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Live Encore: How to Animate Easy and Fun Motion Graphics Gifs

teacher avatar Hongshu Guo, Motion Designer

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Lessons in This Class

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    • 2.

      Preparing Your Illustrator File


    • 3.

      Organizing After Effects Project


    • 4.

      Starting Your Animation


    • 5.

      Creating a Parallax Effect


    • 6.

      Creating A Looped Animation


    • 7.

      Adding a Track Matte


    • 8.

      Adding Other Elements


    • 9.

      Adding Reflection Layer


    • 10.

      Final Thoughts


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Begin your animation journey in this accessible, exciting class!  

Hongshu Guo, a motion designer based in Toronto, Canada, has a passion for animation. As one of Skillshare’s Top Teachers, he’s led thousands of students down the path he himself first started following more than six years ago: the path to professional animation work and creative fulfillment. In this Skillshare Live session, recorded on Zoom and featuring participation from the Skillshare community, Hongshu will teach you how to take your first steps into motion graphics — and have a great time in the process!  

Everyone needs to start somewhere, and this class begins with a quick breakdown of Motion Graphics 101, where Hongshu makes sure everyone is familiar with the basics. From there, he’ll show you how to use Adobe After Effects to enhance your illustration work. Finally, you’ll build a GIF animation together! Though designed with beginners in mind, there’s something for everyone in this fun and informative class.

