Adobe Inspire article: Animated Logos in After Effects CC
My debut article in Adobe Inspire Magazine (available online via your web browser or free download on your iPad) has been released and viewable here.
Discovering the art of animated logos with Adobe After Effects CC
(featured article in Sept issue of Adobe Inspire Magazine)
You’ve seen the clever and often beautiful animated movie studio logos that open a theatrical presentation, or the title graphics that come to define the brand of a television show or video production company. Many of them are memorable or entertaining. You can apply some of these creative and inspirational animation techniques to an average logo design for your corporate client or small-business production.
Seeing a great movie studio logo animation before the picture starts — from 20th Century Fox or Universal Studios, for example (see below) — is like watching a warm-up act. I’ve often mentally deconstructed some of them while sitting in the theater, imagining how I would create them myself by combining video, 3D, and motion graphics in Adobe After Effects — often to the point of distraction from the beginning of the feature film.
Almost any static logo design can be easily animated in either 2D or 3D in Adobe After Effects CC with layers created in Adobe Photoshop CC and Adobe Illustrator CC. This article shows you some examples and concepts as well as three techniques for creating 2D or 3D logo animations. You should have a basic understanding of how Illustrator CC and After Effects CC work, since you’ll be able to download and explore some of the project files.