How to create a logo reveal in Adobe After Effects

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Hello everyone my name is Nikhil, your Tutpad instructor and in this After Effects tutorial I'm going to show you guys how to create a really nice and professional-looking logo reveal in After Effects from scratch. So without any further ado let's get straight into the video and get started, alright. So here we are in After Effects. So I'm going to start by creating a new composition. So let's click right over here and it's going to create a new composition. And let's rename this to "Main" cause this is going to be our main composition. Let's set the HDTV 1080p, let's make this 30 frames and 10 seconds looks good enough and hit OK. Then right off the bat, I'm going to select the Polygon tool and just drag it just like that. Now you can use your arrow keys to increase the number of corners or decrease the number of corners. So we need 6 corners. So I'm gonna keep it 6, just like that and hold Shift just to be precise and just leave this up. So now you have it. Let's increase the stroke, let's make it white first of all and let's increase this to 2 pixels. There we go. And then I'm going to just set set this in the center, let's center the anchor point. So what I can do is, I can select the anchor point tool and just drag in the anchor point in the center. So select the layer and make sure the snapping is turned on and let us snap the anchor point here in the center. Then you can align it using the Align tab. Let's center this out and if your Align tab isn't right over here, you can go into Window and make sure the Align tab is right over here, just click on it and it's going to give you this Align tab. So now we have it. Let's rename this to "01". Go to Polystar 1, Polystar part one. And change the outer radius to 200 pixels, just like that. And then we can go ahead and start animating the stroke. So to do that I'm going to go into Add and click right on this icon. And then click Trim Paths and now we can go ahead and animate the stroke, just like that. You can hide the control layer just by clicking right over here.So you can see it more properly. As you can see. So let's animate this. So I'm going to go to, let's say maybe, one second in 10 frames, set this to 100 and click on the end stopwatch to create a keyframe. Go back in time and set this to 0, then create a keyframe on the offset as well. So hit on the stopwatch to create a keyframe, go back in time and set this to -90. So now we have something like this. Now the animation is pretty, you know, stable right now, so let's give it a little nice motion. So to do that, I'm going to select the keyframes hit F9 to Easy Ease those keyframes. Go into Graph editor, select the keyframes and right over here, we have this handle. I will drag it by holding Shift, just like that. So now we should have something like this, as you can see looks really nice and, you know, subtle motion to it. Then what I can do is, I can select this and hit Ctrl + D to duplicate it and increase the stroke size to maybe 5 pixels. And then I'm going to change the color to whatever you like, I'm going to go with a blue color, you can set it to anything that you like. Make this red so we can see it more properly, then I'm going to go into Contents> Polystar 1> Polystar part 1.And I'm going to go... actually I'm going to go into Trim Paths and let's tweak some settings. I'm going to go to 10 frames, bring these keyframes right over here, go to maybe 1 second and bring this. We can hide the panel, we don't need to see it. Then let's go to 15 frames and create a keyframe on the Start property, just like that. Go to 1 second and 5 frames and let's set this up to 100. Let's select these keyframes, hit F9 to Easy Ease those keyframes. Go into Graph Editor and drag it just like that, just like we did before. So now we have something like that. As you can see gives a really nice feel to it, I personally like it. So there we go. We are done with our base shape, now what I can do is I can select these, both layers, right click and click on Pre Comp. Let's rename this to 01, you can rename it to anything that you like, of course. And then I'm going to duplicate it by hitting Ctrl+ D on the keyboard, select the layer and hold Shift and just drag it just like that. Let's go to where the animation is completed, so we can see the corners. You just drag it ,just like that, hit Ctrl+ D to duplicate it and drag it on the other side as well. You can use your arrow keys to be a bit more precise, just like that. Let's hit Ctrl+D to duplicate it and place it right over here. Let's use the arrow keys... Yup that looks pretty good, hit Ctrl+ D to duplicate it, hold Shift and just drag the edges like that, there we go. Select these two layers, hit Ctrl+D to duplicate it and just drag it holding Shift just like that. Use the arrow keys whenever you want, whenever necessary. So let's see what we have... OK, so this is looking pretty good. Now what I can do is, this is our Center shape, so let's make this red, so we can