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1. Introduction: Hi. My name is Hongshu, and I'm a motion designer based in Toronto, Canada. I have been animating in Adobe After Effects for more than six years now. Currently, I'm working in an advertising agency for clients like Adidas, PayPal, Walmart, and many more. I'm excited to be here today to host a live session. Today, we're going to be working on a very simple and fun animation together. It's about eight-second long. I'm going to teach you how to work within the Adobe After Effects, the workflow between Adobe Illustrator and After Effects, some tips and tricks, and also some keyboard shortcuts. This class was recorded live so I got to interact with students while I was working on this project. Without further ado, let's jump right into it. 2. Preparing Your Illustrator File: My name is Tiffany. I work on Skillshare's community team. I am the lucky host of today's live class with top teacher Hung Shu Quo. We're super excited to have Hung Shu with us today. He's going to walk us through some easy and fun motion graphics. Without further ado, let's get started. Hung Shu, we're super excited to have you here today. Will you please tell us a bit about who you are and what you do. Hi, everyone. Welcome. My name is Hung Shu. I'm a Motion Designer based in Toronto, Canada. I have been animating in Adobe After Effects for more than six years now. Currently working in an advertising agency for clients like adidas, PayPal. Very excited to be here today to show you how to do a fun motion graphics. I joined Skillshare a couple years ago when I first started as a student, and I really like the community. I learned a lot of things on Skillshare as well. I started teaching on Skillshare last year, and it's really a great creative community that people are very encouraging, so it's great. We'd love to hear a little bit more about what you are planning to share with us today? First of all, I'm just going to show you how to prepare this Illustrator file before you can bring it into After Effects for animation. If you have the file ready, let's open it in Adobe Illustrator. This is what I have here. As you can see here, I've got all these layers separated. Most of the cases, when you have a illustration like this, you're going to have some of these elements separated when you're doing it, which is great. But the thing is, when we bring this file into After Effects, it's not going to be separated. All of these layers is going to be combined into one flat illustration which you can't really do anything about it. What we need to do first is go to this right corner here, click on this Layer. If you don't have Layer, you can go on top of this menu bar here, go to Window. Then down here, you can actually see the Layer panel. Click on that, and then we have the Layer panel open on the right-hand side, and you can see everything is on just one single layer. If you click on this arrow here, drop-down arrow, you can see all these different elements inside this one layer. There's just one simple thing that we need to do is just click on this Layer 2, and then go to this right-hand side drop-down menu, this button here, click on it, and then go to Release to Layers Sequence. Once I click on that, you can see all these elements. I can toggle the eye icon in front of the layer to make it invisible and visible on the art board. All of these layers are not separated. Next, what we need to do is just select all of them. The one that's inside Layer 2, select all of them, and then drag it outside of Layer 2. After we drive them all outside, Layer 2 is going to be empty so we can delete it. In this case, we have all our layers separated from each other, and that's how we can bring it into After Effects to animate individual layers. 3. Organizing After Effects Project: Next, what we can do is we can bring this file into After Effects, organize it and start animating. If you have your After Effects open, let's go into Adobe After Effects. We can create a new project. If you have this panel here, just click on New Composition. Then we can rename this composition to Main Comp. Let's make the width to 1920 by 1080. Frame rate we can keep it at 25 frames per seconds, and then the duration, we can just leave it at 15 seconds, which is good. Hit on "Okay." Now we have this panel here, all these. I'm trying to go to the Windows on top. Can you guys see the Window menu on my screen at the very top? Yes. There it is. Yeah, because I also have my Zoom controls on top [OVERLAPPING]. Yes. It's confusing. [LAUGHTER] Yeah, it's messing up with my clicking. If you go to Windows and then you can choose Workspace, just set it to Standard. You're going to see the same layouts in the After Effects as what I have right now. If you still don't see it, you can reset Standard to Saved Layout, it's going to reset to the default standard layout. This is what we have when we first open Adobe After Effects. First, we need to bring in the Illustrator file. We go to the top left panel here which says, project, and then easy way is just double-click on this panel, any empty space, double-click. It's going to pop up the Finder window and then let's navigate to our file here. You know what? [LAUGHTER] I forgot one thing, I forgot to save the file. [LAUGHTER] Before you do anything, make sure you save this file, otherwise it won't have all the layers separated. Just make sure you save this so that it has all the layers here, and then let's go back to After Effects. Double-click on this project panel here. Let's navigate to the Illustrator file that we have. Before you click on anything, make sure you import it as a Composition - Retain Layer Sizes instead of footage because if you do it as a footage, it's also going to flatten everything out into one single layer which you can't animate, so you need to choose this Composition - Retain Layer Sizes. Then make sure you don't click on these two, because some people, without realizing they have this Illustrator sequence open. If you have this checked, it's going to be very hard to fix it later on, so you have to re-import it. This is very