Hey Ruan here from TunnelvizionTV and in
this tutorial I’m going to show you guys how to create a cutout cardboard
animation in After Effects like the one you see now so first of all you can see the
cardboard texture and for that you just simply go to Google and search for
something like cardboard paper find a texture that you like download the
picture and just bring that file into After Effects alright so I’m gonna
create a new composition just click on new comp and I am going to set mine to full HD
119 by 1 or 80 and then I’m going to set the frame rate down to 15 and the reason
I’m setting it to 15 is to get that stop-motion effect you can obviously set
this to either 25 or 30 if you want a smoother animation but for this tutorial
I’m going to stick to 15 and then I’m gonna set the duration to 10 seconds
then you click on OK alright let’s just rename that comp so I’m going to call it
animation so this comp one can press enter and then type animation and then
I’ve got my cardboard texture that’s this one year this JPEG and I’m going to
simply drag that into my new comp and you’ll see it’s gonna bring it into my
composition and then first I’m going to create the grass that you saw in the
previous scene so I’m going to select the pen tool and I’m simply just going
to click and draw like something like this that’s gonna be the grass close it
down and then I’m going to pre compose this so I’m going to right click on this
and then we’re going to select pre compose and then I’m going to give it a
name so I’m going to call this grass and then just click on move all attributes
into the new composition cool then you click on OK and then I’m going to go
into that comp so I’m going to double click on that comp and then I’m going to
tint it so I’m going to right click on this layer go to effect go to color
correction and then go to tint and then I’m going to tint it green so map white
I’m going to click on this white and then just choose a color so I’m going to
set this to green click on OK and then I’m going to go back to my previous
comp animation so I’m going to go in and close this example animation right
here so I’m going to go back to animation and then you can scale it up
so you can just click one of these handles holding shift
and just drag it out or you can click on this layer press s for scale and then
you can just scale it up so another thing that you can do is if you go into
this composition and as you can see currently this comp if I go back to
animation if I scale it down you can see the comp is a lot larger than the actual
piece that we’re working with so if we go back into the grass comp then you can
click on this region of interest and then just drag a box around the area
that you’re working with and then you go to composition right at the top and then
you click on crop comp to region of interest and that’s going to make that
comp smaller so now if we go back to animation you’ve got that area that
you’re working with and if you scale it up you’ve got these handles that’s
really close to that area so I’m going to click in holding shift and I’m going
to scale it up and then we’re going to move it into position something like
that alright next I want to create my background so I’m going to go back to my
project and I’m going to drag the cardboard into this comp again and this
time I’m going to put it below the grass because I want my background to be below
or behind the grass and then we’re going to precompose this layer as well so I’m
going to right click on that and go to pre-compose and I’m going to call this
one background will just BG and then remember to select move all attributes
into the new composition click on OK and then I’m going to go into that comp so
I’m going to double click on the background and then I’m going to tint it
so I’m going to right click on it go to effect go to color correction got to tint and then I’m going to set this to like a light blue so map white click on white and you can set this to something like that click on OK and then I’m going
to go back to my animation comp ok then I’m going to scale it up so I’m going to
press S on the keyboard and just scale it up so it’s filling the comp area you can
move it up if you want to something like that alright next we’re going to create
our sun so I’m going to go back into my project and I’m going to bring in my
cardboard texture once more and this time I’m going to put it in between the
grass in the background because I want the Sun to actually come out behind the
grass but it’s going to be in front of the blue sky alright so with that
texture selected you can either go into your shapes you can use ellipse tool or any
of these but I’m going to select the pen tool and
going to draw a very rough looking circle which will be the sun some something
like let me just adjust these points okay something like that and then I’m
going to pre compose it so right-click pre-compose and i’m going to call this
sun and move all attributes then okay go into that comp going to tint it
and set the white to yellow and then click on okay and then go back to my
animation layer alright so for this sun layer i want to resize the comp so i’m
going to go into sun again and then we’re going to click on this region of
interest click on that and just drag a box around the sun like that and then
going to go to composition and then crop comp to region of interest so that’s just going
to make it small so if i go back to my animation layer and you’ve got these
handles that’s just a lot closer to the object that you’re working with so i’m
going to undo that and now i can literally just go ahead and you can move
it around so i’m going to set the Sun to start behind the grass somewhere around
there and then I want to animate the position so on this layer I’m going to
press P for position and then I’m going to set a keyframe so I’m going to click
on the stopwatch and I’m going to go forward to around two seconds and then
I’m simply just going to click and drag to create a new keyframe I want to enter
and then you can use these Bezier handles just click and drag to set a
curve like that and now if we go back and play this group you’ll
see that the Sun will actually rise like that okay so next I’m going to create the
giraffe now I’m not really good at drawing so I’m going to cheat a little
