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Animating a Geometric Design in After Effects
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Released Jul 22, 2013
Mike Tosetto

Guest Tutor

Mike Tosetto
In this series of After Effects tutorials, we will be creating a short animation composed of geometric shapes and patterns using After Effects.

We'll be starting from an Adobe Illustrator file and we'll see the project right through to the final render. Along the way we will cover a range of techniques including: Offsetting layers to create interesting animations, using blend modes to build up interesting textures, animating text onto the screen effectively rather than using the unscalable Write-on tool, creating basic 3D made entirely in After Effects, and using the curves in the graph editor effectively to get silky smooth movement.

By the end of this tutorial, you will have learned how to use all these techniques and more to create an After Effects project without the use of any expensive, 3rd party plugins.
Introduction and project overview
1

Introduction and project overview

 
01:09
Installing scripts and codecs
2

Installing scripts and codecs

 
10:46
Looking at design in our base files
3

Looking at design in our base files

 
08:29
Importing files and animating
4

Importing files and animating

 
15:34
Animating the base layer grid and using curves
5

Animating the base layer grid and using curves

 
07:33
Creating the grayscale square portal
6

Creating the grayscale square portal

 
14:43
Adding 3D to the animation and texturing the cube
7

Adding 3D to the animation and texturing the cube

 
13:58
Adding a new layer to the grid
8

Adding a new layer to the grid

 
09:29
Creating and animating the triangular portal
9

Creating and animating the triangular portal

 
07:15
Adding a 3D pyramid
10

Adding a 3D pyramid

 
14:45
Animating the triangular portal out of our scene
11

Animating the triangular portal out of our scene

 
16:05
Adding a final layer to the grid
12

Adding a final layer to the grid

 
10:42
Creating and animating diamond shaped portal
13

Creating and animating diamond shaped portal

 
11:31
Creating the second layer of the portal
14

Creating the second layer of the portal

 
09:35
Adding and texturing a 3D sphere into the scene
15

Adding and texturing a 3D sphere into the scene

 
06:01
Introducing lines to the scene by animating paths
16

Introducing lines to the scene by animating paths

 
08:44
Introducing animated shapes to the scene
17

Introducing animated shapes to the scene

 
20:06
Animating logo holder
18

Animating logo holder

 
12:03
Animating strokes on the logo holder
19

Animating strokes on the logo holder

 
05:01
Animating the logo and rendering the video file
20

Animating the logo and rendering the video file

 
21:07
Summary of the project and final words
21

Summary of the project and final words

 
02:00