important. Then hit on "Open." Now in the project panel we have two extra things here, one is a folder that contains all the layers of our Illustrator file, and the other one is a composition. If I double-click on this composition, you can actually see I've got this artwork imported into After Effects. All of these layers are separated. That's very good. Now I'm just showing you how to organize the files before we start animating. First of all, let's create a folder in the project panel and let's call it Assets. Good. Then we are going to need another folder that's called precomp. For those of you who are new to Adobe After Effects, precomps are like folders in Adobe After Effects. It can help you organize stuff and then it can group layers together. That's what we call a precomp in After Effects. Now to make this project panel organized, I can just drop this folder into the Assets and then this is considered a precomp because you can see the icon here. This is a precomp icon. We can put it into the precomps. Now we have three things. These are the three things we need. We're going to have the main comp, which is the working space. This is the only comp that we're going to be animating in. We have a folder that has all the assets, and then we have a precomp folder we're going to need later on. To get started, we can copy all of our Adobe Illustrator layers, just Command A on the keyboard and Command C, copy, and go back to the main comp, paste it in into our main comp. This is going to be the comp that we're going to be animating in. Now we can close this one. Next, I just want to organize these layers and rename them so that it's easy and clear. Right now you can see the filename here that says, which is not what we want. If I click on this source name here, this little icon or name here, it can switch between source name to layer name. Source name is named after the source file, which is pretty long, that's not what we want. We click on this, it's going to show our layer name, which is layer 3-12. That's not very helpful as well. What we need to do is just see what they are and rename them. This one should be the background. I'm just trying to figure out which one is which. First of all, I want to get the background layer. Now you can see layer 7, layer 10, and layer 12. If I toggle the eye icon, these three layers are the background. We need to group these three layers into one precomp. The shortcut to that is Command Shift C. You can also see on my screen here. Let's name it Background. Click on "Okay." Now we have a precomp that says background, and you can see in the project panel we have an extra precomp, so we need to drop this all the way down into the precomp folder to make it organized and clean. This is a background and then we're going to have the two circle here. That's our circle. Let's precomp it again, Command Shift C, call it Circle. Now we have a circle here. We can drop this one into the precomp. Now we have three precomps inside the precomp folder. This one is this building here, and then we have this building, we have this building. The three layers in the middle are the three background buildings. I want to click on this color icon here in the front and change it to yellow color so that it's easier to recognize. Let's just rename this one to maybe Scene 3, let's call this one Scene 1. The last one I want it to be the second, so this is going to be the Scene 2. One, 2, 3, three scenes. Then the last two is going to be the train we have. Then this one is going to be the bushes. That's how we organize layers and organize the project panel inside Adobe After Effects so that everything is clear and organized before we start animating. 4. Starting Your Animation: The next section is going to be all about animation. First of all, I want to animate the three scenes, the background scenes first. How we do that, we just go into this first scene here and we can hit on the P on the keyboard. There is a position property. The main idea is we're going to have these three scenes going from the right-hand side to the left-hand side. They're going to come from the right to the left, one by one. From the right to the left, something like this. I need to add a keyframe. At zero second, I want this first scene to be starting from around here. Let's add a keyframe here. Then going forward maybe to the three-second mark, as you can see on the timeline here, let's drag this position property all the way to the left so that it's moving. If you would hit on Spacebar to preview the animation here, this is what we have now. Then if I turn off these two to be clear, we can only see this one now. We're going to apply this simple animation to all three scenes so that they have similar animation, but then we can stagger them later on so that they come up one by one so that they don't clash into each other. This one here we're going to have this one move from the right to left. Then let's have the scene 2 here. Hit on P on the position property. We can add a keyframe here. From the third second to the probably the six second, we can have this scene here moving to the left. Then let's turn on the Scene 3. P on the keyboard for position and then we're going to add a keyframe here. When it first started, I wanted to start from somewhere around here and then go forward to the eight second. For the last one, I don't want it to move all the way to the left because, in the last second, I still want some background in my circle instead of if I move it all the way when the animation ends, there's going to be nothing inside. That's not what we want. We want this to stay inside when the animation ends, so I'm going to put it over here in the center. This is going to be our animation for now. That's our background scene animation. After we have this one in place, what we can do is we can animate the train. The train is going to be also the position property changes, which is very simple. Let's just hit on P on the keyboard. At the beginning of the animation here, for this one, I want to try something different. I want to right-click on position property and then hit on separate dimensions. This