you know, identify it. And then I will go into the composition, select these layers and hit Ctrl+C to copy it and go into our main composition and hit Ctrl + V to paste it up. Then I'm going to go into Contents> Polystar 1> Polystar part one, and change the outer radius to 300 pixels and same for this one as well. So let's go into Contents> Polystar 1 > Polystar part 1, and set the outer radius to 300. So now we have something like that. So this is going to be our bigger shape. So let's click on this and call this "Biig shape", maybe, hit OK, give it a different color so we can identify it, let's make it blue. Then I'm gonna go right over here. Ctrl+C to copy it, go into "main comp" and hit Ctrl + V to paste it up. Go into Contents> Polystar 1 > Polystar part 1 and set the outer radius to 200. And the same for this one as well; Polystar 1 > Polystar part 1, set the outer radius to 200. So we have something like that. Let's Pre Comp this and let's call this "Semi". "Semi Center", maybe. So there we go, this is our center animation. Let's make this a different color, maybe a green. So now we have something like that. So let's displace them to make it look even more cool. So now what I can do is, I can go to 10 frames, maybe, let's displace them by 5 frames. Select all the layers except the center one and the big one and let's move them, just like that. So now we have something like this. Maybe a bit more, maybe I'll go with 10 frames. So right over here. OK, something like that. And i want to display the semi Center as well. So let's place it right over here and then what I can do is, I can select the big shape, hit Ctrl+D to duplicate it, hit R to bring down the rotation properties and rotate it by 180 degrees. So now we have something like this. Same for the center one as well. Hit Ctrl+ V, hit R to bring down rotation properties and rotate it to 180 degrees. So now we have something like this, and as you can see, it looks really, really nice and complex. And it's really simple to do. So let's go to around 10 frames, 1 second and 10 frames, let's close this up. And now, what I'm going to do is, I will go into the center one, let's bring down the property of the blue one, Polystar 1; and I'm gonna animate the fill. So let's set this up to 0 for now. Let's give it a white color and make sure it's turned on. Let's zoom in a bit by holding Alt and scroll wheel. Let's create a keyframe, on the opacity you go to around 20 frames, let's go to 25 frames. And set this up 200. So now we have a basic cell animation, just like that. Now if I go into my "main comp", we should have something like that. As you can see, really simple. So let's go to 2 seconds and 10 frames. And then what I can do is, I can select these layers, hit P to bring down the position properties, click on the position stopwatch to create a keyframe, go to around 3 seconds. Let's move them around. So let's select this shape and move it right over here. Make sure to turn off the snapping, so you can be a bit more precise. Let's place it something like that. Select this one just like that. This one, move it just like that. This one, dragging it just like that... drag it just like that, and there we go. So now we have a basic animation just like that to make it look even more cool so let's select the keyframes hit f9 go to graph editor and create select the keyframes and drag the handles just like that now we should have something like that maybe I will increase the time a bit so maybe let's go to three seconds and ten frames and drag this keyframes holding shift so it's going to snap in at the current time indicator now we have something like that really simple to do then what I can do is and go to right over here select the shapes or the composition hit s to bring down the scale properties create a keyframe on the scale property go right over your add post seconds or let's go to four second and ten frames and scale them down to zero so now we have something like that you see you can select the key frames of this keyframe we let's select all the keyframes and it have 90 degrees those keyframes go to graph editor and create a peak just like with it before just like that so we have a really nice motion just like that so you can select the keyframes hit ctrl C to copy it and paste it on our center Center composition as well so let's hit control V and control V on both of them so we have something like that and then I'm go to let's say for seconds and he'll this down as well so let's select all the shapes not ology by the semi center and the big shape and hit ctrl V to paste up the keyframes now those composition has the keyframes as well so it's going to just you know close that up just like that maybe I'll just drag it at the same timing to make it look even more cool so it's really simple to create this animation as you can see so we have our animation ready so now what I can do is first of all close this up and pre-con this so lets pre-comp it and let's rename this to anything that i want i'm going to rename this to animation and hit okay so now we have our basic