Mesmerizing Gifs and How to Make Them
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Mesmerizing Gifs and How to Make Them

Create Mind-Bending Loops with After Effects and Photoshop
5.0 (7 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
16 students enrolled
Created by Rich Armstrong
Last updated 2/2017
English
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Includes:
  • 2 hours on-demand video
  • 3 Articles
  • 2 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • At the end of my course, students will be able to create seamlessly looping gifs and videos, that are short and interesting. You’ll have learned the basics of After Effects; how to export animated gifs and videos to share on Instagram, Dribbble, and other social networks. You’ll have learned principles and theory that can be applied to your style and method of working.
  • You’ll learn the basics of After Effects. You’ll learn the theory behind making mesmerizing loops and given examples of how to do so in After Effects. You’ll learn how to export videos and gifs in Photoshop.
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Requirements
  • You’ll need Adobe After Effects, Photoshop, and there is one video that requires Adobe Illustrator.
Description

Looping animations are awesome. But ones that capture attention, get the viewer to sit and stare (and maybe drool a bit) are tricky to make. In this course you’ll not only learn to create seamlessly looping animations, but you’ll learn how to to make 1 or 2 second gifs feel like they last forever. We’ll discuss how to create illusions; learn how to animate with both After Effects and Photoshop; and even learn how to code a bit inside After Effects.

The course is structured into theory and practical videos. The practical videos build upon content covered in previous videos, and step by step guides are offered to create a few different types of mesmerizing loops in After Effects. The principles learned about in the theory lessons are applied in the practical lessons!

The course could take you a week to complete, if you follow along. Otherwise it may take you 1 sitting if you just want to absorb the theory, without getting your hands dirty.

By the end of the course we’ll have created some really short animations that, once looped, will feel like they could be watched for hours. It’s not just about gifs, but really about mesmerizing animation. It’ll be a great way to get into motion graphics and animation as well.

Who is the target audience?
  • Take the course if you love mesmerizing animation! Take the course if you’re an After Effects beginner. Take the course if you want to learn the principles of mesmerization. Don’t take the course if you don’t like motion or animated gifs. Don’t take the course if you want to create memes. This course is suitable for someone who hasn’t used After Effects before, but there are principles and theory in it that would help veterans and animators who choose not to use After Effects.
  • If you’re a designer looking to get into animation (especially After Effects) or an animator looking at learning the principles of looping animation, this course is for you.
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Curriculum For This Course
22 Lectures
02:03:00
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Introduction
1 Lecture 01:26

This lecture is an introduction to the class.

Preview 01:26
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Looping theory
1 Lecture 01:18

This lecture takes you into the theory of looping animation.

Preview 01:18

Looping theory
1 question
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Simply Seamless
1 Lecture 15:43

In this lecture you are introduced to After Effects and are shown how to make a simple, seamless loop.

Simply Seamless
15:43

Simply Seamless
3 questions
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Photoshop Export
1 Lecture 06:15

In this lecture you learn how to take your large MOV file into Photoshop for easy exporting as a looping Gif or MP4.

Preview 06:15

Photoshop Export
3 questions
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Principles of mesmerisation
2 Lectures 03:49

This lecture takes you through some key points for creating mesmerising looping Gifs.

Principles of mesmerisation
02:23

This page summarises the points covered in the video.

Principles of mesmerization
01:26
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Opposites rotate
1 Lecture 05:13

In this lecture you are introduced to multiple layers and reverse rotation.

Opposites rotate
05:13

Opposites rotate
2 questions
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A unit of animation
1 Lecture 01:04

In this lecture you are introduced to the theory of units of animation.

A unit of animation
01:04

A unit of animation
2 questions
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Twirly Whirly
1 Lecture 09:43

In this lecture you are taught about the speed of your animation and how to animate your drop shadow.

Twirly Whirly
09:43

Twirly Whirly
3 questions
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Rolling Flowers
1 Lecture 06:59

In this lecture you are introduced to pre-compositions and how to use them in your animations.

Rolling Flowers
06:59

Rolling Flowers
3 questions
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Falling Flowers
1 Lecture 06:04

In this lecture you are taught how to sequence your layers.

Falling Flowers
06:04

Falling Flowers
2 questions
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About the Instructor
Rich Armstrong
4.4 Average rating
88 Reviews
2,671 Students
7 Courses
Product Designer

Rich's title is Product Designer but he's more of a jack-of-all-trades / generalist / unicorn. He designs, animates and codes. He's studied multimedia design and graphic design, and is a self-taught programmer. He's freelanced, worked for agencies and startups, and now runs Studio Armstrong, an Amsterdam-based creation company, with his wife. He also doodles all the time, has super ginger-powers and can touch his nose with his tongue!

He spends most of his working day researching and experimenting, much like his hero, Lucius Fox, does. Rich likes to think he's a minimalist, but he's fooling himself – he's as messy and unorganised as the any other creative genius.

Rich has been teaching online classes since 2015 – and he likes it a lot :) He's since created the weirdly named Tap Tap Kaboom brand that showcases his experiments, designs and classes.