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Lesson 4. Building Star-like Elements

Lesson 4. Building Star-like Elements

This lesson takes you into one of the most fun features in the After Effects treasury of tools: playing with the output graph for an audio file to create an animated graphic. You'll also use a transition effect to create another animated graphic. Both of these elements challenge you to dream up your own innovative ways of using After Effects features, tools, and effects to create fresh looks in animated design.

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

  • Import multiple files

  • Import and work with audio files

  • Create images from audio layers

  • Apply the Audio Spectrum effect to a path

  • Apply the Radial Blur effect

  • Apply the Stencil Alpha transfer mode

  • Apply the Iris Wipe effect and use it in a non-traditional way

  • Set keyframes in the Effect Controls window

In this lesson, you'll build two star-like elements. You'll render each of these as a QuickTime movie and eventually use them both in the final composite.

This lesson takes about one hour to complete, plus the amount of time your system requires to render the movies.

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