Unit 07 An integrated approach to time-based problem solving in art & design, Animation Techniques, Level 3 Graphics, After Effect basic Tutorial

This tutorial is for Unit 07 An integrated approach to time-based problem solving in art & design,  Level 3 Graphics. This is related to cut out project: Paper cut animation technique using Photoshop and AE Tut. All students should have had experimented with the paper cut animation (hand-crafted) prior to this tutorial.

Lesson Date: 25/02/16

Learning objectives:

  • Apply practical skills, understanding and methods to solve time-based problems in art and design.
    • Understand how to use Photoshop to prepare props for animation
    • Understand animation techniques using After Effects: Scrolling backgrounds, Moving objects, Using plugins & effects (star-fields, timeline)

Learning objectives:

  • Make a very short animation using techniques above

Starter session: discussing sketchbooks

Lesson

Part 1 Photoshop 

Images you will need:

What you are going to produce:

1 -Search and find an interesting paper texture from Google, or scan your own paper texture. Find a large image preferably.

Paper Cut Animation using Photoshop and After Effects,
paper-cut-animation-using-photoshop-and-after-effects

2- Open your texture file in Photoshop and duplicate the background.

Paper Cut Animation using Photoshop and After Effects,
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Paper Cut Animation using Photoshop and After Effects,
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3 Use the pen tool and create the shape below, your shape should look like hills.

Paper Cut Animation using Photoshop and After Effects,

Paper Cut Animation using Photoshop and After Effects,

4- Open the path palette and on the work path you’ve made right-click and select make selection.

Paper Cut Animation using Photoshop and After Effects,

5 Once the selection is made then go Select>invert on the menu bar and make sure you select the duplicated on the layer palette. Hit the delete key on your KB.

Paper Cut Animation using Photoshop and After Effects,

You should be left with the example below. If you find you don’t like the texture of the shape, you can select Image>levels and change the amount of grey black and white based on your fancy.

Paper Cut Animation using Photoshop and After Effects,

Paper Cut Animation using Photoshop and After Effects,

6 to add shadow to the layer select Layer>Layer Style>Drop Shadow on the menu bar and mess about with the shadow adjustment tools until you get something interesting.

Paper Cut Animation using Photoshop and After Effects,

7- Repeat steps 3 to 6 to add another layer of hills.

Paper Cut Animation using Photoshop and After Effects,

8 Importing props – import your drawing or props found on the Internet – make a selection of the imported prop and make another copy copy of the texture layer, and do step 5.

  • Select what you want to keep
  • With the selected object go on the duplicated texture layer
  • Select>Invert
  • Delete
  • Paper Cut Animation using Photoshop and After Effects,

9 Making a star using the shapes tool – Select the shape tool and select a star shape in the shape selection bar.

Paper Cut Animation using Photoshop and After Effects,

10 Add more props now that you know how to add props, you might need or not need them as you are make your animation, but have enough to make an interesting story.

Paper Cut Animation using Photoshop and After Effects,

11 Before you save your work to import in AE, make sure that you name all your layers so you don’t get confused in AE.

Paper Cut Animation using Photoshop and After Effects,

12 Save your work in a folder as a Photoshop file. Once you have save the document, export layers to file

Paper Cut Animation using Photoshop and After Effects,

PART 2 AFTER EFFECTS

1 Open After Effects and Create a new composition using the setting on the image below:

Paper Cut Animation using Photoshop and After Effects,

2 Import your Photoshop layers individually so each layer looks like a separate file.

Paper Cut Animation using Photoshop and After Effects,

Paper Cut Animation using Photoshop and After Effects,

3 Create a new solid layer: Layer>New>Solid,  and change the colour to white in the layer settings options box.

Paper Cut Animation using Photoshop and After Effects,

Paper Cut Animation using Photoshop and After Effects,

4 You will see the layer on the time line, select it, then right-click and select the CC Ball Action Effect in the Simulation options.

Paper Cut Animation using Photoshop and After Effects,

5 Change your options to the ones below.

Paper Cut Animation using Photoshop and After Effects,

6 Now that you have a star field, drag other layers to the time line; meaning drag all your props, and rearrange the layers:

  • white solid
  • hill1
  • hill2
  • tree

Paper Cut Animation using Photoshop and After Effects,

7 Make sure that these layers are all selected and press CTRL (CMD) +SHIF+C to create a new composition.

  • white solid
  • hill1
  • hill2
  • tree

Paper Cut Animation using Photoshop and After Effects,

Paper Cut Animation using Photoshop and After Effects,

8 A window will appear, select move all attributes into the new composition, name the new composition “parallax background”. Select  Open New Composition, before clicking ok.

Paper Cut Animation using Photoshop and After Effects,

Paper Cut Animation using Photoshop and After Effects,

9 check the new composition setting and change as per the image below.

Paper Cut Animation using Photoshop and After Effects,

10 Rearrange the layers if you want to do so

Paper Cut Animation using Photoshop and After Effects,

11 Do nothing just click on the word comp1 to close your new composition and go back to the main composition.

Paper Cut Animation using Photoshop and After Effects,

12 in the original composition you can now delete all layers.

Paper Cut Animation using Photoshop and After Effects,

13 Drag the parallax background composition into the timeline.

Paper Cut Animation using Photoshop and After Effects,

14 Right Click on the parallax background layer and select Effect>Stylize>Motion Tile

Paper Cut Animation using Photoshop and After Effects,

15 Click on the arrow next to the eye on the parallax background layer and a drop down list will appear, select  motion tile under the effects list.

Paper Cut Animation using Photoshop and After Effects,

15 Move the player heard to frame 1 and click on the watch and the diamond under the Tile Center heading, do not change any setting.

Paper Cut Animation using Photoshop and After Effects,

16  Move the player heard to last frame of your timeline  and click on the watch and the diamond under the Tile Center heading, change the setting as below.Paper Cut Animation using Photoshop and After Effects,

Paper Cut Animation using Photoshop and After Effects,

17 Preview your movie.

Paper Cut Animation using Photoshop and After Effects,

18 Extend your timeline, you will also need to stretch your layer to extend to the time line

Paper Cut Animation using Photoshop and After Effects,

Paper Cut Animation using Photoshop and After Effects,

19 Drag the monkey layer to the timeline and click on the arrow and under the transform heading change the position of the monkey every now and then, make sure you click on both the diamond and the watch, each time you want to move the monkey.

Paper Cut Animation using Photoshop and After Effects,

Add more props on the timeline make your story experimenting with both the transform options on each layer you add. It has to make send

Once finish export the movie (Render).

Try some other story building (drawing your own props)

Paper Cut Animation using Photoshop and After Effects,

There is a more time-consuming method if you want to scroll the background manually. See bellow:

Paper Cut Animation using Photoshop and After Effects,

Paper Cut Animation using Photoshop and After Effects,

Paper Cut Animation using Photoshop and After Effects,

Paper Cut Animation using Photoshop and After Effects,
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Paper Cut Animation using Photoshop and After Effects,
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Paper Cut Animation using Photoshop and After Effects,

Paper Cut Animation using Photoshop and After Effects,

Paper Cut Animation using Photoshop and After Effects,