The Paper Cutout Look in After Effects

Jake Bartlett, Motion Graphics Artist

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13 Videos (56m)
    • Course Trailer

    • Getting Started

    • Applying Textures

    • Customizing Colors

    • Precomposing Layers

    • Working In 3D Space

    • Adding Some Details

    • Working With 3D Lights And Shadows

    • A Little Bit of Motion

    • Polishing The Look

    • Little Details

    • Adding Some Flicker

    • Thanks!


About This Class


In this course I'm going to show you how to create a shadowbox-style paper cutout effect inside After Effects. In each quick video we'll cover things like:

  • Adding textures using track mattes
  • Customizing colors
  • Working with 3D cameras, layers, lights, and shadows
  • Precomposing layers
  • Parenting layers
  • Controlling expressions with sliders
  • Blending modes

And much, much more. As always, I'll be showing you how I use keyboard shortcuts constantly for a more efficient workflow.

274 of 274 students recommendSee All

A lovely class! Easy to follow, beautiful and full of great stuff to get your animation skills in After Effect further with style
Felicia F.

Illustrator & Grapdic Designer

Crazy. Just crazy. Soooo much tips inside, it is mind blowing.
Great class, awsome result and one of the best teachers here :)





Jake Bartlett

Motion Graphics Artist


Hey! My name is Jake Bartlett, and I’m a motion designer working and playing in sunny Los Angeles, California. I've been animating in Adobe After Effects for over ten years. After five years of working for an LA-based production company, I have gone freelance full-time and now work from home. Animating as a motion designer professionally is a dream for me. I get to use After Effects every single day for my job.

Since starting my professional career I've animated over 800 episodes of 8 different motion graphics shows for clients like Yahoo!, MSN, Twitter, YouTube, Pepsi, VH1, HGTV, NateGeo Wild, The History Channel, and Ulive to name a few. In my free time I love making animations for myself. I've found that constantly challenging myself on my own time has been the best way to increase the quality of my work. Being able to consistently use After Effects on a daily basis and always having a tight deadline has made me very fast and efficient with the program.

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