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I'm gonna show you my workflow for this project and break down the liquid transition
let's begin
youngblood a brewery in Australia approached me to
make a short animation for their beer going to tap with a can transforming into a beer pouring
I've made some style frames first using elements that are
drawn in Illustrator and put them into Photoshop and added some shading
with this grain brush that I've made I did a rough pass of a cell animation in
rough animator but you can use any frame by frame software I started off with the
frame of the cat and decided I would try swirling from the bottom left whipping
up and around and then slamming back down where the next designs would be
revealed this would be my guide layer I started drawing a few frames straight
ahead creating a new frame and loosely drawing where I think the motion should
be about halfway through the transition I had this elongated blob shape and I
knew that it would be smooth sailing for the back of this transition because I've
done a lot of animation with simple blob shape I knew that I just had to draw
blobs following this path up and around more drawn to the top so it slows down
and have them getting further apart and stretching so they accelerate towards
this sort of explosion at the end I jumped ahead and completed that sort of
last section of the transition but I still missed a whole bunch of animation
going from where the cans started to warp until this blob so I needed to
figure out how to fill those in-between shapes because it's a pretty drastic cut
here and I knew that this would be the trickiest part and here it's a bit of
try and error I created a new frame in between these frames and try to imagine
how this can would be turning into the liquid knowing it was gonna look like
this blob shape and a handful of frames because this was gonna be a pretty fast
motion I only needed about three frames that were in this tricky state of
warping can first of all I pushed out these existing warps to their extremes
and started to round out at the top of the can on this next frame I rounded out the
left side of the can because these sort of tendrils that were sticking out would
kind of be folded and wrapped behind that view anyway and that will help us
get us to this round shape going to arrive at shortly and on the right I
pushed it further to the left and had the back of the can start to become
visible now I was only left with one frame and looking at my onion skins
which is the faded view of the previous and next frames I drew in between the
edges of where these shapes were going to be this is where the animation was
going to be at its fastest so as long as it kind of made
sense we were going to be okay and here's what it looks like all together
to make those little blobs that trail the main shape
I made a new layer and drew a blob where it might separate from the main form
like here when it makes a turn and then on the next frame make that blob going the
same sort of distance following this main shape again one ball going that
same shape and then slowing down just going a bit further away and the shape
getting shorter and then I repeated that a few more time until that I felt that
there was enough make sure they don't all start and stop at the same time now
I worked on that for a little bit longer sort of tweaking and refining these shapes
and then I added some more explosion effects at the end
and here's what that final rough look like
I then exported that just as a movie file and imported that into After Effects
to clean up these roughs I used shape layers in After Effects
for the main can shape I imported our can from illustrator
added some extra points of the pen tool and then every two frames
moved it to match the roughs once I go to this blog part I made a new shape so
it would be easier working with less points
so here's what those cleaned up shape layers look like
to add the shading I'm first gonna color them black
and I'm gonna create a new shape layer with my pen tool and draw a shape that
goes around the edge of our can here let's drag that on top of that can main
layer I want to change its color to orange and rename it can main shading
gray and I need to add a few effect first let's add set matte and we wanted
to take the map from layer 28 our can main front so now it's only visible on that
can layer and now let's add roughen edges let's put that above this set matte in
the layer stack and to scale down to 10 the border maybe up to a 100 and now
we've got this nice sort of grainy look here I want to keyframe its path property
and then using the keyframes that we made on this main shape as a guide and
every new frame I'm gonna adjust its position slightly
that's one side of the can done to do the highlights I'm going to duplicate its layer here rename it
shading red I'm gonna change its color I'm gonna make the border a little
smaller about 75 get rid of all of these keyframes and
then just nudge the path over a bit more to the left so we now have a nice little
sort of hint of red on the edge here and then I'm just gonna key frame that path
property again just keeping it to the very edge of this can
and now we've got the shading on the left of this can
and then I did that for every layer
now that may seem like a lot of work and it's certainly not super quick but it
only took a few hours and I think it was worth it
I animated the logo in Photoshop on top of guide layer of those main layers that I'd rendered out
I did this in Photoshop so I could edit the logo easily by lassoing a
selection going up to edit warp and making adjustments that way
I imported that into after-effects added the looping texture onto everything
and this was the final result
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Subtitleļ¼š Zoe J Marriott