way you can manually change the x and y position individually instead of all at the same time. Since the train is only moving horizontally, only moving on the exposition, so we are only going to change the exposition on the train. At zero second, we want the train to start from the left somewhere around here. Then say the animation is going to last for eight seconds. At the last second, I want the train to move somewhere around here. Pay attention to my timeline here. If I hit N on the keyboard, you can see this preview range changes. This is called the preview range. If my timeline indicator is at eight second, if I hit N, it's going to cut it from here. I'm only previewing everything between zero second to eight second. Let's take a look at our animation for now. The problem right now is for the train is moving too slow. I want the train to already inside the circle, maybe around 1.5 second so I need to speed up the train a little bit more over here. Then it's just going to slowly going forward. Let's preview this and see the difference. The train is moving a bit faster in the front end from zero second to 1.5 second and then it's moving slowly in the middle so that we see all the action over here and then around eight seconds, it's going to stop there. 5. Creating a Parallax Effect: The next thing we want to do is we want to animate the bushes. We want to create this parallax effect. We want the building at the back to move slowly, which they already do. They're moving pretty slowly at the back. Then we want this bushes to move pretty quick, pretty fast to create this parallax effect and to make you feel like the train is moving fast. Although as you can see, our train is moving pretty slowly without any context but if we add the bush in, it's going to create an illusion that the train is moving fast. What we need to do is we need to zoom in, command. You can see the shortcut on my screen here. We need to zoom in and then we need to go to our bush layers. This is our bush layers. Let's turn off the eye icon on the train. Just hide it for now so we're only focusing on these. This part is going to be a bit hard to understand but bear with me. We're going to make it. First of all, we need to turn on our ruler, Command R. You can see there's a ruler on my screen here. If I drag from this part here, it's going to drag out a ruler. I just want to have a ruler at the tip of this bush here. At the tip over here, you can see it's almost touching this first tree over here. Then what I want to do is I want to duplicate two bushes. I'm going to Command D, duplicate one and then Command D again, duplicate another one. So I have three layers. The first bush is going to be the center one that we have and then we're going to drag one to the left. Then the third one, we're going to drag one to the right. We're going to extend the length of this bushes so that when we're moving it from right to left, we can move it pretty fast. You see this part, it has a problem here. These trees here, I want to put the bush 2 under the bush 1, which is the central one to cover those sections as intersecting. The next thing we want to do is just remember this line here. This line is touching the very first tree on the left. Next thing we want to do, we want to parent the left and right trees to the center one. We need to go to the bush 3, and then drag this pick whip button. This is parenting. If you're not familiar with parenting, what it does is that after I parent these two bushes to the middle one, when I move the middle one, let's say if I hit on "P" on the position property and then drag, the two is going to move with the middle one. Something like this. I only need to animate the middle one and I don't need to animate all three at the same time. It's going to make the workflow faster. Now, what I need to do is add a key frame on the position. Sorry, I think the position changed, one second. Over here, you can see my bush 1. This line is touching this tree here, which is good. Then what we need to do is we need to add a position property on the bush in the center here. Drag it all the way to the right so the bush is going to start animating from here and then maybe within two seconds, it's going to move all the way to the left. Now I need to zoom in. What I'm trying to do here, I'm trying to create a loop here. If I turn off this bush 1, I just need to see that my last bush, the bush 3, this tree is touching this line. That's why I can create a seamless loop so that when I'm looping this animation, you won't notice any difference. It's just going to continuously moving from the right to the left. This one, all I need to do I just offset attach because we are going to have this tree at the beginning. We need to have this tree touch this line here and then at the end, this tree is almost touching the line so that we can create a loop. 6. Creating A Looped Animation: All we need to do is we need to duplicate these three layers. But before we do that, I want to create a pre-comp, Command Shift C. Now I want to cut this layer here. Next thing I want to just Command D. If I preview this, you can see it's actually looping inside the circle there. But it's hard to tell, because I don't have a mask on yet. The next thing I need to do is create a mask to only show the center circle area instead of the whole thing. I just need to duplicate this loop here. Then what I need to do is I need to create another composition that compose all these four animations, a bigger group to host all these four layers. Command Shift C, Bush. Now we have this one layer. Next, I just need to drag a mask. Go on top here, go to Ellipse tool. Just draw a mask on this layer and you can hold down Shift to make sure it's a perfect circle and then hold down Spacebar to move the mask. I'm holding down Shift and also Spacebar to move the mask, to make sure it perfectly align with the circle. I'm trying to align this with circle here. That's good. Now if we look at this animation here, we can see the bush moving. That's good. Then we have the background, but we haven't created a mask for the background yet, so you're already seeing everything outside. The next thing, what we want to do, we want to do the same thing. Just pre-compose the three scenes. Command Shift C. Let's call it Scenes, and now we can just draw a mask. Make sure you have the scene layer selected, and then just draw a mask. Hold down Shift to make sure it's a perfect circle, and then you can hold down Spacebar to move the mask around so that you can align everything perfectly. That's good. Then let's zoom out and take a look. Another thing is we can just turn on our train layers now. You can see the train. 