Questions tagged [adobe-after-effects]

Questions about the digital motion graphics, visual effects and compositing software package published by Adobe Systems, used in the post-production process of filmmaking and television production.

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What is the difference between After Effects and Flash/Animate for animation?

I'm thinking of becoming an animator. I mainly want to make videos similar to Kurzgesagt – In a Nutshell, who make videos like this. When I searched for AE and Animate / Flash comparisons for flat ...
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How to export Animated SVG file from Adobe After Effects?

I am working on a text animation in Adobe After Effects and I want to export my animation as an Animated SVG so that I can use it on my website and Mobile Apps. Does anyone know how to do that?
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How to export a GIF from After Effects?

I don't want to make a PNG sequence, I just want to make a GIF directly from After Effects. Once I checked out an online tutorial there I could see the GIF option while Rendering composition. But I am ...
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After Effects: Bend and animate along path

I have been looking for a way to bend and animate an object along a path and I stumbled upon the Omino plugin [omino snake to be precise] and after preparing the scene I realized nothing's happening [ ...
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How to use After Effects Trim Path with an Illustrator Path

I imported my Illustrator file into After Effects. I then turned the Vector layer into a shape layer. I added a trim path to the shape but the trim path does some weird start to end point mask. ...
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Is it possible to output to animated png (.apng) in after effects?

I'm working on an animation that is going on an iOS app. The animation itself is currently 10x the size of the entire mobile app, so we're looking for alternate ways to compress the filesize. ...
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Can After Effects be used for website prototyping?

I know one designer that is a motion graphics guy first, then a UI designer. Recently, produced a website design entirely in After Effects and got my thinking whether that approach can be a viable ...
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How to create animation with svg format file?

How to create svg animation like this? https://cl.parspack.com/clients/templates/ps_seven/img/svg/header.svg I search on google but I can't any way to create animation with svg format file like this. ...
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Photoshop CC: convert to frame timeline releases only one frame

I have a 20 second animation brought in from After Effects as a jpeg sequence. When I import it, it makes a video timeline, but I need to delete individual repeat frames so I can add a delay to reduce ...
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What's the difference between the Add and Linear Dodge blend modes in After Effects?

What's the difference between the Add and Linear Dodge blend modes in After Effects? Aren't they the same thing? The user guide page isn't of much help because it doesn't specify the differences in ...
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Shape wont change colour in After Effect

I'm having this weird problem. When selecting a colour it doesn't change , goes back to yellow. All layers are unlocked, is there something I'm missing out ? Here is an example :
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Creating gif with transparent background (used as loading animation)

As my title says my goal is to create a gif with a transparent background. I've created an animation within After Effects. Because there is no possibility to export as a gif with that kind of ...
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Circular ProgressBar Animation

I want to create a simple circular progress animation with either Adobe After Effect or Adobe Flash or any other software that you may suggest. Something like this: Assuming that the graphic assets ...
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Animating line graph in After Effects

I want to animate the drawing of the lines in this graph from left to right so that they are all at the same x-position at the same time. This is a graph I made in MATLAB, exported as an SVG, opened ...
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Why does fade in/out animation stop working after animation is exported from After Effects

I've created a simple animation where I have four images (bits of steam) that fade in then out in sequence (shown below). This works fine until I export the animation out and convert it to a gif. As ...
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How do I create a water ripple distortion animation on text?

Hi everyone. Can you please help me to understand the process behind it? I'm studying the process starting from the static image so through displacement map on photoshop but I'd like to obtain my ...
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After Effects Scripting : fontSize adjusted to boxTextSize Script Optimization

I need Help Improving and optimizing a Script. I'm fairly new to java and scripting in general and I've been Trying to do a script that would increase the font Size of a text until it fully fills it'...
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Chocolate Fluid animation In After Effects

Basically i'm designing one candy themed game and i chose cheese plus chocolate theme as you can see in below image and upon dragging chocolate [fluid properties] it should flow downside like ...
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What's beneficial about temporal auto Bezier keyframes over continuous Bezier keyframes?

From what understand, a temporal auto Bezier keyframe automatically re-adjusts both of its direction handles whenever a neighboring keyframe is moved somehow and the influences of both of its incoming ...
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How do I infinitely loop content in AfterEffects?

I want to scroll these images from top to bottom. When they start to exit the bottom I want to them to re-enter from the top - therefore creating the illusion of infinite scrolling
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Why isn't the black in a video made with After Effects a true black when it's viewed on Windows 7?

For some reason my video is coming out a lighter black than web #000 black. I'm using After Effects & Web - H.264 profile. Left: Web | Right: Video The photo doesn't do it justice.. it's very ...
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Skew text in After Effects similar to Illustrator skew

Trying to replicate an animation in After Effects of skewed text on a curved path but skewed the same way text on a path in Illustrator can be skewed. Have the project started in Illustrator but ...
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Making pixel-less demo videos that look awesome

I've seen a number of awesome demo videos from Google and others that don't have any visible pixels, even when zoomed in a bunch. An example below: (from https://youtu.be/yNP5TJblkFQ?t=34s). I'm ...
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Separate each letter of a text to its own layer

I feel like there is a simple solution but I can't find it basically what the title says. I select the text and select release to layers (sequence) and nothing happens or just creates a new layer ...
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When making a Gradient Ramp can the Start/Stop be relative to the object?

