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Create a Magnifying Glass Animation in After Effect

Create a Magnifying Glass Animation in Adobe After Effects. This is a very fast and easy tutorial for beginners. After Watching this tutorial you can create your Magnifying glass animation in After Effects without using any third-party plugin.

Step-by-Step Guide to Creating a Magnifying Glass Animation:

Step 1: Getting Started with Adobe After Effects

  1. Begin by launching Adobe After Effects.
  2. Create a new composition. Set the dimensions to 1920×1080 pixels, frame rate to 30 frames per second, and duration to 10 seconds.
  3. You’ll need a magnifying glass vector. Download it from the provided link at the end of this page.

Step 2: Importing the Magnifying Glass Vector

  1. Access the File Menu.
  2. Choose Import and select the downloaded Magnifying Glass Vector file.

Step 3: Preparing the Magnifying Glass

  1. Drag and drop the magnifying glass onto the layers section.
  2. Right-click on the Magnifying Glass layer and choose “Create Shapes from Vector.” This creates our shapes for further adjustments.
  3. Modify the lens’s opacity, add a light effect, and adjust the colors of the magnifying glass handle.

Step 4: Organizing Your Layers

You will need these 5 layers:

  1. Null layer.
  2. Magnifying Glass.
  3. Adjustments layer (where effects will be applied).
  4. Text, logo, or image layer.
  5. Background layer.

Step 5: Setting Up the Null Object

  1. Delete the vector layer as it’s no longer needed.
  2. Create a Null Object by going to Layer > New > Select Null Object.
  3. Place the null object in the center of the magnifying glass.
  4. Parent the magnifying glass layer to the null object.

Step 6: Applying Adjustments

  1. Create an Adjustment Layer by going to Layer > New > Select Adjustment Layer.
  2. Keep the adjustment layer selected and choose the Ellipse tool.
  3. Create a circle mask on the glass area where you want to apply effects.

Step 7: Linking Layers with Null Object

  1. Connect the adjustment layer and the null object by dragging the pick whip of the adjustment layer to the null object.

Step 8: Adding Text

  1. Select the adjustment layer.
  2. Use the Horizontal Type tool to add your desired text.

Step 9: Applying Transform Effect

  1. Access Effects & Presets.
  2. Search for the “Transform” effect.
  3. Apply the effect to the adjustment layer.
  4. Adjust the scale to 120.

Step 10: Adding the Bulge Effect

  1. Go to Effects & Presets.
  2. Find the “Bulge” effect.
  3. Apply the effect to the adjustment layer.
  4. Adjust the bulge effect by moving the small circle to the center of the glass and adjusting the radius.

Step 11: Animating the Null Object

  1. Select the null object.
  2. Press “P” to open the position property.
  3. Select the adjustment layer.
  4. Hold the Alt key and click the stopwatch icon for anchor point and position properties.
  5. Connect the pick whip to the null object’s position.

Step 12: Creating the Background

  1. Create a solid background layer by going to Layer > New > Select Solid.
  2. Choose your preferred color.
  3. Position the background layer below all other layers.
  4. Apply a grid effect, adjust the size, reduce opacity, and change the blending mode to overlay.

Congratulations! Your Magnifying Glass Animation is now complete and ready to impress.

Project File Details:

UpdatedFebruary 14, 2024
CompatibilityAfter Effects CC
Required PluginNo
Size251.84 KB
CategoryAfter Effects Tutorials
PriceFree