Next, I'm going to duplicate the top bar just by selecting it and pressing command D on my keyboard Control D. If you're on a PC, I'll just rename this bottom bar, and I'm going to move it down just by pressing shift and then down Arrow. And I'm also going to change the colors. I mean, click the fill color white up here. Click are eyedropper, tool and slight, this blue like south, and I'm just going to click the top part of it and his shrink it just a tad. Now I moved it down. I don't I didn't move it down all the way. You could do that, but I just moved it down like so. And now I'm going to add my text for the bottoms so I could either duplicate this top layer or just take my textile. Select off of any of the layers and write new text. And all right, my instagram handle Philip Inner and let's change the text color toe white. Now let's put this down below. I don't want it to be oblique. I wanted to be bold. I'm still using Helvetica, but you can use whatever font you want. Put it in the center of this shape, and that looks pretty good. That is the design of our logo are graphic, and that's usually where I start with my animations. I create the final sort of graphic and then I enemy everything 3. Animate the Graphic: in this animation, we're going to be doing a lot of parenting. Parenting is where we attach different layers toe other layers so that we can more easily control them. So, for example, let's take our Philemon er, and we're actually gonna move this down below the top bar, and we're going to parent it to the bottom bar. Now. Whatever happens to the bottom bar, where if we move it, the Philemon or text moves to, I'm going to apparent the bottom bar to the top bar. So now if I move the top bar around the bottom bar is attached, and I'm also going toe parent, the follow US text and the Instagram logo to the top bar as well. So now if I move, the top are around, everything moves, so let's first animate the bottom bar popping down. So around one second let's go down to our bottom bar Press P to create a position animation . Actually, let's move this position key frame Teoh about 1.5 seconds, and then let's drag the bar up. So take this position and move it up until it's completely hidden. So now this bottom are is actually going to appear down below. Let's select these key frames Eazy E's by pressing F nine R keyboard or right clicking and selecting key frame assistant Eazy E's Let's Go into our graph editor just at a little pop by selecting all of the key frames and dragging in. So now we have our bottom, are sort of popping out. Let's add motion blur to all of these layers and then enable Motion blur right here like so . So it's a little bit more natural looking cool. I like that a lot. Now let's animate the top bar so the top bar is going to just sort of fade on the screen. So let's look at the Twitter one. How he did it. It kind of moves up and it fades. So let's first do the move animation. So bring a position for the top bar, set a key frame at the final resting spot and then, at the very beginning, move it down something like, So let's Eazy e's and then go into the graph editor. And this time we're just going to take the second key frame and drag it to the left, so that does slow down a little bit more, but it doesn't ramp into the animation as much, just ramps down and slows a little bit more. Let's actually take these key frames for the bottom bar and move them forward a little bit or up so that the animation starts right before the follow US text gets to its final resting spot. It just creates a little bit more flow that way. Awesome. So now what we want to do is fade everything on. We could go forward and trying to animate the capacity for all of these layers, but that's not going to look good. Let me just show you why I could do it really quickly. So I select all top three of these layers. Press tea on my keyboard, said an opacity key frame for 100. Then if I go back in time, go to zero. We still have the bottom bar on the bottom bar text, but we can go to the second key frame and basically drag in these two bottom layers so that they're not even on the screen until the top bar is faded on. This looks a little weird because the opacity of the different layers cannot compete with each other, and this works kind of well for this layer. But it's not going to work for all of these icons. Let me show you with the Twitter icon. I go into that Twitter animation say Did that for the follow us Twitter and Top bar again, selecting all three pressing T on the keyboard, sending a key frame for opacity at 100 then setting a key frame for zero in the beginning. Then let's take the top part, text and shape. Drag it over, see how this fades on. Let me zoom in, see how this fades on whips. That doesn't look good, because the Twitter icon has a little color around it already, So it's going to kind of compete as we fade it on. The way we're going to do this is with a pre composition. A pre cop is basically grouping together layers, and then now you have a group that you can effect with effects with animations. So let's select all of our layers by pressing command a right clicking them and then clicking pre compose, and then you could name this whatever you want. I'm going to call it fade to, and once you press OK, what happens is all of those layers go into this other composition called Fade to. So now we still have our animation, but we don't have all of our layers. If we want to see all of our layers, we double click on to fade to or we open it up from our project window. So if I go back to our main instagram composition now, I can add a fade, and it's going to affect everything evenly. So if I press tea on my keyboard setting an opacity at 100% at five frames, go to zero frames and set opacity to zero, the whole thing fades on evenly. And that's what fixed this issue for the Twitter handle. So that's how we apply and even fade to multiple layers. Let's just slow that fate on just a little bit. Stretch it out to send 10 frames 4. Quickly Reverse Your Animation: Okay, so now we have this coming onto the screen. How do we animate it off? Well, we could go in and go through everything and add key frames and basically reverse it, but there's an easier way to do this. First, I'm going to drag in the right side to around three seconds or so. I'm going to duplicate this layer by pressing command D. I'm then going to reverse this top layer, right click it. Go to time, time reverse layer. Now this top layer is reversed, and if I drag it over to the right so that it butts up against the right side of our animation, then I cut the left side of this layer by dragging over to the right so it's not duplicated over the other layer. Now we see it fades off. Let's just go press T on this layer. Let's make sure that these key frames fade off by the end of our composition, so we have it fade on, fade off. If I play through this, it fades on, and then the entire animation, whatever is in that pre composition, fades off. If we wanted to be shorter, let's just move this over to the left, say we wanted to be four seconds. We can do that. And then let's just drag in the right part of the first pre comp and now it's shorter. So that's how you easily reverse an animation in after effects. 5. Export Your Graphic: now what I would do if I were you is go through and duplicate this sort of style for all of the other social media icons that you use. Export them so that you have them in your bag to use for any of your videos. Now, to export these so that you can use them in your other videos. Just go up to composition, add to render queue. We want it to have a transparent background. So change the output module from H 264 by clicking on H 264 changing the format option to animation Select. Okay. And then change the channels from RGB two RGB plus Alfa Select. Okay, now we're Output two is click Instagram and put it wherever you want to save, Click, save, click, Render And now we have a graphic that we can bring into any of our videos. Layer it on top. We could even change the size. We can move it around and now we can put it on any of our videos. Pretty cool, right? Awesome. Thank you so much for watching. If you have any other questions, please let me know. Otherwise we'll see you in another lesson