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Synthetic Stop-Motion in After Effects: Quick and Easy Techniques for Hand-made Animations

Rich Armstrong, Product Designer

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16 Videos (1h 32m)
    • Intro

    • What Is Stop Motion Animation?

    • Easy-Peasy Stop Motion

    • Add Imperfection With The Wiggler Tool

    • The Posterize Time Effect

    • The Paper Cut Out Look

    • The posterizeTime Expression

    • The Wiggle Expression

    • Controlled by An Expression Layer

    • Inconsistent Light

    • Precomps and Time Remapping

    • Per character Text Layers

    • Recap

    • Let’s Make a Film

    • The End

    • Bonus Lesson 1

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About This Class


I love stop-motion animation, or perhaps you call it stop-frame animation. I love it because it’s rich in character; because it looks hand-made; and because it drips with human imperfection. Most of the time we aim for perfect designs and animations, but this class is about reversing that idea to deliberately create a hand-made and imperfect look.
The class covers creating a stop-motion look inside After Effects – that means no cameras and no endless moving elements. Normal stop-motion takes a long time, but inside After Effects it’s quick and easy if you know how.
By the end of this class you’ll be able to create your own synthetic stop-motion films quickly and easily, with a range of different techniques ranging from dead-simple to highly detailed.

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23 of 23 students recommendSee All

Superb class, with loads of detail, simply explained but not over-laboured. Great fun too.
This lesson kicks ass. It holds a ton of information and lets you be creative in a fun style. If you want to learn more about after effects, this is the class to show you new comprehensive skills.
Nicely paced and every step was explained thoroughly! Thank you for all the excellent tips :)





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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