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Create an Animated GIF from After Effects CC 2017

Lesson 96 from: Adobe After Effects Fundamentals

Philip Ebiner

Create an Animated GIF from After Effects CC 2017

Lesson 96 from: Adobe After Effects Fundamentals

Philip Ebiner

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96. Create an Animated GIF from After Effects CC 2017

Lessons

Class Trailer

Chapter 1: Introduction

1

Class Updates & My Favorite CC 2020 Updates

06:22

Chapter 2: After Effects Basics

2

Understand the After Effects Workspace

05:39
3

Starting a New Composition

08:15
4

CC 2018 Update - Starting a New Composition from Footage

01:55
5

Adding Media to Your Project and the Timeline

05:08
6

Using the Basic After Effects Tools

10:20
7

Create a Perfect Circle, Alignment, and Shape Colors

03:04
8

Working in the Timeline

10:59
9

Layer Properties

08:57
10

Quiz: After Effects Basics

Chapter 3: Animating with Keyframes

11

Animating in After Effects

07:35
12

Position, Scale, and Rotation Animations

05:17
13

Tips to Make Your Animations Look More Nautral

04:21
14

Using the Graph Editor

05:32
15

Challenge - Bouncing Ball

01:01
16

Solution - Bouncing Ball

13:00
17

Quiz: Animating with Keyframes

Chapter 4: Shapes and Solid Layers

18

Working with Solid Layers and the Ken Burns Effects

07:07
19

Working with Shape Layers, Strokes, and Paths

06:24
20

Adding Layer Styles like Drop Shadow, Bevel, and Gradients

03:44
21

Shape Effects - Trim Path Animations, Wiggle, and Zig Zag

05:54
22

Quiz: Shapes and Solid Layers

Chapter 5: Important After Effects Skills

23

Track Matte Animations - Make Layers Appear and Disappear

08:37
24

Using Pre-Compositions to Group Layers

05:34
25

Easily Reverse Complicated Animations

02:14
26

Playing with Time

05:54
27

Blend Modes

06:05
28

Stabilize Shaky Footage

04:04
29

CC 2018 Update - Previewing and Favoriting Fonts

00:46
30

CC 2019 Update - Responsive Design Time

03:36
31

CC 2019 Content Aware Fill

03:55
32

CC 2019 Create Motion Graphic Templates

08:37
33

Quiz: Important After Effects Skills

Chapter 6: Motion Graphics Projects

34

Intro to Motion Graphics Projects

00:53
35

Clean Lower Third

09:22
36

Logo Reveal Animation Bumper

13:25
37

Colorful Transition

16:59
38

Text with Mask Path Animation

10:05
39

Text Bubble Animation

13:39
40

Weather App 1

16:41
41

Weather App 2

08:21
42

Weather App 3

06:59
43

Quiz: Motion Graphics Projects

Chapter 7: Flat Animation Challenge

44

Flat Animation Challenge

02:47
45

Phil Designs his Flat Animation Scene

01:23
46

Animating Fireworks with the Repeater Effect

15:02

Chapter 8: Flat Animation Challenge

47

Removing Green Screen Background

06:46
48

Adding a Background that Matches the Foreground

07:55
49

Adding Motion to a Still Image with the Puppet Tool

06:26
50

Adding Movement with the Ripple Effect

06:07
51

Quiz: Flat Animation Challenge

Chapter 9: Green Screen (Chromakeying)

52

Intro to 3D

10:04
53

Swinging 3D Text Animation

12:11
54

Build Out Your 3D Composition

05:47
55

Animating Our 3D Scene

07:38
56

Create Stars in After Effects

05:11
57

Quiz: Green Screen (Chromakeying)