look so I’m going to bring this giraffe dot PNG in to my comp and this is just a
PNG that I downloaded off Google you can obviously download anything you want and
you can trace it and I then I am going to scale it down so we basically going to
trace this giraffe with our cardboard texture all right so now I’m going to hide all
my other layers so I don’t see the background and the Sun and all of that
so I’ve got my giraffe there and then I’m going to bring in my cardboard and
I’m going to place it above the giraffe and then we’re going to set the opacity
on the textures so I can see through it so with the texture selected I’m going
to press T on the keyboard and then I will bring down the opacity to around
60% that’s fine so I can see the image in the background that we’re going to
trace and then going to zoom in a bit so I’m going to zoom in to about 200% and
just hold in space if you want to just pan around the image so I’m going to
start here at the top and then make sure that you’re on the texture layer and I’m
going to click on the pen tool and then it’s going to roto around that image
basically just going to click and I’m going to click and drag and just create
a mask or a roto around that image something quickly fast-forward through
this okay then I’m going to zoom out again so
I’m going to select fit up to 100% and then I’m going to delete my giraffe dot PNG
the image that we trace I’m just going to remove that and then I’m going to set
the opacity on this layer back to 100 so it’s going to drag that up to 100 and
then I’m going to pre-compose this giraffe so I’m going to right-click on
it precompose and I’m going to call it giraffe then I can switch on my
grass sun and background again and then I’m going to go into my giraffe comp so
just double click on that alright you can move it around here and
then I’m going to set my region of interest so I’m just going to click on
this block and then it’s going to draw a box around it now I’m going to leave
some space here at the front because I want to add some animation to the neck
which I will show you in a bit so just leave a little space here and then I’m
going to go to composition and then crop come to region of interest alright so
then if we go back to my animation comp I’ve got my giraffe in there
and we’re going to add a simple animation of the giraffe just walking
through the scene so I’m going to show you two ways to animate this giraffe so
the first one we’re going to place it off-screen like that and then we’re
going to select my layer press p on the keyboard for position click on the
stopwatch and then we’re going to go forward to around 4 seconds and then I’m
just going to drag this giraffe forward something like that to the side of the
screen and then obviously it’s going to create a new keyframe on that side as
well so now if I play through this you’ll see that this a like a smooth
kinda animation of the giraffe just moving across the screen so if you want to
create more of a stop-motion animation then we’re going to do it frame by frame
so I’m going to go ahead and I’m going to delete this last keyframe on 4
seconds and then we’re going to create each keyframe separately so on your
keyboard I’m going to use page up and page down to move forward and backwards
so page down is move forward one frame and page up is moving backwards one frame so
I’m going to go to page down and then we’re going to bring in the giraffe so
just moving in slightly and then press page down again if you go to the next
frame moving slightly then page down again move them a bit forward page down
and so forth so I’m basically just pressing
page down on the keyboard moving him slightly forward and then
page down again so if you do this then you’re going to get more of a stop
motion kind of jagged animation so I’ll show you in a bit if I just run through
through this okay so if I play through this you see it’s for a more of a stop
motion feel to it okay now I’m going to add some details to the giraffe so I’m
going to go into my giraffe comp double click on that comp and see there’s a
shape layer that we can delete don’t know what that’s doing there
alright so what I’m going to do here is I want to split this into two layers I
want to split the body into one layer and then I want to split the neck and
the head into a separate layer so that I can animate them independently so I’m
going to duplicate this layer so I’m going to click on this layer to select
it and then you’re going to go to edit and duplicate or you can use the
shortcut command D alright so just going to rename them so the top one I’m going
to rename neck and the bottom one I’m going to rename body alright so I’m
going to hide my neck so on the body layer I’m simply going to click on it
and then we’re going to delete some of these points that I created when I did
the tracing so you can literally just click and drag and delete some of them like
that okay so that’s our body and then we’re going to hide the body and show
the neck and then we’re going to delete some of these points at the bottom so
I’m literally going between one of those ones and one of those ones so now I’ve got
the neck separate and we’ve got the body separate so now I want to place the neck
behind the body okay because if we rotate the neck it should actually be on
the far side of the body okay next we want to change the pivot point of the
neck so by default the pivot point is kind of in the center of the object so if I
rotate it you’ll see it’s almost right but as you can see it’s not perfect undo
that so to move the pivot point you click on this icon here at the top it’s
called pan behind and then I can click and drag this little x or this cross just to the area that you want to place your pivot and then go into
rotation so on your keyboard just press R for rotaion and if we
rotate it now you can see it’s it’s slightly better but I’m going to move it
down so just with that neck layer selected I’m going to move it down with
my arrow keys and now if I rotate it and see that is a little bit better
alright so now before we add our animation here inside this comp I’m
going to go back to my animation layer alright so inside the animation comp
let’s say we want to add the neck animation at around two seconds now you
can see that our walking animation is fairly quick it only lasts up to about