When making a Gradient Ramp in After Effects is there a convenient way for it to be tied to the object its applied to. I'm sure with Expressions I could somehow Pickwhip it together and adjust the ...
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AE: Particle Emitter Sourcing Multiple Sprites/Layers (Particular)

Looked it up on The Cow, but the answer was very vague so I'm probably not doing it right: I have about 200 icons I want to randomly disperse amongst the comp and have move organically. How can I ...
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After Effects - Parenting shapes to points on a stroke

I've created, rigged, and animated a character in After Effects using strokes for legs and arms. I was wondering if there's a way to parent a shape (such as hands/feet) to the ends of the strokes. ...
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Do I need to stay in Title & Action Safe areas for Youtube

I'm creating a short promo video for a mobile app using After Effects. It's going to be used only on YouTube. I'm trying to show the actual layout of the app, but the menus are all along the left and ...
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After effects: Scripty text write-one

I'm looking for a better method of writing on my text than using the stroke effect. The reason I need a better method is some of the text changes width in the letters and using this method I have to ...
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Adding transparency to a gradient on a stroke in After Effects

I'm in the process of creating a loader animation using After Effects. Is there a way I can add a level of transparency to the tail? All the gradient effects I've tried using don't seem to allow you ...
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Applying Mask to the Effects in After Effects

As we see on the screenshot above, After Effects CC 2014 by default only applies the mask to the original layer, instead of final blurred image, resulting at a fuzz edge phenomenon when rending layers....
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AE Expression - Occur on keyframes, but max every x seconds

I'm attempting to create an 80s-style basketball scoreboard in After Effects, that appears briefly after scores but is otherwise not displayed. I've got a control layer that is simply text, and ...
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How to move an image in background along with a moving object?

I have a background sketch of building. Now i want to move that horizontally along with a cartoon. Basically i have cartoon that moves inside the building from this end to another. I want to zoom in ...
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How to count over 1,000,000 in After Effects?

I'm using After Effects CC and I want to count numbers over 2,000,000. There are two effects I tried to use: "slider control" - the problem with this effect it has limit to 1,000,000 and I can't ...
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Approximate path Illustrator plugin

I've been creating simple animations like the one shown here. But I want to find a way to speed up the process by making the path jitter (not the thickness) while keeping a uniform stroke thickness (I'...
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What program should I use to make UI sprite animations for unity3D

We are creating a game with Unity engine. And we want to make UI buttons to animate when idle and on click. Which program should make the most sense to use when creating animations. Is it worth using ...
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How can I achieve opacity gradient effect in After Effects CS6?

Basically I have a composition layer that needs to have sort of fading out effect on it. I can achieve this in PS CS6 by aplying a vector mask on a layer and then choosing opacity gradient and ...
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Create an animation of a slider-crank mechanism system

I'm trying to create an animation of a slider-crank mechanism system in AE, but I'm finding it difficult to create a move closer to a real simulation. Would anyone have an idea how I should proceed? ...
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Position keyframes do not make a straight path

I have made a square and inserted a position keyframe and holding shift I drag to right and got a straight path. When I want to raise up or make an "L" shape by holding shift it does not make a ...
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Can I create a transparent GIF with After Effects?

I'm trying to create a transparent GIF using After Effects but I can't get it just right. I make a transparent video but when I use the GIF makers they resize it. I even now have a PNG sequence. Is ...
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How do I separate paths to layers in Illustrator?

I have a single layer with a number of paths. I need to separate all these paths to their own layers, so that when I import the Illustrator file in to After Effects, all the paths will be on their own ...
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Seamless wiggle in After Effects?

I've been trying to find a way to make a seamless wiggle loop but nothing seems to help. I can't make the wiggle to return to its start point in the end and wiggle(x,y) doesn't really help either. ...
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Fastest way to create a transparent GIF from PNG

I often create GIFs from a consecutive sequence of transparent PNGs (exported from a 3D modeling app). My current workflow is: 1-Export the animation from the 3D app (Blender) to transparent PNGs 2-...
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What is this pseudo 3D technique called?

Usually the animation contains a few moving 2D layers that make pseudo 3D effect. I'm looking for the name of this technique and any tools/services/frameworks/tutorials that may help me to make such ...
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After Effects: custom counter expression

I'm working in After Affects for a college institutional video and I'm making a timeline that needs numbers counting. That part I figured out. Using expression & slider control and voila my ...
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Exporting each frame from After Effects as a separate Photoshop file

The Adobe After Effects CC feature Composition -> Save Frame As -> Photoshop Layers does exactly what I want. However, it is very time consuming to do this for each frame (I am animating a game ...
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How do I add my logo onto a product like it was part of the mold design?

I am looking to implement my logo on a few pictures of my products. I am looking to see what I can do with Photoshop or After Effects and make it look as genuine as possible. I have looked everywhere ...
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Does a background underneath text have a name?

I'm building an After Effects motion graphics template and giving users the opportunity to alter the rectangle behind the text for a video's lower thirds. I want to label this parameter appropriately ...
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What softwares do I have to use to make a 3D spinning globe video to represent data like this video? [closed]

I am wanting to create a 3D spinning globe video to represent historical data like in this video by Business Insider, but I don't know what softwares will I have to use to create such a video. So I ...
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Export to vector format from After Effects

I would like to export some simple vector animations created with After Effects, and keep the animation in a vector form, such as the Flash format. I am using After Effects CC and it seems that there ...

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