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Lesson 3. Animating Circles

Lesson 3. Animating Circles

This is your chance to work with more new features in After Effects 5.0: drawing masks right in the Composition window and creating expressions by a simple trick of dragging. Expressions define relationships between layer properties that make it incredibly easy to program synchronized movements and transformations, so you get great-looking results with very little effort.

In this lesson, you'll learn to do the following:

  • Use mask tools to create paths

  • Resize masks

  • Apply and animate the Stroke effect

  • Create different types of lines by adjusting effect properties

  • Create and animate a null object

  • Use the pick whip to create simple expressions

  • Apply the Basic 3D effect to make objects appear to swivel in 3D

  • Duplicate and replace entire compositions

  • Render multiple compositions in one session

This lesson takes a little over one hour to complete, plus the amount of time required to render the compositions. At the end of this lesson you'll have three individual QuickTime elements of ring images that you'll use in the final piece.


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