If you are new to Adobe™ After Effects, it can be a little daunting to get started. Here are four easy After Effects techniques every motion designer should know. I teach these in my class at CU Denver called Motion Design 2. At the start of the semester, we always do a brief After Effects refresher going over some of the basic animation techniques any budding motion designer should know how to do. I thought I’d share them as they might be helpful to some of you. 🙂
Pop-style animation appears in tons of motion design pieces and it’s a simple technique that uses scale to make an object appear to POP into place in the frame.
The slide effect is another of the really common easy After Effects techniques every motion designer should know, that is fairly simple to create. Just a few basic keyframes and you are ready to go.
Hinge effects are so fun and can be used in all sorts of ways. Aft you get a handle on repositioning the anchor point and working with 3D layers, it’s a piece of cake!
One of the first things you learn to do as an animator – in almost every situation – is to learn how to make a ball bounce. Classic! Here, I decided to stick with my typographical theme and make the word ‘BOUNCE’ bounce – and jump! I figured it would be a good way to round out our brief and easy After Effects techniques journey.