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Building the Logo and Putting it together in AE: Part 5 of 5
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Building the Log and Putting it together in AE: Part 5 of 5

Dean Velez Dean Velez
The Anvel Motion Graphics Courseware for After Effects
Atlanta, Georgia

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In this final lesson of a 5-part tutorial from Motion Graphics Trainer, Dean Velez, we'll build the logo and put it all together. The entire 5 part tutorial explores creating complex backgrounds using a Photoshop still with the 3D properties of After Effects. We'll also create high end transitions using path tools and various effects as well as eye catching 2D animation using parented layers and resolving text using the track matte features.


Building the Logo

PLEASE PREVIEW THE LOGO_BUILD.MOV ANIMATION BEFORE STARTING. Download the movies and project files from the pink bar below if you want to follow along instead of make your own.


Movie Project Files, contains footage: .sitx, .zip

1.Import the web.psd as a composition rename it render out

2.Double click on the render out composition icon

3.Change the composition settings to the NTSC D1 preset, set the duration to 10 seconds

4.Switch the quality on all layers to best

5.Edit the web layer so that it ends at 5:00

6.Select the web layer rename it web 5

7.Set the position to X 360 Y 245

8.Set scale key frames IN 0 5:00 100

9.Set rotation key frames IN 0 5:00 250

10.Set opacity key frames IN 0 5:00 100

11.Duplicate the layer and rename it web 4

12.Set the position to X 75 Y 370

13.Set a rotation key frame at 5:00 -200

14.Move the 100% opacity keyframe to 4:00

15.Duplicate the layer and rename it web 3

16.Set the position to X 650 Y 115

17.Set a rotation key frame at 5:00 150

18.Move the 100% opacity keyframe to 3:00

19.Duplicate the layer and rename it web 2

20.Set the position to X 75 Y 110

21.Set a rotation key frame at 5:00 -100

22.Move the 100% opacity keyframe to 2:00

23.Duplicate the layer and rename it web 1

24.Set the position to X 650 Y 370

25.Set a rotation key frame at 5:00 50

26.Move the 100% opacity keyframe to 1:00

27.Go to the beginning of the time line

28.Switch all web layers modes to add

29.Select layer / new / adjustment layer

30.Switch its quality to best and its mode to add

31.Edit the adjustment layer so that it ends at 5:00

32.Select effect / image control / median and set its radius to 3

33.Select effect / stylize / glow

34.Set key frames for the glow threshold IN 100 5:00 25

35.Set key frames for the glow radius IN 0 5:00 25

36.Set key frames for the glow intensity IN 0 5:00 2

37.Go to the 2:00 on the time line

38.Select layer / new / solid make it 720x486 and white

39.Switch its quality to best

40.Set a transparency keyframe of 0% at 2:00 and 100% at 5:00

41.Go to the beginning of the time line

42.Import the web LOGO as footage and choose the logo layer

43.Drag it into the render out comp

44.Switch its quality to best

45.Set scale key frames at IN 100% 5:00 45% OUT 35%

46 CTRL or CMD click on the center keyframe until it turns into a circle

47.Switch its mode to stencil alpha

48.Go to the beginning of the time line

49.Import spider walking animation

50.Drag it into the render out comp

51.Switch its quality to best

52.Switch its mode to screen

53.Parent it to the logo layer

54.scale it to 45%

55.Set position key frames at 3:00 X1300 Y-25 OUT X 140 Y-25

56.Save file as logo build

57.Render file out as logo build , premultiplied with no alpha ( approx render time 8 minutes)






Putting it Together

PLEASE PREVIEW THE WebofDeceitOpen.mov before starting. Download the movies and project files from the pink bar below if you want to follow along instead of make your own.


Movie Project Files, contains footage: .sitx, .zip

1.Create a new composition with the NTSC D1, 720x486 preset set the duration to 20:00 and name it render out

2.Import the web BKG animation

3.Drag it into the render out comp

4.Switch the quality to best

5.Select effect / adjust hue/saturation check colorize and set the colorize saturation to 75

6.Duplicate the web bkg layer

7.Rotate it 180

8.Start the duplicate layer at 9:00

9.Set transparency key frames IN 0% 11:29 100%

10.Import the names.psd file as footage and choose the Falen Peach layer


11.Drag it into the render out comp

12.Switch its quality to best

13.Start the layer at 1:10

14.Set transparency key frames IN 0% 2:10 100% 5:10 100% 6:10 0%

15.Cut remaining layer off

16.Set scale key frames IN 100% OUT 75%

17.Select effect / blur&sharpen / fast blur

18.Set blur key frames IN 10 2:10 0 5:10 0 OUT 10%

19.Duplicate the Falen Peach layer, rename it Christian Noel and start it at 5:20

20.Import the names.psd file as footage and choose the Christian Noel layer


21.Holding down the alt key drag the Christian Noel.psd from the project bin on top of the Christian Noel layer in the time line. This will replace the Falen Peach layer but keep all of the keyframes

22.Go to the beginning of the time line

23.Import the stroke transition animation

24.Drag it into the render out comp

25.Switch its quality to best and rename it stroke 1

26.Select effect / adjust / hue/saturation check colorize and set the colorize saturation to 75

26.Set its mode to add

27.Duplicate the stroke 1 layer

28.Set the rotation of this layer to 180

29.Set its position to to be centered horizontally with the Falen Peach layer

30.Rename it stroke 2

31.Select stroke 1, duplicate it and rename it stroke 3

32.Drag stroke 3 above the Christian Noel layer and start it at 4:10

33.Select stroke 2, duplicate it and rename it stroke 4

34.Drag stroke 4 above the stroke 3 layer and start it at 4:10

35.Import the logo build animation


36.Drag the logo build animation into render out at 10:00

37.Switch its quality to best and duplicate it

38.Rename the layers TOP logo BOTTOM logo shadow

39.Select the logo layer and switch its mode to add

40.Select effect / adjust / hue/saturation check the colorize button

41.Set colorize saturation key frames IN 75% OUT 0%

42.Select logo shadow

43.Select effect / channel / invert

44. Select effect / blur & sharpen / fast blur and set it to 25% and check repeat edge pixels

45.Switch its mode to multiply

46.Set transparency key frames for IN 0 15:00 100 OUT 0

47.Select stroke 1, duplicate it and rename it stroke 5

48.Drag stroke 5 above the logo build layer and start it at 8:20

49.Select stroke 2, duplicate it and rename it stroke 6

50.Drag stroke 6 above the logo build layer and start it at 8:20

51.Save the file as web final

52.Render file as web final , premultiplied with no alpha ( approx render time 5 minutes )


53.Pat yourself on the back you are done!

Dean Velez copyright 2003, 2004,2005

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