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.
In this lecture you are introduced to After Effects and are shown how to make a simple, seamless loop.
This lecture takes you through some key points for creating mesmerising looping Gifs.
This page summarises the points covered in the video.
In this lecture you are introduced to multiple layers and reverse rotation.
In this lecture you are introduced to the theory of units of animation.
In this lecture you are taught about the speed of your animation and how to animate your drop shadow.
In this lecture you are introduced to pre-compositions and how to use them in your animations.
In this lecture you are taught how to sequence your layers.
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.