7. Adding a Track Matte: For the train, I want to introduce another idea. We did the mask for the bushes and the scenes so that you're only seeing this middle section. But for the train, I want to add what we call track mattes. How we do that is we go to layer, we go to new, and then we create a solid layer. Hit on Okay. Then we still need to draw a circle on this solid layer. Make sure I hit on Shift and then use spacebar to move around. That's good. The next thing is I want this circle, let's rename this to a track mattes. I want this circle to be a track matte for the train. The only thing we need to do is make sure this track matte is on top of the layer that you wanted to select and then go on the train and click on here, there's a track matte function. Make sure you set it to Alpha matte. You can see this layer is turned off automatically. If you don't see the track matte here, you can click on this second icon on the left corner over here, and it's going to show this column that you can select. What happens is that whenever this top circle is visible, the layer beneath it is going to be visible. As we can see, we have the circle in the center. Whenever the train enters, the circle is going to become visible. When the train is outside the circle, is going to be invisible. That's how a track matte works. When the train enters the circle on top of it, it's going to be visible just like this, but everything outside the circle, you cannot see it. Now, what I want to do is I want to change this because I don't want the train to be cut off from the head here. I just want to click on this anchor points on the mask of the track mattes, and then drag this over a little bit more so that when the train travels outside the circle, it's still showing up. Drag it even more. If I move it inside, you can see. If it's outside the circle, you cannot see. Let's just make sure it's around this area here. Drag it all the way outside. The train is always visible. I can still see a little bit the head of the train here. I need to make sure the exposition is moved to the left a bit more. Let's preview this animation here. 8. Adding Other Elements: First of all, I want to add a pop-up at the beginning, a transition saying to reveal this animation. I don't want this to stay on the screening all the time. The way we do that is, let's just go to the top here and click on this Ellipse Tool and just double-click on the Ellipse Tool. It's creating an oval shape here. Right now I only have a stroke here I don't have a fill, so I need to create a fill color. Make sure you click on this and then select the yellow color. I already have this yellow color here. You can use the Eyedropper Tool to select any color you want. Let's cancel. Just click on "Okay" I have this fill color and then I can turn off the Stroke by just holding down option on my keyboard. I left-click a couple of times, it's going to turn off. Now let's go to this oval shape. Click on this drop-down, click on this Ellipse Path and you can see there's a size. Let's unlink the size of proportion so that we can change this oval shape into a circle. Let's change it to 1080 by 1080 and that's how we get a perfect circle. I want to make this circle a bit smaller, something like that. The next thing we want to do is we want to add another mask on top of this circle. I want to click on this Ellipse Tool and then make sure you click on this Mask Tool here. If you don't click on this mask on top, it's going to draw another shape within this layer. That's not what we want, we want to draw a mask within this layer so click on the Mask. Another thing is when you are drawing a mask, you can start from the perfect center and then when you draw it make sure you hit on Shift on the keyboard and then hit on Command on the keyboard. If you hit on Command on the keyboard, it's going to draw the circle from the center. You see that, when I hit Command on the keyboard it's drawing the mask from the center. Now I just need to go down to the mask and animate one of the properties which is the Mask Expansion. If I toggle around this Mask Expansion, you can see my mask is growing in and out. I want to hit this clock here to add a keyframe and then drag this keyframe forward a little bit and make sure the mask does not exist at the beginning. Drag it all the way to negative 369. As long as it disappear I should be okay. Then if I toggle the timeline, the circle is just going to come up like this. Next, I just want to add Easy Ease. Select the two keyframes, right-click and then Keyframe Assistant, Easy Ease, just adding the easing. Then go to the graph editor here, you can click on this fig graph to view. Just make sure to manipulate this graph a little bit so that it's got more energy. The circle is going to pop out like that. That's good. Next, we want to duplicate this mask, Command D, duplicate this mask and then change this mask mode to subtract. This is a trick that we always do. We change the mask to subtract and then offset the keyframes. You can see the effect we're going to get. Duplicated mask change it to subtract and then offset the keyframes. That's the effect we're going to get after the two mask that we add on the circle. We can also manipulate the timing however we like. But right now I feel like the circle is not in the center, so we can just move this whole layer to make sure it's right in the center. That works. Now all I need to do is to delay the animation of all the layers beneath it. Just select all these animation that we did before except for the background and then drag the layers a couple of frames