Future Representation Week 2- After Effects

The session on Adobe After Effects introduced us to the basic tools used to edit, enhance, alter and merge images to create videos. It is very similar to Adobe Photoshop and I had used most of these tools previously, however it was useful to receive some guidance on more advance tools and quick techniques.

Tutorial 1: 

The first task was opening a new file creating a video from a Photoshop file from Archigram This is pictured Below:

Archigram Instant City
Archigram Instant City

We imported the Photoshop file into After Effects and retained the layers. We could then use these to create the animation.

We used a layer from the Photoshop file, which was a balloon. We scaled this and added a keyframe which animated it to enlarge it and make it disappear off of the screen. 

We then added another layer of a light beam. We made this look like a searchlight by resetting the centre to the bottom left corner using the anchor point in the Comp box. We then set the keyframe to 2 seconds and repeated this by copying and pasting across the slider to make it rotate back and forth for the duration of the video.

We then adjusted the movement by opening the graph editor to stop it looking so robotic. We then added a gaussian blur in the effects box to add a final effect to the light beam.

After this we exported to the render queue. We ensured the settings were correct in the format box remembering not to set it to Animation as this would make the file too big. Instead we compressed it using H.264

The final result is posted below:


Tutorial 2: 

We had to create a 2.5D animation using a photo by Andreas Gursky called 99 Cent.  To do this we opened the image in Photoshop and duplicated he photo into 8 layers and added a right background so we could see which bits we would be chopping away from each layer.

99 Cent Diptychon
99 Cent Diptychon

We then imported the PSD into After Effects as before and laid the layers out on top of each other and added a camera view.

We then set apart each layer in the view by 2500 pixels to begin to create the 3D view.

Once we had done this we set the camera to move around by adding a key frame moving it from right to left. We also added the effect of depth of field by blurring the background as the camera moved.

It was important not to take the zoom too far as to ruin the illusion of the 3D image.

Finally we added a wobble to the column in the middle for a bit of surrealism.

I really enjoyed the session in After Effects. I found it very easy to use asIi am well versed in the rest of the Adobe Creative Suite. I may look to explore this software further as I think I could have some fun with it and develop my skills further.


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