Truth is, I hate traffic lights! After my original project (see bottom of page), I wanted to do another project using the same techniques but with a different outcome.
I started with wanting to add a character, so I quickly drew this guy up in Illustrator:
After setting up the layers, which was a bit of a learning curve experience because you have to think ahead to the animation process and how layers will affect the finished product before you get started in AE, I imported into After Effects:
I then went back into Illustrator and added the texture on the shirt, which was fun because it updates live on AE a couple seconds later.
Now, for the hard part, the animation....
...actually, it went very smoothly, albeit is a small simple animation, I was surprised by how quickly I was able to do it. I added a bit of sound effects and VOILA!
I followed the instructions to the letter but a laps of concentration led to me changing the y axis instead of x axis for the text moving off screen so it bounced down instead of sliding across. It turned out I liked that effect so I copied it to the rest of the text layers, and also had the traffic light fall out of view. If you look closely, you'll see the light circles do not transition in tandem with the dark frame. Is there a way to have them stayed locked in position (all 7 layers)?