ahead so that they're not visible on the screen at the beginning. Maybe drag it all the way here. I want the circle to pop off first and then reveal the animation. Look at that. That's good. Then the next thing we want to do is we want to add some speech trails just as if the train is moving fast. The way we do that is we need to go on top here to select this Pen Tool and then zoom in. Let's draw two points. Draw a line like this and then go on top here, make sure we have the Fill turned off, hold on option on the keyboard. Click on the "Fill" three times and then go to the Stroke, make sure it's in white color. Now we have this white line here but I still need to make the line thicker, something like that to change the stroke of the line to nine points and then change the Butt Cap to a Round Cap. Now we have a line here. Next what we need to do is we need to add a trim path. Go to this line that we just drew, this layer, and then on here there's the Add button. You can click on that, we can add a Trim Path effect. It added a Trim Path effect here. If I toggle the end and start's percentage here, you can see the line is actually drawing on and off. Around here this second, we need to maybe just around half second, click on the clock here to put down two keyframes and change the ending value to zero as well, so 00, both starting at zero and then go forward 10 frames. Command Shift right arrow, so that's how you go forward 10 frames and change all the value to 100 percent. Next, we can select all of them, Keyframe Assistant, right-click and then Easy Ease. Go to the Graph Editor, the same thing as we did before. Just drag these curves to make sure it's got more energy. Next what we need to do is just offset the keyframe. After we did that, this is the effect we're going to get. You see the lines almost like a speed trail. Right now it's moving too fast, so I need to drag the two keyframe at the end maybe a bit further so that it's got more time. I need to offset these two key from even more. Just however you like it, but I think right now it works pretty well like that. That's cool and now we just need to add more. The easiest way is to duplicate this layer, Command D. Then just make sure you're back on the Select Tool, otherwise you're going to keep drawing with your Pen Tool. Go back to this Select Tool and then you can change the position of it and maybe put it down here. But we don't want them to come on at the same time, so we can offset the frame a little bit. You can hit on U on the keyboard to show the keyframe and then we can drag this one forward a little bit so that they are happening at different second. That's good. Then we can duplicate another one, drag it all the way on top. But then over here I want this to be shorter instead of this long. I need to go back to the Pen Tool and then click on this one end of the line and pull it back a little bit so that this line is shorter. If we preview, this is what we're going to get. We have two long lines and then one short lines. Something like that. Now, since we have three already in place to make things faster, we can duplicate three together Command D and then drag all of them forward so that there are repeating. But whatever you want to do, you can change it to different places, change the length of it since your animation is already on there. You don't need to change anything else just the position and the length of the speed line. Let's zoom out and take a look at our animation. 9. Adding Reflection Layer: Last thing we want to do is, we want to add a Sheen Effect or you can call it a reflection on the train. As if the train is reflecting lights from the sun or something. The way to do that is first of all, I need to go to my layer, and then create a new solid. Let's create a solid layer, and then I want to go to the Pen tool. I want to draw some shapes here. Just draw some shape that looks like a reflection. Maybe one thicker one, and then one thinner one. This one is going to be here. This is going to be our reflection. Then we're going to peep on the keyboard position properly. Right-click "Separate Dimensions", so when the train moves around here, I want this to move from the right-hand side to the left. Just going to pass through the train. That's good. Then I want to duplicate another one, and modify it slightly, so that when the train's moving these two is going to pass through the train, something like that. This is going to be our reflection. Let's just pre-comp it. Command Shift C. This is called a sheen effect. The next thing we want to do, just like the track matte that we talked about before, I want to use the train as the track matte so that whenever the train is visible, this reflection is going to be visible. I need to duplicate this train layer, Command D, and then put it all the way on top of this sheen layer, and then set the track matte on the sheen layer to alpha matte. Now, you can see whenever this train is visible, the sheen is visible. The next thing we want to do, I just put these two layers on top of our train layer. Let's try to set it different blending mode. Let's set it to soft light. If we set it to soft light blending mode on the sheen layer, this is what you have, and you can still see a little bit yellowish color. That's up to your choice. You can also change it to white if you want. That's the effect we're going to get. Let's preview the animation. It's very subtle, but it's effective. It's going to help with the storytelling, and make it more realistic. Right now, you can still see the sheen effect outside of the circle. Another thing we need to do, we might need to pre compose this one again, the train and the sheen, Command Shift C. Pre compose to the sheen effects, and then change this layer blending mode to soft light. Let's draw another mask on top of this sheen effect to make sure it only appears within the circle. If we hide the ruler, that's our final animation. You can still see the speed line and the reflection on the train, and then we have the background moving, and we have the bushes moving. After we have this animation ready, we can export it to a GIF, and share it