Chapter 10: 3D Animations and the Camera Tool

58

Using the Rotoscope Tool

06:55
59

Cleaning Up Your Edges

07:21
60

Finishing Our Rotobrush Animation

07:33
61

Quiz: 3D Animations and the Camera Tool

Chapter 11: Rotoscoping

62

Easy Screen Replacement with Masks

09:56
63

Replacing a Screen Version 2

13:49
64

Screen Replacement with Mocha

07:13
65

CC 2019 Update - Native Mocha AE Plugin

05:08
66

Quiz: Rotoscoping

Chapter 12: Screen Replacements

67

Using the Puppet Pin Tool

04:33
68

Animating Your Puppet Pins

03:04
69

Animated Blinking Eyes

08:21
70

Adding Perspective with Animated Clouds

07:10
71

CC 2018 Update - Advanced Puppet Pin Tool

02:08
72

Quiz: Screen Replacements

Chapter 13: Puppet Tool Animations

73

Applying Text Animation Presets

05:59
74

Create a Page Turn Effect with CC Page Turn

10:05
75

Radial and Linear Wipes

03:20
76

Color Correction in After Effects

03:33
77

CC 2019 Update - Selective Color Adjustments

03:25
78

Quiz: Puppet Tool Animations

Chapter 14: Motion Tracking

79

Motion Tracking Basics

09:51
80

Tracking Text and Visual Effects to Video Clip

06:21
81

Tracking Rotation and Scale

11:33
82

Adding Details to Our Text

04:04
83

Quiz: Motion Tracking

Chapter 15: Character Animations

84

Intro to Character Animations

01:31
85

Design Your Character

14:32
86

Rigging Your Character

02:50
87

Animating Our Character

09:55
88

Adding the Animated Background

09:12
89

Adding Details to Character Movement

06:46
90

Adding the Paper Cut Out Look

05:29
91

Quiz: Character Animations

Chapter 16: Exporting from After Effects

92

Exporting an H264 File from After Effects

07:03
93

Exporting from After Effects with a Transparent Background

04:03
94

Exporting from After Effects through Adobe Media Encoder

04:40
95

CC 2018 Update - Exporting an Animated GIF from Adobe Media Encoder

02:14
96

Create an Animated GIF from After Effects CC 2017

07:03

Chapter 17: After Effects Workflow & Tips

97

Audio Tips for After Effects

02:19
98

Working with Premiere Pro

05:54
99

Quiz: After Effects Workflow & Tips

Chapter 18: Expressions

100

Expressions Basics

07:24
101

Animate a Flickering Light with Expressions

17:35
102

Quiz: Expressions

Chapter 19: Conclusion

103

Conclusion

00:44

Final Quiz

104

Final Quiz

Lesson Info

Create an Animated GIF from After Effects CC 2017

let me walk you through exporting your video and turning it into an animated GIF. And so this is a project that I created earlier for a flat animation challenge. So hopefully you follow it along and welcome for those of you coming from that. So if you want to anime and or export as a Jiff, you can't actually do that straight from after effects. What you first have to do is export a video and then bring that into photo shop. So I know that it's a little tricky. But if you have created the Creative cloud version of After effects, most of you will also have access to Photoshop which comes with your Creative Cloud subscription. So first choose the composition that you want to export and go to composition add to render queue. This is how we exported earlier. So you already learned that in a previous lesson. But if you're coming straight to this one, just click this lossless button down there and we want to change our format is something that's going to be a little bit smaller so easier to w...

ork with and you can do that by clicking format options and changing the video codex from animation to H 264 which is a high quality quicktime file. Leave the quality at 100 click OK click OK. And now to choose where you're going to save it. So you can find it after exports click on the output to and then the composition text and just name it and choose the folder where you want to export it to and then click save now to actually render it out, click this render button and that's going to actually export it. So rendering in after effects means exports basically. So once that's done, we can go to that folder and then we have this quicktime movie file. So this is just a video though, it's not an animated GIF and we want to create that animated GIF that we can post online and it loops forever basically. So to do that, we need to open up this movie file in Photoshop. So you can literally just take this video clip and drag it into your photo shop app or you can right click it and say open with Photoshop. So right click and open with. Now this might look different on Pcs but on a Mac you would say open with and then click other and then choose Photoshop. When you open up a video in Photoshop, you're going to have this timeline tab down here. And so this is good if you want to make it shorter. So I exported this entire video but maybe I want to make it a little shorter. So maybe four seconds. So I can take the end of this and drag it in like that. That's your sort of play area, your work area in Photoshop and now it's only going to export that area to save as a Jif go up to file export and I still use the save for web legacy option because it's an easy way to choose your Jif settings or gift however you pronounce it, it might take a few seconds to load because it's bringing in all of that video data. So just be patient and let it load. But while we're letting it load we can see all of our settings on the right. So down below you have actually this is good to start from below. We might want to change our animation from looping once to looping forever. And then the image size typically don't need it to be 1920 by 10 80 for online. So maybe we just want to set the with 1000 and once we do that, nothing happens. But if we click anywhere else, if we click onto another setting it's going to process that and then it's going to change the image to pixels wide And you see that this is linked. So because we set the width to 1000, the height is going to be 563, it automatically decreases that the right amount while this is processing. And you'll notice that the size of the Jif is down here in the bottom left. And so this is 523 kB which is pretty small, which is good. You definitely want somewhere below one megabyte if possible. Below two is even better. And so if your animation is too big, you can either change the size of the canvas or you can change the quality up here. So here you have your gift settings and you can also from here this menu, you can change it to jpeg PNG and if you didn't actually, the thing is you should change this to Jeff. That's the first thing you have to save it as or choose. It might have been on jpeg, so make sure you change that to Jeff and then you can play around with these settings. The color setting is an important one to look at because basically what this is doing is allowing a certain amount of colors to be in your your image. Because this the animation we created has very few colors. We can actually drop this down and it will still look good because literally there's only like 10 or so colors in this from the background to the cabin colors. So if we drop this down to 32, it's gonna process it again. But it still looks pretty good. You get a little bit of that animated gif picks isolation in there, but the size of the Jeff also in decrease, which is nice. So this is one thing that you can do to increases the quality, but it also increases the the size. So you have to kind of balance what you want. So if you want it to be really small, maybe choose something that's a little bit lower. You can also change the dither percentage, dropping it down a lot. You'll see it kind of decreases depending on what your video looks like. It will decrease the blending of the colors or increase if you're making an animated GIF of a video clip, this will look a lot different than this sort of flat animation to preview how this is going to look. Just click this preview button and it's going to open up your web browser and show you what this looks like. Now I actually realized that once I change these settings, it changed the looping options back to once. So let's check forever and now preview again. Nice. So that's looking pretty darn good, you know? But with only eight or 16 colors, you see that we don't get that the difference in the color of the hills and the trees and this path up here. So I'm going to increase the colors. I think actually 2 56 is fine because under one megabyte is perfectly fine with me And dithering. I want to set back to 88%. So now let's preview this. That looks pretty good and it's looping infinitely. So once we're happy with all of those settings, click save, it's going to ask you where you want to save it, Set your settings and your name and your folder and click save. Now you can take this animation and upload it to really any website. So if you're watching this course on U. two me wherever you're watching it. Please share your own animation with us as this animated gif. Cool. Thank you so much for watching. Let me know if you have any questions and we'll see you in another lesson.

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