Learn how to create a movie title sequence by manipulating assets from Illustrator using Cinema 4D Lite in After Effects.
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Nik Hill of Territory Studio uses Adobe Creative Cloud tools to create UI screen graphics and titles for popular films such as Avengers: Age of Ultron (see how, 4 min) — and you can too. Nik walks you through the steps to remix your own Hollywood-style movie title using a fictional title sequence made by Territory for the OFFF Cincinnati design conference. Make it your own using the features and services in Creative Cloud.

In this tutorial, you will learn how:

  • Creative Cloud Libraries help you share graphical elements between Adobe applications such as Illustrator and After Effects.
  • Adobe Stock integration with After Effects gives you a wealth of options to create your own look with over 50 million curated images and videos.
  • Creating and manipulating an object in 3D isn’t as hard as you think when using After Effects and Maxon Cinema 4D. (Cinema 4D Lite is included with After Effects.)
  • Working between Premiere Pro and After Effects is seamless when using Dynamic Link.
  • Behance can share your creativity with other like-minded Creative Cloud users and potential employers.

Share Illustrator assets with After Effects using CC Libraries

In this video, you’ll get an overview of the sample assets available with this tutorial. Go to the Title Remix shared folder and click Save to Creative Cloud to copy the folder to your own account. (The ZIP file inside it is 4.5 GB, so this may take awhile.)

As an example of sharing the assets, you can customize the font in Illustrator, add the vector graphic to your CC Libraries panel, see it appear in After Effects, and then import it into your project.

Customize the background with Adobe Stock

Once you’ve downloaded the assets provided with this tutorial, you can either begin to populate your own After Effects project or pick one of the shots to use as a base and start remixing.

In this video, you’ll see how easy it is to download an image from Adobe Stock to use as a background for your scene. When you find an image you like, click the cloud icon to save it to your preferred library. To import it into your project, right-click the thumbnail in the Libraries panel and chose Import. Images and footage are watermarked prior to purchase.

Manipulate a Cinema 4D file in Cinema 4D Lite

Inside the folder supplied with this tutorial you will find a subfolder titled 3D PROJECTS. The OFFF SEGMENTS LOWPOLY file contains the geometric OFFF logo that we used to create the movie title.

In this video, you’ll see one way to approach your remix. Take a segment of this geometry and manipulate it using the MoGraph module in Cinema 4D Lite, included with After Effects. Add a light source to the scene and then add some materials to your model. After rendering it, pull your newly generated asset into After Effects and composite it over your stock image.

In this video, you’ll see how easily you can link your Premiere Pro clips and After Effects compositions using Dynamic Link — making use of the editing capabilities of Premiere Pro while developing your motion graphics sequence and making use of the effects and presets in After Effects.

For example, you can add animated typography over the top of your footage, while still leaving flexibility to move the element around in the timeline.

Export the video with Media Encoder and show it on Behance

In this video, you’ll learn how to use Media Encoder to export your After Effects and Premiere Pro projects.

Set up a portfolio on Behance to showcase your work. Upload your remix to Vimeo or YouTube and then use the generated embed code in your Behance portfolio.

05/23/2016
Nik Hill
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