on the Internet. The way we do that is, let's go to the composition menu on top here, and then let's add it to Adobe Media Encoder queue. To export a GIF, we need to have this Adobe Media Encoder, another software. Normally, when we export to mp4 format or GIF format, we always use this because it's pretty fast, and when it's rendering, you can still keep on working other stuff in After Effects. You don't have to stop your work. It's rendering completely outside of After Effects in a different software from Adobe, which is working pretty well. I don't know why it's verifying. Come on. Just one last step to export the GIF, and it's failing me. Things always seem to go not how they usually go when people are watching. Yeah. Well, this has been awesome. While we wait for it to export and hit that final step maybe I can pass along a question or two? Yeah, for sure. Cool. There's actually a ton of really awesome questions coming in just around the life of a motion graphic designer and animator, how you get started, etc. Wondering if you could share a little bit about how you got started in the industry, have you noticed any patterns and what skillsets are most in demand or that people are looking for, any suggestions on how to build a portfolio or a demo reel just about that getting started process? Yeah, definitely. When I was in college, my major is graphic design but we also had motion graphics but we're only learning the basics, foundations of animation and also some of the after effects. After I graduated, I worked as a graphic designer for a couple years. At the same time I was also learning online because I really like motion graphics and I was doing a bunch of tutorials online, I went to Skillshare to learn, there's YouTube tutorials everywhere and there's also like other site that can teach you how to do motion graphics. While I was doing my daytime like graphic design work, like after work I always go back home and then started my own project like doing things here and there so that's how I put together my portfolio. I just mimic what other people are doing in their tutorial because like the good thing is for demo reel you don't have to show the full piece most of the time, you only show a couple of seconds that's awesome and then with all the information online you can actually create something that's awesome for a couple of seconds and then move on to the next project and then have a bunch of awesome pieces put together maybe like a minute demo reel. So that's how I kick-started my demo reel and I just keep learning online courses. After like three years doing my daytime job doing graphic design, I feel like I'm confident with my after effects skills so I just quit my job and go out and look for a motion graphic jobs, something that's tidal like motion graphic designer. Luckily for me there was this advertising agency, they loved my work, they didn't even say anything because for us designers or artists like sometimes degree or university doesn't matter, wherever you graduate from doesn't matter as long as you have good work and then you are friendly to people. Most of the companies when they're hiring they care about the thinking process of your work and also how good you are doing, how good is your craft? My suggestion to whoever is just getting started is I guess just keep practicing because these things, sometimes it's simple things like this animation I can probably if I'm not teaching I can do it maybe in like 20 minutes but then it takes time to practice to be able to do it for 20 minutes, it takes years of practice and sometimes you learn a technique and then you feel like you know it but then the next time when you are actually needing it and you need to do it you forgot. I find the most rewarding thing is just like not only watching tutorials or classes but actually doing it and then maybe put on my own flair, customize it like whatever they're teaching, maybe they have a storyboard, you customize it, you make another set of animation that's your own and you can put it on your demo reel. That's what I find most benefiting, did I miss any of the points that you said before? That was great so great. Thank you so much. It was really interesting to hear how you got started as a student yourself on Skillshare and how you made it happen. Have that last step go. Do we need to try it again? Yeah, I was trying to because I think it closed on itself so I already clicked it again, try to open it. Fingers crossed. Yeah, let's just add it to the queue again. How long does this step usually take? Normally it just takes seconds but I just seem to have a hard time opening the software itself because if you have it open, it should be taking no second to render it out. Is there any other questions that you'd like me to answer? Sure. So one of our students wants to know, do you plan to release more classes on explainer videos like how to add music or sound effects to explainer videos? Yeah, I'm planning on another explainer video right now and it should be out like in a month or two hopefully because I have a couple of projects, like different classes going on at the same time so yeah, definitely. For special effects it's two areas. One is special effects, the other one is motion graphics. They intersect each other for sure but for me, I don't consider myself to be a special effects guy. It takes a whole different skill set to learn special effects, it's really hard, I find this really hard. But if you're into it you can probably find other teacher who are teaching special effects on the Internet, I myself is not very good at it to be honest. I mostly just focus my classes on motion graphics and especially for beginners to get started so that's how I felt when I first got started it's hard to find classes that teach you how to do real projects and how to systematic teach you how to do the real-world project. That's beneficial for me when I first started to find even a single class on Skillshare to be able to work on real-world projects. 10. Final Thoughts: Just make sure to share your project in the Project Gallery below, so that you can get feedbacks and encourage each other.