After Effects | Drawn Animation Tutorial

In preparation for todays tutorial, we were asked to bring three versions of the same drawing. It was important that the drawing was fairly basic so that it can be easily animated. By having different copies of the same image redrawn, naturally they will be slightly different. Therefore when animate, it creates an illusion of movement.

Sara began the session by showing a cool example of hand drawn animation.

To begin the tutorial, we needed to set our sketches in a certain format on photoshop so it can be then imported onto After Effects. We needed a frame rate of 25, and had to select “Looping”. With the basic drawings important we also included a texture and added a mask colour effect onto the drawing to change the colour. By changing the texture to multiply, it removed the white background and overlaid the texture on the illustration.

With the images positioned the same overlaid on top of each other, using the time lapse it create a basic illusion of movement. It looks more like a flicker, but is called a “boiling effect”. To slow down the change of images we increased the stretch to 200.

The next thing we had to do is to include type. We were instructed to choose something that looks handwritten and joined. I decided to type “Cafe Society” to compliment my Huddersfield Rebranding project. Selecting the text, we went to effects and added a stroke effect. Following this through, we used the pen tool and drew on top of the type. It was important that you used only one path and that it was all connected.

It was then time to finalise the animation by animating the text. To do this we ensured that at the starting point of the animation, the stroke affect was not revealed, then throughout the animation it would show starting from left to right- in a handwritten style. To ensure you could not see the mask, we multiplied the layer and changed the paint style to “reveal original image”.

Lasted it was just a case of rendering the animation. Below shows the progress throughout the tutorial.

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