Animating effectively with shapes and shape layers can be challenging at first. In this tutorial video series we’ll tackle this topic while completing a project from start to finish.
Mood Boards are displays of visual reference that show multiple images together allowing for the elements to create a synthesis of aesthetics (a.k.a. “Mood”). These can be created in many different ways but usually contain a variety of image types, from photography, typography, texture photos and colour inspiration. A mood board should help you establish a colour scheme, an image spectrum, and a layout plan. Think of it as a story and your images as narrative elements (characters, setting, dialogue, situations).
Remember, a mood board is not a recipe – it should only inspire the desire to synthesize the elements into something new yet familiar.
Where do you find this inspiring content? The links below are a good start.
Below are some samples of diverse mood boards. Try to imagine what the synthesis of the visual elements might produce for different applications (e.g. logo, brochure, web banner etc.)
The students of GD 101 were asked to create a series of compositions representing the concepts Calm, Energy, Fun and Tension. Read the brief here.
The students in GD 216 Illustration I were asked to create an set of illustrations representing the classical elements, Fire, Water, Air and Earth. Read the brief here.
Below is a link to a two part tutorial series about using After Effects type animation tools and effects.
This video tutorial from School of Motion will take your type animation skills to the next level.
In this series of tutorials we’ll go through the entire process of creating a kinetic typography video in After Effects. We’ll start by creating a storyboard in Photoshop and then creating graphic assets in Illustrator. We’ll then look at the best way to import those assets into After Effects. From there we’ll complete the animation in AE, where we’ll discuss workflow and important concepts like syncing audio and nesting animations. Download the source files and follow along.
There a many tutorials online as well. Here is just one of the better ones.
Here are the wonderful portraits created by the students in IDES 237 Digital Illustration. Here is the project brief.
In this tutorial series, we will be introduced to working with After Effects, Adobe’s powerful motion design software. We’ll start with a quick tour around the interface and then we’ll dive in to a simple animation.
There are so many great After Effects tutorials online that its a real challenge to edit them down to just a short list. The following are just a few of my favourites.
One the best websites and youtube channels for learning motion design.
The grand-daddy of motion graphics and visual effects tutorials, Video Copilot has written the book on how do things with After Effects.
Their beginner tutorial series is a great place to start.
For the novice to intermediate After Effects user. These guys have been around for a long time. High quality video instruction makes these tutorials easy to follow.
Mt. Mograph is a Youtube channel that covers some big concepts. It is also the source of one of the best AE plugins, Motion2. Here is a tutorial about how to use the Motion2.
This Youtube channel includes a 4 part series that shows how to use easing to create dynamic and expressive kinetic typography.
Skillshare has many After Effects tutorials series that go into some detail about how to achieve many different effects. This is a paid site, however I think it’s worth every penny.
This is Adobe’s Character Animator tutorial Youtube channel.
I will be adding to this list. As well please send me your suggestions for great tutorials.
The students in Illustration I were asked to adapt a classic story or fairytale to tell an original and contemporary visual story. Here is the brief for this project.