Hi, my name is Dan, and I love animating Infographics, and bringing potentially boring data to life using After Effects.I've made this course for complete beginners. There is no need to have any previous knowledge of After Effects or Motion Graphic Design. We'll start at the super basics. We'll bring in a couple of icons, we'll add Easing, we'll add some Motion Blur, we'll add some very cool Overshoot. We'll also look at Anticipation. And then, my favorite is to Offset them.
Exercise files & projects
All right, first things first, is to download the exercise files. There'll be a link just here, go and download those. Also know that there's something called the completed files. All they are is, at the end of every video I'll save my After Effects file to where I'm at, and you can download it. There'll be a link on every video screen for that. And it's just, if you get a little lost, you can check mine and see how yours is different.
Inspiration for your animated infographics
Hey there, in this video we're going to look at Inspiration. So when you're starting your project you're going to need places to go and get ideas for your projects.Now this site here, informationisbeautiful.net, remember the .net, the .com is a weird site. You're going to go and check it now, I bet you. But informationisbeautiful.net is… this is more of the Data Visualization site. There’s some really beautiful stuff going on here. Kind of pushing the boundaries of how to communicate really complex data.
Setting up your software & project for data visualization in After Effects
So we're going to begin our first project. I am going to hit Play on this project and we're going to listen to it, and watch it all the way through. This is what we're going to be making for the first part of this course. Icon animations, all sorts of amazing Infographic type things. Let's give it a watch, and at the end we'll hit Stop, and we'll go off and create our new document, and get started.
How to add audio & music to a infographic in After Effects
Hi there, in this video we're going to bring in some audio. We're going to put it into some folder. We're going to bring in some music and look at where to get some of that for free. And then we're going to balance it so that my voice isn't so low, and the music is down a bit so you can hear underneath me, let's hit it. The Value of Sleep for Creatives. It's made me sound a little more like I know what I'm doing. Anyway let's get on with the chorus so I know what I'm dealing with, most of the time.
How to add a solid background or image to your infographic
In this video we're going to bring in a background image, and lock it. It's going to be easy, let's go do it.It's a weird feature of After Effects, we talked about it before. If I make a new Comp, and I pick a color, doesn't really matter, when I export it, it goes black. It's just, there is a background color. So, we're going to turn ours back to black. I'm going to click on it, go back to black. So that's most of the Comp start life like.
Adding text & Adobe TypeKit in After Effects
Hi there, in this tutorial we're going to look at Type. And then we'll look at bringing in new fonts from Typekit which is free as part of your Creative Cloud license. Let's go and do that now in After Effects.
Where to get free Icons for your animated infographics
Okay, so you need to find some icons, and you don't want to pay for them. There's a couple of cool sites. iconfinder.com is a great one. They have a mixture of paid and unpaid. So let's say we need a picture of a woman, an icon of a woman. Now by default yours will be set to 'Any', 'Any', 'No License Filtering'. And you'll start with these ones here, you can see, they're not expensive. So 1 USD for some of them. And what we want do though is, I want vector ones because I want them to be scalable. In After Effects, you don't want 'Any', most of them are all Vector. Then I want to go for 'Free', because I want it cheap. And I want to go down to 'Licensing'. I want the ones that say 'For Commercial Use' but I don't need to put a link anywhere.
CC Libraries are amazing in After Effects - start using them now
Hello, beautiful people. In this video we are going to look at CC Libraries and why they're awesome for your Infographic and Data Visualization work. You can seem them over here. We're going to bring in colors, and icons, and all sorts of cool stuff. We're going to work a little bit with Illustrator. Let's go and check out the awesomeness now in this video.
Animating an infographic icon in Adobe After Effects
Hi there, in this video we're going to do this where it fades in, and then, goes for a little bit, and then, this guy appears. We'll play with the Scale. We're just going to do some basic animation, it's quick, it's easy, let's make it happen in After Effects.