After Effects: Page Turn

This tutorial taught us a technique on After Effects creating a page transition “turn” so that it appears as though the page is being picked up and turned- like a book. We first had to import the images we was to work with, these images were provided by our tutor Jay so that they could be used in a 960×540 composition with a 25 frame rate. Also the composition was only to last 10 seconds.


Once I had dragged the images onto the composition being fit to size, we then had to pre-compose all of the images.  By going onto effects and presets, we could select the so called effect we desired, in this case “cc page turn”; once it was found it was simply the case of selecting and dragging it onto the composition of the first image. Jay told us that changing the “fold position” shows its movement and where you want it to go; we dragged it to the far left off the composition when it cannot be seen.  This was so the page turn covers the entire page.  Before doing this we clicked the stopwatch so that it can act as a animation.



At this stage we had the basic movement of the animation, but it can be improved so it is visually better and looks more realistic as a “page turn”. We were instructed to make adjustments in the effect settings in order to make it look better, according to Jay.  For example, changing the paper colour to grey, fold radius to 100, light direction to 123.  We also  added a drop shadow effect  and played around with the distance, opacity and softness until we were satisfied.

When we were happy with our animation, we copied and pasted this method into the other images so that each page works the same and creates the desired effect.


As we had a little spare time, Jay introduced us to another effect, one that is used in Marvel productions to blue images as they enter the screen.  We took the composition back until the point where there was only images on the page with no effect. In order to do this new effect we needed to select all images and remove them from the composition, and apply motion blue to all images. Then, animate, dragging the images back onto the screen. This therefore creates the basic animation, however can be played around with to make it look better


I found this tutorial fairly straightforward and enjoyable. I particularly liked the introduction to new effects and presets; they may come of use one day.