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Adobe After Effects CS5 : Applying an animation preset

1/17/2012 4:28:42 PM
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You’ve positioned the logo and applied some effects to it. It’s time to add some animation! You’ll use a simple animation preset that will fade the words travel Europe onto the screen next to the logo. You’ll need to work in the destinations_logo composition so that you can apply the animation to only the TRAVEL EUROPE text layer.

1.
Click the destinations_logo tab in the Timeline panel, and select the TRAVEL EUROPE layer.

2.
Move the current-time indicator to 1:10, which is the point at which you want the text to start fading in.

3.
In the Effects & Presets panel, choose Animation Presets > Text > Blurs.

4.
Drag the Bullet Train animation preset onto the TRAVEL EUROPE layer in the Timeline panel or over the words travel Europe in the Composition panel. Don’t worry about the text disappearing—you’re looking at the first frame of the animation, which happens to be blank.


5.
Click a blank area of the Timeline panel to deselect the TRAVEL EUROPE layer, and then drag the current-time indicator to 2:00 to manually preview the text animation. The text appears, letter by letter, until the words travel Europe are fully onscreen at 2:00.

Precomposing layers for a new animation

The travel show ID is coming along nicely, and you’re probably eager to preview the complete animation. Before you do, however, you’ll add a dissolve to all of the logo elements except the words travel Europe. To do this, you need to precompose the other three layers of the destinations_logo composition: rotated type, Globe logo, and crop area.

Precomposing is a way to nest layers within a composition. Precomposing moves the layers to a new composition. This new composition takes the place of the selected layers. When you want to change the order in which layer components are rendered, precomposing is a quick way to create intermediate levels of nesting in an existing hierarchy.

1.
Shift-click to select the rotated type, Globe logo, and crop area layers in the destinations_logo Timeline panel.

2.
Choose Layer > Pre-compose.

3.
In the Pre-compose dialog box, name the new composition Dissolve_logo. Make sure the Move All Attributes Into The New Composition option is selected by default. Then click OK.


The three layers are replaced in the destinations_logo Timeline panel with a single layer, Dissolve_logo. This new, precomposed layer contains the three layers that you selected in step 1. You can apply the dissolve effect to it without affecting the TRAVEL EUROPE text layer and its Bullet Train animation.

4.
Make sure the Dissolve_logo layer is selected in the Timeline panel, and press the Home key or drag the current-time indicator to go to 0:00.

Tip

To locate the Dissolve – Vapor preset quickly, type vap in the search box in the Effects & Presets panel.

5.
In the Effects & Presets panel, choose Animation Presets > Transitions – Dissolves, and then drag the Dissolve – Vapor animation preset onto the Dissolve_logo layer in the Timeline panel or onto the Composition panel.

The Dissolve – Vapor animation preset includes three components—a master dissolve, a box blur, and a solid composite, all of which appear in the Effect Controls panel. The default settings are fine for this project.

6.
Choose File > Save.
 
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