animation which looks really really cool now what I can do is I can hit control D to duplicate it and select the second layer and rename this to Matt let's drag in our logo let's put it between both of the composition or maybe what I can do is I can select this animation and let's put the logo below our Matt let's close this animation for now and then I will set the track Matt to alpha inverted so as you can see we have something like that now the animation is revealing our logo and we can scale this down a bit to around 80 poset turn on our animation and we have something like that you see now what I can do is I can go right over you add two second and 15 frames and crop our logo and Matt by holding alt and close bracket just like that so now we should have something like this as you can see really simple and easy to create let's scale down a logo the bit maybe around 80% there we go looks pretty good now what I can do is I can select all the layers and pre-con this again and let's call this our main composition we have we already have our main comp so let's call this main animation let's create a background so I'm going to hit control Y to create a new solid let's name this to PG a background and hit OK and then I'm going to go your and type in four color gradients of four - C of O color gradient and drag it onto the BG solid layer let's say this is something like blue something like that select the green and make it a really really dark almost kind of a black dark blue so like that and give this point the same color just like that I can increase the jitter so we don't get any color bending so I'm going to set this to 25% and increase the blend to 250 and then I can select this point and just put it right over here it's drag it just like that there we go let's create a new solid and this time I'm going to rename this to grid and it okay and I'm going to type in grid right away oh let's select grid which is under the generate effect let's drag and drop it right over here and let's set this to width and height sliders so it's equally distributed let's set the borders to 1 pixels and let's increase the width to let's go with 100 and this 200 is well hiding that is a big too big maybe let's go with 30 and this to 30 as well yeah that looks pretty good and set the blending mode to overlay so now we have something like that now by the way if your blending mode tab is not visible you can just click right over here and it's going to be visible just like that so we have our background ready let's select this tool and drag this behind so now we have our really nice background so let's add some shadows which is going to give a little bit more depth to the scene so to do that I'm select the main animation and hit control D to duplicate it select the below layer and add an effect call CC scale light there we go let's drag it into our main animation - and then I can increase this just like that as you can see till the time I get this kind of straight lines then I'm going to add an effect called tint double click on it so it's going to add it just like that and let's set this to black as well so now we have our shadow right of the bat and obviously it's just too much you can rotate it at any angle that you want something like that I'll keep it and add one more effect called linear white there we go let's drag and drop it just like that so there we have it so let's drag this according to our requirements when we increase this and you can see we have this kind of a crop effect sort of repeat this according to our requirements so let's keep rotating by the time I get the required results maybe I'll bring this down to maybe around 25 there we go and keep rotating it just like that and further this up to 1000 so now you have something like that and now you can any time go right over here and hit P to bring down the opacity and play around with opacity according to your requirements or I'll leave it somewhere around there and there we have a really nice looking logo review so let's see your complete animation so let's go our way up let's play this up yep that is looking pretty good let's add some color correction so I'm going to create a new adjustment layer let's rename this to CC for color correction and let's add a course to it so let's type in curves let's drag and drop it right away oh and I will do a little bit of adjustment just like that maybe a little bit right away drag this up so you can see the difference before and after it's really nice and subtle and it looks really really cool let's add some glow as well so select this and type in glow let's go to stylize glow and let's drag and drop it right over here and set the glow threshold to 80% and bring down the intensity 2.7 and the radius to 6 and it's going to add some really nice glow to our animation you can see and this is looking really really good as you can see and it's really simple to create and really easy so I hope this video helps you guys to make something really cool and creative and I'll see you in my next
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