Angie Taylor is an animator, illustrator and author with a twenty-year career producing animation, visual effects and motion graphics for television and film. She now runs Creative Cabin near Brighton – a unique, residential, training studio for designers.

Angie is a author and with them has created several video training workshops on Photoshop, Illustrator, After Effects, Cinema 4D and the principles of motion graphic design.

In this second in After Effects guru Angie Taylor’s new series of tutorials, you’ll sequence a series of comps using markers and clever scripts – and discover a quick way to apply 3D lights, cameras and effects.

This tutorial is part of Angie’s series looking at intermediate to advanced After Effects techniques. They’re based around a music-led advertising project inspired by an old trick her Grandad used to do with a five-pound note. He would fold the paper in such a way that when titled it would make the Queen’s face happy or sad. You can see how the trick appears here.

For these tutorials, you’re using this idea in After Effects to create an ad for a hair product. The idea is to create a Sad Hair/Happy Hair scenario where magical – and unfortunately fictitious – hair product Happy Hair cheers up your drab barnet.

In the first part, we created the concertina effect on our 3D layers using a combination of parenting and expressions.

Check back next week for the third in this series of After Effects tutorials, creating and compositing a brand new 3D object using the free Cinema 4D Lite application that is bundled with After Effects CC.

This project is based around the audio track Pages, by up-and-coming electronic act Lifecycle (which features the bass skills of Digital Arts’ own Letitia Austin).

Software needed

Adobe After Effects CC

Time taken

2 hours

Project Files

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