Intro

Following up his tutorial in last month’s issue on creating a character in the style of a 16-bit arcade game such as Street Fighter II, here James May takes you through the steps involved in animating this character to create a ‘load screen’.

James used these same techniques in making the video promo for Nero’s breakthrough hit You & Me. You’ll learn the best way to bring the character into After Effects, then how to composite it over an arcade-style logo/loading screen. The effects and adjustment layers can be used to recreate an effective retro arcade-game look in other projects, too.

If you didn’t follow last month’s tutorial, don’t worry – we’ve included the finished character from it in the project files.