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Animating with the Forces of Nature in After Effects
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Released Feb 15, 2014
Laura Hawk

Pluralsight

Laura Hawk
In this series of tutorials, we will learn how to create typographic animations that appear to be affected by different forces in nature.

We start out with magnetism, a force that is relatively easy to make look realistic. We then follow that up with animations for gravity, water and wind. As we move to the different forces, they ascend in difficulty. We learn how to create an expression and use a slider to control its properties over time. We also create an animation preset that can be reused later in the project.

We cover many different principles of animation and how they relate to the affectation of objects to give them a real-world feel. By the end of this training, you will be equipped to bring your typographic animations to life as well as save time while making them.
Introduction and project overview
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Introduction and project overview

 
00:54
Getting started with our Illustrator project files
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Getting started with our Illustrator project files

 
07:46
Magnetism: Setting up and placing the letters in the comp
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Magnetism: Setting up and placing the letters in the comp

 
07:30
Magnetism: Controlling the first letter's rotation with an expression slider
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Magnetism: Controlling the first letter's rotation with an expression slider

 
09:36
Magnetism: Setting keys for the slider
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Magnetism: Setting keys for the slider

 
08:09
Magnetism: Adding position and rotation keys to the other letters
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Magnetism: Adding position and rotation keys to the other letters

 
06:37
Magnetism: Staggering keys and tying them all to a duplicate slider
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Magnetism: Staggering keys and tying them all to a duplicate slider

 
07:55
Magnetism: Chromatic aberration for secondary animation
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Magnetism: Chromatic aberration for secondary animation

 
10:09
Gravity: Setting up to create the swinging effect
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Gravity: Setting up to create the swinging effect

 
06:57
Gravity: Creating a swinging effect with 3D layers
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Gravity: Creating a swinging effect with 3D layers

 
09:16
Gravity: Creating and using a user defined animation preset
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Gravity: Creating and using a user defined animation preset

 
06:23
Gravity: Breaking a layer to move its anchor point
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Gravity: Breaking a layer to move its anchor point

 
08:11
Gravity: Creating the fall and follow through animation
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Gravity: Creating the fall and follow through animation

 
07:49
Water: Animating the position of the first letter
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Water: Animating the position of the first letter

 
06:38
Water: Animating the rotation and orientation of the letter 'a'
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Water: Animating the rotation and orientation of the letter 'a'

 
04:55
Water: Setting up sliders for rotation and position idle wiggle control
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Water: Setting up sliders for rotation and position idle wiggle control

 
06:47
Water: Reusing the keyframe data and editing it
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Water: Reusing the keyframe data and editing it

 
06:56
Water: Editing the orientation for each letter
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Water: Editing the orientation for each letter

 
03:12
Water: Using CC Particle Systems II to create background bubbles
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Water: Using CC Particle Systems II to create background bubbles

 
07:09
Water: Editing the particles system to make bubbles for the individual letters
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Water: Editing the particles system to make bubbles for the individual letters

 
08:36
Wind: Adding a Fill effect to the letters
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Wind: Adding a Fill effect to the letters

 
02:39
Wind: Starting the 'w' animation
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Wind: Starting the 'w' animation

 
07:20
Wind: Fine-tuning the rotation
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Wind: Fine-tuning the rotation

 
07:40
Wind: Adding orientation keys
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Wind: Adding orientation keys

 
04:44
Wind: Adding the CC Page Turn effect to show wind gusts
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Wind: Adding the CC Page Turn effect to show wind gusts

 
09:04
Wind: Setting up sliders for Y Position wiggle control
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Wind: Setting up sliders for Y Position wiggle control

 
04:40
Wind: Starting the 'i' animation
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Wind: Starting the 'i' animation

 
08:20
Wind: Smoothing the 'i' animation
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Wind: Smoothing the 'i' animation

 
08:45
Wind: Creating the 'n' animation
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Wind: Creating the 'n' animation

 
07:29
Wind: Building the 'd' animation
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Wind: Building the 'd' animation

 
07:56
Wind: Editing the page turn effect to include the final letter
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Wind: Editing the page turn effect to include the final letter

 
07:56
Wind: Adding Turbulent Noise for wind direction reinforcement
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Wind: Adding Turbulent Noise for wind direction reinforcement

 
06:31
Wind: Final polish
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Wind: Final polish

 
06:27