Create Lower Thirds in After Effects - Complete After Effects Tutorial



Here’s an after effects tutorial on how to create a clean ‘Lower Third Animation’ in After Effects without using any plugins.


This tutorial is really simple and if you are a beginner in After Effects, this tutorial is going to be your ideal fit for exploring the software.


Like always this after effects tutorial is available on YouTube with free access, detailed, simple and easy to follow up guidance.



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Q. What is ‘Lower Thirds’?


A graphic overlay when placed in the lowest section of a video and inside the title-safe area it is recognized as Lower Thirds. For advanced graphics to simple text, any graphical overlay can be used as a lower-third.


For instance, graphically active animated titles and/or introductory subtexts are used as lower-thirds and sometimes captions in the form of simple texts are also displayed.


You can check out more After Effects Tutorials on Lower Thirds on our YouTube Channel.



Q. What are ‘Shape Layers’ in After Effects?


Shape layers contain vector graphics objects called shapes. By default, a shape consists of a path, a stroke, and a fill. Shape layers are not based on footage items. Layers that are not based on footage items are sometimes called synthetic layers. Text layers are also synthetic layers and are also composed of vector graphics objects, so many of the rules and guidelines that apply to text layers also apply to shape layers.




Q. What are ‘Expressions’ in After Effects?


When you want to create and link complex animations, but would like to avoid creating tens or hundreds of key frames by hand, try using expressions. An expression is a little piece of software—much like a script—that evaluates to a single value for a single layer property at a specific point in time. Whereas scripts tell an application to do something, an expression says that a property is something.


With expressions, you can create relationships between layer properties and use the key frames of one property to dynamically animate other layers. For example, you can use the pick whip to link path properties, so a mask can take its path from a brush stroke or a shape layer object.


The expression language is based on the standard JavaScript language, but you do not need to know JavaScript to use expressions. You can create expressions by using the pick whip or by copying simple examples and modifying them to suit your needs.




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