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If you are looking to create plant growing animation then this is the right tutorial for you. In this tutorial, you will learn to create a simple Plant Growing Animation in Adobe After Effects. You will also learn to animate the vector file. This is a short and easy tutorial for beginners. So, I recommend you to watch this video till the end.
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Before we start making the animation we have to separate layers for this animation in Adobe Illustrator. So, we have a pot, a stem, leaves, and flowers.
Step 1: First of all open Adobe After effects, then create a New Composition. Rename it to Plant Animation and Set the resolution to 1920×1080 Pixels. Frame rate to 30 Frames per second and Set the duration to 10 seconds.
Step 2: Go to the File Menu > Then import the plant vector file. Set the Import kind to Footage.
Step 3: Drag the Plant Vector file to the composition. Right-click on it, Go to Create and Select create shapes from the vector file.
Step 4: Duplicate the shape layers 3 more times. Hide the other shape layers, Go under the visible shape layer then under the contents and remove all groups, except the flower groups then rename the group to Flower.
Step 5: Hide the flower shape layer and unhide the second shape layer. Under the contents > Remove all groups of flowers, leaves, and pot. Rename it to the stick or stem. I don’t know the proper name. Anyway, hide the stem layer then unhide another shape layer and delete all groups of flower, stem, and pot.
Step 6: Now, that we have the leaf shape layer we need a pot layer. So, delete all groups of flowers, stems, and leaves and drag the pot layer just above all layers.
Now, we have a pot shape layer, flower shape layer, stem shape layer, and leaves shape layer.
Step 7: Animate the stem shape layer first. Under the stem shape layer > Click this little add button > Choose trim paths > Under the trim paths > Add a keyframe on the End value and decrease the value to 0%. Go to about 2 seconds on a timeline and change the end value to 100%. Select both keyframes and right-click on it then Go to Keyframe assistant and choose easy ease.
Step 8: Let’s animate the leaves. Drag the leaves layer just above the flower shape layer. Unhide the leaves’ shape layer and Select all groups > Go under the transform and add a keyframe on the scale. Press U on the keyboard to reveal all keyframes. Select any leaf group and select the anchor point tool and drag the anchor point to the corner. Now, Select another leaf group and drag the anchor point to the corner and do the same with all leaves.
Step 9: Select all the keyframes and change the scale to 0%. Go about 2 seconds forward and change the scale to 100% of each group.
Step 10: Let’s animate the flower. Unhide the flower layer and drag it just above the all layers. First, we need to change the anchor point of the flower petals. Select all petal groups > Under the transform and add a keyframe on the scale and change the scale value to 0%. Press U on the keyboard to reveal all keyframes, go about a few seconds forward and change each group value to 100%, and then change the keyframe position.
Step 11: Press V on the keyboard to select the move tool and drag the flower layer.
We are done! Our Plant Growing Animation is ready in Adobe After Effects. You can render it to mp4 format.
Here you can download the free project file (File Size: 756 KB)