Paper Airplane Animation in Adobe After Effects
Create a paper airplane animation in Adobe After Effects. In this tutorial, you will learn to create a paper airplane animation in Adobe After Effects without any plugins and expressions. After watching this tutorial, you will learn to animate the vector.
Step-by-Step Guide to Creating Paper Airplane Animation:
Step 1: Setting Up the Composition
- Open Adobe After Effects.
- Go to Composition and create a new composition.
- Rename it to “Paper Airplane Animation” or a preferred name.
- Set the resolution to 1920×1080 pixels, frame rate to 30 frames per second, and duration to 5 seconds.
Step 2: Creating Background
- Go to the Layer Menu > New > Solid.
- Rename the solid layer to “Background.”
- Select the background layer.
- Go to Effects and Presets, search for the “Gradient Ramp” effect, and apply it to the solid layer.
- Change the start color to a sky blue shade.
Step 3: Importing and Preparing Vector File
- Go to the File Menu > Import > Select the vector file.
- Change the layer options to “Merged Layers.”
- Drag the vector file above the background layer.
- Right-click on the vector file and select “Create Shapes from the Vector Layer.”
- You can delete the original vector file since it’s no longer needed.
Step 4: Scaling the Shape
- Select the Shape layer.
- Press S to open Scale properties and set the scale to 25%.
- Lock the background layer.
Step 5: Creating the Paper Airplane
- Select the Pen Tool from the toolbar.
- Set the fill color to none and stroke to 1 pixel.
- Create a shape resembling a paper airplane’s path.
Creating Animation Path for Paper Airplane:
- Under Shape Properties, navigate to Content > Shape 1 > Path.
- Select the path and press Control+C to copy it.
- Select the airplane layer and press P to open Position.
- Make sure you’re at the first frame, then press Control+V to paste the copied path.
Step 6: Orienting the Paper Airplane
- Right-click on the airplane layer.
- Go to Transform and select “Auto Orient.”
- Click the “Orient Along Path” option.
Congratulations! Your Paper Airplane Animation is Complete.