two seconds so if I play this back you’ll see one two and then it’s off the
screen so first of all I want to extend this animation now an easy way to do
that you highlight and select all your keyframes and then you’re holding alt on
the keyboard and you click and drag on the last one and flash you just extend
those keyframes for you so I’m going to extend it up to around six seconds so
now if we play back you’ll see it’s going to be a lot slower something like
that that’s good and now let’s say we want to add some animation at around two
seconds so I’m going to place my I played at around two seconds and then we
can go into my giraffe comp so just double click on the giraffe comp and the
playhead will stay in that area where you actually placed it in the main comp and
now we can add that animation to the neck so on the neck layer I’m going to
expand rotation again so R on the keyboard and then I’m going to click on
the stopwatch to create a keyframe and then we’re going to go forward a couple
of frames and I’m going to increase the rotation amount to let’s say to around
there and then we’re going to go forward a couple of frames again and I’m going
to bring this back to zero so now if we scrub over this you’ll see
you’ve got that animation and before forget let’s tint our giraffe so
I’m going to click on the body and I’m going to go to effect and color
correction and tint and let’s tint him a slight orange okay and now when I tint
his neck the exact same color so I’m going to go to body and I’m going to
click on that tint effect and I’m going to copy it CMD C or you can
go to edit and copy and then we’ll go to my neck layer and we’re going to paste
it CMD V or you can go to edit and paste, right we’ve
got the same color there and so if I scrub through this we’ve got the
animation here inside this giraffe and now if I go back to the animation
comp and I play this back you’ll see that that animation should happen around two
seconds there we go and it’s going to move out of it alright so next we want
to add some details to the giraffes so for this tutorial I’m going to create a
very basic eye so I’m going to go into the giraffe comp again so I’m going to
bring in my cardboard again for the eye so I’m going to drag it right on top and
then you can create a zoom in here to about two hundred percent and then with
the pen tools going to click and drag and create a eye something like that
okay we can always adjust it okay and then we’re going to tint it so right click effect go to
color correction tint and I’m going to tint it black so this white or like a very dark
gray something like that okay I’m just going to zoom out and I’m going to
rename my eye so just click on that layer press ENTER and then just type in
eye and then I’m going to move it into position so I’ve got that layer selected
and with my arrow keys you can holding shift to just make it move a little bit
faster okay something like that as you can cool and now you can have this
problem where you’ve got this animation on the neck so if I scrub through this
you can see that the eye will actually stay there and it’s not really following
that animation now it’s really easy to fix that simply what we need to do is
need to link the eye to the neck so on that eye layer you see you’ve got this little whip or this parent and just click and drag that to the neck because
we want to attach it to the neck and then you will see that the eye will
actually stick to the neck as simple as that
alright let’s go back to our animation company if I play through this you’ll
see that we’ve got the giraffe with the neck animation and you can see that eye
is sticking nicely to the head all right so what I want to do next is add a drop
shadow to some of these objects just to make it look more like a cutout
animation alright so on the giraffe layer I’m going to right click and
go to effect go to perspective and then go to drop shadow okay so as you can see
it’s adding a nice drop shadow and I’m just going to change some of these
parameters so I’m going to set the opacity to 100 and then we’re going to
set the softness which we can increase that to around 40, 50 that’s looking good
you can also change the distance here but I think five is looking alright and
now we’re just going to copy and paste that shadow across all my other objects
so I’m going to select that shadow I’m going to copy it CMD C go to my sun
and paste it there and we don’t really have to do it on the background because
you can’t see the shadow of all the edges of the background and we can do it
on the grass so I’m going to select grass paste it and there you can see
we’ve got a bit of a shadow on the grass as well okay I’m going to trim down my
comp so I’m showing this area it’s only using those amount of frames and let’s
play through this and see how it looks like so you can see you’ve got the nice
shadows he just likes a bit more like a cutout animation than a normal digital
animation and that’s how easy it is to create cardboard cutout animations using
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After Effects Tutorial Cardboard Cutout Stopmotion Animation Tutorial – No Third Party Plugins

8 thoughts on “After Effects Tutorial Cardboard Cutout Stopmotion Animation Tutorial – No Third Party Plugins

  • July 25, 2017 at 2:44 am
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    Thanks Cool tutorial

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  • July 30, 2017 at 12:02 pm
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    Hi, Another South African here, this one in New York. Where are you?

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  • August 26, 2017 at 8:44 pm
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    Thanks, very cool tutorial 🙂

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  • April 8, 2018 at 11:13 am
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    wow this really helped me. Thankyou for making this video

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  • May 23, 2018 at 2:17 pm
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    You totally made my day!

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  • April 19, 2019 at 12:55 pm
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    So helpful, thank you so much

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