How To Animate On Adobe After Effects

Adobe After Effects is a robust software utilized by filmmakers, animators, and motion artists for producing impressive visual effects and complex motion graphics. In this blog, we will delve into the fundamentals of animation in Adobe After Effects.

Step 1: Setting Up Your Composition

To begin, we’ll need to set up a new composition. This is essentially your workspace where you’ll create and manage all your animations. To create a new composition, simply go to the main menu and select Composition > New Composition.

Step 2: Importing Your Assets

Once you’ve set up your composition, you’ll need to import the assets you wish to animate. This could be images, video files, audio files, or any other type of media. To do this, go to File > Import > File, and select the assets you wish to use.

Step 3: Creating Your Animation

With your composition set up and your assets imported, you’re ready to start animating. To create your first animation, you’ll need to use keyframes. Keyframes are markers that tell After Effects where and when to change the properties of a layer.

Here’s a basic example of how to create an animation with keyframes:

// Select the layer you want to animate
var myLayer = thisComp.layer("My Layer");

// Create a new position keyframe at the beginning of your timeline"Position").setValueAtTime(0, [100, 100]);

// Create another position keyframe at the 2-second mark"Position").setValueAtTime(2, [300, 300]);

In this example, we’re animating the position of a layer. The layer starts at the position [100, 100] and moves to the position [300, 300] over 2 seconds.

Step 4: Previewing Your Animation

To preview your animation, simply press the spacebar. After Effects will play your animation in the composition window. If you want to make changes, you can adjust your keyframes and assets as needed, then press the spacebar again to preview your updated animation.

Step 5: Exporting Your Animation

Once you’re satisfied with your animation, it’s time to export it. Go to File > Export > Add to Render Queue. From there, you can choose your export settings and click Render to export your animation.

And that’s it! You’ve created your first animation in Adobe After Effects. Of course, this is just the tip of the iceberg. Adobe After Effects is a deep and complex program, and there’s always more to learn. But hopefully, this guide has given you a solid foundation to start creating your own animations. Happy animating!