After Effects  Course

Synthetic Stop-Motion in After Effects

Learn to create a stop-motion look inside of After Effects with no physical cameras and no moving elements. Normal stop-motion takes a long time but inside After Effects its quick and easy if you know how.

There are 12 episodes.

  • Easy-Peasy Stop Motion

    This intro episode will explain the basics of stop-motion, and get you started with the simplest and easiest methods of mimicking the technique in After Effects.

    • 4:35
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  • Add Imperfection With The Wiggler Tool

    Imperfections are one of the trademarks of hand-made animation. Learn to add similar imperfections to rotation and position with the Wiggler tool.

    • 10:05
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  • Using the Posterize Time Effect

    Using the Posterize Time effect allows you to change a layer's frame rate. Here's how to use it.

    • 3:16
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  • Achieving a Paper Cutout Look

    This episode covers how to achieve a realistic paper-cutout look. With just few tricks, you'll make your digital creations look hand-made.

    • 11:12
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  • Using the posterizeTime Expression

    In this episode, we'll ditch The Posterize Time Effect and learn how to write expressions in After Effects – specifically how to write a posterizeTime expression, which a...

    • 5:56
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  • Write a Wiggle Expression

    With our new knowledge of expressions in After Effects we can write a Wiggle expression to make layer properties a bit more random.

    • 4:06
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  • Animation Control via Expression Layer

    After Effects files can get messy fast. This episode covers learning to be organized and controlling all layer and property frame rates in one place.

    • 8:52
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  • Inconsistent Lighting

    Learn to replicate various lighting conditions by using expressions to randomize some of the light properties.

    • 8:02
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  • Precomps and Time Remapping

    Learn how to use time remapping and pre-compositions in After Effects to negate issues with prior and future stop-motion problems.

    • 7:19
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  • Individual Character Text Layers

    Learn to animate characters individually in text layers – in 2D and 3D! This is a key technique to making your lettering look great.

    • 8:56
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  • How to Wiggle X & Y Without Z

    This episode explains how to exclude one axis (Z in this case) from the wiggle expression.

    • 2:36
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  • Stop-Motion Recap

    We've covered a lot, so it's time for a quick recap before we wrap up.

    • 1:41
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