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Animating a Vector City with a 3D Camera in After Effects
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Released Jan 1, 2013
Laura Hawk

Pluralsight

Laura Hawk
In this series of tutorials, we will go over the steps needed to create a rotating city animation in After Effects.

We will start by going over some of the initial setup you need to know for how the Illustrator files should be saved and arranged. Then we bring those files into After Effects and learn lots of time saving tips and techniques for animating these layers. We go over some camera animation as well as 3D animation of individual layers. Towards the end of the training, we go over some compositing techniques that make our 2D illustrator layers look much more life-like, as if they had been filmed with a real camera.
Introduction and project overview
1

Introduction and project overview

 
01:03
Importing and rotating our layers
2

Importing and rotating our layers

 
06:56
Splitting up our Illustrator file onto separate artboards
3

Splitting up our Illustrator file onto separate artboards

 
12:30
Properly saving Illustrator files for After Effects
4

Properly saving Illustrator files for After Effects

 
05:22
Importing the Illustrator files correctly and beginning animation
5

Importing the Illustrator files correctly and beginning animation

 
14:18
Animating the camera
6

Animating the camera

 
13:39
Adding the marquee sign
7

Adding the marquee sign

 
15:24
Fixing the wind turbines in Illustrator so they can be animated
8

Fixing the wind turbines in Illustrator so they can be animated

 
15:22
Importing the new turbine files and animating them
9

Importing the new turbine files and animating them

 
14:36
Hiding the static turbines in the Illustrator file
10

Hiding the static turbines in the Illustrator file

 
05:48
Animating the sun rays
11

Animating the sun rays

 
14:40
Animating the bird
12

Animating the bird

 
14:21
Rotating the flying bird
13

Rotating the flying bird

 
10:01
Adding a second ring of birds
14

Adding a second ring of birds

 
08:56
Adding some birds behind the marquee sign
15

Adding some birds behind the marquee sign

 
08:00
Changing the color of our city
16

Changing the color of our city

 
09:47
Adding the slight change to the background
17

Adding the slight change to the background

 
04:23
Adding some depth of field style blur
18

Adding some depth of field style blur

 
05:40
Adding a lens flare and a fade to white
19

Adding a lens flare and a fade to white

 
07:16
Adding grain
20

Adding grain

 
09:09