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Mattes and Channels

Lesson 2 of 4 HUD Animation

Unlock the power of mattes and channels within After Effects. In this lesson, Ryan will cover his techniques for building a series of black and white animations to drive complex transitions and effects. Utilizing these methods, you'll be able to quickly generate variation within your HUD animations without complicating your workflow.

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    Pick a design and use the skills you've learned to create a cool bootup and shutdown animation. The design should have at least 3 layers, and if not, find a way to break it up into 3 distinct stages.

    Reveal the layers (or stages) one at a time, and add variation to the reveals so they don't feel too similar. For a challenge, try to make the shutdown feel unique, rather than a reversal of the bootup.

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